Dec 21

Congratulations to Rancho San Dieguito (RSD), Pacific Swim (PS), and North Coast Aquatics (NCA) for being recognized as bronze level swim clubs in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program for 2018. In its 17th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top 20 clubs earn Gold level ranking and those rated 21-100 are designated as Silver honorees. The next 100 clubs are recognized at the Bronze level. Each team’s ranking score is based on the FINA Points Table, a power point rating system that assigns point values to swimming performances based on the Gold, Silver or Bronze time standard.

There are over 2800 swim clubs across the US and recognition through this program is limited to the top 7% of clubs.

RSD finished at 113th position, PS at 134th, and NCA at 185th.

More information can be found on the USA Swimming website:

written by Kevin Lee

Dec 19

This year’s recipient of the Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award for San Diego Imperial Swimming is Debbie Baldwin.  Debbie has been instrumental in laying the critical groundwork that has enabled San Diego Imperial Swimming to reach new heights.  Thanks so much for all of your hard work Debbie, and we hope to see you on the pool deck for many more years!

written by Kevin Lee

Jul 20

The 2017 Official of the Year Nomination are now being accepted from the San Diego / Imperial swim community. The award will be presented to the person whom the coaches, officials, and members feel has done an exemplary job for the season.   Please submit your nomination along with a short description supporting your nominating to the officials committee ( by August 1st. The officials committee (members can be found on the SI website) will then review the nominations and select the honoree for the 2016 – 2017 swim season.

 Thank you for your thoughtful nominations.
John Smigal
San Diego / Imperial Officials Chair


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

Mar 24

The Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award is awarded each year to a San Diego Imperial Swimming volunteer in recognition of service to our LSC.  Please send your nominations to with some brief text on why you believe this person is deserving of this award.  The award will be voted on and selected by the board of directors and announced at our Long Course Junior Olympic Championships.

Last year, we recognized Carlos Davila for this award.

written by Kevin Lee

Feb 07

At the bi-monthly SI Coaches Association meeting, 12&U swimmers of the month and senior swimmers of the quarter are voted upon and selected.  Plaques for these awards are given out at the annual long course Junior Olympics meet.  Previous winners can be seen here: Awards.  The most recently named winners were:

Swimmer of the Month

November 2016: Lan Zhu (NCA)

December 2016: Aurelia Willett (HSA), Ian Carsten (PAC)

Swimmer of the Quarter

4th quarter 2016: Natalie Schultze (PS), Carlson Temple (CAST)

Congratulations to these swimmers!

written by Kevin Lee