Pacific Swimming
Level 4
Excellence 300

Putting Character First


Matt Ehrenberger

Link to the Normal Workout Schedule... Pool Maintenance Update: All scheduled pool maintenance at the Soda Center has been completed, so there should be no disruption to the normal schedule this week. Sr Groups: Normal Schedule Monday through Friday Saturday AM: None (Senior Open Meet @ Soda Center) Next Week - SwimStrong Dryland Testing (Friday and Saturday) Dryland Note: Dryland may be canceled if raining Jr Groups: Normal Schedule Monday through Friday Saturday AM: None (Senior Open Meet @ Soda Center) Dryland Note: No Jr Dryland if it is raining...

Matt Ehrenberger

Link to the Normal Workout Schedule... Happy New Year: We hope everyone had a Happy Holiday and New Year and were able to spend quality time with family, and enjoyed a well deserved break. Coming off four successful winter meets, we look forward to the 2nd half of the short course season and the upcoming high school season! Sr Groups this week: Monday Jan. 2: ALL 4:00-5:45/DL 5:50-6:30 Tuesday - Return to Normal Workout Schedule (link above) Dryland Note: Dryland may be canceled if raining Jr Groups this week: Monday...

Donnie Heidary

Orinda Aquatics College History by Year Orinda Aquatics College History by School

Donnie Heidary

Class of 2022

Donnie Heidary

Note from Mike Stott, Swimming World contributor Many thanks to you and Ron for your definitive thesis on Character and Culture. This is “must read” stuff for any coach in any sport – or any organization for that matter. I can think of a number of organizations I have been in that would have been much better for following your principles. Problematic Teammates Article

It's in the numbers! An incredible 45 OA alums competed in collegiate aquatic programs during the 2014-15 academic year including six of the original seven swimmers from OA Class '11 who finished their four year collegiate careers still loving the sport of swimming. Seven swimmers earned NCAA qualifying marks, three competed at the Division I NCAA Championships (Steven Stumph, Sven Campbell and Courtney Whyte), an alum (Kristen Cunane) is Assistant Coach for the Golden Bears (NCAA DI Champions), Caroline Lukins joined the coaching staff at Columbia University this year, Freeman...

Way to go Megan! We are proud of you!

SWIMMING WORLD Magazine: January 20, 2015 Andrea Ward: Orinda Aquatics '10 20 January 2015, 02:00pm Andrea Ward, Chasing Olympic Dream With a New Identity Photo Courtesy: Andrea Ward By Katie Seaton, Swimming World College Intern HONOLULU- Andrea Ward, a California native who swam for University of California-Santa Barbara, continues to chase her Olympic dream in the 100 and 200 butterfly after graduating with a biology degree this past fall semester. After four years of representing UC Santa Barbara, the swimmer has chosen to stay and train with Coach Matt Macedo....

The 2014-15 academic year finds a remarkable 45 Orinda Aquatics alums competing in collegiate aquatic sports across our country: Swimming (37 including 9 seniors), Water Polo (8) and new this year: Triathlons (2!). They are carrying on OA's tradition of excellence in academics, character, leadership (Courtney Whyte - team captain at Notre Dame), commitment and continue to develop as swimmers by getting lifetime best times. While some of the collegiate swimmers had peak meets in November/December, many did not so we look forward to seeing what their February Conference Championships...

Last weekend, Megan Howard (Sophomore- US Naval Academy) and Allison Light (Junior - UCLA) competed in the first-ever Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships title in Florida. Megan finished as Navy's top competitor finishing in 1:08.19 for sixth place finish. Right behind, in 9th place and second for UCLA, was Allie (1:09.38). The inaugural women-only championship was established as one of the early steps in recognizing triathlon’s status as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women. Held at Lake Louisa State Park, a field of women ages 16-25 competed on a draft-legal...