VYPE Houston Swimmer of the Year

posted Jul 5, 2018, 9:34 AM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 9:35 AM ]

Congratulations to Dad’s Club’s own  Sydney Buchman and Clayton Bobo who both received the VYPE 2017-18 Houston swimmer of the year award. The VYPE awards honor the best Houston athletes from all High School Sports over the past school year.

Buchman (St. John’s) received the award for the girls’ private school swimmer of the year. Bobo (Stratford) received the award for the boys’ public school swimmer of the year.

The award ceremony took place at Warehouse Live and was a complete sell-out with more than 600 people in attendance. 

Way to go Sydney and Clayton!

Emma Stephenson Commits to Texas A&M

posted May 31, 2018, 12:32 PM by Rey Aguilar

Congratulations to Emma Stephenson who recently committed to Texas A&M University!

Emma is our first college commitment from the class of 2019 and is our 5th Aggie in the last 4 years (Alex Buscher, Elizabeth Jordana, Clayton Bobo, Claire Smith). Emma has been a Sectional, NCSA Junior National, and Speedo Junior National finalist. She has also been a UIL individual state champion and has broken multiple Dad’s Club, Gulf, and Texas State records. Emma has also qualified for the U.S. National Championship and U.S. open, and has ranked in the National Age Group Top Ten. 

Emma hopes to make her contributions in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events as well as relays. We wish her the best of luck!

“I’m so  excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Texas A&M University! I could not have made it to this point without the help and support from my coaches, family, and friends. Gig’em!”

Congratulations Emma!

Dad’s Club Class of 2018 Swimming College Commitments

Mark Shoemaker - Loyola University Maryland 

Morgen Reyna –Trinity University

Aria Bernal – Arizona

Clayton Bobo – Texas A&M

Claire Smith- Texas A&M


Dad’s Club's All Time College Swimmers

Mark Shoemaker Commits to Loyola University Maryland

posted May 31, 2018, 12:16 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated May 31, 2018, 12:33 PM ]

Congratulations to Mark Shoemaker who recently committed to Loyola University Maryland!

Mark has been swimming with Dad’s Club for twelve years. During that time he has been a Southwest Preparatory Conference state champion, Southern Zone Sectional finalist, NCSA Junior National qualifier, and a multiple time Dad’s Club record holder.

His best events include distance freestyle, breaststroke and 400 IM. He will make a great addition to the Greyhounds swim team, and we look forward to following his success.

“I am extremely excited to announce that I am committing to Loyola University Maryland to pursue my academic and swimming career for the next four years!”

Mark plans on studying Psychology.

                                                                         Congratulations Mark!

Dad’s Club Class of 2018 Swimming College Commitments

Morgen Reyna –Trinity University

Aria Bernal – Arizona

Clayton Bobo – Texas A&M

Claire Smith- Texas A&M


Dad’s Club's All Time College Swimmers

Membership Lane Assignments

posted May 30, 2018, 1:27 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 8:51 AM ]

Membership Lane Assignments 
June 2nd- July 30th

Dad’s Club—President’s 2018 Spring Newsletter

posted May 25, 2018, 6:34 PM by DCST Webmaster2

Greetings Dad’s Club Family & Friends!
The future is bright for our Dad’s Club and there is much news and information to report. There is a lot of great news that has occurred and I’ll make a prediction that more is to follow!

The Biggest News of 2018
As mentioned in our January Newsletter, our board and committees have really stepped up to help ensure our club is run in a transparent and forthright manner! Thank you one and all!

Board Members; George Oggero (Safety & Risk Assessment- Operations, Vendors & Contracts), Steve Tschirthart (Club Analytics & Assessment), Jamey Moss (Swimming), Linda Parrish (co-chair of Swimming), Chuck Turet (Legal), Chris Helman (Board Secretary & Executive Committee), Cynthia Tzetzo (Treasurer & Finance), Frank Wozencraft (Fundraising), Dustin Heitmann & his co-Chair Wojciech Mrugala (Facility & Property), Greg Zuanich (Special Projects).

Key Topics

Finances, my last newsletter stated that we have done a very good job in watching our expenses, reviewing all vendor relationships for potential savings, hiring capable people that perform their duties with cross training back up, and granting pay increases to retain our best staff members. Our pool lane rental pricing was revamped over the last couple years, and this continues to be very strong revenue that we enjoy. Swim lessons in 2018 continue to run at very high numbers and are close to a new record by the number conducted. We continue to maintain some 400 children in various swim teams, and have expanded our adult swim programs with Masters, Tri Athlete, and Medical Rehab Conditioning. Our total monthly member count continues to top 800. A record continues! We paid down our debt by some $50,000 so far in 2018. We have no short-term debt, with our credit line unused. Our long-term debt is financed at a low rate, not renewing for another 3 1/2 years. We are endeavoring to have this paid off by that time, through fundraising and asset sales. Our working capital and segregated cash funds are running at $375,000.

