Springdale Aquabears Swim Team
The Springdale Area Recreation Club swim team program is a competitive and fun team for children 4 to 18 years of age. There are no try-outs for swimmers interested in swimming on the team. The only requirement is that the child is able to swim 15 yards without assistance for safety reasons.
General Information About Swim Team

Overview

Welcome to the Springdale Aquabears swim team! We are a volunteer run team with the mission of making swimming fun and inclusive for everyone.

Springdale is a member of the Tarheel Swimming Association (TSA), which includes 88 summer league teams in the Wake County area. TSA is divided into two leagues: Northern and Southern. The Springdale Aquabears are in the Northern league. TSA information (all schedules, results, directions to pools, etc.) can be found at Home – Tarheel Swimming Association (swimtopia.com).

2023 Meet Schedule

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Coaches

We are excited to have four of our coaches (Mariana, Katie, Addie, and Sarah) returning this year!

All coaches will be at the practices but, like previous years, we will have leads for each age group, so parents know who to talk to regarding your swimmer’s progress, etc. The leads are:

  • Coach Mariana (head coach) will co-lead the 6 and unders and will lead the 15-18s.
  • Coach Katie will lead the 9-10s and the 13-14s
  • Coach Addie will lead the 7-8s and 11-12s
  • Coach Sarah will co-lead the 6 and unders

We have Delanee Williams joining the coaching staff this year as a helper with the younger swimmers.

Start of the Season

Practices

Swim season practices starts Monday May 17. While Wake County traditional calendar schools remain in session, practices will be held in the afternoons only. Once traditional calendar schools are out for the summer, swim team practices will be in the mornings and afternoons. The practice schedule is listed on the SARC swim team webpage.

Historically, our swim team has had around 175 swimmers, so the coaches must work hard to ensure that all children are coached. Therefore, it’s important that all swimmers behave appropriately so that each child gets the attention they deserve. Expectations for swimmers at practice include:

  • Be on time.
  • No disruptive conduct of any type (profanity, unsportsmanlike conduct, refusing to participate, lack of cooperation, bullying, etc…). This can result in dismissal of the practice or swim meet.

We offer many times for practice, especially when traditional calendar school lets out. There are no requirements for the number of practices to attend but in order to see the most improvement, we recommend 3-4 days a week.

Time Trials

Prior to the start of our dual meets, we will have a β€œpractice” (Time Trials) meet on Tuesday, June 8th. At this meet, the team will swim all events except for relays. This gives the swimmers (and parents) a feel for how the meets are run and allows the coaches to get their first set of times for each swimmer. Our regular season will begin on Tuesday, June 15th. This year is slightly different than previous years; we have five scheduled meets, with one meet being virtual. The meet schedule can be found on the Springdale swim team website page.

Swim Suits

In 2021, the team suits are all black, any style and brand. Each registered swimmer will be given a SARC swim cap.

Saturday Stroke Technique Clinics

We are lucky to have several parents that are past competitive swimmers to work with our kids on stroke technique and development. In 2021, we will have two sets of clinics: 1) for 5 and 6-year olds and 2) for ages 7 and over that can swim multiple laps.

Some of the skills these parent coaches work on with the swimmers include diving, turns, and relay handoffs. Clinics are held Saturday at Springdale. For the 2021 season, they will start June 5.

Practice Times

May 16-June 9 – Monday – Thursday

  • 8 and Unders (assisted)- 5:30-6:00 pm
  • 8 and Unders (solo)Β  5:30-6:30
  • 9/10 – 5:30 – 6:30
  • 11 and up – 6:30 – 7:30

June 13 – July 20 Evenings Only

Mondays:

  • 8 and Unders (assisted)- 5:30-6:00 pm
  • 8 and Unders (solo)Β  5:30-6:30
  • 9/10 – 5:30 – 6:30
  • 11-12 – 6:30 – 7:30
  • 13-14 – 6:30 – 7:30
  • 15 and OverΒ  6:30 – 7:30

Tuesdays:Β  Swim Meet

Wednesday AM:

  • 11 and Up – 9:00 am Water Polo

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings:Β 

  • 8 and Unders (assisted)- 5:30-6:00 pm
  • 8 and Unders (solo)Β  5:30-6:30
  • 9/10 – 5:30 – 6:30
  • 11-12 – 6:30 – 7:30
  • 13-14 – 6:30 – 7:30
  • 15 and OverΒ  6:30 – 7:30

Saturday Clinics:Β 

  • All ages – 9:00 am




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