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

Dad's Club Welcomes Coach John McClure

posted Apr 4, 2018, 1:13 PM by Rey Aguilar

Coach John comes to us from Mansfield, TX, where he started swimming at the age of 6. He swam competitively through college at Texas A&M and began coaching club during his sophomore year of high school. John has coached at every level of swimming from novice, to national, to college. Most recently, he was the Head Coach of Heart of Texas Aquatics Team in Waco, TX. John has coached several Sectional, Junior National, and National qualifiers, National Age Group Top 10 swimmers, and one Olympic Trials qualifier. Coach John brings a passion for teaching the sport of swimming and is very excited to help Dad’s Club to many more successful seasons.

Coach John will lead the national Prep group and assist with silver.

Texas Age Group Championships

posted Apr 4, 2018, 11:00 AM by Rey Aguilar

Tags was held at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah March 1-4. Tags is the fastest Age group, 14 & Under, meet in the state of Texas. You must have qualifying times in order to swim at this meet. Dads Club finished 14th overall out of 79 teams. Our boys finished 26th and our girls finished 7th. We had 26 kids that made the trip and here they are:


Isabella Alas, Quinn Belmar, Bailey Bergen, Brynn Bond, Luca Burns, Sophia Cone, Tori Cone, Trey Fischbach, Claire Fischbach, Larkin Helman, Zelie Hughes, Amaury Jayr, Romain Joubert, Kassidy Kitchel, Lexi Lukens, Travis Ly, Lowell Moss, Kara Moss, Renee Nealon, Allison Ortiz, Pryce Pivec, Addison Ramirez, Pearl Reagler, Sydney Smith, Eloise Williamson, Megan Zuanich


Individual Finalists


Kassidy Kitchel starts us off with a 4.14 second drop in the 200 fly to finish 10th overall in the 11-12 age group. Attack mode.

Larkin Helman lights it up with a 5.91 second drop for the 11-12 boys finishing 7th. Great start

Sydney Smith starts off her finals with a 3rd place finish in the 13-14 girls 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.44.

Bailey Bergen was seeded 21st and finished 15th in the 10 & under girls 200 free dropping 1.38 seconds. Great job Bailey.

Renee Nealon starts her TAGS off dropping 5.06 seconds in the 10 & under girls 200 free moving up 15 spots to finish 11th in the state. Wow!

Avery Pham moves from 22nd seed to 14th overall in the 10 & under girls 200 free dropping 1.85 seconds. Move on up Avery. Nice!

Kassidy Kitchel is back in finals again, this time in the 11-12 girls 200 free finishing 12th with a personal best of 2:00.20. Starting to catch fire.

Renee Nealon is back in finals again. She qualified 15th and finished 10th overall in the 10 & under girls 100 IM. Nice job Renee.

Larkin Helman was seeded 27th and finished 12th in the 11-12 boys 100 IM by dropping 2.74 seconds. Heating up!



Once again Kassidy Kitchel leads the way with a great swim in the 11-12 girls 200 IM. Kassidy was seeded 16th and finishes 5th overall in the state. Awesome!

Larkin Helman makes another A final but this time in the 11-12 boys 200 IM. He finished 8th overall with a 4 second drop.

Renee Nealon makes the A final and finished 5th in the state in the 50 free for 10 & under girls. Grip and rip young lady.

Isabella Alas and Megan Zaunich tie in the 13-14 girls 50 free finishing 14th overall with a time of 24.39. Way to race ladies.

Eloise Williamson has her first TAGS finals swim as an 11 year old and crushes it finishing 9th overall and winning the B final with a time of 25.49.

Sydney Smith rises to the occasion with a 7th place finish in the 13-14 girls 200 breaststroke.

Lowell Moss makes his first TAGS and his first TAGS final in the 200 breaststroke dropping 2.06 seconds and finishing 15th in Texas for 11-12 boys. Great swim.

Renee Nealon drops crazy time, 4.66 seconds, in the 10 & under girls 100 fly to win the B final and place 9th. Definitely rising to the occasion.

Kassidy Kitchel continues to heat up with a 15th place finish in the 11-12 girls 100 fly. Girl on Fire!

Larkin Helman drops 1.66 seconds to place 13th in the 11-12 boys 100 fly. Fantastic!



Larkin Helman is back in the pool again but this time in the 50 breaststroke. Larkin finished 13th in his 5th final of the meet. Stepping up to the moment? I think so.

Avery Pham lights it up again but this time in the 10 & under girls 100 free dropping 1.32 seconds to place 14th overall in the state. Fantastic swim.

Renee Nealon crushes her 100 free style time by 1.94 seconds and places 11th in the 10 & under girl’s age group. Awesome.

