Darnestown Demons

The Darnestown Demons offer training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of Darnestown to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Swim Team

Swim team is for any Demon, 18 years of age and under, who can swim a complete and continuous length of the pool in a legal freestyle and backstroke. There can be no breaks to hang on the rope or doggie paddling. Coach Pat will determine the legality of each swimmers stroke.


DSRC sponsors a Swim Pre-team for swimmers who cannot meet the minimum requirement of swimming one 25-meter length of the pool unassisted, but have had some lessons. An evaluation by a coach will be required for all new swimmers who are 8 years of age and under to help determine where they should be placed. The pre-team practices will be held on Monday through Thursday each week from 10:00-10:30 a.m or Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:30-6:00p.m.

The cost for pre-team is $100.

DSRC also offers group swim lessons once school is out of session and some coaches offer private instruction on their own time. For more information about lessons, visit the lessons tab of the website. 


What if Swim Team morning practices don’t work for you?

Beginning Monday, 18 June, evening practices for Swim Team will be conducted for any team members who are working or in camp this summer. Practices will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00–7:00p.m.


How much does it cost to join the Darnestown Demon Swim Team?

The registration fee is $130 for your first swimmer, $100 for any additional and $100 for preteam and $100 for group lessons.


When are swim meets?


The swim team week starts on a Saturday.  The A Swim Meets take place on Saturday mornings (beginning June 16). The swimmers who have the fastest times swim in the A meets.  The Swim Team Head Coach, Pat Tozzi, determines which swimmers swim in the A meets based on the seed times.  Usually, the swimmers with the top six fastest times in freestyle and the top three fastest times in the other events (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley) swim in the A meets.   


The B Swim Meets are held on Wednesday evenings, and any swimmer can participate in B meets. The swimmer's parent signs the swimmer up for individual events online by the designated deadline.  Swimmers may participate in up to three individual events and/or individual medley in B meets, but there are limits if the swimmer has participated in the A meet earlier that week (for example, there is a maximum of three individual events in any given week and a swimmer may not swim in the same event in the A and the B meets).


We are one Demon Team. Some swim on Saturdays, others on Wednesday, and some do both. We have swimmers who are just starting to swim, and more who are thisclose to joining the team. All swimmers are treated equally and given the same attention, regardless of what day they swim.


How do I tell the coaches that my swimmer is available for a meet?


Please declare your swimmer’s commitment for every meet—regardless of whether they will swim Saturday and/or Wednesday—because the coach needs to know who is available to swim that day. This is especially important around the 4th of July holiday when a number of families are out of town, Coach Pat needs to know who is available to swim. Simply click on “edit commitment” for the designated meet under “Events.” Then click on your swimmer, declaring whether they are available or not for that given meet.


How do you know when your child is swimming in a meet?


The available swimmers with the fastest times are entered in the Saturday meets; Coach Pat makes the roster. Wednesday meets are available to all swimmers, provided the swimmer has not exceeded the event limit (see “When Are Swim Meets” for more details).


When are Time Trials?


Time trials are being held Saturday, 9 June 2018 at 8 a.m., where the swimmers obtain their initial times in the events they swim (these are known as their "seed" times).  Swimmers must be “legal” in the events they swim to get a seed time in a particular event, meaning they can complete the stroke according to the Montgomery County Swim League rules.


How should parents help the team?

Each home swim meet requires approximately 35 parent volunteers to perform different jobs which include timing, directing parking, judging, computer operation and working at the deli. All families must volunteer in some capacity for a minimum of 16 hours + Divisionals or Superstars Meets. Parent participation will be “tracked” to ensure an equal share of the work.


Volunteer options include:  serving as a stroke and turn judge (which needs special training), timing the swimmers during the meet, helping collect and tabulate the times, organizing the ribbons for the top swimmers, being the clerk of course (helping the swimmers line up), and parking cars and selling concessions during home meets.


What social activities do you have planned for our swimmers?


We have great head coaches and assistant coaches who have many fun activities planned for swimmers and their families.  For example, we have an (optional) team trip to Hershey Park on Monday 25 June; all swimmers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 18 years old. Each Friday night during the swim season we hold pep rallies to psych up the swimmers for the upcoming week. The team also dresses up for meets according to a designated theme.  The season culminates with a banquet on Saturday July 21 that includes food, music, and fun! Everyone is invited! Pre-Team, that means you too!

Please check out the Events page for the fun activities, open to Swim Team AND Pre Team!


I would like to Sponsor the team. How can I do that?


We have four home individual meets, two home A meets and two home B meets.  We will also host A Relay Carnival on Sunday 8 July 2018 and Superstars, the end of the year meet for all swimmers, on Wednesday 18 July 2018.  For each meet, we are responsible for providing electronic and printed programs for the coaches, swimmers and parents to follow the meet events (we sell them at a modest cost).  In an attempt to help defray overall Swim Team costs, we provide ads in the Home Swim Meet programs for sponsors of the swim team.  In the past, Harris Teeter and businesses run by Swim Team parents have chosen to generously sponsor the Swim Team, and, in return, we publish their ads in our programs.  Any size ad would be welcomed, from a business card size to a full page.  Please see Leigh Buchanan, the Sponsorship Chair, for more information.