2010 FSA Division II League Champions

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Green Mountain Swim Club Black Friday Membership Sale

Hey Gator Families.

GMSC is having a Black Friday sale.  For a limited time, save over $100 from the regular price membership!

Black Friday Special, Family Membership $390

Click here for more details


Gator Fall Swim Clinic - Remaining Dates

A quick reminder of the remaining dates for Fall Swim Clinic:

- Sunday, November 11th:  yes 5pm
- Sunday, November 18th:  yes 5pm
- Sunday, November 25th:  NO CLINIC
- Sunday, December 2nd:  yes - last day of clinic - 5pm



Pool clean up will be this Sunday 9/23 from 2:00pm - 6:00 pm at the Green Mountain Swim Club. Please join in if you have a free hour.


The Fall Swim Clinic will be one hour only from 5pm-6pm at the Green Mountain Rec Center. Clinic starts this Sunday 9/23 and will run for 10 weeks. There will be plenty of lane space for all age groups. If you have not registered yet, please use the links to the right. 



Hi Gators.  Just a reminder that Fall Swim Clinic starts on Sunday 9/23 at 5pm (Green Mountain Rec Center).  Please use the links on the right side of the blog to sign up up. We'd love to see you in the pool this Fall.



The Fall Swim Clinic Dates have been set. You can start signing up now!
If your swimmer would like to stay in the water this Fall, then join us at the Green Mountain Rec Center for one hour of swimming on Sundays.
Dates:  9/23 - 12/2 (no clinic on 11/25)
Times:  5-6pm (12 and under) / 6-7pm (13 and up) ** please note the upper division time slot is subject to change to 5pm depending on the overall number of swimmers that register**
Cost:  $90 for full clinic, we do not prorate

Registration link can be found here or on the right side of the blog. If you are a summer swimmer, then you do not need to fill out new paperwork. If you are new to the team, please bring paperwork to the first practice.

We hope to see you in the pool this Fall.


Pool to remain open on weekends through Sep 16th!

Big News! The pool is staying open on weekends through Sept. 16! That's two extra weekends!
It's also time to think about renewing your pool membership for 2019. We've got a limited number of memberships available at $375, which is the lowest the price will be. 
There's one more thing! If your friends want to join the pool next year, they can sign up now and swim through the end of this season! 


Upper Division: Swim Opportunity for the Fall

One hour, Intense, Intent driven, No-nonsense practices. 
CHSAA Certified High School Coaches.
An ENVIORNMENT that promotes successful, fast, and competitive High School swimming.  You WILL get FASTER and BETTER!
Designed specifically to allow young student athletes to participate in other High School Sports or activities while continuing to stay in great “swim shape.” 
Four practices per week.   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
NO weekend commitments, NO extra fee’s, NO Pressure!!

FALL SESSION:  September 10 - November 1, 2018.
Green Mountain Recreation Center
Contact:  Tim Horne, 843-267-0086, tim@100percent.us
$250.00 covers 32 practices and a “TEAM SWIMMING” T-Shirt.

Note from Danielle:  Tim Horne is the Assistant Girls Swim Coach at GMHS. He sent me the following note along with the swim info above... 
The Fall program is designed for the girls that are getting ready for the HS season and want to be competitive.  For sure we are happy to have the boys as well.  We don't have any age groups, and I run it like a high school practice, so the swimmers need to be fairly strong coming in.  It's definitely not a "learn to swim program."  We didn't have any 8th graders participate last year, but it could work for the really talented kids.  Anyone younger than that would probably not be successful or have any fun. 


Come Get Your Stuff From Your Swimmer Folder!

Please stop by the pool and pick up all of your State ribbons and/or medals, along with any other ribbons, photos or Top Times sheets that you haven't picked up yet from earlier in the season.

The swimmer file box is located in the Guard Office.

See you next summer!


Timers Needed for State

If your swimmer is going to the State Meet please check the volunteer time slots for the event.  PLEASE NOTE:  The organizers have done a strange thing and listed the timing slots by event, not by the hour of the day.  I have asked for 2 timers per slot so that they can split the shift. Please speak with the person that is signed up with you and decide who will go first.  Thanks in advance for your help!



Hello Gator Families. Please join us at 5:30pm tonight for our annual team banquet. IF YOU HAVE A POP UP TENT, P,LEASE BRING IT! We had a wonderful banquet last year in the pouring rain and it looks like we might have the same this year. We look forward to seeing your family tonight and celebrating another successful Gator season.


It's here!! The Swim Team Banquet -- Gator-Style! - WEDNESDAY 5:30PM

We will get together to recognize our swimmers and coaches for an outstanding season, share our thank yous and hand out some awards. We would like to invite all swimmers and their families to our end of the season banquet.  This will be at the Green Mountain Swim Club (which will be closed for our event). The team will provide pizza and water/lemonade.  We are asking families to bring a side dish and/or dessert based on your Last Name to share in our potluck style dinner. 

Time:  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (or early or later. Hard to say exactly)
Date:  Wednesday, July 25
Place:  GMSC
Bring:  last name begins with A-L: side dish //  last name begins with M-Z: dessert

Also, you may want to bring a camp chair to sit in, a camera to take pics, and cocktails for the board members :)

We look forward to seeing all of our Gator families on Wednesday!


League/State Updates

There was a little bit of confusion for warm-up times/locations for League. Please see below.

