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posted Nov 11, 2019, 1:48 PM by Rey Aguilar

Buchman Commits to Kenyon College

posted Oct 11, 2019, 12:44 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 12:46 PM ]

Congratulations to Sydney Buchman who recently committed to swim at Kenyon College!

During her time at Dad's Club Sydney has qualified for Sectionals, NCSA Jr. Nationals, and Winter Jr. Nationals. She has also been Southern Preparatory Conference State Champion in the 100 breaststroke. 

"The minute I stepped foot onto Kenyon's campus I knew it was the place for me. I am so excited to be part of such an incredible swim team! Go Lords and Ladies!"

The Kenyon Ladies’ Swim team has a storied history with 23 NCAA Division III Championships; more than any other Division III Women’s team, in any sport. In 2019, they were edged out by Emory by a mere 9 points, earning 2nd overall. Sydney will be an immediate contributor in the breaststroke and IM events.

Congratulations Sydney!

Check out our other class of 2020 College Commitments

Noah Czelusta – Columbia University

Ellie McLeod - University of Texas

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McLeod Commits to University of Texas

posted Oct 11, 2019, 12:35 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 12:46 PM ]

Congratulations to Ellie McLeod who committed to swim at the University of Texas!

As a lifelong Dad’s Club swimmer, Ellie started with us as a 10 & under and has worked her way up through the Dad’s Club ranks to become a team captain during the last two years. She has also broken multiple team, gulf and state records along the way. Ellie has qualified for Sectionals, NCSA Jr. Nationals, Winter and Summer Junior Nationals, Winter Nationals and the U.S Open.

“I’m so excited to announce my commitment to swim for the University of Texas class of 2024!! I can’t wait to be a part of such an incredible team and school!! Hook’em”

Ellie looks to make her contributions in the freestyle and breaststroke events, as well as relays. Her class of 2024 Longhorns is one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.

Congratulations Ellie!

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Check out our other class of 2020 College Commitments

Noah Czelusta – Columbia University

Sydney Buchman – Kenyon College

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Congratulations Coach Rey: 2019 Gulf Swimming Coach of the Year

posted Oct 10, 2019, 11:10 AM by Eva Mueller   [ updated Oct 12, 2019, 6:46 AM ]

 This past Sunday during the Annual Gulf Banquet at the Westchase Marriott, Dads Club’s own Head Coach Rey Aguilar was awarded 2019 Gulf Swimming Coach of the Year. The club is proud & honored to have Coach Rey leading our team! CONGRATULATIONS COACH REY! 

2019 Gulf Awards Banquet

posted Oct 8, 2019, 11:01 AM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Oct 9, 2019, 11:52 AM ]

Congratulations to all our swimmers who received awards during this year’s Gulf banquet.

The 2019-2020 Gulf Awards Banquet was held on Sunday, October 6th at the Westchase Marriot Hotel. The guest speakers were two time Paralympian Mckenzie Coan and U.S National teamer Madisyn Cox. Their message was very positive and motivating to athletes, coaches, and parents.

Dad’s Club was well represented. We had 33 athletes that qualified to receive an award at this year’s banquet. Below is a list of Dads Club athletes and the level of award they achieved. 

Gulf Qualifying Award – Texas/Gulf Select Camp participant, Gulf open water All-Stars team participant, Tags individual finalist (1-8), Tags relay finalist (1-8), Futures meet participant, Sectionals individual finalist (1-16), Sectionals relay finalist (1-8), national Championship relay participant, US Open Championship relay participant, Southern Senior Zones Individual Finalist (1-8).

David Alas

Bailey Bergen

Jeremy Bates

Ava Ceraudo

Tori Cone

Jeff De Groot

Finn Helman

Larkin Helman

Laurel Hoskovec

Lexie Lukens

JP McCann

Alex Miao

Avery Pham

Preston Pham

Lei Smith

Layton Snyder

Bob Timuruly

Reid Vandervoort

Level 1- Zones Select Camp Participant, USA Swimming Junior National Championships Qualifier, TAGS Individual Champion, Southern Senior Zones Individual Champion, Futures Individual Finalist (top 16), National Open Water Champ Participant, National Diversity Select Camp Participant

Emma Clark

Andreas Mason

Renee Nealon


Level 2 -National Select Camp, Gulf Record(Individual & Relay), Senior Zones Record, Futures Champion, USA Swimming Junior National Champion, National Championships Qualifier, US Open Water Top 8 Finisher, USA Swimming Top 10( fastest top 10 times in the country per event and age bracket)

