Swim Team 2016

The Downs Swim Devilrays Swim Team is comprised of approximately 85 swimmers ranging in age from four to 18, with a pretty even split between boys and girls.  The Downs team participates in one of three divisions of the Greater Annapolis Swim League.  The Devilrays practice on weekday afternoons during the season which runs from Memorial Day through the end of July.  They compete in five regular season meets against other Annapolis area teams such as:  Hunt Meadow, Walden, South River Colony and Admiral Heights.  There are three Championship meets at the end of the season – Bronze, Silver and Gold – to accommodate all levels of competitive swimming, from novice to those with substantial club swimming experience.

The swim team provides a wonderful opportunity for neighborhood children and their families to get to know each other and give back to the community.  Each season the team hosts a swim-a-thon to benefit local charities such as Food Link, Wellness House and Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis.  On Friday nights after practice, the team holds a “pep rally” and potluck cookout that lasts until pool closing.  As well the team holds an annual awards banquet, Summerfest, which is the culminating event of the summer season and provides yet another opportunity for fun and camaraderie for swim team members and their families.

Important Information for the 2016 Season

Calling all swimmers ages 4 to 18!  The Downs Devilrays summer swim season is about to begin.  Now that Spring is in the air, it's time to think about summer swim team!   Below are some important dates, so please mark your calendars!  If you have any questions, please email Alie Vannoy (acvannoy@gmail.com) or Stacy Skalski (sskalski@naspweb.org).

I.                    PARENT MEETING

An organizational meeting for parents will be held Friday, April 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the home of Randy and Stacy Skalski, 1707 Westminster Way.  Please RSVP to Stacy so she knows how many parents to expect sskalski@naspweb.org.

II.                    REGISTRATION

Registration will be held on Sunday, April 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Downs Community Clubhouse (back patio if the weather allows).  CY's Swimming will be there as usual to sell team swim suits, caps, goggles and other swimming accessories.  Please bring your checkbooks.   

III.                   ABILITY

We recognize that often the stress of swimming a full length of the pool in practice and competition is too much for our younger swimmers and that this type of stress can take away from the enjoyment of summer swim team.  Beginning with this summer season, we are planning to have two categories of swimmers registered with the swim team: competitive and developmental swimmers. Competitive swimmers will have demonstrated the ability to independently swim at least one length of our pool in practice and these swimmers will be entered in weekly swim meet events. Developmental swimmers are those that are not able to swim at least one length of the pool without closer supervision and support from instructors or parents. We are currently exploring options as to how our program can better grow the skills and confidence of all swimmers and we encourage you to stay tuned for more information about exciting new opportunities coming this summer.    

 IV.                  PRACTICE 

Swim team practice will start on Tuesday, May 31 at the Downs Pool and will take place on weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. through July 31.

 Team Practice Schedule:

 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. - ages 11 and up

 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. - ages 7 to 10

 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - ages 6 and under

Stroke Clinics Schedule:

Stroke clinics will be held from 3:30 to 4pm beginning in June.  Look for more information soon for specifics of what days.

 V.                  COMPETITION SCHEDULE

We do not know, yet, against which teams we will swim, but the following are the dates for summer planning purposes. Swim meets will take place:

  • June 11 (Blue/Green meet)
  • June 18
  • June 25
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
Medal meets will be held on the following dates:
  • July 27 - BRONZE
  • July 30 - SILVER
  • July 31 - GOLD

Remember, the Friday before a regularly scheduled meet is always a pep rally starting at 6 p.m.  Be on the lookout for reminders and to RSVP your head count.