Academy Swim Club is a member of United States Swimming Inc.
Academy Swim Club began in 1992 and uses the Hawaii Preparatory
Academy - Dowsett Pool as it "Home" training and competition site.
Initially the team had 5 members. Coach Mark began the club so that
he could take the members to mainland competition to prepare them
for future high school competion and to expose them to mainland
college competition. The team eventually added a few middle school
age swimmers and then some elementary age swimmers.
Coach Barbara Kopra took over the operations and Head Coaching
duties from the late 1990's through 2009 and developed
serveral top level swimmers including Hawaii State Champions and
a nationally ranked swimmer. Coach Mark was handed the baton
thereafter. The team utilized the skills of a
few coaches during the early part of the 2010 decade and
appreciates the commitment of Greg McKenna, Tina Doherty, Ryan Ross
and others. The program held about 40 swimmers but then
began a steady increase in the past two years to our present
position of over 100 registered athletes.
Our focus as a team is fairly simple: We strive to have athletes
improve their swimming skills daily while learning to work with
teammates. Additionally, we ask that they be a good
competitor. That includes: striving to be fit, dedicated and
encouraging. Our techical focus for all groups is always on body
balance, streamline and stroke skills. We continue to add in
racing elements, such as starts, turns, race
strategies and pacing into training.
- Novice Group with Coach Sarie Imonen - This group is for
swimmers who've advanced through our Swim Academy.
- Bronze Group with Coach Sarie and Coach Sylvia Ravaglia -
This group is for swimmers who desire to improve their skills and
prepare for competition. Some Bronze team members will compete when
their coaches feel they're ready.
- Silver Group with Coach Barbara Kopra and Coach Kim Martins -
This group continues to improve their skills all around and to
- Gold Group with Coach Harry Canales - Like the
Silver group, Gold strives to keep getting better each
- Senior Group with Coach Mark Noetzel - This group continues
with the fundamentals each day, while preparing the athletes for
higher level of competion and enjoyment in the sport.
- Dowsett Pool at Hawaii Preparatory Academy is a 25 yard by 25