Upcoming Events & Information
Trial begins August 29 from 5pm to 6pm at Gardner Acers Swim
Club call 704 678 1562 for more details
- For an
application checklist please click here.
The Gaston Gators are a
year-round competitive swim team. The club has provided local youth
an alternative to more traditional main stream sports for over
thirty years. Swimming teaches discipline, leadership and teamwork
as well as personal goal setting and time management skills. Our
swimmers will begin swimming with a training group that is
appropriate for their age and ability. As they grow and improve
they will move through our multi-leveled program. Due to this they
learn to take charge of their goals which in turn allows them to be
a positive part of a team. We're a smaller team that gives each
child the opportunity for needed attention. That individual
attention on a daily basis gives our swimmers an excellent training
experience on a personal level. Participating with Gators gives
your kids the opportunity to achieve in a sport that will help them
become physically fit. They are in an environment in which they
will make many friends, have the opportunity to travel with the
team and most of all have fun.
We are sanctioned
through USA Swimming and NC Swimming and we participate in the Blue
Ridge Swim League. A typical practice schedule during school
(September to early May) is in the afternoons and during the summer
(Early June to late August) is in the mornings. As our roster of
swimmers has grown, we have found it necessary to install a heated
bubble/cover at the Gardner Acres Swim Club. This will allow our
swimmers to have more practice time as well as better practice
conditions. We ask that you consider a donation to our fundraising
efforts as we work to improve our practice facility. You can use
the "Donation" button located to the left of this page or by
contacting us Gaston
Gators. If you have any questions regarding the Gators you can
email Coach Greg
Armstrong. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 550011 Gastonia, NC
(Not all Facilities visited by all swimmers)
Armfield Civic Center: Mt. Airy,
From I-77 North take exit 101 to I-74 East. Take I-74 East to US 52
South. Take US 52 south to exit 135. The exit is marked Pilot
Mountain and it exits to the left. Take the exit to the top of the
hill and bear left. The pool is the first building on the left.
Augusta Aquatic Center: Augusta,
FROM I-20: Take exit 196A (I-520 South/Bobby Jones Expressway) Take
exit #2 (Wrightsboro Rd.) Turn left and go under the highway Go 1.9
miles and turn right at the 7th stoplight (Damascus Rd.) Pool is .3
mile on the left OR Take exit 196A (I-520 South/Bobby Jones
Expressway) Take exit #3B (Gordon Highway) Go 1.4 miles and turn
left at the 3rd stoplight (Highland Ave.) Go .5 miles and turn left
at the 1st stoplight (Damascus Rd.) Pool is .7 miles on the
Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center:
FROM I-85: Take the US-321 N exit toward DALLAS/LINCOLNTON/GASTON
COL. Continue to follow US-321 N. US-321 N becomes VALLEY BLVD.
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto VALLEY BLVD/US-221/US-321. Continue to
follow US-321 N. Turn LEFT onto W KING ST/US-321/US-421/NC-194.
Continue to follow US-421 (Crossing into TENNESSEE). Turn RIGHT
onto S CHURCH ST. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto TN-418/S CHURCH ST.
Continue to follow S CHURCH ST. S CHURCH ST becomes TN-91 (Crossing
into VIRGINIA).Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto JEB STUART HWY/US-58/VA-91.
Continue to follow US-58/VA-91. Turn RIGHT onto DOUGLAS
DR/US-58/VA-91. Turn LEFT onto US-58/E 3RD ST. Continue to follow
US-58 W US-58 W becomes US-11 S/E MAIN ST/LEE HWY. Turn RIGHT onto
THOMPSON DR. Turn RIGHT onto STANLEY ST.
Gardner Acres Swim Club: Gastonia,
FROM I-85: Take exit 20 (Cox Road) Take a left at the exit ramp and
stay straight on that road which will be renamed to Armstrong Park.
After you pass Gardner Park Elementary you will take the 2nd left
and then the first left where the pool sits on your left.
Greensboro Aquatic Center: Greensboro
From I-85 North take (Exit 120A) to access I-85 Business North.
Continue on I-85 Business and take (Exit 35B) onto U.S. 220 North
until it becomes Freeman Mill Road, and then turn left on Coliseum
Boulevard, turn left on Ellington Street and right into main
High Point City Pool: High Point
Take interstate 85N to exit 118. Exit 118 is actually the exit for
interstate 85 business. From Business 85 take the first exit ramp
to the right. Turn right off the exit onto Vickery Chapel Rd. Left
on High Point Rd.(stop light). High Point Rd turns into E. Main
Street. Follow East Main Street thru Jamestown. East Main Street
turns into West Main Street. Follow a little over a mile and High
Point City Lake Pool is on the right.
Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic
Center: Huntersville NC>
I77 N to Exit#23 (Huntersville Exit) - Go Right off exit - Turn
right at the first light(Hwy 21 - Stateville Rd), About 1 mile then
Left on Veroff Rd. The pool is on the left. I77 S to Exit#23
(Huntersville Exit) - Go Left off exit. Turn right at the Second
light(Hwy 21 - Stateville Rd), About 1 mile then Left on Veroff Rd.
The pool is on the left.
Isothermal Community College:
Directions From Charlotte: West on US 74 to US 74 Bypass, in Forest
City, NC (look for ICC sign near exit). Once on US 74 Bypass,
continue for approximately 3 miles. Look for Denny's
Restaurant on the right; the entrance to ICC will be on your
Jimmy Draughn Fitness and Aquatic Center:
Take I-77 north to I-40 west to Exit 112. Turn right off of the
ramp onto Eldred St SE. Turn left onto US-70 (Main St. E). Turn
left onto Carolina St SE. The pool is on the left at the corner of
Carolina St and Massel Ave. Address: 312 Massel Ave. Phone:
Koury Natatorium: Chapel Hill,
Go on I-85 NORTH toward CHARLOTTE. Go 144.5 miles and fork onto
I-40 EAST toward RALIEGH. Go 11.6 mi. Take exit #270/US-15/US-501
toward CHAPEL HILL/DURHAM. Go 0.3 mi on DURHAM CHAPEL HILL
BLVD[US-15]. Go 0.5 miles. Continue to follow US-15 SOUTH. Go 4.0
miles on MANNING DR. Go 0.3 miles on SKIPPER BOWLES DR. Go < 0.1
King Mtn. High School: Kings Mountain,
Merge onto I-85 S via the ramp- on the left toward KINGS MOUNTAIN.
Merge onto US-74 W via exit number 10B toward KINGS MOUNTAIN/
SHELBY. Take the US-74-BR exit toward KINGS MOUNTAIN. Merge onto E
KING ST/ US-74 BR W. Turn LEFT onto COUNTRY CLUB RD. COUNTRY CLUB
RD becomes PHIFER RD.
From I-85 North, Merge onto I-85 BR N/US-29 N/US-70 E via EXIT 120A
toward I-40-BR/GREENSBORO. Take the Holden Road exit 34. Turn Right
onto S. Holden Road. Turn Right onto Spring Garden Street. Turn
Left onto Park Terrace. Turn Left onto Springwood Drive.
From I-85 North, Take Poplar Tent Road Exit 52. Turn left onto
Poplar Tent Road. Drive 3.1 Miles. Turn left onto Harris Road.
Drive approximately 1.6 miles, the facility will be on the right.
From I-85 South, Take Poplar Tent Road Exit 52.Turn right onto
Poplar Tent Rd, drive appro. 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Harris Road,
drive approx. 1.6 miles, the facility will be on the right. or
From I-85 North, Take I77 North, exit 16A onto Us 21 North/N115
which becomes Old Statesville Road. Make a slight right onto
Eastfield Blvd and the facility will be on your left about 1.4
miles down. The name of the road will change to Eastfield Road.
William B. Stronach Aquatic and Fitness
Directions to William B. Stronach Aquatic & Fit Center from
Take I-77 N to I-40 W towards Hickory. Take exit 123 towards
US-70/Hickory/US 321/Lenoir. Merge onto US 321 N. Go approximately
18 miles until you see Wal-Mart on the left. At the 1st light after
you pass Wal-mart, turn right onto Nuway Cir. Take your first hard
right onto Powell Rd. and continue turning right.
At the bottom of the hill you will see on sign for the WILLIAM B.
STRONACH AQUATIC & FITNESS CENTER on your left. Take that left
onto Jim Badger Dr. - it will dead end at the Aquatic Center.
Travel Time: Approx. 1 hr 35 min. Phone # - 828-757-2196
Lenoir Aquatics Center: Lenior
I-77 N to Statesville. I-40 W to US 321. Take US 321 north toward
Boone. Stay on 321 north till you come to Wal-Mart in Lenoir. The
first road past Wal-Mart will be Nuway Circle. Turn right on Nuway
Circle. Stay on Nuway Circle till you come to Powell Rd. Turn right
on Powell Rd. The Aquatics Center will be on your left. Travel
Time: Approx. 1+ hr.
College Pool: Hickory NC
I-77 N to Statesville. I-40 W to Hickory. Take exit 125, the
Hickory/Lenoir-Rhyne College exit. Turn north onto Lenoir-Rhyne
Blvd. Past Tripps and Rock-Ola restaurants and proceed through the
next four traffic lights. Go under the railroad overpass and take
the first left onto 7th Ave., N.E. The campus is straight ahead.
The pool is to the right. Travel Time: Approx. 1+ hr.
