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

Oct 14

San Diego Imperial Swimming was fortunate to be able to send 4 athletes to the annual US Aquatics Convention which took place in Dallas, Texas this year.  Besides attending early morning swim practices, the athletes were active participants in many different committee meetings.   We are so proud of our athletes!

The attached photo shows our four athletes, (L to R), Elisabeth L., Maria D., Juli A., Jay O., along with Olympians Rowdy Gaines and Josh Prenot, at the USA Swimming Foundation Luncheon.

You can read our athlete reports on their convention experiences on this page.

written by Kevin Lee

Sep 28

The first ever Don Watkinds Memorial F.I.R.S.T meet was held last weekend at the Kroc Aquatics Center.  This meet is meant to introduce swimmers and their families to the wonderful world of competitive swimming.  As the first meet for these swimmers, they were introduced to how meets work, what their responsibilities are and the officials roles at meets.  The parents also learned that San Diego Imperial Swimming is run by volunteers and they got their first opportunities to volunteer as timers, head timer and runners.  Thanks to Krissy Payton and Mary Redmond for setting this event up and to Paradowski’s Swim for their generation donations to the swimmers’ goodie bags!

written by Kevin Lee

Sep 13

The purpose of this event is to educate swimmers and parents about USA Swimming and to
provide a fun environment for a swimmer’s F.I.R.S.T. competition.  Please see the flyer here.

Sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and San Diego Imperial Swimming

GENERAL INFORMATION: Teams may enter up to 6 swimmers. Outreach/Diversity should take precedence when selecting your athletes. The meet will be capped at 54 swimmers. All athletes must have a coach in attendance for the clinic and the meet.

written by Kevin Lee

Sep 06

The December Sectionals meet (14th-17th), which previously needed a host, will be held in Yucaipa, Ca. at  Crafton Hills College, hosted by the Yucaipa Swim Team.

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

Aug 29

As we are in that awkward time of the swimming calendar between the end of one season and the beginning of another, it seems like a good time to reflect on the previous year’s accomplishments.  With that in mind, below are links to the SI Top 10 times rankings, broken down by swim course, age group, and gender, as of today.  These rankings include results for all known sanctioned, approved, and observed meets which took place during the 2016-2017 swimming year and were uploaded to the USA Swimming SWIMS database.  As always, if you find what seems to be an error in the rankings, please let your SWIMS Times Officer know so he can research and correct them.

written by docbailey

Aug 07

We wish the 2017 SI Zone Team the best of luck at the Zone meet taking place in Roseville, CA this weekend!

written by Kevin Lee

Aug 02

To all San Diego North American Cup Challenge swimmers,

We are excited for the San Diego All Star Team to be together starting Thursday August 3rd at UCSD. Competition and housing will be at UCSD–Warren Hall Conference Center Housing and Pool.  If you are not familiar with the campus, Warren Hall and the pool are located on the east end of campus. Here is the link to the campus map.  Look for the 5 star which is the Warren Conference Center.  There will be a coach at the conference center at 12 noon to welcome you.  This is considered a tri-meet and all athletes have been entered in events that made that most sense for this meet.  There may be some events that you don’t swim often.  We will have the event list at warmups on Thursday.

Please make sure your athlete brings towels, toiletries, appropriate clothing and sleepware.  In honoring the diversity of athletes at this meet, rooming was randomly assigned.  Your athlete may be with fellow San Diego swimmers or with swimmers from Southern California and Mexico.  This is a great opportunity for them to establish new friendships!!  Rooming lists are set and cannot be changed.  Additionally, there is no need for spending money as everything is covered with your $225.00 check!

Parents, please note that parking is enforced on Thursday and Friday.  For Saturday and Sunday, there is no need to purchase a permit.  If you have any questions or need to get a hold of me, my number is 619-636-8730.

