Swim Team


Aurora Turner is the head coach for the swim team for the 2017 season.  Coach Turner is a Division I athlete (cross country/track) at Wright State where she is majoring in Biological Sciences.  She lettered in swimming all four years at Beavercreek High School and has been a swimming instructor and assistant manager at Greene Valley in Beavercreek. She has four sisters and her parents, Tim and Linda Turner, live in Beavercreek.

Coach Turner is committed to making the Oak Creek swim team the highlight of the summer for our swimmers while they improve their skills and participate in a variety of events at GDSA swim meets.  She plans to incorporate team building activities and games into most practices to make it easier for our swimmers to interact and have fun at the pool even after the season is over.

She comes to Oak Creek with glowing recommendations.  Wright State’s Athletic Director, Bob Grant said “Aurora is a very dedicated student-athlete for us.  She has exhibited a great attitude while successfully juggling community service, academics and athletics.  She would be a tremendous asset to any organization.”

Coach Aurora can be contacted by email at: turner.346@wright.edu

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.

Assistant coach Brooke Darkow will begin her senior year at Dayton Christian in the fall, where she earned a varsity letter in swimming every year and qualified for the district meet twice. Along with excelling in the pool, Brooke also stands out in the classroom, earning a cumulative 4.0 GPA and maintaining an active membership in the National Honors Society. When she’s not in the pool or the classroom, Brooke also participates in soccer and is involved in youth group. Her favorite part about swimming is the competition, and her favorite stroke is butterfly. A long time Flipper, Brooke swam for Oak Creek for 10 summers, and plans to bring unity and enthusiasm to the team through coaching. Although she is currently undecided regarding her plans for the future, her positive attitude and work ethic will provide Brooke with a bright future.

Assistant coach Claire Leibold will be a senior at Alter High School in the fall, where she has earned three varsity letters in swimming, and has qualified for the state meet the past two years. She also swims for KEY, where she is the girls team captain and has been a member of the national team for the past two years. Claire’s impressive swimming career began at Oak Creek when she was 5 years old and has since progressed to the point where she is now considering swimming for a division two or three school in college. The part Claire enjoys most about swimming is the incredible atmosphere that occurs when swimmers and spectators get loud and excited. As a coach, Claire intends to bring this energy to meets along with plenty of fun and spirit. When she’s not in the pool, Claire keeps busy by maintaining an active membership in the St. Albert Youth Ministry, and volunteering at St. Albert the Great School. In the future, Claire plans to major in middle childhood education.


Registration can be done through FRIDAY JUNE, 10th during practice.  Please print and complete documents to be handed to Keri Sauer at the time of registration.  We can not allow any swimmers to begin practice without completed paperwork.

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.