Virginia Gators of Harrisonburg

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Jolanthe Erb (Director of Operations)

We'd like to introduce a new(er) face on deck for our Age Group and Junior Development swimmers. Louis Johnson initially joined the Virginia Gators of Harrisonburg coaching staff a few weeks prior to COVID shutting everything down in March 2020 and re-joined us on deck in April 2021. How long were you a swimmer? I swam competitively for 9 years, from age eleven to age twenty. I’ve been swimming mostly recreationally since then, doing a few club swim meets here and there. Where did you grow up and where did...

Jolanthe Erb (Director of Operations)

Gators Give Back team (not all pictured) The Virginia Gators of Harrisonburg joined with the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department on June 12th to help prepare the Dream Come True Playground for re-opening. The playground has been closed since March of 2020, so over the course of the last year (and a bit), the facilities needed some sprucing up: mulching, painting, removal of debris, and cleaning of the equipment. From Brian Mancini, Acting Director of Harrisonburg Parks and Rec: Sixteen of our swimmers (from ages 5 and up), along with...

Jolanthe Erb (Director of Operations)

2021 Andrew Hartle Invitational Meet - Long Course From June 4 - June 5, twenty-nine of our swimmers traveled to Greensboro, NC for the Andrew Hartle Invitational Meet (long course) - a great team turnout from ages 5-18! This was a new-to-our-team long course meet held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Our 29 swimmers swam a total of 163 events over the course of 2 days. 46 of these races were first time swims. This meet was probably most exciting for our parents, since it was the first in-stand meet...

Jolanthe Erb (Director of Operations)

It's been a few months since we've shared a newsletter, but we have some highlights from the last few months in our May 2021 edition. You can read the full newsletter HERE, or put your eyesight to the test and squint to read below. :) Either way, there are upcoming events, a great note from Coach Scot about long course, and links to recent meet results in case you've missed them. Jolanthe

Jolanthe Erb (Director of Operations)

2021 HOKI May Day Invitational Meet - Long Course From April 30 - May 2, twenty-three of our swimmers traveled to Christiansburg, VA for the HOKI May Day Invitational Meet (long course) - a great team turnout from ages 5-18! This is the first long course meet we have had in almost two years. Our 23 swimmers swam a total of 154 events, including finals. 33 of these races were first time swims. For our older swimmers who were competing against the VT swim team - way to hang in...

Rick Erb

We started the day with a goal to raise $3,000, but our BIG goal was to have the most donors from 1-2pm. As a team, we unlocked the $1,750 prize we were hoping for with our 110+ donors! You all did AMAZING! The BEST part of today was knowing that as a community, the Great Community Give raised over $1.7 MILLION for 100+ local non-profits. That's truly overwhelming to know what a difference that will make in our community as a whole! After all is totaled, our team raised $4,596.88....

Jolanthe Erb (Director of Operations)

2021 ISCA International Senior Cup and ISCA East Elite Showcase From March 23 - March 27 and March 30 - April 3, nine of our swimmers (one senior and eight 14/under) traveled to warm and sunny (well, most days!) Florida to wrap up their short course season. While not enjoying the nearby sandy beaches, they were on deck participating in a busy meet. There were 9 swimmers swimming a total of 78 events, 17 who made new cuts. 10/under Swimmers: Jed Gorby (9) 11-12 Swimmers: Sadie Deeble (11 ), Lila...

Jolanthe Erb (Director of Operations)

2021 SwimRVA Shamrock Showcase - Senior Meet From March 26 - March 28, five of our senior swimmers traveled to Richmond, VA for a final local meet of the short course season. There were 5 swimmers swimming a total of 18 events, 7 who made best times. 13-14 Swimmers: Davis Hinkle (13) and Julia Dunham (14) 15 & Older Swimmers: Sarah Dunham (15), Dylan King (15), and Cole Martin (15) One swimmer, Sarah Dunham, made finals in two events, placing 6th in both the 50 Free and the 100 Back....

Rick Erb

2020-21 Virginia Swimming Short Course Age Group Championships From March 11-14, nine of our swimmers traveled to Liberty University for the Virginia Swiming Short Course Age Group Championships. Age Group Championships was a split meet this year with half of the State swimming at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and the other half swimming at the Jeff Rouse Center in Stafford, VA. We had 9 swimmers swim in 41 events at the Liberty location. 9-10 Swimmers: Eliza Hewitt (9) 11-12 Swimmers: Lila Gorby (12), James Hewitt (11), Alison Hooke (12),...

Rick Erb

2020-21 VA Swimming Short Course Championship Meet From March 4 - March 7, thirteen of our senior swimmers braved choppy waters and cold outdoor temps in Richmond, VA to put the cap on a very interesting year for the Virginia Swimming short course season! It was a weekend full of back and forth travel between pools, last minute changes, and we apppreciate the flexibility of all our families. There were 13 swimmers who made cuts and swam a total of 53 events. 13-14 Swimmers: Molly Beckwith (14), Julia Dunham (14)...