Greg Spire/San Diego NACC All Stars Head Coach

Our itinerary is as follows:


  • Lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.  Checkin will be at 4PM with Warmup starting at 5PM.  Please allow enough time to check in promptly at 4PM.
  • 4:00–Dorm check-in at Warren Conference Center
  • 5:00—Warmup at Triton (Competition) Pool available for warm-up, 5:00-6:30pm
  • 7:30pm—dinner

Friday and Saturday:

  • 7:00–breakfast
  • 7:30-9:00am–warm up in Triton Pool
  • 9:00am–prelims start
  • 9:00am-12:00pm—warm up available in lanes 8-11 of the Canyonview Pool
  • 12:00noon–lunch
  • 3:30-5:00pm–warm up for finals
  • 5:00—finals start
  • 7:30–dinner


  • 7:00am–breakfast
  • 7:30-9:00am–warm up in Triton Pool
  • 9:00am–prelims start
  • 9:00am-12noon–warm up available in lanes 15-18 of Canyonview Pool
  • 12:00noon—lunch
  • 3:30-5pm–warm up for finals
  • 5:00–finals start
  • 7:30—dinner and room checkout
  • 7:30-10pm–social event in dining hall.  Required for all San Diego Imperial Swimmers
  • 10pm—Parent pickup

written by docbailey

Aug 02

Both teams were selected based on the swimmers’ performances at the SI Long Course Junior Olympics held this past weekend.  The Western Zone Team is made up of 14 and under swimmers and will be competing against other all star teams from different LSC’s within the Western Zone.  The North American Challenge Cup (NACC) is made up of 11-18 year old swimmers and will be competing against all star teams from Southern California and Mexico.

The Western Zone Meet is taking place in Roseville, California, August 9-12 and the NACC meet will be taking place  at UCSD August 4-6.

Congratulations to the swimmers!  We wish both teams and coaching staffs the best of luck!  Swim fast!

Zone TeamNACC Team
Aidan SimpsonKeirlyn MullicaAidan SteelJeffrey Keppler
Ashley ArnasKen EckelArielle BrotmanKai Zeger
Ashley RoweKyle WongAustin HellicksonKrystal Lieu
Austin LathropLan ZhuAva BurgerLeanne Lam
Caden DangLucius BrownCameron HoMadeleine Ren
Cameron CollinsMasato KoyamaCaryn TelferMaja Palmroos
Carlos Munoz RenteriaMason MorrisCasey DangMaria Pia Davila
Caspar LightnerMcLean HallCassidy LiuMatthew Alvidrez
Catherine RoweMeilene HanakiCathal RyanMatthew Makepeace
Cecilia HagewoodMinh-Uyen DangCharlotte CongMia Kragh
Charlotte ZhangNicholas BaiChristopher NagyMichael Mulder
Christopher ManuelNoelle HarveyColby HughesMiko Baron
Cormac RyanPablo EstradaDylan ApseyNatalia Boese
Delaney AlonsoPaola CastilloEdward ZhangNatalie Le
Ederick WongRachel MunchEmmy LuuNathaniel Parsons
Emily LundgrenRevere SchmidtFrederick LiuNoah Snyder
Grant HawthorneRobert Andrews IIIGeorge JenovPhoebe Betts
Greyson DaviesSarah HardinGillian SwiftRachel Yang
Ian PalmroosShelby YeagerHannah WongStefan Prestrelski
Isabella Chavez-VarelaSofia Chavez-VarelaIsabel LuuSydney Straight
Isabella CoxTalia CerceoJacob RitterTatiana Smider
Julien RousseauTaylor LyonVivian Seto
Katherine HuangTiffany Shields
Kathryn HazleTroy Schalge Jr
Yuma Dugas
Head CoachKevin EslingerHead CoachGreg Spire
Asst CoachesJohn BixlerAsst CoachesMichael Benedick
Kristyn EvansPaul Folts
Nikie Peterson LopezCathy Elgas
Troy Marcikic
Pam Eaton
Jason Hundley

written by Kevin Lee

Jul 04

The deadline for the SI IMX programs is coming up on July 15!  This deadline is particularly important for the scholarship program as the application needs to be submitted by July 15th.  Please read below for more details on both programs.