FRIDAY 400'S:  There is an "open" warmup from 4:15-4:55pm. Your swimmer can show up anytime during the open warm up and jump in any lane.
SATURDAY: warm up is at 6:20 am- Upper division will be at GMSC, lower division will be at CKST. However, if you have kids that need to be in both places, just head to CKST and warm up there.
SUNDAY:  Same deal as Saturday

PARENT VOLUNTEERS:  We still need your volunteer help at League:  Please see the sign up Genius. 

If your child has qualifying times for State or is asked to be in a State relay, practice times will be as follows:
7:00 am - 8:00 am: Upper Division
8:00 am - 9:00 am:  Lower Division

.... and don't forget that we have a Team Banquet next week on Wednesday, July 25. Don't forget to check the blog for all the details!


Night practice

Night practice will be canceled tonight due to a teen night at the pool. Reminder upper division tomorrow at 7, 400 swimmers at 8, and the lower division at the regular practice time.


Movie Night: Wednesday 7/18

Here is information you should know about the Gator movie night.

  • This event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00pm
  • This event will be at Green Mountain Swim Club
  • We will be watching Finding Dory
  • This movie night is for all Gators (sorry no guests)
  • There will be NO SWIMMING allowed on this night
  • Popcorn and water will be available.  You are more than welcome to bring other snacks
  • Swimmers should come dressed comfortable (pajamas are encouraged) and bring a blanket/pillow to use as we will be on the grass
  • Parents--this is a drop off event.  We will keep them and ask that you return to the pool around 9:45pm (no later than 10) to pick them up
We hope to see you all there.  

This weeks swim practice (7/17-7/20)

This is just a reminder that swim practice this week is only for swimmers who are swimming at the League meet this weekend.  These practices are at the regularly scheduled time.

All swimmer families should continue to check the blog as we will have information about the movie night this Wednesday and our banquet next Wednesday.



POOL UPDATE:  The pool is filled, the chemicals are being balanced and the temperature is where we need it. However, the water is now green in the deep end of the pool.  The water is safe to swim in and we have been given the go-ahead for our meet on Saturday. We will be swimming Rio Olympic-style with a little green colored water on our home turf, The Gator Swamp!

VOLUNTEERS: I could use some help tonight (Friday) setting up for the meet, help on Saturday at the meet, help at the Last Chance Meet (if you are going) and help at Intrasquad.  Yep, it's a LOT! Please use the Parent Volunteer tab on the right and sign up for all the fun things you can't wait to do!

Reminder that the Last Chance Meet is being hosted by 5Parks on Sunday. All entries are due by the end of our Saturday meet. You must sign up online to participate. Click here to sign up or go to right side of blog.

Monday 7/16: All swimmers welcome at regular practice times.  Instrasquad Monday night. Sign up for events will be posted until after practice on Monday.

Tuesday 7/17- Friday 7/20:  practice for League qualifiers only and those individuals who have been asked to be on a relay team for League. Practice will remain at standard times

Monday 7/23-Friday 7/27:  practice for State qualifiers only and those individuals who have been asked to be on a relay team for State. Stay tuned for practice times. They may shift slightly due to the lower number of swimmers.



The pool had to be completely drained and will not be available through Friday.  Here's what we are doing:
PRACTICE:  Wednesday/Thursday from 3-5pm @ Green Mountain Rec Center (3-4pm lower division / 4-5 pm upper divsion) -- FRIDAY:  Dryland practice at GMSC (7-8 am: upper, 8-9am 11-12 year olds, 9-10am 10 and unders)

INTRASQUAD:  Has been moved to Monday 7/16 @ 5:30pm.  We have gotten an extension for League entries due to our pool emergency. This last Intrasquad will count towards League and State Qualifications.

MOUNT VERNON MEET ON SATURDAY 7/14:  WE have contacted MV and asked them if they can host our Saturday meet as a back up if our pool is not ready.  Everything is TBD on this event so please check the blog for updates.

Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we work through all these events. The GMSC Board is doing everything they can, as quickly as they can to get us back in the water.

Swimmers of the Week (July 2nd)

Male Swimmer of the Week: David Neuroth
David may not be the fastest in practice but he is a hard worker. He pushes his way through all the sets and keeps a very positive attitude, he is always smiling! This work payed off at the AK meet when David toughened up and swam the butterfly leg in the medley relay, allowing his teammates a chance to compete. He also got 3rd place in the individual butterfly event and had a fantastic breaststroke swim later in the day. Fantastic job David!

Female Swimmer of the Week: Jensen Wehri
Jensen was a fantastic swimmer at practice, as always, and did very well at AK. She is always ready to take on the next set no matter how hard making her a valuable addition to lane one. At the meet Jensen posted very respectable times in the butterfly and breaststroke and showed her mastery off all the strokes when she dropped a second and qualified for state in the IM! Keep up the great work Jensen!



Hey Gators!  The Pool Board has decided to close the pool at 6pm on Monday night and through the entirety of Tuesday in order to fix the murky water in the pool. They tested the chemicals in the pool today and although they are safe to swim in, the murkiness makes it unsafe to use the deep end. They need to fix this issue to legally remain open and provide the highest level of safety for all members.

