The 2017 Garden Hills Adult Swim Team season will begin practices in mid- May and continue through at least mid-August. The popularity of this early AM swim practice program has increased to the point that we will schedule 4 practices a week in June and through mid July. But we will request that swimmers choose any 3 per week so that the pool is not over-crowded. This year though mid- July, we will practice on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 AM until 7:20 AM, then also on Saturday at 8:30 AM until 9:30 AM. After mid-July, we will only practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.
The practices will be led by a number of qualified and experienced competitive swimmers and coaches. Grace Alexander, a Rollins College grad and school record holder in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle will coach during the season as before. Olivia Baker, a Pace Academy state swim meet finalist in the breaststroke, and Jake Jenkins, a Pace Academy state meet qualifier in the 500 free will also coach our group this year.
This team is beginning its 10th year at Garden Hills, and last year we finished 3rd in the ASA Adult Swim League. The league is more geared to average to very good swimmers that are leading a varied and busy lifestyle—in other words, if you enjoy a social meet without high pressure, this league is for you. In fact, the league coordinator calls it the league for “beer drinkers that like to swim!” There will be 5 league meets this summer –all on Friday evenings, with age groups in 5 year increments. The Championship meet is in late July this year, and there will be a new “Olympic Style Meet” in mid-August in a 50 meter Olympic distance pool!
The Garden Hills Adult Team is made up of male and female swimmers from ages in the 20’s to in the 60’s. All ages and skill levels are welcome, as there are dedicated practice swim lanes for those that are faster – to intermediate—to more relaxed swimmers. Workouts are customized by each group’s conditioning and speed. If you desire stroke advice, flip turn help, or learning to dive off a block, those opportunities will present themselves! New swimmers join every year—and some haven’t swum in a meet in decades!
The fee structure will remain the same for 2017— $15 for May, $25 each for June and July, and we will determine late summer fees based on the practices planned at that time.
The league fee for those planning to swim in the meets is $42 for the entire summer, which includes the personnel and equipment for the meets, insurance, and social hour burgers and food after the meets. IF you are under 30 years old, the league fee is only $10, as many younger swimmers are in college or traveling through portions of the summer.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact team coordinator Jack Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.