SWIMMING

Join Ardsley’s Winning Swim Team!

If you ask members one of their favorite things about the club, they’ll tell you: the Ardsley summer swim team! Summer swim team is a terrific way for children to get stronger in the pool–and learn how to compete while having fun. Swimmers on the team practice daily to develop their swimming strokes. Advanced, older swimmers mentor the younger kids on the team, too. With Fun Fridays, the annual Black & Green Meet, and other swim events, the team is always on the go!

Swimmers participate in five swim meets over the course of the summer which are held during the week at various clubs located in Southern Westchester County. Ardsley’s swim team is a member of the Westchester Southern Swim Conference, Division 3.

Swim Lessons

Welcome back to the pool! Need a few lessons for yourself or your family? Our swim team coaches offer lessons and clinics. Prices vary depending on age, time, and coach/swim instructor. 

SWIM LESSONS

Monday-Friday 12:30-2:00 (30-minute time slots)

DIVE/TURN/STROKE DEVELOPMENT

Monday-Friday 11:30-12:30 (30 minute or 60-minute time slots)

Important note: only Ardsley swim staff is authorized to teach swim lessons at the pool. Summer lessons will not begin until the club is open full-time during the week; or by special arrangement. Contact the Head Coach to set up appointment and lesson request: Sean Clode, 845-522-3648, sean.clode@gmail.com

 

 

Swim Team Key Dates

  • Swim Team first meeting of the summer: Saturday June 8th
  • Returning Team Members Practice Starts early on June 10th
  • Swim Team Tryouts for New Swimmers on June 19th
  • Swim Team Suits Available for Purchase with Vendor @ the club on June 20th
  • General Team Practices with Former and New Swimmers Begin June 25th

Swim Team FAQs

What age children can swim on the team? Swim team includes children ages 6 yrs to 17 yrs. (Under 18 required to compete in meets)

Who can swim on the swim team? You are allowed to swim on the team if you can pass a deep water test and swim the length of the pool without stopping. Swim tryouts for new swimmers happen in mid-June. See AS&TC calendar.

When does the swim team meet? Swim Team members are divided into two groups: advanced and regular swimmers. Advanced Swimmers practice 9 am – 10:30 am Monday – Friday and Regular Swimmers practice 10:30 am – 11:30 am.

How long does swim season last? There are typically five dual meets per summer season in the month of July. Meets are held at our pool (home) or at other beach and pool clubs (away).

What are swim counties? Counties are held at Rye Playland each summer. Swimmers pay a small fee to enter individual and relay events. This meet is optional. It includes swimmers from Southern and Northern Westchester Swim Conferences. This year, counties will take place July 29 – August 1, 2019.

What are swim conferences? Conferences are the final meet of the season for all swim clubs in Southern Westchester. We are in Division 3, but at finals we compete against teams from Divisions 1 – 5. It is expected that all available swimmers on the Ardsley Team participate in this final event. Preliminary qualifying swims are held at a handful of pools in the area. Finals are always held at Westchester Country Club. This year, conferences will take place August 5 – August 8, 2019.

What if the weather is bad?

For Practices: We will practice in drizzle and light rain but cannot continue if we see any lightning or hear thunder. As far as cancellations go, the Ardsley coaches may not make a final call on practice until the last minute.

For Meets: The swim teams will compete no matter what the conditions. If rain is in the forecast, we may swim until it rains and then wait to finish. Of course the same rules go for thunder and lightning, but you should plan ahead for unfortunate weather gear and potential delays during meets. We will rarely cancel a swim meet in summer.

For both practices and meets, in the case of iffy weather, check this site. Ardsley will send swim team families an email and all updated information will be posted here.

Here’s to a great summer in the pool!

NEW! Swim Coaching Team!

This year we welcome Sean Clode as our Head Swim Coach. Sean is ASCA Level 3 certified coach with certifications in WSI, Lifeguarding, and CPR. A school Speech-Language Pathologist, Sean comes to us with 7 years of swim coaching experience with the JCC of Mid-Westchester Stingrays. Sean’s swim career began as a Sophomore on the Yonkers swim team and became co-captain at the State University of Cortland where he led the Red Dragon’s to a 2nd place finish at SUNYAC’s and competed at the Division III NCAA Championships in the 100-yard breaststroke. Sean looks forward to getting to know and work with all of the swimmers and families in his first summer at Ardsley.

Our Assistant Coaches this summer are Nadine Salameh (welcome back again from last summer!) and another assistant coach to be named soon!