Isabella Alas

Aria Bernal

Brynn Bond

Noah Czelusta

Kassidy Kitchel

Ellie Mcleod

Laura Saunders

Sydney Smith

Elloise Williamson

Megan Zuanich

Sydney Buchman


Level 3-National Championship Finalist(top16), US Open Championship Finalist(top 16), National Age Group Record(Individual & Relay), National Open Water Champion, Olympic Trials Qualifier, World Championships Trials Qualifier

Caleb Duncan

Way to go Dad's Club!

Czelusta Commits to Columbia University

posted Oct 4, 2019, 1:20 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 12:48 PM ]

Congratulations to Noah Czelusta who recently committed to swim at Columbia University!

During his time at Dad’s Club Noah has qualified for NCSA Jr. Nationals, Speedo Jr. Nationals, and the U.S Open. He has also been a UIL State finalist, Scholastic All American, and a multiple time team record holder. Noah has served as a Dad’s Club team captain for the last two years.

“I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at Columbia University! Thank you to my friends, family, and coaches for supporting me. Go Lions!”

Columbia is an esteemed Ivy League school, and consistently ranks among the top schools in the country. Last year, the Men’s Swimming & Diving Team placed 4th at the Ivy League Championship. Noah will be a strong contributor in the Butterfly, Breaststroke, and IM events. Congratulations Noah!

Check out our other class of 2020 College Commitments 

Sydney Buchman – Kenyon College

Ellie Mcleod - University of Texas


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New Natatorium Plans

posted Sep 25, 2019, 7:19 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Oct 8, 2019, 10:04 AM by Linda Kutac ]

Dear Members, 

Last evening was a tremendous night for the Dad's Club and is bound to leave it's mark in the deep history of OUR club.

You may have wondered what the City of Spring Valley signs were that were on the boundaries of the club.

The City Council for the City of Spring Valley Village unanimously approved our Supplemental Use Permit Amendment for the new Natatorium. The charge has been led by our President Charlie Calderwood and has been a primary focus of the Board of Directors for almost four years.

We are proud to share our architecture's presentation video of the new Dads Club Natatorium. You will note a new 25y indoor pool, new locker rooms, gym, wider drive, more parking and so much more. Enjoy!

Dads Club!

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NCSA Junior Nationals

posted Sep 25, 2019, 11:53 AM by Rey Aguilar

The National group swimmers traveled to Indianapolis for this year’s NCSA Jr. Nationals. The meet was held at the IUPUI Natatorium on August 6th-10th.

Our swimmers placed 10th in the overall team scores out of over 100 teams from across the country. This is the highest placing Dad’s Club has achieved in the history of the meet.




Isabella Alas, Sydney Buchman, Emma Clark, Ellie McLeod, Sophie Newell, Lexi Pickens, Sydney Smith, and Megan Zuanich


David Alas, Alex Culligan, Noah Czelusta, Trey Fischbach, Andreas Mason, Luke Reed, Will Sampson, Bob Timuruly, Justice Wenz, and Max Zuanich.



Individual Finalists

Isabella Alas 50 free, 100 free

Sydney Buchman 100 breast

Emma Clark 100 back, 200 back

Noah Czelusta 50 fly,100 fly  100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM

Andreas Mason 50 fly , 100 fly

Ellie McLeod 50 free, 100 free, 50 breast, 100 breast

Sydney Smith 100 free

Max Zuanich 50 back


Swim of the session

We continued our tradition of recognizing the best performance of each session at national meets. There are many factors in choosing the best swim of the session which include: time dropped, placing, splitting, execution of the race, determination, overcoming obstacles, etc.



-          Prelims – Isabella Alas’ 100 free.  This was Alas’ first Winter Jr. National qualifying time and her first time under 58 seconds.  Her time of 57.66 is also a 13-14 team record.

-          Finals – Sydney Smith’s 100 free. Smith joined Alas in getting her first Winter Jr. National time and breaking the 58 second barrier.


-          Prelims – Will Sampson’s 100 back. Will swam a best time, executed and split his race better than before all while making new tweaks to his stroke.

-          Finals – Noah Czelusta’s 100 breast. This was Czelusta’s first A final at a national level meet. His time of 1:04.75 was also a new 17-18 team record.