Kassidy Kitchel also makes her 5th final of the meet and drops 1.18 seconds in the 100 free for 11-12 girls. Why to race Kassidy!

Larkin grips it and rips it in the 11-12 boys 100 free and places 15th in the state to finish his 2017 short course TAGS. Way to go young man.

Megan Zuanich races to a 10th place finish in the 13-14 girls 100 free. She was seeded 27th and moves up 17 places for her first TAGS as a 13 year old.

Isabella Alas really steps it up in finals going from a 52.91 in prelims to a 52.09 in finals. She moved up 16 places to finish 5th overall in the 13-14 girls 100 free. This is second on Dads Club for 13-14 year old girls.

Sydney Smith finishes her TAGs with a great swim in the 13-14 girls 200 IM placing 7th in the state. She just turned 13 a couple weeks before TAGS. Fantastic job Syd.

Avery Pham makes her second final of the night but this time in the 50 fly. Her time of 31.45 placed her 15th overall. Great swim day Avery.

Renee Nealon makes her last final of the meet in the 50 fly making this her 6th final of the meet. Her time of 30.75 places her 11th. Congrats on a great meet.

Kassidy Kitchel and Allison Ortiz had fantastic swims in the 11-12 girls 50 fly. This is Allison’s first TAGS and she stepped up to finish 11th overall. Kassidy rocks it again placing 10th. Congratulations girls

Larkin Helman made finals in all 7 of his events. He finished off TAGS coming in 14th in the 11-12 boys 50 fly. Awesome job.



800 Freestyle   13-14 Girls

8th-Isabella Alas, Pearl Reagler, Sydney Smith, Kara Moss

400 Freestyle

11-12 Girls

9th-Kassidy Kitchel, Eloise Williamson, Brynn Bond, Allison Ortiz

13-14 Girls

3rd -Isabella Alas, Pearl Reagler, Sydney Smith, Megan Zuanich

11-12 Boys

9th-Larkn Helman, Lowell Moss, Quinn Belmar, Romain Joubert

10 & Under Girls

4th -Addison Ramirez, Renne Nealon, Avery Pham, Bailey Bergen



200 Medley

13-14 Girls A

11th-Sophia Cone, Sydney Smith, Pearl Reagler, Isabella Alas

13-14 Girls B

12th-Lexi Lukens, Zelie Hughes, Kara Moss, Megan Zuanich

11-12 Girls

16th-Tori Cone, Brynn Bond, Kassidy Kitchel, Eloise Williamson

13-14 Boys

30th- Pryce Pivec, Trey Fischbach, Amaury Jayr, Luca Burns

11-12 Boys

9th-Quinn Belmar, Lowell Moss, Larkin Helman, Romain Joubert

10 & Under Girls

9th- Avery Pham, Claire Fischbach, Renee Nealon, Bailey Bergen


200 Free

13-14 Girls

4th-Isabella Alas, Sydney Smith, Pearl Reagler, Megan Zuanich

11-12 Girls

6th-Kassidy Kitchel, Eloise Williamson, Brynn Bond, Allison Ortiz

11-12 Boys

11th-Larkin Helman, Travis Ly, Quinn Belmar, Romain Joubert

10 & Under Girls

2nd -Addison Ramirez, Renne Nealon, Avery Pham, Bailey Bergen


400 Medley

13-14 Girls A

9th-Sophia Cone, Sydney Smith, Isabella Alas, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls B

29th-Lexi Lukens, Zelie Hughes, Kara Moss, Pearl Reagler

13-14 Boys

30th-Pryce Pivec, Trey Fischbach, Amaury Jayr, Luca Burns

11-12 Boys

11th-Quinn Belmar, Lowell Moss, Larkin Helman, Romain Joubert


Thank you to all our athletes that did a great job of representing Dads club in and out of the water. The coaching staff would like to thank the parents for your continued support. Dads club proud!

Cooper Wozencraft Competes at NCAA's

posted Apr 3, 2018, 10:55 AM by Rey Aguilar

Cooper Wozencraft (Dad’s Club Class of ’17) recently competed at the NCAA D1 championships. Cooper attends University of Virginia and made their NCAA team in the 400 and 800 free relays. As a top 16 finalist Cooper along with his UVA team mates earned an All American Honorable Mention in the 400 free relay.

Way to go Coop!


Cooper Wozencraft Dad’s Club College Annoucement

Dad’s Club College Swimmers Page




posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:25 AM by Rey Aguilar

Over 80 teams from Texas, Louisiana, California, Michigan, Florida, and Colorado participated at this year’s Speedo Sectional Championships. The meet took place on March 1st-4th at the Texas A&M natatorium in College Station. Sectionals is a prelim/final championship meet with no age group divisions. All swimmers must meet the individual qualifying standards in order to participate.

