Team Photos 7pm Tuesday – Suit Fitting – County Games

Just a reminder!  Be at the pool at 7 P.M.   Tuesday the 18th 

Team Photo ( wear your racing suits)  Suit Fitting by Total Team Wares.

County Games – Parents we need volunteers to be  timers at 7:30 pm.

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Tuesday is a big day, Team Photo, Suit fitting, County games!

A lot going on this Tuesday please be at the Aquatic Center no later than 7:00 PM.  We will be fitting quite a bit in a short period of time. First, we will have our team photo done that evening.  If you have Special Olympic swim suits please wear them to practice.  We will also have a suit fitting by Total Team Wares that evening as well.  When we are done with all that stuff then we will have our County Games.  Yes, we need parents to help volunteer and time. We are hoping to get the swimming started about 7:30 pm but this is predicated on everyone arriving at 7 pm.  If you can’t make it to practice on Tuesday please let one of the coaches know.  The meet’s times are used for our entries for Area Games. If you can’t come we can still get you entered but we will have to get your times some other way.

If you have not followed our facebook page please connect and follow us there.  Man O War Swim Team Facebook page.

Congratulations to three of our swimmers that participated in the Athletes without Limits Nationals in Atlanta

The following NEW team records were set:

Lauren Bergquist – 50 LC Butterfly – new time – 56.41(huge gain)

Jesse Greve – 50 LC Butterfly – new time – 33.50

Jesse Greve – 100 LC Freestyle – new time – 1:05.22

Jesse Greve – 50 LC Freestyle – new time – 29.75

Ian Soules – 200 LC Breaststroke – new time – 3:47.96 ( a huge gain – 11 seconds)

Two guys participated in Medley Relay (Ian – Breast, Jesse – Back) – and crushed a 2:33.77

Lauren Participated in the first AWL Mixed Downs Freestyle relay and they set an American Downs record of 3:11.44

We have been having great turnouts for practice. Keep up the strong work!!

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Follow the Special Olympics Team on Facebook

To follow the team on Facebook  Please click here and then hit the follow button.

I will be posting fewer blog posts and more Facebook posts as it is easier, so make sure you are tuned into our Facebook posts and feel free to post your swimming achievements.

No practice on Tuesday (happy 4th of July)

County Games and Team Photo on Tuesday, July 18th.  If you are not able to attend then make sure you let your coaches know ahead of time.

Great time at Coach Lucky’s pool party on Saturday

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Pool Party, Facebook Page and more . . .

A reminder that our annual pool party at Coach Lucky’s house is this Saturday, July 1st from 9am-11am.  We should have doughnuts and drinks for everyone and of course water volleyball!!  All the cool people will be there.  Map to Coach Lucky’s house

We have a facebook page for Man O’ War Swim Team.  I would encourage everyone to post our swimmers accomplishments on the Facebook page. Please make sure you go to the page and join. I will put routine updates on the page saving the blog posts for only really important announcements.  Go to Facebook and follow our group

Congratulations to Gregg Dedic.  There was a great article in the Orlando Sentinel all about Gregg’s open water swimming.  We are all very proud of Gregg.  I have posted a link to the article on our Facebook page.

We are going to try to do our team photo on July 18 during our county games.  This should be the best date to get the most swimmers out and if you want to swim in Area Games or State Games you will need a time from County Games to advance.

World’s greatest water volleyball championships at Coach Lucky’s Pool party. 9-11am Saturday July 1st

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Practice starts this Tuesday!! Be there or be square.

Welcome to the 24th season of the man-o-war swim team.  It should be an exciting year.  Please remember to bring goggles, suit, towel and gold doubloons as we will be swimming (You may not need the gold doubloons for this practice but you just never know when they might come in handy).

Coach Apryle’s group will start with assessments at 7:15 pm, please come a bit early if you are new or have paperwork to fill out.  Make sure your medicals are up to date.

Coach Lucky’s group will start stretching at 7:30 pm and get in immediately afterward unless there are still large alligators in the lanes and then it will take a few minutes longer for us to shoo them out into the other lanes.

Congratulations to Gregg Dedic who just finished swimming Alcatraz.  Gregg is our second team member to complete the swim.  A great goal for everyone!

Coach Lucky says, Gregg has an impeccable fashion sense.

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2017 Swim Season Rapidly approaching!

Man-O-War swimmers and parents.

It’s official, the 2017 Special Olympics swim season will begin with practices starting on Tuesday, June 6th.  This is our 24th season and it promises to be an exceptional one. Plan on coming to the first practice prepared to swim. (bring suit, goggles, and towels).  Apryle will be doing evaluations of all the new athletes and the teaching pool group needs to arrive by 7 PM.  Lucky’s group should arrive at 7:30 pm.  We will firm up these times as we get closer to June the 6th.  We have also confirmed that Area Games will once again be hosted at the YMCA Aquatic Center on Saturday, Aug 19th so please be sure to mark this on your calendars so you can attend (Area Games are required to be able to qualify for State Games). As soon as we have the entire season schedule together we will post it.

