WELCOME TO THE 2018 SWIM SEASON!
We welcome all swimmers and families, and hope that this season will be just as exciting and successful as last season! By focusing on stroke improvement, healthy competition, spirit and teamwork, we will be ensured a successful, rewarding, and fun season.
Swim meets are family-oriented events. They require a lot of participation, but are great fun for swimmers and parents. Children learn responsibility and become healthy, strong swimmers, regardless of speed. They will be competent swimmers for the rest of their lives – for safety, enjoyment, and exercise.
Parent involvement is a must!! Swim meets require more participation from parents than many other sports. Our goal is to start the season as organized as possible and have meets run smoothly and efficiently. We cannot have a swim team and participate in meets without parent volunteers, and there is a job for everyone regardless of swimming knowledge or experience. Most of the jobs are easy to do or need very little training. All of the jobs are fun!! By helping, you are doing a service for the team, but you also get to know the swimmers and other team supporters. We need to distribute the work evenly and include everyone. See Swim Team Volunteer Duties for more details. Please contact a parent rep or volunteer coordinator to get involved!
OUR GATOR COACHES:
Merry Rech, Head Coach-ASCA Level 1 certification
This is Merry’s eighth year as our Head Coach. Coach Merry swam from age 4 through high school for her community team and year-round competitive team. During the winter season, Merry is the head coach for James River High School , is a certified lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, and a swim lesson instructor. Merry is passionate about swimming and wants every swimmer to have a fun and competitive experience while learning important skills. Merry is a graduate of Virginia Tech. She also happens to live in our community and be the mom of four Gators!
Jonathan Zwemer, Assistant Coach
This will be Jonathan’s first year with the BG gators. He comes with experience coaching and volunteering, along with many years of swimming experience. Jonathan has been captain of his high school team and has been a lifeguard at ACAC since 2015.
Julia Springer, Assistant Coach
This will be Julia’s first year as a BG assistant coach, though she has been part of the BG team for 13 years. She has served as a volunteer coach and was a swimming instructor for BG in the past. Julia has also done volunteer coaching at the Manchester YMCA. Other experiences that Julia brings with her include assistant life guard, snack bar manager, and being certified in first aid, CPR, AED, babysitting, and lifeguarding.