Swim Team

Head swim team coach: Holly Hulett


Important 2018 swim team dates

First practice:  Tuesday, May 29

Dates of likely swim meets:  June 7, June 11, June 19, June 21, June 25, and June 27.  (All regular tri-meets are scheduled to start at 6:45 pm with warm-ups starting at 6:10 pm and swimmers reporting to coaches by 5:45 pm.  Home meets will likely be held on June 19 and June 25.  Swimmers must have participated in at least three regular season meets to be able to swim in the GDSA semi-finals.)

GDSA semi-finals for 10 and unders:  Monday, July 9 (July 11 as a rain date)

GDSA semi-finals for 11 and overs:  Tuesday, July 10 (July 12 as a rain date)

GDSA championship meet:  Monday, July 16 (July 17 as a rain date)

 

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2018 team must be done before a swimmer’s first practice and absolutely no later than Thursday, June 8 even if the swimmer will not begin practice until later in the season.  Please print and complete documents to be handed to Keri Sauer or Dan Krane at the time of registration.  We can not allow any swimmers to begin practice without completed paperwork.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), under Lindsay’s Law (ORC 3315.5310), requires parents/guardians, and athletes of youth sports organizations (as well as coaches, officials and pool board members) to view a training video and review written materials every season concerning sudden cardiac arrest in youth, recognizing symptoms, appropriate interventions, and athlete’s return to participate requirements.  The 18 minute-long training video can be found at https://www/youtube.comwatch?v=h3teQ3e_hoQ&feature=youtu.be .  When you have completed the training, please print and sign the Parent-Athlete-Signature-Form so that it can be kept on file along with swim team registration forms.  A signed copy of the form must be on file at the pool prior to participation in 2018 season practices.

Have a question?  Contact swim team coordinators, Keri Sauer at sauerswim@gmail.com or Dan Krane at dan.krane@wright.edu

 

6 & Unders

As for our youngest swimmers, GDSA rules state that they must be able to  swim the 42ft. (1/2 length) unassisted to participate in meets. For safety reasons, to  be part of the swim team, they have to be willing to jump in on their  own (not forced or dropped in by a parents) and swim, doggie paddle is  fine. They can grab the wall or lane line to catch their breath, but should be willing to keep moving. There is no reason to push a child  who is not ready, it only makes them fearful of the water. The pool has  wonderful swim lessons and they’re FREE! Sign up information is on the website.

 

Swim meet scoring

According to GDSA rules, points at the Championship on Saturday will be awarded as follows:

FOR INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

First Place

7

Fourth Place

3

Second Place

5

Fifth Place

2

Third Place

4

Sixth Place

1

FOR RELAY EVENTS

Tri-meets

(all age groups)

Finals

(all age groups)

First Place

7

14

Second Place

5

10

Third Place

4

8

Fourth Place

3

6

Fifth Place

2

4

Sixth Place

1

2

 

SWIM TEAM COACHING STAFF

Head coach Holly Hulett first began swimming for Oak Creek when she was 7 years old. She began swimming competitively when she was 10, where she excelled at the sport; she qualified for her first national swim meet at the age of 14. Her favorite events were the 100 and 200 backstroke. Holly went to Bellbrook High School, where she qualified for the High School State Championship Swim Meet all 4 years. She graduated from Bellbrook in 2016. Holly swam for the United States Military Academy her freshman year of college but has decided to continue her education and swim career elsewhere in the fall. Holly was an assistant coach for 3 summers, mainly working with the 6 and under group, and fell in love with coaching. Her favorite thing about swimming is that you can do it for your whole life and it is very fun.

Assistant coach Zach Merz is entering his sophomore year at Carroll High School, where he has already started to compile an impressive swimming career, including qualifying for the district meet in both the 500 free and 100 fly. Swimming has always been an important part of his life, as Zach has been swimming competitively since he was 6 years old. His favorite part about swimming is the inclusiveness of the sport, as no one sits the bench and anyone who’s willing to jump in and work hard can excel in it. Working as a volunteer coach for the past two summers, he now plans to use his position as an assistant coach to bring a fun and enjoyable environment in which swimmers feel welcomed. Zach juggles many activities along with swimming, including running Track and Cross Country for the patriots, and participating in various community service projects. In the future, Zach plans to pursue a degree in engineering, at a school with a strong engineering program such as the University of Dayton.