Mecklenburg Aquatic Center: Charlotte
From I-85 North: Take the NC-16/ BROOKSHIRE BLVD exit- exit number
36- toward US-74 E/ DOWNTOWN. Merge onto NC-16 S toward CHARLOTTE/
ERICSSON STADIUM. Take the NC-16/ FOURTH ST exit- exit number 2A-
toward THIRD ST. Turn LEFT onto E 4TH ST/ NC-16 S. Turn LEFT onto S
MCDOWELL ST/ NC-16 S/ NC-27. Continue to follow S MCDOWELL ST/
NC-27. Turn RIGHT onto E 2ND ST.
Nomad Facilities: Huntersville
From I-85 North: Take Poplar Tent Road Exit 52. Turn left onto
Poplar Tent Road. Drive 3.1 Miles. Turn left onto Harris Road.
Drive approximately 1.6 miles, the facility will be on the
Nature Center Recreation Park:
Take I-40 W to Asheville. Take exit 53 on to 240 W to Tunnel road
exit. Go east and watch for signs for the Nature Center.
Ohio University: Athens,
From Gastonia, take I-85 North to I-77 North. Stay on I-77 till
US-33 exit-exit number 138-toward Ripley. Turn Left onto US-33 and
then Right onto US-33/POMEROY MASON BRIDGE, and continue following
US-33. Turn Left onto US-33/NYE AVE/OH-124, continue to follow
US-33 W. Take Exit 17, for OH-682 N. You will have gone about nine
miles from the airport. Turn right at the first traffic light, onto
Richland Avenue, to cross the Hocking River and enter the Ohio
Pullen Aquatic Center: Raleigh,
From Hillsborough St. take Ashe Ave. south or from Western Blvd.
Take Ashe Ave. north to Pullen Park. The pool is in a large,
multi-colored building with a copper patina colored roof.
Shelby City Parks and Recreation: Shelby
I-85 S to 74W. In Kings Mountain, follow 74 By-Pass through Kings
Mountain. Take a right at the second lign.(Business 74) at the
Cleveland Mall. Follow this road through Shelby until you pass the
Middle School. Begin looking for the Public Library. Turn right at
the library. The pool is in front of you at the top of the
Tiger City YMCA: Spartanburg
85 S to Exit#63 (Hwy 290 - Duncan Moore Exit) - Go left off exit -
Go through 2 lights, approximately 1 - 1 1/2 miles. Left on River
Ridge Rd. The Y is on the left. Travel Time: Approx. 1 hr. 20
Triangle Aquatic Center
Merge onto I-85 N toward CHARLOTTE go 144.8 miles. Take I-40 E
toward RALIEGH. Take EXIT 291 toward CARY.Merge onto CARY TOWNE
BLVD. 0.5 miles Turn LEFT onto CONVENTION DR. 0.2 miles
University of GA Babrielsen Natatorium/
I-85 South: Travel on I-85 South to Commerce, GA (exit #149).
Follow 441 South. From Commerce, take US 441 South for
approximately 20 miles. Travel under the Athens Perimeter and make
an immediate left onto the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10). Conintue on
the Athens Perimeter following signs for the GA Loop 10 (you will
have to exit to stay on the Loop) to the College Station Road exit
(exit #14). Exit at College Station Road and turn right. Go through
one traffic light. After the traffic light, the Visitors Center
will be on the right in the Four Towers Building. Parking is
available adjacent to the Visitors Center. The Ramsey Center is
located on the East Campus.
University of Tennessee - Allan Jones
Aquatic Center: Knoxsville, TN
Follow I-40 west to the James White Parkway exit and exit to the
left. Follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until
Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun
Boulevard. Turn left at second stoplight. Follow Volunteer Blvd. to
next light. Turn right on Temple St. Turn left on Andy Holt
University of South Carolina - Solomon Blatt
PE Center: Columbia, SC
Follow I-77 south to the SC-277 S exit (18). Follow SC-277 approx 8
mi then turn right onto Elmwood Ave/US-76. Approx .4 mi turn left
onto Assembly St/SC-48 S. Approx 1.5 mi turn left onto Blossom
St/US-76-CONN N/US-21-CONN N. Approx .2 mi turn right onto Sumter
St. Take the 1st left onto Wheat St. On Friday parking must be in
metered or non permit parking areas only. The university would
prefer visitors park in the Bates West Dorm parking lot (on Whaley
St one block directly south of the Solomon Blatt PE Center) and
walk across the elevated walkway to the pool complex. On Saturday
and Sunday, the lots adjacent to the pool are also available for
parking. For additional parking map information Click here.
Center: Greenville, SC
From Interstate 85- take exit 44 (Whitehorse Rd., US 25 by-pass) go
north on 25 approx. 5 miles. Turn right on SC Route 253. Pool is in
a large blue building about one-half mile on left.