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Where are they now? Hannah Stoyel (Cooper) Class of 2011

posted Sep 20, 2019, 9:40 AM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Sep 20, 2019, 9:43 AM ]


When Hannah Stoyel (Cooper) first came to swim at Dads Club, she was 12, had just relocated from California, and didn’t know anybody. She had been a competitive gymnast, so she dressed like she was going to the gym. “On my first day I showed up in a bright pink velvet pants and jacket, which haunted me for years! But I made friends nonetheless.”




Hannah and best Friend Susannah Shoemaker


Indeed, during her six years at Dads Club, Hannah made a lot of friends, and developed the skills and understanding that inspired her to go to Kenyon College and study sports psychology, while swimming on the school team. She currently works in the United Kingdom as team psychologist for England Swimming.

She credits Dads Club with preparing her for college and her career. It’s hard work being a competitive swimmer, especially on cold winter mornings. She quickly learned how to juggle the rigors of training 9 times per week while doing AP classes at Memorial High School, graduating in 2011.

Along with discipline, strength, dedication, perseverance, Hannah will always treasure that it was at Dads Club that she learned how to take responsibility. “I needed to make sure both my school and swimming was successful, and I learned that it was up to me. It wasn’t up to my parents or my coaches. It had to be me.”

And because Dads Club is not a mega-club, there can be great opportunities for a driven young swimmer. When she was still an age-group swimmer Hannah got invited to swim on the freestyle relay at a ProAm meet in Oklahoma. “I remember I was put on a freestyle relay as the anchor and dropped about 4 seconds in my 100 free because I was so excited to swim ‘with the big girls.’ What is great about Dads is the size of the team allowed me to have that experience.”


On away meets Hannah would help out Coach Rey Aguilar by organizing dinner and taking care of her teammates — a practice she carried on into college. “I learned to love being a leader. And I came to understand that whether or not I swam well was down to me. Something I think some athletes never get to learn and therefore don’t enjoy the success they crave.”

Those years of team building are what inspired her to study sports psychology while swimming at Kenyon College. She earned a Masters degree and is now a registered Sport Psychologist in the United Kingdom, with clients including cheerleaders, rugby players, divers and swimmers. Through England Swimming she helps run national camps and travels to international events with the team.

She knows from personal experience what athletes are capable of when they are in the right mindset. “Taking responsibility for your own success is something I talk about to many athletes, coaches, and parents now in my practice.” And she stresses the importance that down time plays in cultivating that mindset. Swim team was a big part of Hannah’s social life in high school, with everyone getting together to make Christmas cookies and cosplay for Harry Potter movie premiers. “We were all just great friends.” One of Hannah’s best swim buddies, Susannah Shoemaker, was bridesmaid at her wedding last year.

Dads Club cultivates these kind of friendships by allowing for a friendly yet disciplined environment. “Both Mark Boerner and Coach Aguilar were also excellent in pushing me to excel without causing burnout. Other college swimmers I knew had been pushed so hard during high school that they had gotten worn out on swimming. At Dads Club I was lucky to have been part of a team that pushed me to excel, but at a measured and careful rate. My coaches were conscious of wanting to help give me the opportunity to swim in college, and I appreciate that to this day! Swimming at Kenyon wouldn’t have been possible without Dads.”

Can she sum up her approach to sports psychology in a way that today’s Dads Club swimmers can understand? “It may be a cliche, but there’s a lot of truth to the phrase: ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’” Success in the pool (as in life) all comes down to how much time and effort (and laps) you put into it. “I feel forever indebted to Dads and my coaches for helping me love hard work.”

Team Shirts and Caps

posted Sep 18, 2019, 12:26 PM by Rey Aguilar


We will be handing out blue team shirts on Tuesday September 24th and Wednesday September 25th from 4-7:15pm.

We will also have silicone team caps and additional team shirts of both colors available for sell. Both silicone caps and additional shirts are $15 each.

No need to bring cash or check. Cap and shirt purchases will be billed to your account.

During swim meets our swimmers are required to wear the blue team shirt on Saturdays and white team shirt on Sundays. Swimmers are also expected to wear a team cap during swim meets.