7:00 am - 8:00 am:  Upper Division Practice
8:00 am - 9:00 am:  11-12 year olds
9:00 am - 10:00 am:  10 and unders

Wear: workout gear and tennis shoes. No swimsuits needed.
Bring: water to drink and a kick-butt gator attitude


Hey Parents! It is a Gator tradition to have a coaches relay and a parent relay at the last Intrasquad of the season. WE NEED YOU! Please bring your suit, check in with Danielle and you will be assigned a relay team.  Your kids will have a chance to cheer you on and it's really fun!



We can't believe that we are nearing the end of our summer swim season! It has been great to get to know new gator families and to reconnect with our legacy gator families. Swim Team families are the best!
Practice:  Welcome to Gator Week! This is traditionally the hardest week of workouts for swimmers (the coaches LOVE this week!) and the last week of swimming for those swimmers that don't qualify for League or State.
Intrasquad Wednesday 7/11: This is our last intrasquad and swimmers can qualify for League/State at this meet. Event sign ups will be posted from Monday - Wednesday morning.
GMST v. MV Saturday 7/14: This is our last home meet and swimmers can still qualify for League/State. Show up and swim fast! Event sign ups will be posted from Wednesday night - Friday morning. 

Last Chance Meet Sunday 7/15: For those swimmers who need one "last chance" to qualify for League or State, please sign up for this meet. It is hosted at 5Parks and the sign up link is on the right side of the blog.  You must sign up online no later than 11am on Saturday (after the Mount Vernon home meet) and pick your races in order to swim at this meet. 
League Swim Meet: If your swimmer qualifies for League, then they will be practicing at the regularly scheduled practice times the week of 7/16.  If your swimmer did not qualify, then they are free for the rest of the summer to sleep in :)  All League info will be on the right side of the blog and all event entries are due by Monday 7/16. Please speak with the coaches about which events you will be swimming. 
State Swim Meet: If your swimmer qualifies for State, then they will be practicing the week of 7/23. Please check the blog as swim practice times might be shifted this week due to the lower number of swimmers.  
Team Movie Night: This fun event is for swim team only (but of course we will let sibling sneak in) and it is hosted at 8pm after the pool closes.  We will provide popcorn and water. Your swimmer can bring a blanket/pillow, snacks and be in their pajamas if they want. We will not be getting in the water. This is a dry land event and just a fun way to wind down the summer swim season with their swim friends. You are welcome to drop your swimmers off and pick them back up at 10pm.
Team Banquet: This is our BIG end of the year banquet. We get the pool grounds all to ourselves and will honor all the hard work our swimmers and coaches put in this year. This is a potluck event and the coaches even get all dressed up for us.  We hope you can make it!!


Link to Gator Week Spotify playlist

Here is the link to the playlist!! Click here then follow the playlist to add 1 or 2 songs! https://open.spotify.com/user/22jsuq2jbgwty4phuuyt655oy/playlist/5weZ5iK9rf4rfKx8QxQaZO?si=xyzytIVQSSWeQGFITwnHOA


Gator Updates for Week of July 2nd

Practice: normal practice times Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri.  NO PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY JULY 4TH.

Next Swim Meet: Saturday, July 7th @ Applewood Knolls. Sign up sheets will be available until Friday 7/6 at practice.


Swimmer of the Week (June 18th)

Male Swimmer of the Week: Dominic Anderson
Dominic gives it his all in every event he does, something the coaches really admire. In practice he is never afraid to move to a faster lane or lead his peers through the set. This paid off at the Ken Caryl meet where he raced hard, did well in his events, and held an important position in the relays. Way to go Dominic!

Female Swimmer of the Week: Megan Cooper
Megan really showed up at the meets this weekend! Despite swimming only the 400 at Ken Caryl, she stayed for the entire upper division session to cheer on her teammates and filled a relay spot when  another swimmer was missing. Then on Sunday Megan branched out from distance free and competed in the Pentathlon and was a trooper through the very difficult event. Nice job Megan!

Waterworld- Meet Up Location

For those that are going to Waterworld, I have uploaded a map with the general area that Gator families meet up, drop their bags, return for lunch, etc.  We usually meet at the picnic tables/pavilion area that is above the big wave pool.  I have tried to circle it on the map, but it doesn't show it very well. It will be more clear when you get to the park and are in the general area.
Click here for map

Ticket Information is on the right side of the blog, along with the site password to get the team discount.



Practice is cancelled Monday due to the amount of swim meets this weekend. The coaches have earned a break after attending four meets Friday-Sunday!  -- Wednesday is picture and pancake day, so you will be in your team suit for the picture, but won't need to get in the water. 


Practice Tomorrow (June 22)

Just a reminder; no official upper division practice tomorrow morning due to the Ken Caryl meet. There is an optional practice at 8am and night practice tonight if people are looking for an extra workout/technique session.


Hi Parents,
Please sign up to volunteer at the Ken Caryl Meet, the Pentathlon and/or the C/D Meet. We are required to have timers at all meets and 1 Official (at the C/D Meet). All links are active on the right side of the blog for each event and are waiting for your name to be entered.  THANK YOU :)

GMSC is Hiring Lifeguards

GMSC is looking to hire a few more guards. Specifically guards that can work through the end of the season, Labor Day.  If you are interested please contact Shannon Baker (303.903.7041)


Pictures, Pancakes & WaterWorld

I wanted to give all the swimmer families (new and old) an idea of what our Pictures, Pancakes
and Water World day will look like.  These fun activities are scheduled for Wednesday, June 29th.
Please note there is no regular morning swim practice on this day.