NEW SI IMX Scholarship Program:

SI is pleased to announce our new SI IMX Scholarship Program.   All high school students graduating in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for up to $300.  The final value of scholarship for the swimmer is dependent on the number of IMX scores that have been achieved since the start of seventh grade.

All applications must be received by July 15th.   The specific eligibility criteria and process to submit is listed in Final Communication IMX Programs 2017.  Application is available here: IMX Scholarship Form Final.  Questions can be directed to Sally Taggart (

NEW Age Group IMX Recognition Program:

We are delighted to announce our new 12&U IMX age group recognition program.  All 12&U SI swimmers that achieve an IMX score during the 2016 – 2017 swim season by July 15th will automatically be entered into a drawing for a LSC sponsored party for their workout group.   We will select a 10&U girl, 10&U boy, 11&12 girl, and 11&12 boy and announce the winners at our long course JO.

Events that must be swum to achieve an IMX score are as follows:

9 & Under; 10-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

11-year olds; 12-year olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

Additional Information about the USA swimming IMX (extreme) program can be found:

(Note:  The SI Board of Directors has approved this program for both the 2016/ 2017 and 2017 / 2018 swim season)

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

Jun 12
  • San Diego Imperial Swimming will be selecting two All-Star teams this summer.
  • The first will be the 14 and under Western Zone Team that will be competing in Roseville California August 9-12.
  • To be considered for selection on the team swimmers must have achieved at least two of the 2017 Western Zone time standards; those who have achieved at least five standards will automatically be selected to the team as long as they have turned in their application by Saturday July 29.
  • There will be a max of 48 swimmers selected for the team. The 13-14 year old swimmers will travel as a team. The 11-12 year old swimmers will have the option to travel with the team or with their families. All 10 and under swimmers will travel with their families. The cost will be $700 for those swimmers who are traveling with the team.
  • Those swimmers who travel with their families will be eligible for a stipend of up to $600 dollars.
  • The second team that is being selected will participate in the North American Challenge Cup; NACC.
  • The meet will be held at UCSD August 4-6. This will be prelims and finals meet with All-star teams from Southern California and Mexico.
  • The cost will be about $250 per swimmer. The meet will be only 11-18 year old swimmers. The time standard for the 11-14 will be that the swimmers will need to have at least one 2017 Western Zone time standard.
  • For the 15-18 year olds they will have to achieve the time standards below to apply. There will be eight (8) swimmers selected for each age group. Swimmers who make the team will be staying as a team at UCSD dorms with meals being provided.
Girls15-18 LCMBoys
29.4950 FREE26.72
1:03.54100 FREE58.10
2:17:60200 FREE2:07.10
4:53.32400 FREE4:36.79
10:19.73800 FREE9:39.99
20:04.821500 FREE18:53.54
1:14.53100 BACK1:09.78
2:43.43200 BACK2:32.15
1:25.42100 BREAST1:19.09
3:05.91200 BREAST2:56.21
1:10.07100 FLY1:04.53
2:48.78200 FLY2:39.77
2:37.20200 IM2:25.12
5:46.98400 IM5:24.61
  • It is the intent of San Diego Imperial Swimming to first fill the Zone All-star team with eligible swimmers that are 14 and under. Those swimmers who do not make the Zone team will then be selected for the NACC meet.  For the 15-18 year old swimmers, the intent is to select the best team from those swimmers who apply for the team.
  • Applications for both teams will be available on the SI website by the middle of June 2017.  

For any questions please contact Sean Redmond; SI Swimming Age Group Chair; at

written by Kevin Lee

May 06

San Diego Imperial Swimming would like to congratulate all the swimmers who will be continuing their swimming careers in college next fall.  Please fill out this Google Form. Entries will be posted on the website on this page.

written by Kevin Lee

Apr 12

written by docbailey