Dec 10

San Diego Imperial Swimming had 42 swimmers from 6 teams  compete at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals in Iowa City, IA December 6th – 9th.   We had a number of amazing individual and relay swims with all teams having at least one swimmer place in the top 24.   The highlight for SI swimming was Rancho San Dieguito Men’s Team of Dylan Delaney, Brandon Kulik, Stephan Lukashev and Ty Gruwell winning the 200 Free Relay in 1:22:19 on Friday night.

Top 24 finishers from SI were as follows:

Individual Men:

  • Jordan Blitz (Pacific Athletic Club):  500 Free (21st); 1650 Free (17th)
  • Hayden Cornellison (Pacific Swim): 100 Back (22nd)
  • Dylan Delaney (Rancho San Dieguito): 50 Free (9th); 100 Free (19th)
  • Pierce Dietze (Wind N Sea Swim Team): 50 Free (21st); 100 Free (23rd)
  • Benjamin Huffman (North Coast Aquatics):  50 Free (20th)
  • Brandon Kulik (Rancho San Dieguito):  100 Fly (21st)
  • Carlson Temple (College Area Swim Team):  200 Breast (10th)
  • Michael Xu (Pacific Athletic Club): 200 Breast (Tied — 15th)

Individual Women:

  • Julissa Arzave (South Bay Aquatics):  1650 Free (11th)
  • Rachel Rhee (Rancho San Dieguito):  200 Free (17th); 100 Free (21st)
  • Lindsay Turner (North Coast Aquatics):  200 Fly (22nd)


  • North Coast Aquatics Women:  800 Free Relay (19th)
  • Pacific Swim Men:  200 Medley Relay (19th); 400 Medley Relay (21st)
  • Rancho San Dieguito Men:  200 Medley Relay (16th); 400 Medley Relay (13th); 200 Free Relay (1st); 400 Free Relay (3rd); 800 Free Relay ( 19th)
  • Rancho San Dieguito Women:  200 Medley Relay (24th); 200 Free Relay (23rd); 400 Free Relay (18th)

Overall, the Rancho San Dieguito men’s team finished tied for 11th.

Congratulations to all athletes on a fantastic performance.

written by Kevin Lee

Sep 15

The Wave House San Diego Swim Team is seeking a dedicated and passionate Coach to be responsible for running practices, advancing swimmer technique and endurance, attending meets where Wave House Swimmers are participating, and developing new swimmers.  The Wave House is a year-round competitive swim team, and currently practices 5 days a week at the City Heights Pool.  For more information, see the complete announcement or contact Peggy Dermody: or 619-885-0376.

written by docbailey

Sep 11

Congratulations to the following members of San Diego-Imperial Swimming who have been named to USA Swimming’s 2016-17 Scholastic All-American team!   These athletes will be recognized on the USA Swimming website and each will receive three certificates – one for the swimmer, one for their club, and one for their school. Each member will also receive a commemorative bag tag.  To be eligible, swimmers must have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA for the academic year (sophomore and above) and must meet a minimum qualifying time standard.  The SI swimmers named to the 2016-17 team:

  • Julissa Arzave (SBA) – 1st yr
  • Jordan Blitz (PAC) – 2nd yr
  • Anna Brooker (NCA) – 1st yr
  • Amelia Cho (RSD) – 1st yr
  • Leah Coffin (RSD) – 1st yr
  • Pierce Dietze (WSST) – 1st yr
  • Juliana Fox (PAC) – 1st yr
  • Leanna Gharbaoui (PAC) – 1st yr
  • Julee Keenan-Rivers (NCA) – 1st yr
  • Justin Lee (NCA) – 1st yr
  • Danielle Nowaski (CAST) – 1st yr
  • Tegan Preston (NCA) – 1st yr
  • Rachel Rhee (RSD) – 1st yr
  • Mitchell Stoddard (CAST) – 2nd yr
  • Carlson Temple (CAST) – 2nd yr
  • Lindsay Turner (NCA) – 1st yr
  • Dominick Wallace (WSST) – 2nd yr
  • Michael Xu (PAC) – 1st yr

written by docbailey

Sep 01

The swimmers of WAVE swim team are hosting a swim-a-thon to raise funds to cover pool fees and a new coach.  The swim-a-thon will be held on Friday, September 8th from 4PM to 6PM at the City Heights Recreational Pool.  Facebook Link

written by Kevin Lee

Jun 26

The San Diego Padres have announced that they will once again offer the opportunity for local swimmers, coaches, and their families to attend the annual Swim Night at Petco Park on Saturday, July 15th.  The baseball game will feature the San Diego Padres vs. the San Francisco Giants, starting at 5:40 pm.  All swimmers who register as a team will be able to walk out onto the warning track prior to the game while the camera will pan from one end to the other, showing all of the swimmers up on the big screen!  Swimmers will also receive a commemorative Padres swim cap, and there will be a postgame fireworks show as well.  Click on the link to get the flyer and all the details.