Starting at 7:30am we will begin taking individual/buddy swimmer pictures.  
There will be an order form in each swimmer folder next week and I will also post a link to this
form on the blog.  Please have this form completed when you arrive.
At 8:00am we will begin our BIG team picture. If you aren't getting individual pictures taken we ask you arrive no later than 8:00am so
you can be included in the team picture.  Please make sure you wear your team swimming suit.

While the pictures are being taken we will have people preparing Gatorcakes (green pancakes).  
There will be a parent sign-up for parents to help cook and also bring some food.
Watch on the blog for this sign-up coming soon!

After the pictures have been taken and Gatorcakes have been eaten it is off to WaterWorld.  
Please know this is not a required event. Also know that there is no adult supervision so you
will need to plan accordingly.  Below is a link and instructions on how to purchase discounted
WaterWorld tickets. Our team receives discounted tickets which can be purchased and printed online.

To purchase WaterWorld tickets please visit:
https://calypsoclub.waterworldcolorado.com/affiliate.asp?ID=50F8949F-61B1-4EE7-8F31-52797430F005  Once on this page you will be prompted for a Password.  
The password to purchase tickets is GMGators.

You can purchase tickets for your family and friends to go on this day or any day in the 2018 season.

This link will also allow you to purchase discounted for Adventure Golf and Raceway, in case you
need something to do during the summer.

Swim Buddies! (Finally)

Hello Gators! I am finally getting around to posting the swim buddies so here they are.

Anastasia - Scarlett
Kati - Maddie
Taryn - Leah F
Kayla - Whitney
Emma N - Taetum
Marie - Lexi B
Lea G - Charlize
Emma B - Izzy
Megan - Teagan
Olivia - Mia, Lucy V
Lexi M - Kamiree
Anna - Jessa
Alia - Lily B
Lucille - Jensen
Maddy M - Lily S
Lexi L - Neva
Camille - Anisa
Brooke - Beth
Sammy - Taylor
Kimya - Addy

Will L - Everett, Ben S
Nathan - Nick
John - Dominic
Keagan - Kai
Brett - Charles
Harry - David, Jake S
Jack - Jakey
Kaden - Owen
Willam K - Eli
Riley - Noah


Reminders Week of 6/18

- Our 2nd Intrasquad is on Wednesday night. All swimmers have until the end of practice on Wednesday to sign up.  -- PIZZA!!! We will be selling pizza and soda at the intrasqaud meet. YUM!
- The Ken Caryl Invitational is on Friday/Saturday. Please check the blog later in the week for individual time entries and parent volunteer needs. We are still waiting to hear from the Meet organizers for final details.
- The C/D Meet is on Sunday: Swimmers have until Thursday at end of practice to sign up for this meet. It is an online sign up (right side of blog). We will need 4 timers and 1 official for this meet. Please sign up to help if you are attending.
- The Pentathlon is also on Sunday: Swimmers have until Thursday at end of practice to sign up for this meet. It is an online sign up (right side of blog). Please check back for parent volunteer needs. We are still waiting to hear from the Meet organizers for final details.
- Next week on Wednesday, June 27th:  Pictures, Pancakes and WaterWorld Day! More info to come soon, but please know that in lieu of practice we will have team and individual pictures, along with a pancake breakfast for all swimmers. For those who want to join us, we will then head up to WaterWorld for a day of fun. We will have a discount link posted soon for tickets, along with meet up details.


Swimmers of the Week (week of 6/11/18)

Female Swimmer of the Week: Camille Anderson
Camille was a champion of lane four this week, keeping on track with the intervals and completing the sets with her best effort. She consistently practices excellent technique and is a great example for her teammates. She crushed it at the meet, posting great times in the relays and her individuals and always followed any advice we gave her. Nice job Camille!

Male Swimmer of the Week: Everett Tompkins
Everett has been an excellent role model in the smaller 9-10 practice. He keeps up with the intervals and doesn't mess around when he is supposed to be swimming, giving it his all in every set. This showed in the meet when he dropped lots of time in his 50 back and 100 free. Also, everyone should be like Everett and come ask for advice before and after their races! Way to go Everett!


GMSC Parking Lot Closed Monday 6/18

The City of Lakewood is finishing up a paving job on Union. The parking lots will be closed on Monday 6/18. Please use the upper grass lot for swim practice. Thanks!


Gator Updates: Week of June 11 & June 18

We have a TON going on the next two weeks. Please read through and start planning. Many of these events require action on your part to sign up.

Saturday, June 16th:  GMST v. Gennesse @ GMSC  -- this is our last home meet for about a month. Genesse is small team, so the meet should end earlier than our previous meets. Your child has until the end of practice on Friday to sign up. Also, Gennese has requested a fun parent/coach relay in the middle of the meet. We are in need of 1 or 2 parents to step up and help us with this! Please email Danielle if interested.

Wednesday, June 20th:  Instrasquad #2 @ GMSC  -- sign up sheets will be put up for this event on Monday 6/18 and will be taken down Wednesday 6/20 after practice.

