Dec 09

Read this to your athletes:

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” –Aesop

How we treat each other on this team is important.  We may not think about it very much, but it’s nice to show appreciation and kindness to each other.  Let’s take a team challenge this month to do random acts of kindness for one another.

Discussion Questions:

What can you do to show kindness to your teammates?

>Safe Sport says: Kindness can be encouragement during a tough set.  It can be picking up a teammate’s equipment.  It can be complimenting someone’s work ethic.  Kindness can also mean standing up for a teammate and making them feel included.

What can you do to show kindness to your coaches?

>Safe Sport says: Kindness can mean respect, listening, and working hard.

What can you do to show kindness to the lifeguards and/or janitors?

>Safe Sport says: Kindness can be leaving them a thank-you note on the whiteboard.  It can mean that you clean up the pool deck of all equipment and make sure that the locker room is tidy when you leave.

Bonus Question:

What can we do as a team to pledge kindness to each other this month?

A great idea is to do a “secret buddy” week.  Have swimmers draw names of their teammates and do one or two really nice things for that teammate during the week.  At the end of the week, talk with the team about what they noticed by carrying out acts of kindness for their teammates, and discuss how this attitude can contribute to creating a great team culture.

*For Coaches: for more information and resources on team culture, visit  To report concerning behavior, contact Safe Sport at (719) 866-4578 or  


written by Kevin Lee

Dec 06

christmas-wreathThe San Diego-Imperial Swimming office will be closed Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

written by docbailey

Dec 06

Wind N Sea Swim Team has provided the following information regarding this weekend’s C All Ages Meet at the Coggan Family Aquatics Center pool in La Jolla:  Over 537 swimmers entered.  Timeline of 2:45pm…almost 6 hours.  10 lanes of competition.

  • Coaches and parents are asked to keep the first 4 rows of the east bleachers open for timers and swimmers only.  Parents may sit in the upper bleachers as long as they do not impede swimmers ability to get to the blocks.  Behind the blocks will be crowded and is for swimmers in upcoming heats.  There will be no staging.
  • The pool parking lot is closed.  It is reserved for our vendors, Swim West, Paradowski’s Swim Shop, and the officials.  No drop offs.  Parking map download.

Psych Sheet:  Available for download

Estimated Timeline:   Begins at 9:00 am, finishes around 2:45 pm.  Detailed timeline here

Warmup Assignments:  (about 17 swimmers per lane)

  • 7:00 to 7:30am – WSST.  7:30 to 8:10am – RSD (5 lanes), NCA (5 lanes), SBA (3 lanes), PS (3 lanes).
  • 8:10 to 8:50am – HSA (3 lanes), CAST (2 lanes), PQAC (2 lanes), all remaining teams share remaining 9 lanes.

Lane Timing Assignments:

7PS / PS

written by docbailey

Dec 05

The results of the College Area Swim Team-hosted AB All Ages Meet held 2-4 December 2016 at the Granite Hills HS pool in El Cajon have been posted.

written by docbailey

Dec 03

San Diego-Imperial Swimming has released the Bid Package for the 2017 long course (summer) swim meet season. Bids are sought from SI teams wishing to host swim meets. The Bid Application Form is also attached; a separate application is required for each meet that is bid upon. All bids (along with “Proof of Water”) must be received at the SI Swim Office by 2:30 pm on Wednesday, 18 January, 2017.

written by docbailey

Nov 30

College Area Swim Team has provided the following information regarding this weekend’s AB All Ages Meet at the Granite Hills HS pool in El Cajon:

Psych Sheet:  Available for download

Estimated Timeline:   Detailed timeline here

  • Friday night: Begins at 5:00 pm, finishes around 7:00 pm.
  • Saturday AM: Begins at 8:30 am, finishes around 11:00 am
  • Saturday PM: Begins approx 12:30 pm, finishes around 4:15 pm.
  • Sunday AM: Begins at 8:30 am, ends around 11:00 am.
  • Sunday PM: Begins approximately 12:30 pm, finishes around 4:45 pm.