Dad’s Club Placed 8th in the overall combined team standings.




Aria Bernal, Sophia Bernal, Sydney Buchman, Emma Clark, Olivia Cone, Amy Evans, Fernanda Gamez, Olivia Gore, Bridie Hibbler, Hannah Kral, Ellie McLeod, Sophie Newell, Audrey Orange, Lexi Pickens, Morgen Reyna, Claire Smith, Kate Smith, Emma Stephenson, Emma Venghaus, and Clarissa Vincent,



Jeremy Bates, Hector Bayaborda, Clayton Bobo, Reed Casper, Noah Czelusta, Caleb Duncan, Luke Funderburk, Michael Ma, Brandon Mahan, Andreas Mason, Nathan O’Neil, Brandon Quinteros, Will Sampson, Mark Shoemaker, Bob Timuruly, Joey Wendt, Justice Wenz, and Max Zuanich.


The Sectional Championships marked the end of a long championship season for many of our swimmers.  We had many outstanding swims and personal best times. Below are just a few of the highlights’:

Ellie McLeod’s 200 free – Although Ellie did not have the sectional qualifying standard in yards, she was able to enter the race with her Long Course time. Ellie had a huge drop in prelims which earned her a second swim in finals. During finals Ellie achieved a new NCSA Jr. National standard with a time of 1:52.86.

Noah Czelusta’s first individual team record – Noah surprised himself with a 4 second improvement in the 200 breast. He was already one of our strongest breaststrokers going into the meet, but his time of 2:06.38 cemented him as THE fastest 15-16 year old 200 breaststroker in Dad’s Club History.

Emma Clark’s 200 Backstroke – Emma’s 200 backstroke is noteworthy for two reasons: 1) The time drop, and 2) for the great execution of her race strategy. Emma stuck to her own strategy by controlling her first 100 and reeling in her competition on the 2nd half. Her time of 2:01.42 makes her the 2nd fastest 15-16 Dad’s Club girl in history.

Caleb Duncan’s anchor leg in the 400 medley relay - Caleb proved once again why he is one of our most reliable relay swimmers. He’s 100 free split was under the 45 second barrier with a time of 44.80. Caleb’s effort along with Clayton Bobo, Jeremy Bates, and Brandon Quinteros earned them the 400 Medley 17-18 and Open Boys team records.

Girls A, B and C 400 Medley Relays all score – The Dad’s Club ladies really stepped up in the relays. Nowhere was this more evident than in the 400 medley relay. Dad’s Club put 3 relays in scoring positions 2nd, 13th and 15th out of the 51 relay entries.

A -Aria Bernal, Bridie Hibbler, Emma Stephenson, Ellie McLeod 2nd

B- Emma Clark, Amy Evans, Claire Smith, Audrey Orange 12th

C- Emma Venghaus, Sydney Buchman, Sophia Bernal, Morgen Reyna 15th


The following swimmers achieved new NCSA Junior National qualifying times.  

Noah Czelusta -100 and 200 breast

Jeremy Bates – 100 breast

Ellie Mcleod – 200 free

Will Sampson – 200 back

Caleb Duncan – 100 back


Team Records Individual

Noah Czelusta 15-16 200 Breast 2:06.38

Aria Bernal 17-18 100 back 52.54, Open 100 Back 52.54

Clayton Bobo 17-18 200 Free 1:37.56

Emma Stephenson 15-16 200 Fly 2:00.93


Team Records Relay

Boys 17-18 Relays

400 Free Relay – Caleb Duncan, Clayton Bobo, Michael Ma, and Brandon Quinteros – 3:03.14

800 Free Relay – Clayton Bobo, Caleb Duncan,Brandon Quinteros, and Mark Shoemaker – 6:48.31

400 Medley Relay – Clayton Bobo, Jeremy Bates, Brandon Quinteros, and Caleb Duncan – 3:24.50


Girls’ Open Relays

800 Free Relay – Audrey Orange, Aria Bernal, Claire Smith, and Emma Stephenson – 7:25.51

400 Medley Relay – Aria Bernal, Bridie Hibbler, Emma Stephenson, and Ellie McLeod – 3:43.73


Boys Open Relays

400 Free Relay – Caleb Duncan, Clayton Bobo, Michael Ma, and Brandon Quinteros – 3:03.14

400 Medley Relay – Clayton Bobo, Jeremy Bates, Brandon Quinteros, and Caleb Duncan – 3:24.50


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