Friday/Saturday, June 22/23:  Ken Caryl Invitational Meet -- your child must qualify for this meet by getting Qualifying Times up to and during the Saturday meet against Gennesse.  Click on Qualifying Athletes to see list of who has qualified thus far.  If your child is able to swim, Ethan must know by the end of the meet against Gennesse. We will submit all names at the end of Saturday. There will be no changes to add/scratch after this. No exceptions. -- Details for event will be on right side of blog.

Sunday, June 24th:  C/D Meet  -- all swimmers with C, D or "no time" in an event may attend this event and swim. All entries must be submitted by Thursday 6/21 at 7am. You can sign up here or on the right side of the blog.

Sunday, June 24th:  Pentathalon @ AAC  -- This meet is for swimmers who have a B or better qualifying time in 3 of the following 5 events:  freestyle, back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly and/or IM.  If your swimmer wants to participate they will swim all 5 events (freestyle, back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly and IM) at this meet. All entries must be submitted by Thursday 6/21 at 7am. You may sign up for this meet here or on the right side of the blog.

Monday, June 25th:  Practice is cancelled. The coaches have earned a day off and your swimmers have earned an "active recovery day".  Let them sleep in and run free :)


Night Practice Change

Due to an event at the pool on Thursday, night practice will be switched to tonight for those interested.

Need 1-2 Parent Swimmers on Saturday!

Hello Parents. We will be having a coach/parent relay during the meet against Gennesse. It’s super fun and will take place right before the Freestyle relays start. It will also be a chance to cool off during a very hot day! Please contact Danielle if you are interested.


Swimmers of the Week (June 4 - 10)

Hello Gators it is time to announce our first swimmers of the week!! (Swimmers are chosen for the week previous to the post).

Female Swimmer of the Week: Taryn McGraw

Taryn was a dream to have at practice and meets as she was consistent in doing what was expected of her and even more. She was always on time for warm-ups and gave it her all in the sets, even the many hard ones. In meets and practice, she often asks for tips on how to improve her technique and then practices improving regularly. She brings her best attitude to all events and even makes the coach's job easier by volunteering to pull lane ropes. Great work Taryn!

Male Swimmer of the Week: Devon Garls

Devon is new to the Gators this year and we are so glad to have him! Without question he took the role of leading the fastest lane in his practice and continues to keep them on pace and working hard. He is quite the powerhouse in races as well. He brings his all to individuals and relays and blows people out of the water, especially in the butterfly, all with a very modest and composed attitude (Look for him at our next meets and you'll see what we mean). Keep it up Devon!

Last Opportunity for Official's Training on Tuesday

If you want to be an official this year, Tuesday is your last chance to receive the training. The clinic will be held at the Stingrays pool (6th Ave West Pool - 400 Holman Way) in Golden with the lecture starting at 5pm and the in-water demo starting at 6:15pm. Returning officials only need to attend the lecture once a year. All new officials need to attend both the lecture and in-water demo. If you have any questions, please contact Dave.


GMSC Offering Swim Assistant Classes for Ages 10+

Green Mountain Swim Club is now offering a water safety class! If you would like to work as a swim assistant, you must be 10 years old and take this class.

The first class is scheduled and will be held on the following days/times:
June 11-14th from 10-10:40am
June 15th 10-11:15am (test day)

Cost of the class is $40 for all GMSC members and Swim Team members ($45 cost for all other participants)
Payment is due at the first class

Sign up today by emailing staffing.gmsc@gmail.com
Limit 6 kids for this class


Reminder for Freestyle Frenzy

You have until 2pm on Saturday to sign up for the Freestyle Frenzy. Please use the "swimmer sign up" link on the right side of the blog. 

Freestyle Frenzy: We have a meet on Sunday that is a fundraiser for our swim team (all times are official and do count towards league and state). Your child must have a "B" time or better in one of the freestyle disciplines (400 free, 200 free, 100 free, 50 free or 25 free) to qualify.  Please check your results times from the Instrasquad and the 5Parks meet against the FSA Qual Times sheet.  Your child can also qualify during the AAC meet on Saturday. If your child does not have a B time, then it is at the discretion of the coahes if they think they are close enough in time to do it. Questions can be directed to the coaches.

Upper Division Night Practice - Cancelled for Tonight

The Swim Club is having movie night tonight, so we won't be able to have night practice. Enjoy your night off :)

Update of Practice Times (Again!)

Hi Parents. We are needing to shift practice times again. The coaches are working hard to manage our swimmers and make sure that they all have enough space to swim hard and be safe.  We will start on Monday, June 11th with the new practice times. If you want to start today... go for it! If you have any questions, please see Coach Ethan.

6:30 am - 8:00 am: age 13 and older  - same
8:00 am - 9:00 am: age 11-12 - change
9:00 am - 9:50 am: age 10 and under - change


Swimmer of the Week--starting next week

The Gator coaches and board members are excited to implement a new award for swimmer of the week.  This swimmer recognition will begin next week.
During the summer swim season the coaches will be recognizing one female and one male swimmer each week.  Swimmers can be chosen from any age group. Upon being chosen for the swimmer of the week the swimmer will be recognized on the blog and on the bulletin board at the swimming pool as well as receiving a Dairy Queen gift card.

