D.A.R.T.S. History

          The Delaware Aquatic Racing Team Stingrays officially hit the water in 1979. That was the year the private Delaware Swim Club Stingrays (circa 1950’s) became a Delaware City Parks and Recreation Department sponsored program. The acronym D.A.R.T.S. was the brainchild of Jack Florance, David Staley (both past Stingray coaches), Bob Walker (city manager) and Jim Garges (Recreation Director). The four were avid Masters swimmers who trained at Mingo Pool who possessed an interest in youth swimming. The name stuck and the D.A.R.T.S. were under way in June 1979. T.K. Cellar was hired to lead the Stingrays the first season. He convinced the program to switch from the Mid Ohio Swim League (M.O.S.L.) to membership in the Greater Columbus Swim League (G.C.S.L.). T.K. had grown up competing in the GCSL and had coached for league member Mt. Air before coming to Delaware. This change limited travel to north and east Columbus area instead of Mt Vernon, Wooster, Springfield and Coshocton as required by MOSL.


          The inaugural season (1979) had two swim coaches (Cellar and Bill Rietz) and 1 diving coach (David Potts). The entire team was 57 athletes. There was 24 Juniors and 33 Seniors. The Junior team consisted of only 5 boys, one of which was 8 years old. Rietz handled the Juniors while Cellar worked with the Seniors. The weekly newsletter “The Waterlog” was created by Cellar who taught English at Hayes. He cranked out each edition on a typewriter on a ditto that was mimeographed on a machine in the Boy’s locker room store room. The first season saw the Juniors finish 1-4, the Seniors 2-2-1 (tied Mt. Air) with respective 7th and 8th place finishes at the GCSL Championship.


          Over the past 42 years the program has grown in number of participants and team success. The following data point this out.


1980 - Wesleyan Woods Aquatic Club (C.O.S.A. League member) combined with D.A.R.T.S. which effectively doubled the team size


By the late 1980’s the roster numbered between 180-200 athletes annually.

2019 had 215 swimmers and divers. The 2020 competitive season was canceled due to Covid -19.  


In 2015, DART Stingrays Inc. was formed as a non-profit organization. All team operations are now overseen by a five member Board of Directors.

Junior dual meet record     127-52-0

Senior dual meet record    144-36-3

           (incomplete records for 1989 and 1990)


Juniors have had 13 undefeated dual meet seasons in 41 years in G.C.S.L.

Seniors have had 15 undefeated seasons


Overall G.C.S.L. Team Champion       2009-2019   (2020 season canceled)

        Awarded to team with highest point total for Diving, Junior and Senior Swimming

         First awarded by G.C.S.L. in 2009.

G.C.S.L. Champions       Juniors – 1982, 1985, 2009-13, 2015-18

                                        Seniors – 1987, 1988, 2004, 2011, 2013-2017, 2019

G.C.S.L. Runner – Up      Juniors – 1984, 1987, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014

                                          Seniors – 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018

G.C.S.L. 3rd place finish   Juniors 13 times

                                          Seniors 13 times


Head Coaches (oversee entire program and Senior swimmers)

          T.K. Cellar        1979-1982

          Bill Rietz           1983-1991

          Tom Main         1992 (finished season for Rietz)

          Bill Rietz           1993-2003

          Dick Hawes       2004 (finished season for Rietz)

          Bill Rietz           2005-present


Junior Head Coaches

          Bill Rietz                               1979-1982

          Julie Schupp Long                1983-1984

          Denise Guenther Hackett      1985-1994

          Angie Hillier Ullum              1995-2001

          Robert Schalmo                    2002

          Denise Berry                         2003- 2016

          Jordan Nicol                          2017

          Kelly Montee                        2018-present


Head Diving Coaches

          David Potts                1979

          Kristen Cellar            1980 - 1984

          Helen Andersson       1985 - 1995

          Ben Teets                   1996 -1997

          Brian Book                 1998 - 2002

          Robert Krichbaum     2003 - 2005

          Zach Kaple                2006, 2008

          Becky Whitney         2007

          Christine Runkle       2009

          Erin Hanahan            2010

          Megan Savage           2011-12

          Julie Jefferis              2013-14

          Stephanie Frisch       2015-present


G.C.S.L. Hall of Fame Members:

         T.K. Cellar   Class of 2005

         Bill Rietz      Class of 2009