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UIL State Championships

posted Mar 6, 2020, 10:51 AM by Rey Aguilar



The UIL Texas State Championships were held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin TX, on the 14th and 15th of February, 2020. The road to State is arduous; in order to qualify for the State meet swimmers must first qualify for one of eight Regional Championships by placing in the top six at their respective District meets. The State Championship qualifiers for each event are then determined as follows: the top two finishers from each Regional meet qualify automatically, with the next eight fastest times throughout the state qualifying via call-ups. Fifteen Dad’s Club swimmers qualified for the State Championship.



Qualifiers

Noah Czelusta - Memorial

Max Zuanich - Stratford

Amy Evans – Katy Taylor

Roxana Nolte – Katy Taylor

Luke Reed - Stratford

Keagan Firenza - Stratford

Henry Genez - Stratford

Emma Venghaus - Stratford

Shannon Tyler – Memorial

Luisa Bandmann - Memorial

Emma Clark – Katy Taylor

Alex Culligan – Strake Jesuit

Andrew Alcott – Katy Taylor




Individual Finalists

Noah Czelusta – 200 IM, 100 breast

Max Zuanich – 200 free, 100 back

Amy Evans – 100 breast

Emma Clark – 100 back

Alex Culligan – 100 breast


YouTube Video


Noah Czelusta 200IM lane 5




Masters and Triathlon Swim Training Spring Break

posted Mar 6, 2020, 10:14 AM by Rey Aguilar


The spring break for our Tri & Masters training groups is the week of March 16th

TAPPS and SPC State Championships

posted Mar 3, 2020, 1:25 PM by Rey Aguilar



TAPPS and SPC Championships



Forty Dad’s Club swimmers represented twelve schools at the recent private school TAPPS and SPC Championship meets.



The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Championships are divided into three divisions based on school size. This year’s State meets were held at the Bill Walker Pool of Northeast ISD in San Antonio, TX on February 5th, 6th, and 7th.



Dad’s Club swimmers at Division I TAPPS:

From Duchesne – Brynn Bond, Jill Chandler, Carina Kass, and Alyson Wolf

From St. Agnes – Kate Mischlich and Lindsey Regan

From St. Pius X – Stephanie Birkelbach

From St. Thomas – Josh McLean and Dylan Michaels

From The Village School – Quinn Belmar



Top 8 finishers include:

Brynn Bond – 2nd 50 Free, 1st 100 Free, 1st 200 Free Relay, and 3rd 400 Free Relay, Jill Chandler – 7th 200 Free, 7th 500 Free, and 3rd 400 Free Relay, Carina Kass – 3rd 50 Free, 5th 100 Free, 1st 200 Free Relay, and 3rd 400 Free Relay, Alyson Wolf – 1st 200 Free Relay, 8th 100 Breast, and 3rd 400 Free Relay, Kate Mischlich – 4th 200 Free, 2nd 500 Free, 2nd 200 Free Relay, and 2nd 400 Free Relay, Stephanie Birkelbach – 3rd 500 Free, Josh McLean – 3rd 200 Medley Relay, 4th 200 IM, 2nd 200 Free Relay, and 5th 400 Free Relay, Dylan Michaels – 1st 200 Free, 7th 100 Free, 2nd 200 Free Relay, and 4th 400 Free Relay, Quinn Belmar – 1st 200 Medley Relay, 6th 200 Free, 4th 500 Free, and 1st 400 Free Relay



Dad’s Club swimmers at Division II TAPPS:

From Second Baptist – Tanner Chapman, Spencer Locascio, Grant Mueller



Top 8 Finishers include:

Spencer Locascio – 5th 200 Medley Relay, 3rd 50 Free, 4th 100 Fly, and 2nd 400 Free Relay, Grant Mueller – 5th 200 Medley Relay, 6th 100 Free, and 3rd 200 Free Relay
Dad’s Club swimmers at Division III TAPPS:

From Lutheran High North – Caleb Wenz and Justice Wenz

From St. Thomas Episcopal – Lucy McLean


Top 8 finishers include:

Caleb Wenz – 5th 200 Medley Relay, 6th 50 Free, 6th 100 Fly, and 3rd 200 Free Relay, Justice Wenz – 5th 200 Medley Relay, 3rd 200 Free Relay, and 1st 100 Breast, Lucy McLean 3rd 200 Medley Relay, 4th 50 Free, and 2nd 200 Free Relay



The Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) Championships were held at the Westside Aquatic Center in Lewisville, TX on February 13th.