Swimmer of the Week criteria
**Behavior and Attitude:  highest standards for behavior and manners at all swim team functions; positive attitude in regards to all swimming related programs
**Effort:  demonstrate a resilient, consistent, hard-work ethic both in and out of the pool
**Attendance:  attends practice regularly; participates in meets consistently
**Learning:  demonstrates excellent listening skills; responsiveness to instruction; improve skill development
**Organization:  demonstrates independence; self motivator; arrives on time; has all "equipment"
**Performance:  applies skills and techniques acquired/developed during practice in meets; demonstrates proper form; drops time in events
**Team Work:  demonstrates excellent teamwork helping all team mates; cheers for other swimmers during events; participates in buddy program
**Gator Factor:  All the above and a little something extra!!!!!!!!!!!

Parent Volunteers

Attention all parents:

We are trying something new with our parent volunteer sign-ups.  We have posted links on the blog (right hand side) for all meets with parent volunteer opportunities.  Please look at this list and sign-up in advance for meets your swimmer will be attending.  The sooner you sign-up the better chance you will have to do the job you want :)

Thanks in advance for supporting the Gators and trying this new feature.  


Change of Venue for Saturday Meet vs. AAC

Please note the Saturday meet against Applewood Athletic has been moved to our pool.  AAC is still going to "host" the meet which means that they will run the heating shed, computer results table, concessions, etc but will do this from our pool.  We will not need to "staff up" our volunteers like a normal home meet, but we still need a small bit of help like at our away meets. The GMSC Pool Board was kind enough to give us the pool until 11:00 am on Saturday because of our emergency situation of not having somewhere to swim on Saturday. A HUGE thanks!! However, this does mean that we might have to cut relays from the event and/or go down to two events per swimmer. Please have your swimmer sign up as usual for the meet (3 events and relays if they want) and understand that some of this might get cut.  The schedule of events will be set before the meet starts and there will be no deck entries on the day of the meet. Thanks for being so understanding and please say thank you to any pool board member that you might run into!

Big Buddies

We are trying to determine if our tradition of having Big Buddies (upper division) cheer, mentor and encourage Little Buddies (lower divisions) is a possibility this year. The coaches have reached out to your kids to see if they would like to do it. Please let your child know to talk to their coach if they are interested. Thanks.

Upper Division Night Practices

Night practices for upper division only will start this week.
Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8:00pm-9:00pm
Text Ethan if you plan to attend. (720) 335-4894


Updated practice info

As discussed at the parent meeting, here are the updated age groups for practice starting on Monday, 4 June. If you need to practice in another session for any reason, see Ethan for approval. Please adhere to this schedule so that our kids have sufficient lane space.

6:30 am - 8:00 am: age 13 and older
8:00 am - 9:00 am: age 10-12
9:00 am - 9:50 am: age 9 and under

More officials training available!

The league added some additional training on Sunday June 3 at 2:30 pm at GMRC (lecture only) and Tuesday June 12 5:00 pm at Stingrays (both lecture, then water demo at 6:15 pm). If you're interested, please attend one of these sessions. We can always do additional training on deck at a swim meet.


Meet Volunteers: Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the meet on Saturday, especially those who double volunteered to fill in the gaps!! As a reminder, every family needs to volunteer/sign up for at least one shift at every meet that you attend. If your kid is there, you need to be helping. We can't do it without you. Seriously, we can't do it without your help.

Saturday Meet vs. AAC:  We will be swimming at the Applewood Athletic pool on Saturday. Apparently they are having some construction done on a new shed that will effect both where we can sit/setup and whether or not they have electricity. We may be going old school with candlelit bathrooms and paper only time keeping.  Results may not be posted on race day, so please be patient. And if they tell you to sit somewhere else, just smile and say OK.

Freestyle Frenzy: We have a meet on Sunday that is a fundraiser for our swim team (all times are official and do count towards league and state). Your child must have a "B" time or better in one of the freestyle disciplines (400 free, 200 free, 100 free, 50 free or 25 free) to qualify.  Please check your results times from the Instrasquad and the 5Parks meet against the FSA Qual Times sheet.  If your child does not have a B time, then it is at the discretion of the coahes if they think they might get a B time at the AAC meet. Questions can be directed to the coaches.


Tie-Dye washing instructions

In case you didn't go home with instructions for your newly tie-dyed item.........
Please wait 24 hours to wash. Leave the item in the bag until you are ready to wash. While the shirt is still tied, it needs to be rinsed under cold running water. When you see very little dye running off the item, start to gradually remove the rubber bands while still rinsing. Get as much dye out as possible this way. Immediately after rinsing wash the item ( by itself ) with cold water and soap in the washing machine. Once this item has been washed and dried you are good to wear.

Wear your Gator gear around the pool!


Tie Dye & Ice Cream Social / Parent Meeting

On Friday, June 1st we will have our annual tie-dye and ice cream social. This is a tradition of tie-dying apparel with the Gator team colors that has been carried on for years . We are going to incorporate a mandatory parent meeting into this event.

This event will be from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Mandatory Parent meeting will begin 5:30 pm. Please plan on having one parent attend this meeting. We will discuss some summer season information and introduce all of the coaches and board members.
-Tie-Dye can be completed anytime between 5:00-7:30pm (this will allow them to finish by 8:00pm when the pool closes). Each person is responsible for bringing an item if they would like to tie-dye. The swim team will supply the dye (and the fun). It would be helpful if the item you were going to tie-dye was already prepared with rubber bands.
- Ice Cream will be served around 6:00pm and will be available until this is all eaten.
- We will also have our Gator apparel (shirts, sweatshirts, hats and swim caps) available for purchase. These items can be purchase with cash, check or credit card. We will have white tank tops and tshirts available for purchase as an option of something Gator to tie-dye.

