Welcome to Irish Aquatics! On this page you will find information about our swim team and learn-to-swim lessons. Select one of the links below to go directly to that section.


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About Us

Irish Aquatics is a year-round USA Swimming member team providing competitive swimming opportunities for swimmers, both novice and experieced, aged 4 to 18 in the Michiana area, as well as learn-to-swim lessons. Our swimmers hail from South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Bremen, New Carlisle, Elkhart, Niles, Buchanan, and Edwardsburg among other cities. We encourage our swimmers to strive for excellence every day, both in and out of the pool. Our program is focused on teaching proper stroke techniques to give the swimmers a strong base to build from as they strive to improved as an athlete and a competitor. 

Mission Statement: 

Using the sport of swimming to cultivate passion, individuality, and excellence in each swimmer as a way to reach goals in the pool and in life.  

Vision Statement:

Swim: At Irish Aquatics, our team of swimmers, coaches and families truly embraces a love of all things swimming. Our coaching staff is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of the sport and developing each swimmer throughout his or her career. Every member is valued and supported at every level and every member makes a difference. We strive to create a safe and positive learning environment in the pool where swimmers become dedicated, independent and goal oriented individuals who come together for the common interests of the team.

Fight: As a team, we fight to challenge ourselves in the pool and to do our best every time. As individuals, we fight for our beliefs and for others in our community. We encourage and motivate our swimmers are proud of their accomplishments, both in and out of the pool- our classroom for teaching the skills required for swimming and life. 

Win: We understand that winning is much more than coming in first place, and we are committed to helping each individual grow in skill, character and physical development. We believe that our swimmers should celebrate every win, whether learning a new stroke or qualifying for a championship meet. As a team, we celebrate our milestones and support each other in all ways possible to achieve those "wins." Our top priority is to make each swimmer a champion in all endeavors. Across all groups, we strive to instill confidence, knowledge and strength in our members so that these pillars of character can be carried throughout life. 

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Swim Team Membership

Membership on the swim team requires payment of monthly training fees, a USA Swimming membership, a Fundraising Fee, a Processing Fee, and a parent volunteer requirement

All of our registration is done through our web registration system. Registration for the 2018-2019 season will open on September 1 and will remain open for new registrations throughout the year.

Helpful Hints:
  • If you are registering multiple swimmers, please be sure to register them all at the same time. The multiple swimmer discount will not automatically apply if the swimmers are not registered together and the "per family" fees will be charged each time you check out. If you did not register all of your swimmers at the same time, please contact Coach Matt so the charges can be corrected.
  • If you are going to complete the 2 week trialdo not go through the online registration until the trial is completed and/or your swimmer decides to continue with the program. We will not charge you until after the trial. Please fill out and bring this form with you to the first practice attended.
  • There are multiple options for payment frequency in the registration system:
    • ​In Full: You will be charged all fees and the full amount of the season dues (6 x the monthly dues for all groups except High School which is 3 x the monthly dues in short course season and 4 x the monthly dues in the long course season), payable upon checkout.
    • Monthly: You will be charged all fees and the first month's dues at checkout, and then will be billed the monthly dues on the 1st of each month (October-February in the short course season and May-July in the long course season).
    • HS IN Monthly (short course season only): For swimmers attending high school in Indiana and competing for their school; you will be charged all fees and the first month's dues at checkout, and then billed the monthly dues on the 1st of October and February.
    • HS MI Monthly (short course season only): For swimmers attending high school in Michigan and competing for their school; you will be charged all fees and the first month;s dues at checkout, and then billed the monthly dues on the 1st of January and February.
  • ​You will be able to make payments directly through the registration system via credit card or ACH. This will immediately be reflected on your account, which you can access by logging into the website with your username and password.
  • If you have an outstanding balance, you will be required to pay this as well when you checkout. Any credit on your account will be applied to what you owe for registration.  

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Training Fees

The monthly training fees vary by group. The fees are billed every month the swimmer is active except the months of March and August (unless the swimmer joins in that month). 