Czelusta, Duncan and Mason Achieve Scholastic All American Honors

posted Sep 16, 2019, 12:13 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Sep 17, 2019, 7:51 PM ]

Dad's Club is proud to announce the following swimmers as 2018-19 Scholastic All-American athletes:

Noah Czelusta, Caleb Duncan and Andreas Mason.

Each year, USA Swimming recognizes swimmers who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The Scholastic All-America (SAA) Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have achieved the required time standards.

All-time list of our Scholastic All-Americans

Graham Johnston Celebration of Life

posted Aug 25, 2019, 3:51 PM by Rey Aguilar


Dad's Club lost a member, friend, and colleague in Graham Johnston. Dad's Club will be the site for Graham's Celebration of Life. Please join us on Sunday, September 1st between 1pm-3pm to remember our friend.

 

Graham was a Dad’s Club member for over 25 years. He was also one of the most accomplished masters swimmers in history. During his 70 year-long swimming career Graham broke over 75 masters world records. Some of his others great accomplishments include: 1952 Olympian (representing South Africa) and being the oldest man to complete the Straits of Gibraltar at 74 years old. 

 Graham Johnston Swimming World 


Graham Johnston International Swimming Hall of Fame

Graham recognizing Dad's Club Swim Team with the inaugural Wally Pryer Distinguished Team Award in Austin Texas. 


Caleb Duncan Qualifies for 2020 Olympic Trials

posted Aug 5, 2019, 3:34 PM by Rey Aguilar

 


Congratulations to Caleb Duncan for qualifying to compete at next year’s U.S Olympic Trials.  Caleb achieved the Olympic Trial standard in the 50 freestyle finals at the Southern Zones Championships. 

 

Caleb missed the cut earlier in the meet leading off the 200 free relay by .05 and then again in prelims of the individual race by the closest of margins (.01). This only fueled Caleb and made him more determined leading into finals where he found a way to sneak under the 23.19 trials cut with a time of 23.17. His effort also earned him the Southern Zones 2019 title in the 50 free. 


Olympic trials will be held next summer in Omaha, Nebraska 

 

Congratulations Caleb!


Coach John Welcomes First Child

posted Jul 25, 2019, 7:14 PM by Rey Aguilar

Congratulations to Coach John McClure and his wife Kim on their first baby John (Johnny) McClure.
Johnny was born on July 16th weighing in at 8lbs 1oz. We hope to see Johnny at the pool soon!

Tri, Masters and Boot Camp Break

posted Jul 24, 2019, 9:37 AM by Rey Aguilar



Tri, Masters and Boot Camp Summer Break
August 5th-9th

Swim Team End of Season Breaks

posted Jul 2, 2019, 7:47 PM by Rey Aguilar

End of Season Breaks

White 4pm 

July 30th

August 8th

White 6:30pm

July 30th

August 8th

Blue 4pm

July 29th

August 9th

Blue 6:30lpm

July 29th

August 9th

Bronze

July 29th

August 9th

Silver

July 29th

August 9th

Gold

July 29th

August 9th

Senior

August 5th

August 16th

National Prep

August 5th

August 16th

National 

August 12th

August 23rd


4th of July Facility and Training Schedule

posted Jun 26, 2019, 6:35 PM by Rey Aguilar


4th of July Facility and Training Schedule


Facility Hours 7am-2pm

No practice for White, Bronze, Silver

No practice for Tri&Masters and Cross-Training

Gold -9-11am

  Senior & National Prep - 7-9am

  National - 7-9:30am


 

                                                                      We hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July.



Masters Summer Sizzler Meet

posted May 30, 2019, 7:04 PM by Rey Aguilar



Summer Sizzler
Long Course Masters Meet

Hosted by Dads Club Swim Team

Sunday June 30, 2019
A Long Course Timed Finals Meet
DATE: Sunday June 30, 2019. Warm up begins at 8:00 am. The Meet will begin at 9:00 am. The meet must be over by 1:00 PM to allow the Dads Club facilities to open for the members. Swimmers are asked to notify the meet director prior to the heats being seeded if they plan on not swimming any events they have entered.

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