Swim Team

The Palisades Porpoises swim in Division F for the 2018 season and welcome back Head Coach Gerri Diamond and Assistant Head Coach Jen Conklin. Junior assistant coaches Sophie Reilly, Claire Sorkin, and Jack Spector complete the staff. Assistant Junior Coach Chloe Cooper will assist with leading the pre-team. The Porpoises will swim against local pools Bannockburn, Little Falls, and Merrimack, as well as Daleview of Silver Spring, and Hallowell of Olney. There is a place on the swim team for every pool member family with children ages 5 to 18.  Wednesday evening meets are for all swimmers and Saturday morning meets feature the team’s fastest swimmers. Registration typically begins May 1 and the fee is $150 per swimmer and $125 for siblings. You MUST be an active, dues-paying member of Palisades Pool to join the Porpoises.

All team information, including registration, volunteer opportunities, meet confirmations, is found on the “Swim Team Site” tab under the Swim Team tab on this website.

Practice

Summer swim team begins Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) when practices are held on all three days from 9 – 10:30 am for all ages (no pre-team). Afternoon practices for all ages start Tuesday May 29. Swimmers 11 years and older practice 4:15 to 5:15 pm and those 10 years and younger practice 5:15 to 6 pm. Morning practices (8:30 to 9:45 am) and pre-team (3:45 to 4:15 pm) will start June 18. Swimmers come prepared with swimsuit, cap, goggles, and water bottle.

Suits

The 2018 Team Suit is the Speedo Endurance Plus in solid black for boys and black with green straps for girls. Purchase the suit, which will have the Palisades logo, at Sport Fair in Arlington (5010 Lee Hwy). Sports Fair will also be on hand at practice Memorial Day, May 28 at 10 am for families wishing to purchase a swimsuit with the Palisades logo.

Parent Volunteer Officials

The Palisades Porpoises rely on parent volunteers to help with refereeing swim meets. We need YOU to become a swim official.  Train to become a Stroke and Turn Judge or Starter with the Montgomery County Swim League.  The meets cannot run without these deck officials.  Certifying as an official is a great way to support our young athletes and Porpoise swimming!

Click here for details about the clinics: http://www.mcsl.org/Officials.aspx

The 2018 clinics are on:

Referee, Starter or Stroke and Turn

Sunday, June 3 or June 10: Olney Indoor Swim Center

Referee or Starter

  • Wednsday, June 6: Connecticut Belair Pool

Stroke and Turn only

  • Monday, June 4 at Flower Hill, Gaithersburg
  • Tuesday, June 12 at  Germantown Pool

Any questions? Contact us:

2018 Head Coach Gerri Diamond 2018 “A”  Meet representatives Kelly Spector or Kim Penn

Pre-Team

The pre-team is designed for swimmers who will be five years old before June 1, are confident in the water, and want to master swim strokes in preparation to join the swim team. The Palisades pre-team season begins in mid-June, runs through mid-July, and culminates with the Celine Silver Memorial Mini Meet at Tilden Woods pool. To join the pre-team, children must be able to comfortably make their way across the diving well (floating, swimming, or kicking with a board) unassisted and without showing signs of distress (such as crying or refusing to get in the water). Children interested in joining the pre-team should have already mastered the following basic swim skills: blowing bubbles, kicking on the wall, kicking with kick board with face in water, and have knowledge of the freestyle stroke, and be comfortable and confident in water over 5 feet in depth. The pre-team practices in the diving well, which tends to be at a colder temperature than the main swim pool. Swimmers will have through the first week of practice to demonstrate their ability to handle pre-team.  If he or she is not yet at this level, we will encourage your child to receive lessons from other programs or private lessons taught by the swim coaches and lifeguards, and rejoin the pre-team once their confidence meets the expected criteria. Every member of the Palisades pre-team must register as a swim team member and pay the registration fee of $150, and $125 for siblings. Parents are encouraged to join the team list serve to stay up-to-date on team announcements.

The pre-team is coached by the swim team coaches and high school and middle school student volunteers from the Palisades swim team. The coaches focus on developing skills that will help pre-team swimmers to eventually join the Palisades team as soon as they have acquired enough skills  — much like a farm baseball team is training ground for a major league team. All pre-team swimmers are considered part of the Palisades Porpoises and are encouraged to attend  team social events, spectate at meets. Any questions about pre-team should be directed to Coach Gerri Diamond.

Shop SwimOutlet.com to Support the Porpoises

If you are making a purchase for your swimming pool needs, please shop through this site: http://www.swimoutlet.com/palisadesporpoises and the swim team gets proceeds from each sale.

 

 

All team information, including registration, volunteer opportunities, meet confirmations, is found on the “Swim Team Site” tab under the Swim Team tab on this website.