Short Course 2018-2019
(September 4 - March 31)
Monthly Payments
Billed Sept. - Feb.
Green $50
Bronze $60
Silver $90
Gold $120
High School $145
Bremen
Bronze
$50
Bremen
Silver
$80
Bremen
Gold
$110
HS Prep*
$100
Covers the entire preseason

* The HS Prep group is for High School swimmers who wish to swim preseason, but will not compete in any meets. The $100 covers from the start of the season (September 4) through the start of the high school season. Swimmers must also have at least the Flex USA Swimming membership. Swimmers wishing to compete in meets must pay the full high school dues

Long Course 2019
(April 8 – August 2 or last meet, whichever is later)
Monthly Payments
Billed April - July
Green $50
Bronze $60
Silver $90
Gold $120 single practices
$135 double practices
Bremen
Bronze
$50#
Bremen
Silver
$80#
Bremen
Gold
$110#

#The Bremem groups will be offered through May

Dues can be paid in full for the season at registration by selecting the "In Full" payment option. You will be required to pay the entire amount via Credit Card, ACH, or check at checkout. The monthly payment option will require payment of the first month's dues, the USA Swimming Membership, and the per family team fees at checkout, and then the family account will be billed the monthly amount on the 1st of each billing month.

The 2019 USA Swimming membership covers from September 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019.

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USA Swimming Membership Options

A USA Swimming Membership is required for all registered members of Irish Aquatics. There are 3 options for membership as outlined below. The membership fee at any level is charged with registration, regardless of when any previous membership may expire.

Premium: The Premium Membership, previously termed the full-year membership, allows swimmers to participate fully in all practices and competitions offered by Irish Aquatics for the duration of the membership. This option is intended for swimmers who wish to compete in more than 2 sanctioned meets in the 12 months of the membership or plan to compete in the IN Swimming Divisional Meet, State Championships, Zones Championships, Sectional championship or national level meets.

Flex: The new Flex Membership allows swimmers to participate fully in Irish Aquatics practices and participate in up to two sub-championship level meets for the duration of the membership (IN Swimming Divisional Meet, State Championships, Zone Championships, Sectional Championships and National level meets require the Premium Membership). This option is intended for those new to the sport, giving a more financially friendly option for those families as the swimmer(s) become acquainted with competitive swimming. At any point, the Flex Membership can be upgraded to the Premium Membership for $52. 

Outreach: Any swimmer who is on a free or reduced lunch program or has Hoosier Healthwise insurance is eligible for a reduced rate on the full year membership. Documentation will need to be provided for this option. Please contact Coach Matt for more information or to register for this option.

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Discounts and Fees

Discounts:

Multi-swimmer discount: The first swimmer is charged full price, and each additional swimmer receives a $40 discount at registration (please be sure to register all swimmers in the same transaction if possible so that the registration system applies the discount) 
Season Family Cap: Dues are capped at $1,500 per family per season. The system cannot automatically apply this, but we will manually apply credits to your account if your family reaches this threshold. 
Alumni: IA alumni who are home for the summer and wish to train with IA will receive a discount on the Gold dues based on the number of years he/she was continually registered with IA. The swimmer will receive 10% off the total dues for each consecutive year he/she was registered with the club, up to a maximum of 80%. The swimmer must have participated through his/her high school graduation to be eligible for the discount.

Fees: 

Fundraising Fee: $100 per family for short course, charged at registration. Families will have the ability to earn back this fee by selling raffle tickets to the end of the season raffle. Each family will receive 10 tickets for the short course raffle. The choice is up to the family whether to sell them or enter them into the raffle for themselves.
Credit Card Processing Fee: $10 per family each season. As we move to mainly credit card/ACH processing, the fees get larger and larger the team has to pay. Instead of charging a percentage of each transaction to the paying family, we are instituting this fee to offset some of those increased fees to the club. This fee is paid once per year at registration
Meet Fees: Most meets have a per-event charge (usually $4-$5 for most of our meets) and all meets have a $2 per athlete IN Swimming surcharge. IA also charges a $2 per swimmer surcharge to help offset the cost of relays throughout the season, which are always paid by the club. The meet fees will be billed to your account once the entries are sent to the host club. Meet fees must be paid to IA once the entries have been sent into the meet host, even if the swimmer is not able to attend.
Late Fees: Invoiced balances not paid by 11:59 PM on the second to last day of the month will be assessed a $10 late fee. It is the individual family's responsibility to check their account balance before the last day of the month to be sure that all invoiced balances are paid. Autopay is available via ACH or credit card, which will run on the 1st of each month and will include automatic payment of monthly recurring charges and and non-recurring charges in the billing period.

