Competitive Swimming Continues to Grow in Citrus

July 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Competitive Swimming Continues to Grow in Citrus
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Competitive Swimming Continues to Grow in Citrus

CRYSTAL RIVER-  This past Friday, July 7th three competitive swim teams, the Sun Coast Swim Team and the newly formed PYP Lecanto YMCA Swim Team, along with the PYP Spring Hill YMCA Swim team came together to compete in a local developmental meet at the Bicentennial Pool at the Bicentennial Park in Crystal River.  Seventy swimmers ranging in age from 6 years old to 19 years old, and their families spent the evening cheering on new and veteran swimmers.

The starting official for the meet was someone significant to competitive swimming in Citrus County, Capt. Thomas T. Holme, USN () who founded both the Sun Coast Swim Team and the Crystal River High School swim teams.

This meet was the first ever for about a third of the swimmers that competed said Sun Coast Swim Team president and meet director, Thomas Kennedy.  Head coach for the PYP Lecanto YMCA Swim Team, Tas Pepito said, “Our first time parents were extremely impressed with the organization and how the meet was run.”  Pepito went on to say, “a wonderful first time experience for our swimmers”.

These Developmental meets are used by the coaches and swimmers as practice meets to teach the new swimmers what official swim meets are like and it gives veteran swimmers an opportunity to get updated times in a competition environment prior to upcoming meets.  At this meet hosted by the Sun Coast Swim Team the swimmers get the experience underwater touchpads to touch when finishing their races, digital timing clock and lots of cheering friends and family.  Coaches at this meet get detailed computer results with lap split times.

Sun Coast Swim Team head coach William Wells said, “this is the type of meet experiences our swimmers need locally to continue to improve the athletic talent in Citrus County”.  Wells who Coached at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky and for the well-respected Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club, went on to say, “competitive swimming is really growing in Citrus County and it is great to see so many coming out to participate in competitive swimming in Citrus County”.

In the last two decades, well over 30 swimmers from Citrus County have gone on to swim in colleges at NCAA Division I, II, and III levels.

Sun Coast Swim Team will be hosting another meet on August 4th at the Bicentennial Park Pool.

SCST gets visit from Olympian

July 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on SCST gets visit from Olympian
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Today the Sun Coast Swim Team got an extra special treat as Gemma Spofforth, two time Olympic swimmer (2008 & 2012) and current World Record holder in the 100 backstroke visited with some of the swimmers at the Bicentennial Pool in Crystal River, Florida.

Spofforth is currently a guidance counselor in Levy county schools and is interested in working with swimmers and athletes in the area.

SCST is excited with the prospect of Spofforth working with our swimmers.  Spofforth is not only an international swimming sensation, but she is also a successful student and mental health counselor.  Working with athletes to assist them in being successful in athletics and in life.


The follow is a biography of Spofforth from Wikipedia:

Gemma Mary Spofforth (born 17 November 1987) is an English former competition swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. Spofforth is the current world record-holder and former world champion in the 100-metre backstroke, and won a total of eight medals in major international championships.

Spofforth was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, England. She had pancreatitis in 2005, taking a year in and out of the water undecided on plans to continue swimming. This was a turning point in her career as she finished up at Portsmouth High School. Her decision on where to attend university rested on whether she would continue swimming.

Spofforth represented 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, coming fourth in the 100-metre backstroke, four one-hundredths of a second (0.04) behind bronze medalist Margaret Hoelzer.  She also came ninth in the 200-metre backstroke.

At the 2009 World Aquatic Championships in Rome, she took the gold medal in the 100-metre backstroke, in a world record time of 58.12 seconds.  Spofforth broke the 100-metre Backstroke world record on her way to winning her first world title in Rome, her time of 58.12 erased previous record holder Anastasia Zuyeva time of 58.48 set in the semi finals of the event.

Spofforth accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she swam for coach Gregg Troy‘s Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 2007 to 2010. During her four seasons of American college swimming, she won seven NCAA national championships, including three titles in the 100-yard backstroke (2008, 2009, 2010), three in the 200-yard backstroke (2007, 2008, 2009), and one in the 200-yard freestyle relay (2010), and was a key contributor to the Gators winning the NCAA national team championship in 2010. She received eleven All-American honours and four All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selections, was a two-time SEC champion, and set two SEC records.

She was a member of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic team, and competed in the 100-metre backstroke event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she achieved fifth place in 59.20 seconds. After the 2012 Olympics, Spofforth announced her retirement from competitive swimming


April 28, 2017 by · Comments Off on SIGN UP FOR SWIM LESSONS!!!
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Citrus County Parks & Recreation is offering American Red Cross Swimming Lessons this summer at TWO locations, Bicentennial Pool, Crystal River and the Central Ridge Pool, Beverly Hills.

COST: Swim lessons are $30 a session per child.

REGISTRATION: To register your child, you must come to Bicentennial Park Pool to fill out the necessary paperwork and pay before the first day of classes. Your registration in the program will not be confirmed until payment in full has been received. All payments are expected at registration.
*The American Red Cross is offering scholarships for lessons to those who qualify. Please call for more information.*

Follow this link for Information on lessons as the Bio Pool –
Follow this link for Information on lessons as the Central Ridge Pool –

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