NOTE: The pool will be open and kids will be able to swim.


Snack Shack Open for Intrasquad on Wednesday

The Swim Club will open the Snack Shack for our first Intrasquad meet on Wednesday.  We won't have burgers or pizza this meet, but they will have soft pretzels, Gatorade and other "snacky" food for the kids. -- If you are interested in grilling burgers at a future Intrasquad, please speak with Danielle.

Swim Suit Delivery

If you ordered a swim suit, please check in with Carol Hruby. She will be at practice tomorrow (Wednesday) from 7:50 am- 9:10 am and at the Intrasquad. She has picked up the first round of orders from our swimsuit fitting night at the Rec Center.


Hello Gators! We have a BIG week to start off the season.

Morning practices start on Tuesday 5/29.
6:30 am - 8:00 am: age 14 and older
8:00 am - 9:00 am: age 10-13
9:00 am - 9:50 am: age 9 an under

Our first meet with our own team will be this Wednesday starting at 5:30 pm. All details including volunteer sign ups are on the right hand side of the blog.

We will have a fun gathering Friday night at the pool that starts at 5:00 pm.  The parent meeting will begin at 5:30 pm.  Your swimmer can bring a shirt, tank top or other item to tie-dye in team colors to wear throughout the season. We will have team tshirts and tanks to sell as well that you can tie-dye.

5Parks vs. GMST
Our first dual meet against another team starts on Saturday, June 2nd. This is a home meet at our pool.  Warmups are at 6:00 am (Visiting team has warmups at 6:30 am) with the meet starting at 7:00 am. 5Parks is a large team, so plan to be at the pool until about noon.  Also, if your child chooses to skip the warm up, there will not be another time for them to jump in the pool for that purpose. Once the meet starts at 7:00 am it is full steam ahead!  Please see the right hand side of the blog for the sign up link for volunteers.


REMINDER: After School Practices Start Today

Where:  Green Mountain Swim Club
 When:  13 and up will swim from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 12 and under will swim from 5:00 pm -6:00 pm


Official's Training Today @ 4:30pm!!

New officials must attend one of the classroom training sessions (5/20 or 5/23) and the in-water demo on 5/23. After the training, you will shadow a veteran official for two meets (intrasquad meets count). Plan on the training session taking approximately one hour.
  • Sunday, 5/20 @ 4:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training)
  • Wednesday, 5/23 @ 6pm (training) and 7pm (in-water demo) Applewood Knolls
  • Sunday, 6/3 @ 2:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training; returning officials only)



Please note that after school practices will start on Monday, May 21st at the Green Mountain Swim Club. 
13 and up will swim from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 12 and under will swim from 5:00 pm -6:00 pm


Thank you to everyone who made it to the Rec Center for the Team swimsuit ordering/fitting.

If you missed the event, you can call Christine at the Colorado Swim Shop or go online to order your suit. If your order by May 18th, your suit should arrive before our first meet (plus we will pick it up for you and save you the shipping costs). After May 18th, you will need to direct ship to your house. 

site: www.coloradoswimshop.com
password: Greenmtn18
Team suit style:  TYR Sagano Green
Call for questions:  Christine 303-545-2090


PLEASE NOTE: Date Change for Swimsuit Fitting

The swimsuit fitting has been moved to Sunday May 6th
same time:  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
same place: Green Mountain Rec Center
same awesome people: Your GMST Gators and the Colorado Swim Shop

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Don't Forget! Officials Training Session Next Sunday

New officials must attend one of the classroom training sessions (4/29, 5/20 or 5/23) and the in-water demo on 5/23. After the training, you will shadow a veteran official for two meets (intrasquad meets count). Plan on the training session taking approximately one hour.

  • Sunday, 4/29 @ 2:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training)
  • Sunday, 5/20 @ 4:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training)
  • Wednesday, 5/23 @ 6pm (training) and 7pm (in-water demo) Applewood Knolls
  • Sunday, 6/1 @ 2:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training; returning officials only)
If you have any questions, send them my way. Thank you! Dave


Mark Your Calendars for the Summer Team Swim Suit Fitting/Ordering

Mark your calendars: Sunday, May 6th 5:00pm - 7:00pm for the Gator team swimming suit fitting
We will be at the Green Mountain Rec Center with the Colorado Swim Shop on this date to start our countdown to summer swim season!
Our swimming suit vendor will be taking orders for the team swimming suit. They will have different sizes on hand for swimmers to try on so that the correct size suit can be ordered.
If you can't make this date, we will post information for ordering at a later date. You will not have the option to try suits on in advance of your order if you miss the 4/29 fitting.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this gmstgators@aol.com


Lifeguards & Water Safety Instructors Needed!

The GREEN MOUNTAIN SWIM CLUB is now accepting applications!

Interested in working at the pool during the 2018 season?

