Our 2018 Season
Summer swim team operates once Memorial Pool opens. The first practice is Monday, June 4th. Swimmers practice Monday-Friday 7:45-10:00am (11 & Up) & 8:00-10:00 (10 & Unders). Evening practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30 PM. Swimmers will practice together as a team for the week and on Saturday mornings we compete against neighboring teams. The first official meet of the season is June 16, 2018 when Euclid faces South Euclid Lyndhurst at the Lyndhurst Pool.
There are 8 neighboring communities in the Suburban Swim League (http://www.swimssl.com/). We will swim in head-to-head (dual or double dual) meets against six of these teams. Each meet takes place Saturday morning, at Memorial Pool if there is a home meet, or at the neighboring community pool. Swimmers usually arrive at the pool by 6:30 AM to warm up. The meets are generally over by noon.
After all the dual meets are over, there is a big championship meet to end the season. It's two full days, generally beginning at 8AM and ending around 5PM. For those new to swimming, all meets start on time. Ending times may vary. For 2018, championships will be hosted by South Euclid Lyndhurst on Saturday & Sunday July 28th & 29th.
The season ends with a banquet celebration on Wednesday, August 1st at the Irish American Club-East Side.
How Swim Team Operates
Summer Panthers is a City of Euclid Recreation Department Program and a member of the Suburban Swim League. The parent board supports the team with volunteerism and fundraising. This year's coaches are a collection of former Euclid Summer Swim team members, many of whom were/are accomplished swimmers on their high school or college teams. The coaches for 2018 are:
Practice times are based on your group which is determined by the coaches. At the end of the first practice your coach will let you know your practice time. As swimmers improve, they may be moved to a different start time.
Who is on the Team?
Swimmers can swim up to the age of 15. While boys and girls train together, swimmers compete against those of the same gender. The age groups are as follows:
As a summer swim team, this is designed to be a recreational activity. However, the swimmers do compete in weekend meets throughout the season as well as the Suburban Swim League Championships at the end of the season.
What Should I Expect?
Summer swim team is NOT swimming lessons. If your child is not comfortable swimming a length of the pool unassisted (25 yards), swimming with their head under water or competing, they may want to try the Ready-Set-Swim program run by the City of Euclid's Recreation Department at Memorial Pool. Swimmers must come to practice at least three times a week. We do offer evening practices but we strongly encourage swimmers to attend the morning practice. In addition, swimmers must attend a minimum of 3 meets during the summer season to be eligible to compete in championships at the end of the season. We do make accommodations for swimmers when warranted and any prior commitments or extenuating circumstances should be brought to the Head Coaches' attention as soon as possible.
The swimmers do work hard, but they also have a great deal of fun. The focus of instruction will be on improving the swimmer's stroke, technique and overall fitness. This is accomplished in many ways beyond just swimming freestyle laps. Swimmers must work on all of the strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle).
How to Join
The cost to register for Euclid's swim team is $60 for each child that is a Euclid resident and $85 for each non-resident child. The course code to register for Panther Swim Team is #PST These payments go directly to the Euclid Recreation Department which handles receiving payment. In addition, every family must also pay a $60 family fee. This is just $60 for the family not PER child. If you have problems downloading the registration form in the link above, please visit Euclid's recreation department or email us at [email protected]
You can register you children at the Euclid Recreation Department window in city hall. You will need to bring two forms of identification such as a driver's license and utility bill to prove residency.
Our Volunteer Parent Board
The Panther Swim Team is run by the City of Euclid as part of the recreation department. However, a group of parents coordinate many aspects of the program. They work with the City of Euclid and our coaches to ensure a successful season. Our Board for 2018 is:
Co-Presidents Pam Pesek & Kris Fondran
Vice President: Melissa Medves
Treasurer: Mary Delaney
Secretary: Trish Kirshner
SSL Representative: Rachel Zbiegien
Fundraising: Open Position
Head Official: Brian Jones
Head Timer: Laurie Nosse
Concessions: Greg & Karin Pesek
June 16 South Euclid-Lyndhurst Euclid
July 23 Willowick Euclid
June 30 Pinegate Euclid
July 7 Euclid Willoughby
July 14 Euclid Wickliffe
July 21 Euclid Eastlake/Cleveland Heights
July 28 & 29 League Championships!-South Euclid/Lyndhurst