Mar 15

The next LSC Board of Director’s meeting will take place on March 20th, starting at 7:45PM at the Swim Office.  It is open to everyone and is a great way to get to know what is going on in our LSC.  If you are interested in attending the meeting “virtually”, a teleconference will be set up.

Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3580

Access Code: 126668
A couple of things that can be reviewed prior to the meeting are the minutes from the previous meeting and the consent agenda for this meeting.  The consent agenda contains the reports from the different committees so that we only go over the things that need discussion during the meeting.  Here are links to the important documents:
SI-ConsentAgenda-March2017-updated (removed duplicated pages)

written by Kevin Lee

Jan 18

The LSC Board of Director’s meeting is open to everyone.  It is a great way to get to know what is going on in our LSC.  This month, we are testing out the ability of attending via conference call.  You can either call in on a phone, or log in via a computer.  I will try to present via the computer where we are in the agenda.  I am hopeful that it will work well, but please do give me feedback on how well it works and its usefulness.  The conference call details are:

Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3580
Access Code: 126668
A couple of things that can be reviewed prior to the meeting are the minutes from the previous meeting and the consent agenda for this meeting.  The consent agenda contains the reports from the different committees so that we only go over the things that need discussion during the meeting.  Here are links to the important documents:
I hope you can attend.

written by Kevin Lee

Jan 15

The LSC board meetings typically take place on the 3rd Monday of the odd months.  For January, the board meeting is delayed 1 week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  This year, the January board meeting will be on January 23rd, 7:45PM at the swim office.

written by Kevin Lee

Dec 12

At the House of Delegates meeting held on November 28, 2016, three new athlete representatives were elected to the Board of Directors.  Please congratulate Maria Davila- SBA, Erin Taggart – RSD and Natalie Smith – PS on their recent election.  They will be joining the existing athlete representative Jason Ornelas – CAST to make up the four athlete representatives on the board.

Martine Abouchabki was elected as an athlete member of the nominating committee at the House of Delegates meeting.

The latest Western Zone Athlete Newsletter can be found here: December 2016 Newsletter

The board is always looking to increase athlete involvement in all aspects of San Diego Imperial Swimming’s direction.  Please contact if you are interested in participating or have any questions.  Thanks!

written by Kevin Lee

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 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

Oct 20

The upcoming House of Delegates meeting will take place on November 28, starting at 7:45PM at Qualcomm headquarters, in the Building S cafeteria.  This is the same location as last year’s House of Delegates meeting.  Click here for a map. 5679 Morehouse Dr, 92121 should navigate your GPS to the visitor’s entrance of Qualcomm.

One of the important tasks to be completed at the House of Delegates meeting is to approve our latest By-Laws and our Policies and Procedures manual.  A group of highly dedicated volunteers have worked hard on this years updates.  Because the documents themselves can be fairly large and why the changes are being made may not be obvious, a document summarizing the changes to each document is also included.  All House of Delegates members should review the documents prior to the meeting.

Please send mail to if you have any comments or concerns regarding the updated documents.

written by Kevin Lee

Sep 28

LEAP stands for LSC Evaluation and Achievement Program.  USA Swimming awards LEAP2 to LSC’s who have achieved a certain level of services to athletes, coaches, volunteers and families.  Out of the 59 LSC’s in the country, only 18 have achieved LEAP2.  3 LSC’s have achieved the highest level of LEAP3.  SI is still working on achieving LEAP3.  There is a financial award associated with achieving LEAP2 and a check was awarded to San Diego Imperial Swimming at the annual USAS Convention.


Pictured from L to R: Mary Redmond – Secretary, Don Watkinds – Coach Rep, Maria D. – Athlete Rep, Jason Ornelas – Athlete Rep, Kevin Lee – General Chair, Debbie Baldwin – Vice Admin Chair, Jim Sheehan – President, USA Swimming


written by Kevin Lee

Sep 06
The dates of the next 3 LSC meetings (Board of Directors meeting and House of Delegates meeting) are changing due to a number of factors:
  • Sept 2016 BOD: Oct 3 at the Swim Office – Moving to allow time for the attendees of the United States Aquatic Convention to give their reports
  • Nov 2016 HOD: Nov 28 at a location TBD – Moving until after the Thanksgiving week
  • Jan 2017 BOD: Jan 23 at the Swim Office – Moving to not coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day

written by docbailey

Aug 26

We are soliciting nominations for the 2016 “Judy Ortwein” Service Award.  This award recognizes a single outstanding SI volunteer for their contributions over the year.  Volunteers are the backbone of our LSC and we could not operate without our great volunteers.  Please nominate anyone you feel deserving of this award by sending an email with their name and a brief description of why you believe this person is deserving of the award, to the Board of Directors at  The board will review the nominees and select an honoree.  The winner will be announced at the November House of Delegates meeting.

written by Kevin Lee

Nov 16

At tonight’s annual House of Delegates meeting, SI Swimming held its elections for the upcoming 2016-2017 term.  Your new Board of Directors includes:

General Chair:  Kevin Lee
Admin Chair: Debbie Baldwin
Treasurer: John McGlynn
Secretary:  Mary Redmond
Senior Vice Chair: Dave Kilmer
Age Group Vice Chair: Sean Redmond
Technical Vice Chair:  Tom Paradowski
Athletes’ Rep: Maddie Cosgrove, Jason Ornelas
Registration Chair:  Deanna Rupp
Admin Board of Review: Keith Clements, Don Watkinds, Matt Boese, Pat Tope, Dean Bailey, John Smigal, Scott Lawson, Michael DeMarco (athlete), Roy Perkins (athlete)

Congratulations and good luck to all the newly elected Board Members!

written by docbailey

Nov 15

The November Board Meeting is the Annual House of Delegates Meeting and takes place on Monday, November 16, 2015.  This is a reminder that the meeting will be held at a special location, Qualcomm’s Building S (the cafeteria), and not the swim office.  The location change was made to comfortably accommodate more people.  The Qualcomm campus has many different buildings, so please refer to this map for more details.  There is a guard at the entrance to the parking lot.  Just tell the guard you are going to a USA Swimming Meeting in building S and he/she will direct you.

written by Kevin Lee

Oct 27

Nominations Committee chair Scott Lawson recently sent along his committee’s report of nominations for the upcoming election for the 2016 Board of Directors of SI Swimming.  The elections will be held during the next BOD meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, 16 November at 7:45 pm in Building S at Qualcomm, 5535 Morehouse Drive, San Diego.   The Qualcomm campus has many different buildings, so please refer to this map for more details.  There is a guard at the entrance to the parking lot.  Just tell the guard you are going to a USA Swimming Meeting in building S.

written by docbailey

Aug 25

San Diego-Imperial Swimming has released the final draft of the Junior Olympic Time Standards for the 2016 competition year.  Junior Olympic time standards are set locally here in San Diego and are recomputed annually to select approximately the 24 fastest swimmers in each event, based upon the average results for the event over the past 3 – 5 years.  These time standards can, and often do, change by small amounts from year to year in order to keep up with advances (and rarely declines) in the various age/gender groups.  Note: These time standards have not yet been approved by the SI Swimming Board of Directors, and will be voted upon at the upcoming Board meeting in September.  However, it is unlikely they will change unless an administrative or computational error is discovered.

written by docbailey

Nov 14

As a result of a number of changes mandated by USA Swimming at its annual convention, the ByLaws of San Diego-Imperial Swimming need to be updated at the upcoming House of Delegates meeting.  The proposed / mandated changes can be viewed here.

written by docbailey