Swim Team Information




Head Coach: Andy Gathy

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]



Thank you for expressing interest in joining the swim/dive team.  The information that is included in this newsletter will hopefully answer any questions that you may have.  This is our 7th season with a middle school swim team.  Coach Andy Gathy will be returning to lead the program. 

This is not a beginner’s swim lesson.  If you have a sincere desire to learn how to swim competitively please see Coach Gathy, and he will give you some local options. Team members are expected to be able to swim at least 25 meters of freestyle. The team will have diving practice this season. We will follow the same health protocols as the WHS swim team.

If you have any questions or concerns please address them with Coach Gathy to see if he can help you or answer your questions.


First Week Schedule

Nov. 21 – 22

There will be a bus after school from CLMS to the front of WHS.  Coach Gathy will meet you there and walk you down to the pool each day.  CLMS students are not allowed to walk around the high school. Parents will need to provide transportation home.

Start Dates - November 21-22.  Practice times will be from about 3:00-5pm. We anticipate a little later start due to the walk down to the pool, but it will be finished each day by 5pm.

Schedule from Nov. 28 – Jan. 27 (subject to change)

Once the high school swim season begins the practice schedule will change.  The CLMS team will practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, and Saturday mornings.  The times are listed below.

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday - Arrive in a bathing suit 4pm. In the pool at 4:15 pm. Practice will be done at 5:30 pm. We will have diving and specialty drills on Wednesday.

Saturday Arrive in a bathing suit by 9:50am.  In the pool at 10am. Practice will be done by 11:30am.

**After practice on Saturday morning we would like some parents to organize a team breakfast in the pool lobby.  We are trying to promote healthy eating so please no donuts or unhealthy foods.**


The Dual Meet and Championship Information

There will be 2-3 dual meets against other local middle schools in the area.  We plan on swimming ELMS & HKMS during the season.  These dates and locations are still waiting to be finalized.  There is also a CT Middle School Championship for those swimmers who make the qualifying times at SCSU - date to be determined.


Team Apparel

For practice boys are encouraged to wear a suit called a jammer. Girls should wear a one-piece bathing suit.  People with long hair are required to wear a bathing cap.  Goggles and a towel should be packed from home.  A water bottle will be a must for each practice.  You have to stay HYDRATED!!

Team members will be required to buy a team swim cap, and will have the option of buying a team suit for our meets. Depending on the number of team members, a representative from Destination Athlete will visit us for an official sizing for our competition suits and team jackets.  We will also be offering team members and their families customized CLMS Swim Team t-shirts.

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