5/13/19 Lane Lines


Lane Lines
Your weekly Cascade Swim Club updates

From the Office:

Open Board of Trustees Position
The Cascade Booster Club has an open position on our Board of Trustees. This is a great opportunity to expand your commitment and passion for Cascade. Board members support the ongoing governance of the club, and typically volunteer 1-2 hours per week. For this particular opening, if you have professional budget or financial experience, it would be preferred as the outgoing Trustee served as our Treasurer. If you are interested in bringing your expertise and energy to our dedicated and motivated board, please reach out to Pete Williams ( or any board member by May 20. Thank you!



From The Deck:


Training Schedule Reminders

Please note that two of our pools will close for practices at the end of this week. Pools close for seasonal availability and maintenance from time to time, which affects the lanes at other pools remaining open. Thank you in advance for your patience, assistance, and support of your fellow teammates and coaches as the team navigates these closures.
- Aqua Club wraps up its CSC season at the end of this week, with practices resuming September 2019. As anticipated, many AC swimmers will shift to other training locations for the summer.
- Madison Pool will also be closed from May 20 to mid/late-October for a major capital improvement project. This affects all remaining pools with an added load of swimmers at other practice locations throughout the summer.

The spring (May 20-June 22) and summer (June 24-Aug. 1) have separate training schedules, viewable here:

Please see your swimmer’s coach, site lead coach, or email Coach David Orr ( with additional questions.


Colman Pool Practices Are Underway!

Long course Saturday practices began last weekend at Colman Pool! If your swimmer missed Saturday practice and you’ve never been to Colman pool, it is a jewel located in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park - outdoors, 50 meters, right on Puget Sound with glass windows on the west side of the pool to look at the passing ships & water, and forested on the east side. Some facility info is available here:

Important tips for a successful Colman experience:

  • Arrive early. Access to Colman requires a 15-20 minute walk to the pool from upper parking lots along Fauntleroy Way SW; there is no parking available next to the pool. Check park maps for your preferred route. Some swimmers enjoy riding their scooters or bikes (wear your helmets!) to speed up arrival at the pool, but know that the trek back to the car is often uphill. Maps are located at the trailhead sign near the parking lots, or some can be viewed online in advance here ( or here (
  • Carpool. Please try to carpool, as parking is limited on sunny days and when events are scheduled throughout the park and at the pool. Colman has filtered, heated water pulled directly from Puget Sound so it is salty! To cut the salty taste in swimmers' mouths, a flavored beverage is recommended (diluted lemonade, a sport hydration drink, etc.). Plain water is fine, but many seasoned Colman swimmers seem happier with a flavor to wash the taste away.
  • Bring layers, hydration and sun protection. Colman Pool is quintessential outdoor swimming in the Pacific Northwest. It can be extremely cold in the morning, windy at any time, and may warm quickly with full sun. Swimmers frequently need warm coats, sweats, hats, extra towels, and may shed these quickly. Be prepared with warm clothing, sunscreen, water bottles, and extra dark goggles (if possible) to help with the brightness and direct sun.
  • What to do while the swimmers swim: due to the distance for some CSC families, many non-swimmers stick around during practice to take advantage of this park’s other great features. Take a jog (Alki point is almost exactly a full 5k for you runners), go for a hike, walk the dog, watch for seals and other wildlife offshore, explore the beach, take a ferry ride, read a book with a warm beverage, bring a picnic, etc. - it is a real highlight to summer swimming. If you plan to bring work with you, please know there is historically no wi-fi and cell phone coverage is spotty.
  • Schedules: The training group schedule on Saturdays at Colman is as follows:

Seniors & HS development:  8:00–10:00am

AG I:  10:00-11:30am

AG II: 10:00–11:30am

AG III: 10:30–11:30am


Location Updates
Please note the upcoming no practice/closure dates at each pool. Pool closure dates are located in the Calendar tab and also in the “ Pool Closures” dropdown on the team website.

All Pools – Operating on regular schedule.
Aqua Club – Last scheduled practice is Saturday, May 18.
Ballard – Closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
Evans - Closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
Madison – Closed May 20 through mid/late-October for major maintenance and improvements. Please see Coach David Orr’s email to all families about Spring & Summer Practice schedules.

Shoreline Pool – Closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Summer practice schedule begins Monday, June 17.

Save The Date/Mark Your Calendar
May 16:            CSC Board of Trustees Meeting
May 17-19:        IST Spring Open, long course meet at KCAC
May 31-June 2: Tri-City Open, a long course meet in Pasco, WA
June 15-16:       Sweet Onion, a long course meet in Walla Walla, WA
June 17:           Summer practice schedule begins at Shoreline Pool.
June 29-30:       WEST June Jubilee, a long course meet at KCAC
July 11-13:        100th Annual Senior Seattle Open, a CSC-hosted meet at Colman Pool
July 19-20:        Chinook Age Group Seattle Open, a long course meet at Colman Pool
July 25-27:        PNS Senior LC Champs at KCAC
Aug. 1-4:           Futures at Mt. Hood Aquatic Center, Gresham, OR
Aug. 2-4:           PNS 14 & Under LC Champs at KCAC