Warmup Assignments: 

  • Saturday and Sunday AM: Open warmup beginning at 0715.
  • Saturday and Sunday PM: 1100-1140: CAST, SBA, MRA, HSA, PS, PAC and SDY.  1140-1220: RSD, NCA, SDAC, everyone else.

Lane Timing Assignments:

LaneSaturday AMSaturday PMSunday AMSunday PM

written by docbailey

Nov 29

Here is the latest entry update for the 2016 San Diego Winter Age Group Championships…  As of 9 pm on Tuesday 29 November, the meet had reached 96% of capacity, with 767 total entries received.  In addition, entries from outside of SI Swimming hit the limit of 200 swimmers, so the meet is now closed to swimmers from outside of our LSC.  The meet will close out once we have 800 entries…so don’t delay if you want to enter this meet!

written by docbailey

Nov 22

Here are statements from each of the candidates for San Diego Imperial Swimming Athlete Representatives.  The election will be held at the House of Delegates Meeting on November 28th.

Erin TaggartHello I’m Erin Taggart and I want to be an athlete representative. I am a sophomore at La Costa Canyon High School where I participate on the varsity swim team. I am on the Senior Team with RSD, and on an all-girl volunteer organization called Female Athlete Volunteers. I started swimming when I was six years old in Houston, Texas. I moved to California in 2010 and I have been a part of SI swimming as well as All-Star and Imperial Zones teams for many years. Also, I was on the Ocean’s Seven team that swam the Catalina Channel in under eight hours and raised twenty thousand dollars for Fresh Start, a charity that gives free surgeries to children who cannot afford them. I have gotten to know many people in San Diego, and it is important to me that athletes get a voice in important matters in the swimming community.
Maria DavilaMy name is Maria Davila, and I am hoping to be elected as next year’s athlete rep for San Diego. . For me, being an athlete rep this past year has meant being a role model in and out of the water. I’ve had the chance to showcase this through my 9 years as a South Bay Aquatics swimmer, running the timing system for meets since I was 11 years old, announcing at the past several JOs and Winter Championships, and simultaneously dedicating myself in school--as shown by my 4.32 GPA. Over the past year, I’ve also had the opportunity to help organize this past Swimposium and attend the USA Swimming National Convention as an athlete rep--with the athlete vote for San Diego. After attending the convention, I walked away with the goal of increasing athlete involvement in our LSC. Most of our athletes don’t realize that there is a governing body of swimming, or that their voice can even make a difference in it. If I am selected as this year’s athlete rep for San Diego, I will help increase athlete involvement as well as educate our athletes on the various things that make up USA Swimming and impact our LSC.
Martine AbouchabkiHi my name is Martine Abouchabki and I swim on Pacific Swim in the senior group. I've been swimming for 10 years and now compete at the regional senior level. I embody all the characteristics that reflect my team such as persevering, hard working, discipline, commitment, competitiveness, and team work. I have a very strong personality that I use to encourage and lead the team not only during a workout but outside the pool. I strive to be a role model and encourage the younger swimmers to be part of our big family. I want them to have the same memorable experiences as I have. During my summers teaching swim lessons and seeing the fun the children have in the water reminds me of why I still swim today. I would like to be an athlete representative to have a voice for not only my teammates but for all age swimmers in San Diego.
Natalie SmithMy name is Natalie Smith and I am a senior swimmer with Pacific Swim. San Diego Imperial Swimming has been a major part of my life. I have been a swimmer in this LSC for over nine years, and throughout this time, I have met and become friends with swimmers, coaches, and officials. One thing that I have learned over the years is that SI swimming is very much a family.
As a swimmer, I have seen the way our LSC works from that perspective. I have competed at every level within and for our LSC. I’ve progressed from C Meets and JO Max, to JOs, All Stars, Zones, and now regional senior meets. I have also had the honor to represent SI swimming as the 2013 Zone Team co-captain, and I am currently a Pacific Swim team captain.
Now, I would love the opportunity to learn how the LSC works from the inside. I am interested in representing athletes in order to continue the good experience and I had growing up in our LSC. As athlete representative, I would like to work to support and promote a culture of inclusion and acceptance of all swimmers. I would also seek out and listen to swimmers’ feedback, and help to ensure that swimmers’ concerns or suggestions are shared with the LSC leadership.
Thank you for the opportunity to be considered as athlete representative
Billy YeagerNo statement was provided.