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  Volunteer Requirement 

IA hosts 3 large invitationals and a few smaller time trials or invitationals each year. The revenue from these meets sustains a large percentage of our operating budget. There is a requirement of all registered families to participate in some volunteer role for each meet, even if your swimmer is not competing in that meet. Please see below for the required number of volunteer jobs each family is responsible to fill at each of the large invitationals. Volunteer signups are available online through the   Events   page .

Tim Welsh Invitational: The Tim Welsh Invitational is a prelim/final short course yards meet hosted the first weekend in January (January 4-6, 2019 for the upcoming season). Each registered family in the short course season is responsible to fill four volunteer slots throughout the weekend. 

May Invitational:   The May Invitational is a timed final long course meter meet hosted at Rolfs Aquatic Center in May (May 10-12, 2019 for the upcoming season). Each registered family in the long course season is required to fill three volunteer slots throughout the weekend. 

Summer Spectacular:   The Summer Spectacular is a timed final long course meter meet hosted at Rolfs Aquatic Center in late June/early July (July 12-14, 2019 for the upcoming season). Each registered family in the long course season is required to fill three volunteer slots throughout the weekend.

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Coaches

Irish Aquatics maintains high standards for all of its coaches and instructors. Our goals is to provide the best coaching and teaching in the area. We recruit highly qualified coaches and encourage continued professional and personal developement for all staff members.

Matt Dorsch - Head Coach - Gold Group, Swim Lessons Director/Instructor
Ben Snader - Head Age Group Coach - Silver Group, Swim Lessons Instructor
Katie Lafferty - Lead Bremen Coach - All Groups
Tim Seitz - Assistant Coach - Bronze Group
Brian Heintzberger - Assistant Coach - Gold Group
Lisa Heintzberger - Assistant Coach - Silver Group
Tim Welsh - Volunteer Assistant Coach - Silver Group
Noelle Klockner - Assistant Coach - Silver Group
Katie Fernander - Assistant Coach - Green Group
Jacque Clark - Assistant Coach - Green Group, Swim Lessons Instructor
Caleb Lawrence - Assistant Coach - Bronze/Gold Groups
Jann Morris - Assistant Coach - Bremen Silver/Gold Groups
Katherine Kedzior - Lessons Instructor

Click here to read more about our coaches

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Parent Advisory Board and Board of Directors

Irish Aquatics is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation and is run by its elected Board of Directors (BOD) and Parent Advisory Board (PAB). The PAB meets each month, generally on the second Monday at Rolfs Aquatic Center. All members are welcome at each meeting and encouraged to be involved in team activities and fundraisers. 

Mike Litzinger, Head Coach, University of Notre Dame Swimming, BOD Member
Tim Welsh, Former Head Coach, University of Notre Dame Swimming, BOD Member
Christie Hannewyk, PAB/BOD President
Carly Erdman, PAB Secretary
Andrea Martin, PAB Treasurer
Amanda Domalewski
Lisa Farrell
Jen Craig
Erin Drew
David Pruitt
John Bossler
Sean Lake
Mandy Jankoviak

Training Groups

Our swim team program is broken down into 5 training groups. The groupings are based partly on age and partly on ability or performance. As swimmers move through the levels of the program, the expectations of each swimmer become greater as we strive to assist the swimmers in achieving personal and team goals in the pool, but we do encourage swimmers to be multi-faceted and understand that each individual will have other activities that may have some conflicting committments.

