SHOR - May 20th Update

Shorewood Swim Club - May 20th Update

Shorewood Swim Club Swimmers and Families,

I hope that this update finds you and your families well, and that you are starting to enjoy some time outside. Our coaches are all doing great, and really enjoy seeing the athletes on our ZOOM meetings during the week.

Club Status Update:

The Shorewood Swim Club was fortunate to receive a PPP Loan on the second wave, which will allow us to keep our excellent staff connected to the team. Special thanks to Ann Keenan and Mike Antonelli on their work in getting this loan for the club! We also received a $1500 grant from the Wisconsin Local Swimming Committee when we earned Level 3 status from USA Swimming in the Club Recognition Program! This program recognizes teams that show excellence in four areas- Business and Organizational success, Parents and Volunteer Success, Coach Development and Education, and Athlete Development and Performance. We are one of only nine teams to receive this level of recognition.

May Programming:

Our meetings and workouts for Age Group and Senior swimmers are going really well. It is great seeing the seeing the swimmers learn new exercises and remain fit even while we are out of the water. Special thanks to Crystal Toll for helping design our conditioning program for all groups. Our Seniors have really enjoyed the talks from our special speakers. Thanks to Monna Arvinen-Barrow, Russ Johnson, and Carmel Sweet for your time and expertise in sharing with our athletes. We encourage ALL swimmers in Option 1 and 2 to join in on these meetings, as it is a great way to stay connected with the team and your teammates!

June Programming:

We are following the ever-changing rules and recommendations for a possible re-opening. While recent decisions have changed some guidelines, at this point the school is not planning on opening the pool until June 30th at the earliest. Even as pools open, the current guidelines call for one swimmer per lane, which limits what we will be able to offer. We are currently looking into other options, including small group in-person dryland, as well as utilizing other aquatic facilities that may be opening earlier. Regardless, our goal is to provide a safe environment for your athletes return to the pool, and we will continue to offer our ZOOM programming.


USA Swimming has cancelled all competition through the July 1st, including our Summer Long Course Open at the WSAC, as well as the Wisconsin Regional and State Championships in July/August. At this point, their guidelines are in three phases; June should be used for a return to training in most areas, July should be used for competitions during practice, intrasquads, virtual meets, and possibly small dual meets, and August could see the return to small “regional” meets that meet State and local guidelines.

Our Goals Moving Forward:

Our number one priority is the safety of our athletes, families, and staff. With this in mind, we will gradually return to practices by following all State and local guidelines as facilities become available. During June and July, while our time in the pool may be limited, we plan to train and condition out of the water, and teach (skills, technique, drills) when we do have access to pools. While we traditionally have August off, we are looking to offer programming during that month.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and stay well!

Dave Westfahl