written by docbailey

Sep 05

USA Swimming is offering a free class for all SI club leadership to help make clubs run even better.  Bill Krumm will be presenting this class on Saturday, November 12th at the Mira Mesa Rec Center, 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126.  Please let me know if you are interested in attending by sending an email to  More information can be found in this flyer.

written by Kevin Lee

Aug 10

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 1.31.49 PMThe San Diego Padres have invited all SI swimmers, their families, and teammates to a special appreciation night for the local swim community on Friday, August 19th.  The Padres will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks and the game begins at Petco park at 7:40 pm.  Special ticket pricing will be in effect, and all swimmers will receive a commemorative Padres swim cap.  Teams are encouraged to order their tickets together so they can sit together and cheer on the Padres.  For complete information and the ticket order form, download the Swimmer’s Night Flyer.

written by docbailey

May 03

San Diego-Imperial Swimming has released the Bid Package for the 2016-2017 short course (winter) 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, June 15, 2016.

written by docbailey

Dec 07

Pacific Swim is accepting resumes for coaches for all group levels. We are looking for someone with coaching experience. Applicants will need to pass a background check and get proper certification for a USA Swimming card. Please email Di Molenaar ( if you are interested; the job opening is available starting immediately.

written by docbailey

Sep 06

SI Swimming is proud to have 2 female youth groups tackling the Catalina Channel.  The 20-mile Catalina Channel swim starts from Catalina Island and finishes at Rancho Palos Verdes.  Both groups will start at midnight to avoid the blustery afternoon winds.  Currents are unpredictable and can be swift along with temperature fluctuations as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.  These 2 groups follow on the successful swim last year of the Dream Team, a group of 14 year old Heartland swimmers who set the record for the youngest all girls relay team.  The Heartland team was comprised of Taylor Christensen, Phoebe Dillard, Madison Necochea, Ruby Carlon, Erin Kathleen Harvey and Kendall Christensen.

The Castaway’s team relay will start at midnight Saturday September 5th and finish Sunday September 6th.  Consisting of CAST swimmers Sydney, Liana, Gilly, Maegan, Maddy and Natalie Bautista, this group is raising money for Swim Across America.  Their fundraising site can be found here:

The Ocean’s Seven team relay will start at midnight Saturday September 12th and finish Sunday September 13th.  Consisting of NCA swimmers Anna Brooker, Erin Taggart, Mia Thomas, Mia Ryan, Lindsay Turner, Heloise Leblanc and Tegan Preston, this group is raising money for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts.  Their fundraising site can be found here:

Also starting on Sunday September 6th, RSD coach Grace van der Byl is one of 6 team members swimming a 300 mile relay in San Francisco Bay attempting to break the world record for the longest relay swim EVER.  In the process, they hope to raise $50,000 to enable Arthur Renowitzky to walk agin by outfitting him with an exoskeleton REWALK suit.  You can read more about Arthur here:

Best of luck to all of our San Diego athletes and coach as they challenge themselves in the open water, focusing on raising money for great causes.

written by docbailey

Oct 14

To help in planning for the December 19-22 CA-NV Short Course Sectional Championship at East Los Angeles College, all Clubs are being ask to respond through indicating the number of swimmers expected to enter the meet.  No one will be turned away, the request is for planning purposes only.  Please respond by October 22, 2014.  This is an online survey through EventBrite and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  Here are the steps to responding:

  1. Go to
  2. Search: CA-NV Sectional’s
  3. “Purchase” (NO CHARGE INVOLVED) as many “Tickets” as you have swimmers coming to the meet

