Membership Information

2016-2017 Season

Upcoming Events & Information                 

  • Free 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 28055-0011


Meet Locations (Not all Facilities visited by all swimmers)


Armfield Civic Center: Mt. Airy, NC
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, GA
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 right.
Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center: Abingdon, VA
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, NC
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 NC
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 entrance.
High Point City Pool: High Point NC
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: Rutherfordton, NC
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 left.
Jimmy Draughn Fitness and Aquatic Center: Valdese, NC
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: 828-879-2144
Koury Natatorium: Chapel Hill, NC>
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 miles.
King Mtn. High School: Kings Mountain, NC
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.
Lindley Park: Greensboro,NC
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.
Nomad: Huntersville,NC
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 Center:
Lenior NC
Directions to William B. Stronach Aquatic & Fit Center from Charlotte
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 NC
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.
Lenoir Rhyne 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 NC
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 NC
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.
Nature Center Recreation Park: Asheville NC
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, OH
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 University campus.
Pullen Aquatic Center: Raleigh, NC
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 NC
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 hill.
Tiger City YMCA: Spartanburg SC
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 mins.
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/ Ramsey Ctr
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 Blvd.
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.
Westside Aquatic 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.