Practice Schedule

*Please note Saturday schedule!* 

Our practices provide a great deal of variety, incorporating all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly), as well as kick, pull and drill sets. Swimmers are always encouraged to ask our coaches for help when unsure about technique or form.





The Smelts hold practices at two facilities:

1) Gill Park Recreation Center (825 W. Sheridan Road) in Lakeview



Location Coach

Monday PM 1

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Gill Park Barry Revzin

Monday PM 2

7:15pm - 8:30pm

Gill Park Vicki Bolf
Tuesday PM 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Gill Park

Rudy Espino

Wednesday PM

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Gill Park Paul Meyer

Thursday PM 

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Gill Park

Paul Meyer

Saturday AM**

9-10am or 


Gill Park Paul Meyer
















**Saturday practice times are based are based on a swimmer's ability to complete a set of 10x100 freestyle at a certain interval:

  • Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov: Faster swimmers (10x100 faster than 1:25) swim at 9am, Intermediate swimmers at 10am. 

  • Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec: Intermediate swimmers (10x100 slower than 1:25) swim at 9am, faster swimmers at 10am.

  • Saturday, April 14th: This is the state meet weekend, and a majority of our swimmers and all coaches will be at the ILMSA state meet. Gill Park pool will be open from 9-11 AM for registered Smelts, but there will be no coach on deck. Please reference our swim practice vault for workouts. 


2) Jones College Prep High School (700 S. State Street) in the Loop

NOTE: Practice at Jones College Prep for the 2017-2018 academic year starts on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.



Location Coach

Tuesday AM

5:45am - 7:00am

Jones College Prep Paul Meyer

Thursday AM

5:45am - 7:00am

Jones College Prep Dan Perkey