Candidates must meet the Lifeguard requirements listed below:

Have a current WSI certification
Be a natural leader and smart decision-maker
Willing and able to hold people accountable for completing shift responsibilities and behaving in
a mature, responsible manner while at work
Able to assist with last minute scheduling needs
Genuine passion for teaching children how to swim
Compensation: $12/hour with the potential to go up with teaching lessons

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

Be at least 15 years old
Have a current Lifeguard Certification including CPR from the American Red Cross, YMCA, City of Lakewood or similar organization.
Willing and able to conduct swimming lessons for a variety of ages and skill levels
LOVE working with and spending time with kids!
Available at least 20-25 hours per week, including weekends and holidays
Mature, punctual, responsible, self-motivated, and a good work ethic
Compensation starts at minimum wage with the potential to go up with teaching lessons

TO APPLY: Go to https://www.greenmountainswimclub.org/staff/team-gmsc/ to fill out and email an application.


Congratulations Ben Hofstra!

It is my pleasure to announce that Ben Hofstra will be joining our Gator coaching staff this summer as an assistant coach. Ben has been working hard this offseason for the Gators, designing and leading our swim clinics on Sunday evenings. Please congratulate Ben when you see him. Ben's hire rounds out our coaching staff with Ethan leading the way and Kaylyn returning for another summer. We're looking forward to a fun season and some fast swims. Go Gators!


Summer swim team registration

Warm weather is here and we are excited to start registration for the summer swim team season!  Please start watching the blog for updates as we pass along information about things starting this summer  It is easy to be notified of updates if you like Green Mountain Swim Team on Facebook or subscribe on the Gator blog.  

If you plan on swimming with the Green Mountain Gators this summer please complete the following registration.  Use the following link to sign your swimmer up.  Upon completing the registration you will mail in your payment along with the completed emergency contact formliability waiver and code of conduct.

We will publish the summer swim practice times as soon as they are finalized.  This will include the start dates and the start times.

We are excited to start thinking swim team.  Please let us know if you have any questions about swim team or the registration process.


Officiating volunteers needed

Hi parents! Are you looking for a fun way to support your swimmers and the team this summer? If you're tired of timing or other volunteer duties, I recommend that you consider helping out as an official. The role of an official gives you front-row access to every race and we can't run a swim meet without them.

Who makes a good official?

  • Someone who swam competitively (helps, but not required)
  • Someone who believes in fair competition; there are rules and the officials are responsible for enforcing them
  • You can handle the rare coach or parent voicing their displeasure with your disqualification (DQ) call
What do officials need?
  • White shirt
  • White shorts/skirt
  • Whistle
  • Pen
  • Nametag (will be ordered by the league)
What is expected of an official?
  • Help officiate at all home meets
  • Help officiate at away meets (typically 2-3 per team is helpful)
  • If in doubt on any DQ call, the benefit goes to the swimmer (no call)
  • Have fun!

If you are interested, please refer to the training times & locations below. New officials must attend one of the classroom training sessions (4/29, 5/20 or 5/23) and the in-water demo on 5/23. After the training, you will shadow a veteran official for two meets (intrasquad meets count).

  • Sunday, 4/29 @ 2:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training)
  • Sunday, 5/20 @ 4:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training)
  • Wednesday, 5/23 @ 6pm (training) and 7pm (in-water demo) Applewood Knolls
  • Sunday, 6/1 @ 2:30pm Green Mountain Rec Center (training; returning officials only)
If you have any questions, send them my way. Thank you! Dave


WANTED: Assistant Coach

Gators, family & friends,

We are looking to fill one more assistant coaching position for this upcoming summer. At this time, we have Ethan Schick as our Head Coach and Kaylyn Schull as an assistant coach. We need one more assistant coach to fill out the staff. We are looking for someone with a swimming background who can teach proper stroke technique to various age levels, can devote 10 weeks to the team during the summer (21 May - 29 Jul), and wants to have fun.

Preferred (not required):

  • Applicants with valid lifeguard and CPR certifications
  • Prior coaching experience
Pay depends on coaching experience.

If you or somebody you know is interested, please have them call or text me at 303-906-9420 to discuss the opportunity. I'm also available to chat at most of the swim clinics on Sunday evening. Thank you! - Dave Anderson, GMST President



We'd love to see your kids in the pool with our great coaching staff!  Registration can be found below or on The Swamp blog.

Spring Swim Clinic

Clinic Details:
Sunday evenings at the Green Mountain Rec Center (13198 W. Green Mountain Dr.)
10 weeks
February 18th-May 6th (no clinic March 25th or April 1st)
Swimmers 12&under 5:00-6:00pm
Swimmers 13&up 6:00-7:00pm (this may change depending on number of swimmers registered)
Cost: $90 for each session per child (cash or check made payble to GMST)


Spring Swim Clinics starting in February

Is your swimmer ready for summer to begin?  The swim team will be holding our spring clinics starting in February.  This is a great way for swimmers to start working back to being summer ready.

Spring Swim Clinic

Clinic Details:

Sunday evenings at the Green Mountain Rec Center (13198 W. Green Mountain Dr.)
10 weeks
February 18th-May 6th (no clinic March 25th or April 1st)
Swimmers 12&under 5:00-6:00pm
Swimmers 13&up 6:00-7:00pm (this may change depending on number of swimmers registered)
Cost: $90 for each session per child (cash or check made payble to GMST)


Last day for promotional GM Swim Club membership rate!

Today’s the last day to get the reduced rate on a 2018 summer membership! It’s $425 today, but the price goes up tomorrow! bit.ly/GMSCTWPromo