Riptide Swim Team was founded and started in 2002 by
Head Coach Shandra Richardon. Shandra grew up swimming
competitively in Northern VA for Curl Burke (now NCAP) and swam at
the College of William and Mary. After coaching in the NVSL for
close to ten years for the Virginia Run Swim Team, she wanted to
start a winter swim program to encourage her summer swimmers to
continue swimming throughout the winter without the demands of a
lot of the other large USA teams in the area. She was able to
secure lanes at the Freedom Aquatic Center in Manassas, and Riptide
Swim Team became an official PVS/USA Swim Team.
The mission of Riptide is to create a safe, healthy, fun
and positve swimming environment where the focus is on stroke
technique, quality practices, and encouragement.
Swimming is such a technical sport and it's the fine tuning of
the strokes, starts, turns, and finishes that makes all the
We also want to help our swimmer and families find the
right balance between family, school, swim, and other activities.
As much as we love the sport of swimming, life shouldn't revolve
around just swimming. Young athletes shouldn't specialize in a
sport until late in to high school, so by providing our
swimmers/families with the options to swim only once or twice a
week, they don't get burned out and they continue to love to swim
hopefully through adult hood while still enjoying other sports and
In 2005, Riptide expanded to the Cub Run RecCenter where
the Cub Run Head Coach, Coach Florence Emanuel, runs an amazing
program. Coach Florence grew up competitively swimming as well and
she too, focuses on stroke technique with all of her swimmers. She
also leads the team in the PVS meets where we compete against other
PVS teams in Northern Virginia. We always say though Riptide is a
smaller PVS team, we are MIGHTY because our swimmers are always
smiling and always improving!
To all of our past, present, and future Riptide swimmers
and families, thank you for all of your support of Riptide! It
is a true blessing and privilege to work with your children! It's
our hope and prayer that we've created happy and positive swimming
experiences and memories for all of our swimmers!