Green    Bronze    Silver    Gold    Boot Camp


Green Group

Age                                

8 & Under

Skill Requirements        

Swim 25 yards  unassisted

Practices                        

2-4 per week, 1 hour each

Basic Goals                   

Strong foundations in all 4 strokes
Legal Turns for all strokes
USA Swimming racing start progression
Increase basic endurance in the water both swimming and kicking

Dryland

Basic motion patterning
Core strength and stability
Basic bodyweight exercises 

Equipment    

Fins (not required to have their own)
Kickboard (not required to have their own)

To be considered for Bronze

Turn 9 years old  OR
Demonstrate proficiency in all 4 strokes and the desire to move up
Legal racing starts and turns
Championship attitude       


Bronze Group

Age                                 

7-12 years old

Skill Requirements   


 Practices 

2-4 per week, 1.5 hours each

Basic Goals   

Strong foundations in all 4 strokes
Legal turns for all strokes
USA Swimming racing start progression
Increase basic endurance in the water in both swimming and kicking
IMR/IMX program participation
Learn basic pace clock usage
Introduction to sets in practice

Dryland 

Basic motion patterning
Core strength and stability
Basic bodyweight exercises
Lifting weighted objects through play

Equipment 

Water Bottle
Fins (not required to have own)
Kickboard (not required to have own)
Pull buoy (not required to have own)

To be considered for Silver   

9-10 years old: Divisional cut in 3 strokes
IMX events completed for age group
Championship attitude


Silver Group

Age                                   

9-14 years old

Skill Requirements 

Proficient in all 4 strokes
9-10 years old: Divisional cut in 3 strokes
Basic pace clock math/knowledge
Desire to move to the next level

Practices    

Short course: 4-6 per week, 2 hours each
Long course: 5-9 per week, 2 hours each

Basic Goals

Aerobic Development
Prepare swimmers for a more competitive environment
Continued development of stroke mechanics
Realization of the connection between effort input and results output
IMR/IMX program participation
Beginning of race planning and strategy
Short and long term goal setting
Championship attitude

Dryland

Core strength and stability
Introductory strength and conditioning
Beacon dryland  option (must be 11 years old by the championship meet to participate)

Equipment

Water Bottle
Fins (short fins preferred)
Paddles
Snorkel
Kickboard 
Pull buoy
Tempo Trainer (optional)

Test Sets

Pentathlon
12 x 50 3:00 or similar

To be considered for Gold

13 years old by season's championship meet
IMX events completed for age group
Track own workouts/pace clock use
13-14 years old: Divisional qualifier
Championship attitude: show desire to attend practice and train


Gold Group

Age                                   

13 years and older

Skill Requirements         

Proficient in all 4 strokes
13-14 years old: Divisional cut
Proficient with pace clock math/knowledge
Desire to attend practice and train

Practices                         

Short course: 5-6 per week, 2.5 hours each
Long course: 5-10 per week, 2-2.5 hours each

Basic Goals                     

Periodized aerobic and anaerobic training
Advanced race planning/strategy
Continued development of stroke mechanics
Ownership of own swimming
IMR/IMX program participation
Short and long term goal setting
Championship attitude: We before me

Dryland

Core strength and stability
Strength and conditioning
Coordination
Beacon dryland option

Equipment 

Water Bottle
Fins (short fins preferred)
Paddles
Snorkel
Kickboard 
Pull buoy 
Tempo Trainer
Parachute

Test Sets   

Pentathlon
T-2000/3000
12 x 50 3:00 or similar

To be considered for travel meets

Championship attitude 
Time standard for meet       


Age                                   

7 & Over

Skill Requirements         

Proficient in all Freestyle and Backstroke, some knowledge of Breaststroke and Butterfly
Desire to remain in the water without the commitment of a full training group

Practices                         

2 per week on Wednesday and Thursday

Basic Goals                     

Physical fitness through 1 hour long swim workouts
Stroke technique improvement
Have fun

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Learn to Swim Lessons

We are proud to offer a learn-to-swim program for the Michiana community. We utilize 2 hotel pools to teach the lessons: the Hampton Inn at Heritage Square and the Hilton Garden Inn at Saint Mary's College. Our usage of these facilities is at typically low usage times by hotel guests. For more information on swim lessons, please visit the Learn-to-Swim page on this site.