September 9, 2015
WITH NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP, SPRINGFIELD AQUATIC CLUB READY TO MAKE A SPLASH
To kick off the season, SAC will host a pool party at the Springfield High School pool on Wednesday, September 30th at 6 pm. No registration required—just show up, ready to swim. They will also hold a first-ever parent social on Saturday, October 17th (more details to follow).
With seven dedicated members joining the Board of Directors, under the direction of new president, Bode Hennegan, SAC has enhanced their program and created new opportunities for swimmers.
New SAC boys’ head coach Nick Militello has skillfully and energetically led the Springfield High School swim team to many victories as head coach. For over 30 years, he’s grateful to have lived out his lifelong passion of instructing young swimmers, honing their abilities, and giving them the confidence to achieve their personal best. He’s excited to help SAC boys reach new heights.
New assistant swim coach Ben Mancini brings a competitive background to SAC. At Washington and Jefferson College, he was a Varsity athlete and strong competitor for four years of swimming (with two years as captain), as well as water polo.
New SAC developments also include transforming their public presence with a new website that is easy to navigate and a refreshed mission statement. In addition to participating in the Suburban Aquatic League, SAC will support swimmers who demonstrate the desire to compete in USA Swimming, an optional and more intensive program offered to swimmers who wish to increase their commitment to the sport.
For the Suburban Aquatic league, practice begins on Monday, October 5th and the season runs through the end of January. Swimmers will compete in meets on Saturdays.
Swimmers competing in USA Swimming will attend additional meets, where they benefit from individual attention from coaches. In order to be on the SAC USA swimming team, swimmers must participate in SAC’s regular season. In the past, SAC’s USA swimmers have attended meets from January to March. In 2015, SAC expanded its program to include two long course meets over the summer and now plans to allow swimmers to attend up to three USA sanctioned events this fall. Swimmers participating in these events are eligible to qualify for Junior Olympics and SAC swimmers have proudly qualified in the past.