Dad’s Club swimmers at SPC:

From Awty – Isabella Chamma, Colette Chen, Alexia George, Alfredo Larrea, Chloe Nogaret, and Ethnan Pedro

From Episcopal – Sydney Coward and Samantha Wotring

From Kinkaid – Cade Duncan, Alexander Farahbod, Zelie Hughes, Paysan Lau, Grace Markovich, Lizzie Markovich, Peyton Pivec, Pryce Pivec, Laura Saunders, and Sydney Smith

From St. John’s – Sydney Buchman, Ryan Guthrie, Warren Kozak, Lexie Lukens, Brayden Mi, and Will Sampson



Top 8 finishers include:

Isabella Chamma – 7th 100 Fly, 6th 200 Free Relay, and 6th 400 Free Relay, Colette Chen – 6th 200 Free Relay and 6th 400 Free Relay, Sydney Coward – 6th 200 Medley Relay, 5th 200 Free Relay, and 4th 400 Free Relay, Samantha Wotring – 6th 200 Medley Relay, 5th 200 Free Relay, and 4th 400 Free Relay, Cade Duncan – 2nd 50 Free, 2nd 100 Free, 1st 200 Free Relay, and 1st 400 Free Relay, Zelie Hughes – 4th 200 Medley Relay, 7th 50 Free, and 5th 100 Breast, Grace Markovich – 3rd 50 Free, 7th 100 Free, and 2nd 200 Free Relay, Lizzie Markovich – 4th 200 Medley Relay, Peyton Pivec – 4th 200 Medley Relay, 7th 200 IM, and 7th 100 Back, Pryce Pivec – 8th 200 IM, 1st 200 Free Relay, 4th 100 Back, and 1st 400 Free Relay, Laura Saunders – 5th 50 Free, 6th 100 Free, and 2nd 200 Free Relay, Sydney Smith – 1st 200 Free, 1st 100 Fly, 2nd 200 Free Relay, Sydney Buchman – 3rd 200 Medley Relay, 2nd 100 Fly, 1st 100 Breast, and 2nd 400 Free Relay, Lexie Lukens – 2nd 200 Medley, 4th 100 Free, 3rd 200 Free Relay, and 5th 100 Back, Brayden Mi – 5th 200 Free Relay, Will Sampson – 3rd 200 Medley Relay, 3rd 100 Free, 3rd 100 Back, and 4th 400 Free Relay

Dad's Club Swimmers Headed to High School State Championships

posted Feb 3, 2020, 1:31 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Feb 17, 2020, 11:11 AM ]


Good luck to all our swimmers competing at the upcoming High School State Championships.

Dad’s Club swimmers represented varies schools (25 different schools to be exact) at the recent districts and region championships. Many of our swimmers placed high enough to earn a trip to the upcoming SPC, TAPPS and UIL State Championships.


TAPPS and SPC
The private schools (with the exception of Strake Jesuit) will be competing at the TAPPS and SPC State Championships on February 6th-9th and 14th-15th. TAPPS will be held at the Mansfield Natatorium and SPC’s will be held at the Keller ISD Natatorium in Dallas.



SPC State Qualifiers

Isabella Chamma - Awty
Cade Duncan - Kinkaid
Zelie Hughes - Kinkaid
Lexie Lukens - St. John's
Will Sampson - St. John's
Sydney Buchman - St. John's
Warren Kozak - St. John's
Brayden Mi - St. John's
Ethnan Pedro - Awty
Peyton Pivec - Kinkaid
Pryce Pivec - Kinkaid
Laura Saunders – Kinkaid
Sydney Smith - Kinkaid
Alexander Farahbod – Kinkaid
Colette Chen - Awty
Sydney Coward - Episcopal
Alexia George - Awty
Ryan Guthrie - St. John's
Alfredo Larrea - Awty
Paysan Lau - Kinkaid
Elizabeth Markovich - Kinkaid
Grace Markovich - Kinkaid
Grant Mueller - Second Baptist
Chloe Nogaret - Awty
Samantha Wotring - Episcopal





TAPPS State Qualifiers

Carina Kass – Duchesne
Brynn Bond – Duchesne
Stephanie Birkelbach - St. Pius X
Spencer Locascio - Second Baptist
Josh McLean - St. Thomas
Lucy McLean - St. Thomas Episcopal
Dylan Michaels - St. Thomas
Kate Mischlich - St. Agnes
Quinn Belmar – The Village School
Jill Chandler - Duchesne
Tanner Chapman - Second Baptist
Lindsey Regan - St. Agnes
Caleb Wenz - Lutheran High North
Justice Wenz - Lutheran High North
Alyson Wolf - Duchesne


Dad's Club Swimmers from Strake Jesuit, Stratford, Memorial, and Westside, at the UIL Region-4 championships.


