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ABOUT US

Purpose:  Swimming for exercise, recreational, and/or competitive. Improvement of swimming skills. 

 

Membership: Members should have basic swimming knowledge and skills and be able to swim 4 lengths of freestyle without stopping. More advanced and Competitive swimmers are considered "8am" swimmers. Swimmers in this group share the responsibility of providing the workout for the 8am participants. The 8am swimmer should be able to swim 5 x 100 on a 2 minute interval with 1 -2 lanes dedicated to 2:15 & 2:30 intervals; The group generally swims the workout together.

"9:30" swimmers are focused more on fitness and generally swim fewer yards. 

 

Annual Dues: $20.00 (Subject to change)

Practices: 

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

1st group 8:00am to 9:30am,

2nd group 9:30 to 10:30, free swim 10:30 to 11:00

 

Location: 1111 S. GVR Dr (West Center Social Center – Pool)

 BOARD MEMBERS & COACHING STAFF
Dave Gamrath (President)

Dave Gamrath (President)

When I was 27, I was trying to teach myself how to swim, and a lifeguard at the local pool invited me to join something called "masters", promising me free swim lessons. I became hooked, and 36 years later, swimming remains my favorite sport, exercise, and go-to activity for all-around benefits. Ninety minute coached workouts with good friends is a great way to start the day!

Craig Shaffer (Treasurer)

Craig Shaffer (Treasurer)

I joined Swim Club 9 years ago after 40 years out of the water. Now, the Club's members and daily workouts are a big part of my daily and social life. Over the past several years, I have also been fortunate to compete in both State and National competitions.

Barb Ilse (Secretary)

Barb Ilse (Secretary)

This is my second year as secretary of GVR Swim Club. I maintain the roster and keep communication flowing. I am also part of the social committee. I grew up swimming but just for fun, I was part of a synchronized swimming in college. I still have a very graceful (but slow) swim stroke. Swimming with better form and efficiency is my goal now. I have enjoyed improving my swim strokes and appreciate the club members who have helped me improve. I truly enjoy being a part of the GVRSC!

Sam Martoni (Media Liaison & Webmaster)

Sam Martoni (Media Liaison & Webmaster)

I joined GVR swim club in 2015 having little to no swimming experience. In 2018, I palace in the top 10 at Nationals in breast stroke events and currently hold 4 AZ state records. Every year, I continue to work hard and improve my times. Swimming has become a major part of my fitness lifestyle and I look forward to making a contribution to the swim club as a board member.

Jay Tapper (Member at Large)

Jay Tapper (Member at Large)

Bio Masters Degree in Gerontology with emphasis in Exercise and Aging. Certified Personal Trainer and Ergonomist. I enjoy Open water swimming.

Terry Ludwig (9:30 Practice Coach)

Terry Ludwig (9:30 Practice Coach)

After 3 national collegiate titles in 1973, I decided it was time to get back in the water and joined the GVR Swim Club in 2015. Previous coached high school swimming in the state of Washington and recently appointed Coach/member at large for GVRSC board.

Joannie Eastridge

Joannie Eastridge

USMS Certified Coach Level 2 Joannie’s early background is in health and fitness with a Master of Science in Adapted Physical Education. Joannie has been teaching swimming to students and adults of all ages and disabilities since 1980 and is still certified as a National Adapted physical educator. Joannie also has a level 1 & 2 USMS coaching certification and adult learn to swim instructor certification in 2017.

Brad Eastridge  Former President

Brad Eastridge Former President

I've been involved in physical fitness most of my life. I wrestled in high school and 1 year in college. After serving in the Army in Viet Nam, I started running with some friends. It was a "life-saver"! I started competing in some triathlons, but was not a good swimmer. I finally decided to take swimming more seriously about 12 years ago when I joined my wife, Joannie, at Michigan Masters Swim Club. The conditioning from swimming has helped me in triathlons.

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