I look forward to seeing everyone in the 2017 season.

Coach Lucky

Man - O - War Swim Team 2017 Special Olympics

2016 Man – O – War swim team.

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State meet recap

Sounds like everyone swam well at State Meet.  No new team records, but a lot of great swims.

Coach Larry reports:

We had some individual best times but I am not sure if we had any team records (we did not). Our medley relay won by 10 seconds, our freestyle relay DQ by an early take off. We had one individual DQ. Our medley relay was 2:48.43 , Ian was 3:02.73 200 freestyle, Gregg went 1:18.77 hundred back that may be a record (missed the record by one second),  Aaron went 4 8 for the 50 freestyle,  Mark went 40.5 for the 50 free and died.  Jesse went 30.7 for the 50 free, Jesse was 1:08 for the hundred free.  Chad went 55 for the 50 backstroke almost got disqualified for going too fast,  Gregg went 2: 54.6 for the 200 back. Maisha went 1:33 .5 for the 50 breaststroke and also got gold in the 50 freestyle. Some of our swimmers had real good first swims and then their second swims we’re not quite so good, everybody was happy on the whole

Coach Apryle reports:

Taylor dropped 5 seconds to take 1st in the 50 free.  She did her best time in the back also taking a bronze.  Sydney dropped an amazing 7 and a half seconds in the 25 free taking gold and dropped another 5 seconds in the 25 back taking silver.

A great end to a successful season.  If you can keep swimming during our off season that would be great!  If not we will see everyone next spring!

Coach Lucky

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State Meet Qualifiers

After tabulating all the results for Area Games we have come up with the State Meet Roster for the Man O’ War swim team.  As in previous years we had more winners at Area Games than we had slots to go.  For Coach Apryle’s group the roster decision was made by lottery.  In Coach Lucky and Larry’s group the decision was made based on overall individual finishes and membership on A relays at Area Games.  A reminder that all of our coaching staff would like to have had all of our individual event winners go to State. Needless to say this is reasonable and fair. This is not how the State Special Olympics runs the aquatics competition.  Over the years our team and coaches  have voiced our displeasure with the current system, but the bottom line is, they at the State level are not interested in change.  Congrats and good luck to all those that will be going to State.  Barcroft Media is filming a television segment on yo-yos at coach Lucky’s house that weekend so he will be unable to attend.

2016 State championship qualifiers


Men’s Medley Relay

Dedic, Greggory       + 100 Back & 200 Back
Greve, Jesse            + 100 Free & 50 Free
Soules, Ian               + 100 Breast & 200free
Westman, William + 100 Back & 100 free


Men’s Freestyle Relay

Vanscoter, Chad                 +50Free & 50Back
Mallamas, Robert (mike)  +50 Breast & 100Breast
Sherman, Douglas              + 100Back & 100free
Lanno, Mark                       +100Free & 50Free

Individual Event Swimmers

Haywood, John David – 50free & 50Fly
Washburn, Serena        – 50Free & 50Back
Louis-Jeune, Maisha    – 50Back & 50Breast
Brock, Aaron                   -50Free & 50Back



Teaching Pool Group

Taylor Merriam

Syd Lambert

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Great Meet! Movie night Tuesday!

Fantastic Area games today.  The team swam well and the coaches are all proud of everyone’s swims.  No new team records were broken at this meet, but our swimmers got fistfuls of ribbons.  If you did not pick up your awards we have them and will bring them to our next swim practice.

Reminder: next Tuesday we have no practice as it is movie night at Coach Lucky’s.  Plan on being there at 7pm and the movie should be over around 8:45 to 9pm.   (address 6645 Lake Cane Drive)

Edwin and Aaron proving once again that swimmers are babe magnets.

At Area Games: Edwin and Arron proving once again that guy swimmers are babe magnets.

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Area Games this Saturday

Area games are Saturday and here is the information that you need to know.

  1. All athletes need to arrive at 8:45AM  If they are late they will miss their warmup. If they are really late they will miss their event.
  2. The meet is NOT  allowing folding chairs on the pool deck.  If you have a stadium seat for the stands this should be okay.
  3. There will be no lunch provided so bring snacks for your athletes; however there will be a concession stand.
  4. If some cataclysmic event will prevent your athlete from attending please let Coach Lucky,  Coach Larry, or Coach Apryle know as early as possible as this will affect our relays.  If someone is sick the day of the meet please call and let us know early so we are not waiting and wondering.

It should be another great area games for us!!!!!

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