UIL
Many of our swimmers participated at this past weekend’s UIL Region Championships held at the Conroe ISD and the Cy-Fair Natatoriums.

The Region meets also serve as the selection process for the upcoming State Championships on February 14-15th.

In order to qualify for the State meet swimmers must first qualify for the Regional Championships by placing top 6 in their designated District. The qualifiers for the State Championship are then determined as follows: the top two finishers in each regional event, plus the remaining fastest 8 swimmers in the State.

UIL State Qualifiers

Noah Czelusta - Memorial
Max Zuanich - Stratford
Amy Evans – Katy Taylor
Roxana Nolte – Katy Taylor
Luke Reed - Stratford
Keagan Firenza - Stratford
Henry Genez - Stratford
Emma Venghaus - Stratford
Shannon Tyler – Memorial
Luisa Bandmann - Memorial
Emma Clark – Katy Taylor
Alex Culligan – Strake Jesuit
Andrew Alcott – Katy Taylor

 

 Go Dad's!

 

2019 Wrap-Up & 2020 Kick-Off Newsletter

posted Jan 28, 2020, 10:08 AM by Rey Aguilar



Championship Shirt Order

posted Jan 28, 2020, 8:54 AM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Jan 28, 2020, 9:56 AM ]

Parents,

This season’s championship team t-shirt is ready to order.  This year we are bringing back one of our old popular designs. See picture below.

 

 

 

This will be our team shirt for all our upcoming championship meets in February and March.

SC Champs I, SC Champs II - Saturday  SC Champs III, TAGS, and Sectionals.

The order is not limited to swimmers—parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. can all order shirts too! They are a great way to support your swimmer and the Dad’s Club!

Please follow the directions below to place your order.

  1. Log on to your Parent Portal. Click Here
  2. In the middle of the page you will see your child’s name. (You must choose the 2019-2020 year)
  3. On the right, press the blue Add-on Products button.
  4. When the new page opens, scroll all the way down to the bottom and you will see Champs shirt.
  5. Check the box of the shirt (or shirts) you would like to order.
  6. On the right, you can list the amount of shirts you would like to order.
  7. Double check the sizes and number of shirts selected.
  8. Press save and continue.

 

You must place your order by Sunday February 2nd   


Swim Team End of Season Breaks

posted Jan 28, 2020, 7:47 AM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Jan 28, 2020, 7:48 AM ]


End of Season Breaks

White

Tuesday March 10th

Thursday March 19th  

Blue

Monday March 9th

Friday March 20th

Bronze

Monday March 9th

Friday March 20th

Silver

Monday March 9th

Friday March 20th

Gold

Monday March 9th

Friday March 20th

Senior

Monday March 9th

Friday March 20th

National Prep

Monday March 9th

Friday March 20th

National

Monday March 9th

Friday March 20th


Pivec Commits to Bates College

posted Jan 7, 2020, 10:32 AM by Rey Aguilar


Congratulations to Peyton Pivec for committing to swim and study at Bates College!

During her time at Dad’s Club Peyton has been a Sectional qualifier and a multiple time Southwestern Preparatory Conference medalist. 

Bates College placed 4thoverall at last years’ NESCAC Championships. Peyton hopes to be a strong contributor in both the 100 and 200 Breaststroke at the conference meet.

“I’m excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at Bates College. Thank you to my friends, family, and coaches who have helped me get this far. Go Bobcats!”

Peyton currently attends The Kinkaid School and plans on studying psychology.

Congratulations Peyton!



Check out our other class of 2020 College Commitments

Sydney Buchman – Kenyon College 

Noah Czelusta – Columbia University 

Ellie McLeod - University of Texas

 

Dad's Club College Swimmers Page

Where are they now? Paul La Raia Class of 2000

posted Dec 30, 2019, 2:59 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Jan 7, 2020, 10:44 AM ]

Paul La Raia learned to swim at Dads Club and still holds several club age group records. He graduated from Memorial High School in 2000, where he swam on the school team. He also swam for his college team at Washington & Lee University.  Paul is currently a Houston area attorney.
Paul with his family






















How did you get into swimming?