-          Prelims – Bob Timuruly’s 200 free. Timuruly made big improvements on his race execution from the previous 200 free he swam the night before during the 800 free relay.

-          Finals – David Alas’ anchor in the 400 free relay.  Alas stepped up as the anchor of the 400 free relay. His split of 53.87 was his first sub 55 and 54 split!


-          Prelims – Andreas Mason’s 100 fly.  This was Mason’s first Winter Jr. National cut. His effort also earned him a second swim in finals.

-          Finals – Noah Czelusta 100 fly. Noah achieved a Summer Jr. National cut and became only the 3rd 17-18 swimmer in Dad’s Club history to break the 56 sec barrier.


-          Prelims – David Alas, Andreas Mason, Sophie Newell, and Lexi Pickens last swim before college.  All four swimmers had their last swim before going off to college within 10 minutes of each other.  Witnessing a swimmer’s last swim before they go off to college is special, but having four in a row made it extra emotional.

-          Finals – Noah Czelusta’s 200 IM. Noah earned a 3rd swim of the session by swimming a phenomenal 200 IM in the Championship final. His time of 2:07.54 ranks him as the 3rd fastest 17-18 Dad’s Club boy in history.



Team Records


Isabella Alas – 13-14 50 free 26.62

                          13-14 100 free 57.66


Ellie Mcleod – 17-18 100 free 56.75

                           Open 50 breast 32.70


Noah Czelusta – 17-18 100 breast 1:04.75

                             17-18 200 breast 2:23.49



Isabella Alas, Ellie Mcleod, Megan Zuanich, Sydney Smith -Girls Open 200 free relay 1:46.27


Ellie Mcleod, Isabella Alas, Sydney Smith, Megan Zuanich - Girls Open 400 free relay 3:51.32


Special thanks go out to our parent chaperons – Wai-Kwan Alas and Annette Zuanich.



Southern Senior Zones

posted Sep 25, 2019, 11:43 AM by Rey Aguilar

Dad’s Club swimmers competed at the 2019 Southern Senior Zone Championships in Huntsville, Alabama on July 30th-August 3rd. Forty of the best teams from the southeastern United States were in attendance. Dad’s Club sent ten boys and twelve girls to compete at the meet. Those swimmers are as follows:

Alek Argueta, Nabila Argueta, Luisa Bandmann, Alyssa Basaldua, Jeffrey De Groot, Cade Duncan, Caleb Duncan, Keagan Firenza, Kendall Hoffman, Zelie Hughes, Wednesday Hunter, Amaury Jayr, Grace Markovich, Dylan Michaels, Kate Mischlich, Kara Moss, Roxana Nolte, Peyton Pivec, Pryce Pivec, Shannon Tyler, Jett Walker, Joey Wendt

Individual Finalists:

Alek Argueta – 200 Breast/3rd, 50 Breast/4th, 400 IM/27th, 100 Breast/7th, 200 IM/31st

Nabila Argueta – 200 Fly/18th, 400 IM/21st, 100 Fly/31st, 200 IM/22nd

Jeffrey De Groot – 100 Free/10th, 200 Back/5th, 50 Back/6th, 200 Free/3rd, 100 Back/10th, 200 IM/5th

Cade Duncan – 50 Back/9th, 100 Back/23rd, 50 Free/14th

Caleb Duncan – 100 Free/2nd, 200 Free/4th, 100 Fly/4th, 50 Free/1st

Keagan Firenza – 50 Free/29th

Zelie Hughes – 200 Breast/31st, 50 Breast/13th, 100 Breast/19th

Amaury Jayr – 200 Fly/26th, 50 Fly/31st

Grace Markovich – 200 Fly/21st, 50 Fly/19th, 100 Fly/20th, 50 Free/20th

Kara Moss – 200 Fly/15th, 200 Free/22nd, 100 Breast/18th, 200 IM/20th

Roxana Nolte – 100 Free/20th, 200 Fly/6th, 200 Free/19th, 100 Back/14th, 100 Fly/6th, 200 IM 15th

Peyton Pivec – 200 Breast/20th

Pryce Pivec – 200 Back/24th, 100 Back/14th

Jett Walker – 100 Free/14th, 50 Back/5th, 200 Free/16th, 100 Back/21st, 50 Free/16th