That’s it!  Please respond by Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

written by docbailey

Sep 09

SAA LogoCongratulations to the following members of San Diego-Imperial Swimming who have been named to USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Scholastic All-American team!  Across the United States, a total of 1,782 applicants were selected for this honor.  Only 187 were “three-timers” – having been selected all 3 years that they were eligible.  To be eligible, swimmers must have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA for the academic year (sophomore and above) and must meet a minimum qualifying time standard.  The SI swimmers named to the 2013-14 team:

  • Brendan Barry (NCA) – 2 yrs
  • Tracy Chen (PAC) – 1 yr
  • Garrett Glaudini (HSA) – 3 yrs
  • Gretchen Horbol (NCA) – 3 yrs
  • Crystal Lore (RSD) – 2 yrs
  • Kevin Mendoza (IVDA) – 2 yrs
  • Stephen Park (RSD) – 1 yr
  • Jordan Payne (NCA) – 1 yr
  • Garrett Schmid (NCA) – 1 yr
  • Amanda Sumrow (HSA) – 1 yr
  • Zachary Wallace (WSST) – 1 yr

written by docbailey

May 06

Imperial Valley Desert Aquatics (IVDA) is seeking a Head Coach. This is a coach run and owned team, meaning that the selected Head Coach will take ownership of the team. We are looking for a coach that is ASCA Level 2 or equivalent.

Pools: IVDA currently swims out of two pools with a third pool to be added in the next 3 years. Current pools are secured with no rent costs! One pool is a six lane 50 meter pool with six lanes 25 yard also. The second pool is five lanes 25 meters.

Imperial Valley: Is located 100 miles east of San Diego, CA, 60 miles West of Yuma, AZ, 90 miles south of Palm Springs, and 20 miles north of the Mexico Border. The population of the Imperial Valley is nearly 180,000. The region is very rural with many agricultural ties. IVDA is the only USA swim team in the Imperial Valley.

Compensation: The salary for this position is $20K base with a great incentive program based on performance and recruitment. There are also High School, Summer League, Lesson opportunities that start at $4K.

IVDA: We are currently in our 6th year of rebuilding. In the rebuilding process the membership has increased from 6 swimmers to over 100 swimmers. The team boasts a Senior National Qualifier, 2 Junior National Qualifiers, 5 Sectional Qualifiers, and many Junior Olympic Qualifiers. We value the quality of our team not the size of our team. We are a anaerobic based program, but don’t mind our aerobic base.

Preferred qualifications: Asca level 2 or equivalent, Hy-tek, Team Unify, Colorado Timing, USA Swimming member in good standing,

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to by May 17, 2014. Expected starting date would be May 28, 2014

written by docbailey

Apr 23

Heartland Swim Association has announced that they are planning to hold a Mental Skills Training Clinic with Olympic athletes Rebecca Soni and Ariana Kukors on May 3rd at Valhalla HS from 4-6 pm.  This two hour workshop focuses on the young athlete (of any sport) and how they can obtain Peak Performance – in sports, in school, and in life.


  • Master your nerves; Goal setting; Understanding your FEARS; Inspiration and Motivation to build and chase BIG DREAMS

What To Expect:

  • 2 hour workshop
  • Discussions, Workbook activities, and Interactive Exercises
  • Work closely Ari and Reb – Learn from their experiences and achievements!
  • Learn how to take control of your mental game. Use the Follow-Up system to help you continue the journey to game-changing results

When:   Saturday, May 3rd 4-6pm

Where:​​  Valhalla High School​ — 1725 Hillside Road, El Cajon, CA 92019

Who’s the Workshop for?  Young athletes from ALL sports lookin​​​​​g to take their training to the next level!

Cost: $250 per athlete​.  Parents and coaches are welcomed and encouraged to come listen in!

For additional information, or to sign up, visit

written by docbailey

Mar 20

At the most recent Board of Directors meeting, the Board was updated on the increasing size of the disparity between the North and South divisions of the LSC.  In the 4 years since the last time the divisional split was reviewed, SI Swimming has grown in size (by almost 25%, to almost 3300 swimmers), with more of the growth occurring in the North county.  This means with all things being equal, split meets tend to be larger in the North than the South.  The Team Sizes as of 1 March 2014 chart shows that there are currently over 600 more registered swimmers in the North than the South.  The Board will consider proposals to rebalance the LSC at its next meeting, one obvious suggestion is to move club(s) of least 200 swimmers from the North to the South division.

written by docbailey