My mother loves swimming. And she loved taking all four of us kids to the pool during the summer, wearing us out, and watching us learn to balance in and move through the water with minimal effort. Dads Club was an extension of our family and our home — we were all in. If my mom was going to fight I-10 traffic to take one of her kids to Dads, we were all going to go.

Now that I have kids of my own, they too have learned to love going to the pool with Grandma.

 

What did you love most about Dads Club?

The friendships. The fun. And the lifelong lessons that transform you forever. I have great memories of our three mile runs through Spring Valley, early season soccer at the fields near Spring Branch ISD’s Reggie Grob Stadium, Saturday morning practices, get-out swims, New Year’s Eve marathon swims, and spending time with teammates and their parents at Texas’ motels, hotels, McDonalds, Luby’s, Chili’s, Bennigans, and all the other places we stayed and ate at while traveling for swim meets season after season. I especially remember the joy of swimming with all my fellow age group swimmers at TAGS and chanting cheers like “the pool is on fire from the mighty Dad’s heat.”

 

How did your years of training change you?

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of vital lifelong lessons learned at Dads Club about success, failure, discipline, goal-setting, competition, visualization, encouragement, leadership, respect and compassion.

 

How did your coaches impact you?

All my coaches at the Dad’s Club made an impact and influenced my life in a positive way. Chrissy Dunn ignited my life-long love for the sport. Kelly Rives challenged me with his imported University of Texas swimming dry land exercises (for example, the power wheel crawl over the small hill by the 50m pool) and taught us discipline in and out of the pool.  When I wanted to miss practice because of an exam the next day, I remember Kelly telling me the importance of planning ahead to complete my studying, so I would not have to miss swimming.  Larry Glass taught me the importance of not taking yourself or swimming too seriously.  Last but not least, Mark Boerner was the best swimming technique coach that I ever had, and he encouraged me through my own struggles during my teenage years.

 


What kept you motivated?

Success for both myself, my teammates, and the Dad’s Club kept me motivated. As I succeeded and dropped time, it made me want to practice even harder and listen more carefully to my coaches’ advice and wisdom. Swimming is an individual sport, but also about the team. I wanted to succeed, and I also wanted success for the club, my coaches and teammates. Because of the sacrifice and dedication we shared for the sport of swimming we were all in it together.

Paul with team mates at the Texas Age Group State Championships

 

Are there any long lasting friendships you developed at Dad’s or in the world of swimming?

When you spend that much time experiencing both success and failure with the same group, you develop lasting relationships that I have maintained throughout the years. I recently was a groomsman at the wedding of one of those friends. And I have enjoyed catching up and watching my fellow Dad’s Club teammate, Rey Aguilar, coach his Dad’s Club swimmers over these many years. He is one of the most understanding, knowledgeable, and experienced coaches around United States Swimming.

 

How your experience as a swimmer influenced your life in college, after college and your work?

After growing up swimming, I wanted to continue the sport in college – the fact that I went from two practices per day to one made it even better! I swam three out of my four years at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and was a co-captain my senior year.  During those college years, swimming helped me structure my time for studying, swimming, and socializing, and built more lifelong friendships.

 

Throughout graduate school and still today, swimming has continued to be part of my workout routine. I have learned that you do not have be the fastest or most fit swimmer out there in order to enjoy the benefits of the sport. Swimming strengthens your heart, lungs, core, and mind regardless of you speed or endurance level. Within the exercise community today, you often hear about the benefit of high-intensity interval training for your body and mind — which is what I’ve been doing since a very young age at Dads Club.

 

Is the rest of your family still swimming?

It runs in my family. My sister, Laura, has raised her kids swimming.  My other sister, Ginger, also raised swimmers and coaches a high school team at Georgetown, Texas where last year she was named State Coach of the Year by the University Interscholastic League for boys swimming and diving. My brother lives in San Diego, for many years I have joined him to race in the La Jolla Rough Water Swim (a 3 mile open water swim) — we have even convinced some old Dads Club teammates to join us!


Check out our other Where are they now alumni

Hannah Cooper

Tri & Masters Holiday Practice Schedule

posted Nov 19, 2019, 1:44 PM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Nov 19, 2019, 1:45 PM ]


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