Capital Projects Completed, as mentioned previously, the creek bank and creek bed repair cannot be understated to its importance for the club and its financial future. But in addition, there were many other projects undertaken. The installing of multiple custom-built sunshades on both the 50 meter pool and the Family pool are protecting swimmers, coaches and parents from that brutal Texas sun. This project was almost $60,000. Drainage relief for the grassy areas by the 50 meter and Family pool were undertaken, solving some pesky always wet spots.

Capital Projects Planned for 2018, Update from our last newsletter, to repeat, trying to make our club the best facility in Texas, the Southwest-ok, we mean the best, Nationally! Our 50 Meter Pool, the club’s crown jewel, needs some polishing and repair! This Olympic size pool is one of the few privately owned in Texas. We had “soils geo tech” tests and “leak detection” test conducted last week, we’re now waiting for the findings. It was determined we needed to do some “measure twice and then cut once” before we started major (and aka very expensive) repairs on the 50 meter pool. Stay tuned, this is a major target to get done completed for the club.

New Natatorium Building with a 25 yard indoor pool, Our architectural firm has been working on this for almost two years, so we are heavy into this project. A fine indoor pool building with large windows on three sides that can open when weather appropriate. The east side of the pool will have a two story
building attached with offices downstairs, lockers, fitness center, and meeting room(s). The office portion will likely be tilt wall construction, durable, and eye pleasing. Our timetable is to have our construction plans and building permits approved by fourth quarter of 2018. The current facility of office, locker rooms, fitness center, and 33 yard original pool would be demolished. The new structure would be built on that footprint, resulting in expanded parking and easier traffic flow to the back parking lot. We are close to being able to send the specs to builders and get firm pricing. Funding will be from a combination of a long-term mortgage loan with a low interest rate, along with funding from the Capital Campaign and any other asset sales.

North Parcel of Dad’s Club , this land was purchased back in the summer of 2014 for future expansion. The idea was a new pool, extra parking, and athletic field all could be accommodated. Such thinking had some merit, but after exhaustive review, the current six acre original south parcel was deemed to be adequate with site redo, as mentioned above. Therefore the club is spending a small amount of money seeking to plat that north parcel into four 20,000 sf lots served by one shared driveway to Bingle. Once the plat is granted by the city, the club will sell the parcel and the plat approvals to the highest bidder. That money is expected to reduce the debt of the club greatly or perhaps even eliminate it entirely.

Name Change of the Corporation, The Dad’s Club Swim Team, Inc. has been changed to “Dad’s Club Aquatic Center.” When we talk about the club and refer to it, I’d imagine it will always be the “Dad’s Club!” Meanwhile our iconic name will continue to be emphasized into our bright future!

Wrap up, finally we want to wish Jordan Orange M.D. & wife Katie with children Audrey, Marley & Tabatha a safe move to NYC where Jordan has accepted a senior position at Columbia University Medical Center. We will miss this wonderful Family at the club. Jordan has been a board member for the last several years and has been instrumental in all the Dad’s Club major decisions.

Hope you and your Family’s enjoy a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Best wishes!

Charlie Calderwood, President
Dad’s Club

Summer Practice Schedule and End of Season Breaks

posted May 24, 2018, 10:22 AM by Rey Aguilar

Long Course Meets Important Information

posted Apr 17, 2018, 1:10 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 12:45 PM ]


During the LC season (50 Meter pool) every swimmer must circle-in/check in for each of their events. (No circle-in for the Sprint Series meets (25 yard pool) is needed. The only exception is the May Sprint Series Meet) The circle-in deadline is 45 minutes before the start of each session. Swimmers who fail to circle in 45 minutes before the start of the session will be considered absent and will be taken out of those day’s events. Please be sure to have your swimmer circle-in each of their events before the deadline. They are not making exceptions for swimmers who fail to circle-in.



Please read over these 14 things to remember before a meet. (#4 - meet sessions and #7 – Circle-in procedures are different during the Long Course season)


1)            You can find the meet’s location on our meets & results page by clicking on the meet. 


2)      Team apparel needed for swim meets 

·        Team shirts (White on Saturday & Blue on Sunday) (Friday session – gray)

·          White team cap

·        Team suit (must be ordered through Texas Swim Shop)


3)      Swimmers entries can be found on your parent portal 

It is a good idea to write down the event, heat, and lane assignment on young swimmer’s hand or forearm to help them remember when they will swim.


