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EDITED: Parent Meetings for The Ellis Aquatics Summer USA Club of Tracy

posted Feb 14, 2011, 12:09 PM by Pat Windschitl   [ updated Jul 29, 2011, 1:17 PM ]
Parent meetings for the Ellis Summer season are going to be on the West High School Pool deck at 5:30PM on FRIDAY Feb. 18th and Wednesday Feb. 23rd.

To all our swim families,

As some of you may have heard we (Coaches Clay Basepayne and Pat Windschitl) have chosen not to return this season to Dolphins but instead are running a USA Summer Swim Club in Tracy. Our decision was not based on any disagreement with our wonderfully supportive Dolphins Program, but on the advantages offered by USA swimming for our local athletes with meets and practices.

With USA swim meets athletes are encouraged to try a variety of events, ranging from the 100 IM and 50 Freestyle sprints to the 400 IM and 500 Freestyle distance races. This helps athletes escape the 50 yard mentality of recreation swimming while allowing them to discover which events work best for them as they train towards becoming competitive high school and college athletes.

During the summer the coaches will be attending two USA swim meets each month, with most meets ending before 3PM. A coach will also accompany all swimmers attending qualifier meets such as the Junior Olympics and Far Westerns.

In order to allow our team to stay as competitive and structured as possible we are limiting space during the March 1st-July 31st Summer Session to 100 athletes. Practice groups will train from 1 to 2 hours (depending on group) Monday through Saturday in the consistently heated West High pool. We plan on running optional dry-land workouts after the school semester.

Parent meetings are this Friday, (February 18th) and on Wednesday, February 23rd. Both will be on the West High pool deck at 5:30PM. Merrill West High School is located at 1775 West Lowell Avenue, in Tracy, CA 95376. Swimmers who are interested but who have not previously swam on a team can try out during these times.

Email us ASAP to save your swimmers a spot as space is filling up quickly. For more information please email a coach or visit and click on Ellis Summer Swim on the side bar. Make sure to ask the coaches about discounts for all dual Ellis Aquatics/Ellis Water Polo athletes and discounts for parents who become USA meet officials.

Thank you for all your time and support,

-Coaches Clay Basepayne and Pat Windschitl