Joey Wendt – 50 Free/25th



Women’s 200 Meter Medley A Relay – 16th Place – 2:09.69

Roxana Nolte, Zelie Hughes, Grace Markovich, Kara Moss

Women’s 200 Meter Medley B Relay – 24th Place – 2:14.18

Luisa Bandmann, Alyssa Basaldua, Nabila Argueta, Kate Mischlich

Men’s 200 Meter Medley A Relay – 5th Place – 1:51.87

Jeffrey De Groot, Alek Argueta, Amaury Jayr, Cade Duncan

Men’s 200 Meter Medley B Relay – 18th Place – 1:58.06

Pryce Pivec, Dylan Michaels, Keagan Firenza, Jett Walker

Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle A Relay – 11th Place – 1:55.04

Roxana Nolte, Kara Moss, Zelie Hughes, Grace Markovich

Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle B Relay – 25th Place – 2:02.51

Nabila Argueta, Wednesday Hunter, Kendall Hoffman, Kate Mischlich

Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle A Relay – 2nd Place – 1:37.39

Caleb Duncan, Cade Duncan, Jeffrey De Groot, Jett Walker

Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle B Relay – 13th Place – 1:44.35

Keagan Firenza, Pryce Pivec, Amaury Jayr, Joey Wendt

Mixed 200 Meter Medley Relay – 13th Place – 2:05.70

Joey Wendt, Peyton Pivec, Alek Argueta, Wednesday Hunter

Women’s 800 Meter Freestyle Relay – 12th Place – 9:03.56

Nabila Argueta, Grace Markovich, Kara Moss, Roxana Nolte

Men’s 800 Meter Freestyle Relay – 11th Place – 8:20.82

Keagan Firenza, Cade Duncan, Amaury Jayr, Jett Walker

Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle Relay – 12th Place – 4:09.51

Roxana Nolte, Nabila Argueta, Grace Markovich, Kara Moss

Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle Relay – 6th Place – 3:40.24

Keagan Firenza, Cade Duncan, Jeffrey De Groot, Jett Walker

Women’s 400 Meter Medley A Relay – 19th Place – 4:45.73

Roxana Nolte, Zelie, Nabila Argueta, Kara Moss

Women’s 400 Meter Medley B Relay – 26th Place – 4:52.63

Luisa Bandmann, Peyton Pivec, Grace Markovich, Kate Mischlich

Men’s 400 Meter Medley A Relay – 5th Place – 4:02.80

Jeffrey De Groot, Alek Argueta, Caleb Duncan, Cade Duncan

Men’s 400 Meter Medley B Relay – 19th Place – 4:15.60

Pryce Pivec, Amaury Jayr, Jett Walker, Keagan Firenza

Texas Age Group Championships

posted Sep 25, 2019, 11:36 AM by Rey Aguilar

Wrapping up the 2019 Long Course season for our age group program was the Texas Age Group Swimming Championship, held in Austin, TX. This is the premier meet for young swimmers, as it features the best 14 and under swimmers in the State of Texas. It was a long and grueling meet – 4 ½ days of competition – but Dad’s Club swimmers stepped up in true fashion, stringing together numerous fantastic swims. We had 17 swimmers in attendance; 13 of them swimming individual events. Our individual qualifiers were:

Brynn Bond – 50 Free / 100 Free / 100 Back

Tori Cone – 50 Back / 100 Back / 200 Back

Claire Fischbach – 50 Breast / 200 Breast

Kassidy Kitchel – 50 Free / 400 Free / 100 Fly / 200 Fly / 200 Breast / 200 IM / 400 IM

Lexi Lukens – 400 Free / 100 Back / 200 Back

JP McCann – 100 Breast / 200 Breast

Lowell Moss – 200 Breast

Renee Nealon – 50 Free / 100 Free / 200 Free / 50 Fly / 100 Fly / 50 back / 50 Breast

Allison Ortiz – 100 Fly

Lexi Smith – 50 Free / 100 Free

Sydney Smith – 200 Free / 100 Fly / 100 Breast / 200 Breast / 200 IM

Eloise Williamson – 100 Free / 200 Free / 400 Free / 50 Fly / 100 Fly / 50 back / 200 IM

Megan Zuanich – 50 Free

Rounding out our TAGS roster were relay only swimmers Quinn Belmar, Bailey Bergen, Ian O’Neil and Avery Pham. Qualifying for TAGS is no easy feat, and we are proud of all of our Dad’s Club swimmers who made it to this meet!

