Age Group Swim

Welcome Swim Families!

Welcome to the East Kentwood Aquatics Age-Group Swim Team site. Under the "Age-Group Swim" menu above, you will find pertinent information for you and your child regarding the age-group swimming. We hope you find this information helpful throughout the swim season. Swimming is a great activity, a super age-group sport and a fun team experience.  We want to encourage young athletes to pursue and attain personal goals as well as gain satisfaction that comes from being a part of a team.  Our coaches teach and encourage all areas of swimming, including sportsmanship, teamwork, sound work ethics and the love of competition. In this, we hope your child grows in his or her own personal achievements.

 


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Who Are We ...
EKA's age group swim team is sponsored by the Kentwood Public Schools District. Our home pool is the Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Center (
Google Maps). The team participates in competitive swim meets against other teams in the West Michigan Swim League.

The Age Group team is for boys & girls ages 6 to 14, and swims/competes in two distinctive seasons, Winter (Nov-Feb) and Summer (May-Jul) seasons.

Coaching Staff
Silver Group (Age 11-14) Coach Branden Graf
branden.graf@kentwoodps.org
Bronze Group (Age 11-14) Coach Monika Steffens monika.steffens@kentwoodps.org
Black Group (Age 10 & Under) Coach Monika Steffens monika.steffens@kentwoodps.org
Red Group (Age 10 & Under) Coach Ashley VanderMeulen & Sammie Sutherlin

Team Administration
KPS Aquatic Center Director: Joey Sutherlin
joey.sutherlin@kentwoodps.org
KAC Team Treasurer: LuAnn Ejsmont luann.ejsmont@kentwoodps.org


EKA Vision
Beyond mastering skills and achieving physical fitness; our swimmers will gain confidence, sportsmanship, discipline, commitment, and an understanding that success results from hard work and goal setting. They will learn the value of being part of a team and part of the larger aquatics community at East Kentwood. Our aim is to make swimming an important and enjoyable part of our members’ lives. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in many aspects of the team the team experience.

 

EKA Mission
To provide young people with positive experiences through competitive swimming that will last a lifetime. The coaching staff believes that the following concepts are of great value to our student athletes. As an organization, the EKA will strive:

 

  • To develop proper stroke mechanics and competitive technique
  • To teach and emphasize good sportsmanship
  • To increase self esteem and motivation, to encourage hard work, goal setting, and goal achievement
  • To instill the values of dedication, commitment, and team loyalty
  • To encourage swimmers to strive for their personal best
  • To provide an environment for our swimmers to reach their maximum potential
  • To provide swimmers with the foundation to be successful competitive swimmers in middle school, high school and beyond.