Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Want to swim with Olympians and Division I coaches??? SWIM ACROSS AMERICA OLYMPIC CLINIC AT GRANITE FALLS!!!

Good Morning TSA!

Join the Granite Falls Olympic Clinic: It seems like almost everybody's life has been touched by cancer somehow and that is why we are swimming to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment on July 13th, hosted by the Granite Falls and Meredith Townes swim teams. Take part in a 90 minute technical swim clinic with some of the USA's top swimmers. This may be the most star-studded swim clinic the Triangle has ever seen!
Special Guests: Olympians Elaine Breeden, Charlie Houchin, Chloe Sutton, Alex Rousseau and Dan Velez will be in attendance, as well as World Champion Ashley Twichell and Tennessee Head Coach Matt Kredich.
Funds will go to the Swim Across America charity and locally toward Dr. Cavanagh's Research Lab at NC State University!
Date and Location:
Sunday, July 13th @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club
800 Granite Falls Boulevard
Rolesville, NC                                
Visit our website for registration and details.
Please contact Bex Hughes or Dan Velez with any questions.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lane lines available

The Durant Trails Typhoons have four used lane ropes (25 yards, blue and white pattern, reasonable condition) available for sale or to give away.  We would rather not simply dispose of them at the dump, but we don't have space to store them.  We are also looking to purchase a used storage reel if anybody has one for sale.  If interested please contact Caroline Pruden (919-538-4530).  Thank you!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Approved Stroke and Turn Judges

Hello TSA Reps -

I hope everyone is gearing up and ready for a great summer swim season with the Tarheel Swimming Association!

I wanted to pass on to you that the 2014 list of approved Stroke and Turn judges is available here

The spreadsheet will be updated throughout the season, so if you have any updates or changes, please email them to

When sending updates, please remember to list:

  • Stroke and Turn judge name
  • What club they represent
  • Where they are certified (USA Swimming, NCHSAA, etc), and their certification number.
Please take some time to look over the spreadsheet to ensure that your club and judges are accurately listed.  There are a number of clubs who currently do not have any certified Stroke and Turn officials.  It is important for every club to have certified Stroke and Turn officials. If your club does not have any, you can still get them certified online at  Prior to each Tuesday’s meet, I will update the list with any additional certifications for people who have passed the online certification.

Best of luck for a great 2014 season!

Fast water,
Todd Blandford

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pool Professionals Scholarship Application Now Available

Do you know a recent high school graduate who has been an outstanding volunteer coach? A great role model for your younger swimmers? A terrific asset to your team?

Encourage them to apply for the Pool Professionals Scholarship. TSA's partner Pool Professionals offers two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors (one for a female, one for a male). 

A downloadable Word doc application can be found on the TSA website. The application deadline is July 1st. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Marlins of Raleigh FREE Stroke Doctor Clinics

Summer league teams wishing to have coaches from the Marlins of Raleigh year-round swim team visit and conduct a free stroke clinic with your swimmers should contact Coach Billy Thorne and MOR will send a coach out to your pool.  Swimmers will have fun while learning to improve their skills.  Prizes available.  We are in the process of scheduling clinics now, so sign up soon while spaces remain available.  We are also looking for any part-time coaches this Fall who may be interested in continuing to coach.  Contact Paul Silver at 919-851-3000 if interested.