As a team, Dad’s Club finished the competition tied for 12th place. Given that there are over 80+ teams from across the State of Texas represented at this meet, overall team standings always ends up being a fierce competition. We’d like to acknowledge our athletes who placed in the Top 16 in their respective individual events, scoring points for the team.

Brynn Bond – 14th 100 Back

Tori Cone – 6th 50 Back / 9th 100 Back / 14th 200 Back

Kassidy Kitchel – 12th 100 Fly / 11th 200 Fly / 14th 200 Breast / 11th 200 IM / 10th 400 IM

Lexi Lukens – 16th 200 Back

JP McCann – 6th 100 Breast / 15th 200 Breast

Renee Nealon – 1st 50 Free / 1st 100 Free / 2nd 200 Free / 1st 50 Fly / 3rd 100 Fly / 2nd 50 Back / 7th 50 Breast

Lexi Smith – 3rd 50 Free / 12th 100 Free

Sydney Smith – 7th 200 Free / 8th 100 Fly / 9th 100 Breast / 7th 200 Breast / 5th 200 IM

Eloise Williamson – 3rd 100 Free / 1st 50 Fly / 1st 100 Fly / 16th 200 IM

Megan Zuanich – 2nd 50 Free


Special recognition to Renee Nealon and Eloise Williamson for coming away as TAGS Champions! Finishing as the fastest in the State in their respective age groups, Renee won the 50 Free, 100 Free and 50 Fly, while Eloise took Gold in the 50 Fly and 100 Fly. Congrats ladies!

Competitive swimming is all about reaching the next level of the sport. For two young ladies, they made that happen by qualifying for NCSA Junior Nationals, a rare occurrence amongst age group athletes. Kassidy Kitchel earned her first NCSA cut in the 200 IM and Eloise Williamson notched her first cut in the 100 Fly. Congrats to these two girls on this amazing accomplishment!

Dad’s Club has a long standing tradition of putting together dominant relays, and this season proved no different. Relays score double the points at this meet and therefore are a big contributing factor to our overall team score. This year we had 9 out of 11 relays score in the top 16!

11-12 Girls 200 Free Relay – 2ndEloise Williamson, Tori Cone, Avery Pham, Bailey Bergen

11-12 Girls 400 Free Relay – 7thEloise Williamson, Tori Cone, Avery Pham, Bailey Bergen

11-12 Girls 400 Medley Relay – 9thTori Cone, Claire Fischbach, Eloise Williamson, Avery Pham

13-14 Girls 200 Free Relay – 2ndSydney Smith, Brynn Bond, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 400 Free Relay – 2ndSydney Smith, Brynn Bond, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 800 Free Relay – 5thLexi Lukens, Sydney Smith, Brynn Bond, Kassidy Kitchel

13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay – 5thBrynn Bond, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 400 Medley Relay – 6thLexi Lukens, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Brynn Bond

13-14 Boys 400 Medley Relay – 16thQuinn Belmar, Lowell Moss, Ian O’Neil, JP McCann

Championship meets always bring out the best in our swimmers. Often times, it brings out the best that Dad’s Club has ever seen. Congrats to Eloise Williamson, who tied the 11-12 Girls LCM 50 Free Team Record with a time of 28.04. Eloise also set a new team record in the 11-12 Girls LCM 50 Fly (28.72) and 100 Fly (1:04.42)! Renee Nealon set a team record in the 10 & Under Girls LCM 100 Free (1:04.94) and 200 Free (2:25.08). Renee also set a team record in the 10 & Under Girls LCM 50 Back (35.83), beating out the existing record by only 0.01!

Also breaking team records were our 13-14 Girls relays. 4 of the 5 relays swum by these ladies were the fastest that a Dad’s Club relay has ever swum for this age group! Shout out to these girls for their amazing accomplishment!

13-14 Girls 200 Free Relay – Sydney Smith, Brynn Bond, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 400 Free Relay – Sydney Smith, Brynn Bond, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 800 Free Relay – Lexi Lukens, Sydney Smith, Brynn Bond, Kassidy Kitchel

13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay – Brynn Bond, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

The coaching staff was incredibly proud of the way our athletes represented Dad’s Club at TAGS. Several great races, lots of cheering for their teammates, mentoring the younger swimmers at the meet, we can’t say enough how well our athletes did on all levels of the competition. Congrats again to all of our TAGS

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