written by Kevin Lee

Nov 18

Oceanside Swim Club is accepting resumes for an Assistant Coach position with their team.  OSC is non-profit organization run by an elected Board of Directors, and is looking for applicants who are interested in expanding and growing with the club.  Applicants will need to pass a background check and obtain proper certification with USA Swimming.  All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

written by docbailey

Nov 14

Pacific Swim Team located in Poway is seeking coaches for all group levels.  We are looking for coaches with experience and a current USA coaches card.  Please email with your resume.  Job openings are available immediately.

written by docbailey

Nov 10

The location has been updated to the Mira Mesa Recreation Center, 8575 New Salem St, San Diego.  All participants should have received this information via email so this notification is only for insurance…

written by Kevin Lee

Nov 09

San Diego Imperial Swimming had a very successful Swimposium and Catch the Spirit camp this past October.

During Saturday’s Swimposium, athletes had the opportunity to meet and swim with Olympians Jason Lezak and Caitlin Leverenz.  In the water activities included technique and stroke work. Swimmers even had the chance to race against Leverenz in all four strokes.  Coaches, parents, and Officials also benefitted from talks and clinics given throughout the day by Ron Van Pool, David Benzel, Scott Colby, and our own Dan Peck.

Sunday’s Catch the Spirit camp proved beneficial to our swimmers. Led by Coach Kevin Eslinger and other local coaches, athletes learned new drills and ways to approach their starts and turns. Friendships developed in athletes across the county as they became united and gained a greater love for the sport of swimming.

Overall, the weekend ended in triumph and showed the future is great for San Diego Imperial Swimming. A huge thanks to those who participated and an even greater thanks to those who gave up their time and made the event possible. Included are some photos from the event taken by one of our athlete volunteers, Chris E.

Written by Athlete Maria D.


written by Kevin Lee

Nov 08

San Diego Imperial Swimming is announcing its nominations for the upcoming House of Delegates meeting.  In even years, the LSC elects a smaller number of positions.  This year, we are electing athlete representatives and members of the nominating committee.

We are required to have 3 athlete representatives on our Board of Directors.  Jason Ornelas and Maddie Cosgrove were elected last year.  Maddie has left for college and needs a replacement.  Roy Perkins was named as the third athlete representative at the beginning of this year to fulfill the 20% athlete representation requirement.  Since Roy was named by the board and not elected, his seat will be up for election this year. Here are the candidates for athlete representative:

  • Martine Abouchabki
  • Maria Davila
  • Natalie Smith
  • Erin Taggart
  • Billy Yeager

We have 3 positions on our nominating committee that are up for election.  But since we had an alternate on the committee, it was determined that the alternate (Dan Peck) should take one of the positions and elect the other two positions.  Here are the candidates for nominating committee:

  • Krissy Payton
  • Kate Thornton
  • Lynn Fazen
  • Tim Marsh
  • Carlos Davila
  • Scott Lawson
  • Mike Saltzstein
  • Pat Tope

Remember that the House of Delegates meeting will take place on November 28th, starting at 7:45PM at Qualcomm Headquarters (not Qualcomm Stadium), Building S Cafeteria, 5535 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121.

written by Kevin Lee

Nov 06

The results of the Coronado Navy Swim Association-hosted ABC All Ages South Meet held 5-6 November 2016 at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex in Coronado have been posted.

written by docbailey

Nov 06

The results of the RSD-hosted ABC All Ages North Meet held 5-6 November 2016 at the Pardee Aquatics Center pool in Solana Beach have been posted.

written by docbailey