4)      There are two sessions per day 

·        13 & over age swimmers- will swim in the morning sessions

·        12 & under age swimmers - will swim in the afternoon session

·        Sprint Series meets are split differently (Girls AM session/ Boys PM session)


5)      The estimated timeline and warm-ups will be posted under our meets and results page

·        You can find the timeline and warm-ups on our meets & results page next to the name and date of the meet. The timeline is indicated as TL or COMBO, the warm-up are indicated as WU or COMBO.

·        Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of our designated warm-up

·        Coaches will meet with all swimmers at the conclusion of warm-up.

·        It is very important that your swimmer is on time for warm-ups. This will help them get a proper warm-up and feel comfortable in their surroundings.


6)      You will receive a text in case the afternoon warm-ups start earlier. 

·        Afternoon sessions may change warm-up times depending on how fast the morning session runs

·        Please be sure that the primary phone number in your Active account is able to receive text messages.


7)      All swimmers must circle-in for each of their events 45 minutes before the start of each session. 

·        There will be circle-in during the Long Course season for all events.

·        All swimmers must circle-in for each of their events 45 minutes prior to the start of the session. Circle-in allows the host team to know which swimmers are present at the meet. Swimmers who fail to circle in 45 minutes before the start of the session will be considered absent and will be taken out of those day’s events.

·        The circle-in sheets are usually posted at the front of the facility. Please be sure your swimmer circles in for each of their events 45 minutes before the start of the session.


8)      Heat sheets can be purchased at the meet(You can access the heat sheet for the April 20-22 LC meet through the Meet Mobile App)

·        The heat sheets will show the event, heat and lane for each swimmer.


9)      New swimmers will be buddied up with returning swimmers during our team meeting at the conclusion of warm-up 


10)   Parents are not allowed on deck. Please do not approach coaches during swim meets. 


11)   Bring healthy snacks and drinks 

·        Healthy snacks include – fruits, pasta, granola bars, bagels ….

·        The best drink is water


12)   Where to sit? 

·        Indoor seating is usually reserved for parents watching their kids while they compete. There is plenty of space outdoors where you can hang out while you wait for your swimmer’s event to start. You are welcome to set up tents and chairs outdoors.


13)   Swimmers need to speak with their coach before and after each race

·        Please help us by reminding your swimmer to speak with their coach


14)   Additional things to bring

·        Multiple goggles

·        1-2 towels

·        Things to keep swimmers warm.


Please email your swimmer's coach directly if you have any questions. 




Rey Aguilar 

Head Coach 

Annual Awards Banquet

posted Apr 13, 2018, 10:07 AM by Rey Aguilar

Dad’s Club Annual Awards Banquet

It is time once again to celebrate a great swim year

and honor our swimmers


Please join us on April 27th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.


Location: Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

11612 Memorial Drive

Houston, Texas 77024


Cost: Adults - $20.00

Swimmers and other children/siblings - $10.00


 Registration and payment to be made online at the following link:


Dress: Girls may wear sundresses

Boys may wear nice slacks and polo shirts


 The deadline to register is 11:45 pm., Tuesday, April 17th

Gym Access Cards

posted Apr 10, 2018, 10:49 AM by DCST Webmaster2

Dear Members

Gym Access will be via membership key card. Cards will be issued only to members in good standing*. 

Access cards for the gym may be picked up M-F from 10am-4:30 pm. Please expect the process to take 5-10 minutes.

If you are not able to pick up M-F from 10am-4:30 pm, Will Call is available via email to .

We ask that all current members pick up cards by April 25th.

Thank you,



*(Swim Team familes with 2 athletes registered have a family membership. Memberships are available to families with only one swimmer for $35 per month.)

If you have any questions, please reply

Gym Update

posted Apr 7, 2018, 8:44 PM by DCST Webmaster2

Dear Members,

We are happy to announce that the gym will open on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2pm.

We completed a thorough review, re-shop, and upgrade the Dad’s Clubs’ various insurance coverages. Unfortunately, this required that we close the gym for a few weeks as we assessed coverages.  We are happy to report a tremendous savings for this year and more robust and inclusive policies.

We are determined to increase the value of your membership and to decrease the club’s liability. During the closure period and with a portion of the savings, we placed a card lock system on the gym for members only access and the gym was professionally assessed. We have repaired, removed, moved, and replaced several pieces of equipment.

More information will follow regarding gym access procedures. We thank you for your patience during this time. 

Thank you, 

Linda Kutac

If you have any questions, please reply

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