Riverwood Ray Swim Team Sign Up Now Open



For the purpose of giving our interested students and members of FSC Athletic clubs an opportunity to take an initial step into competitive swimming, we are running the summer swim team, Riverwood Rays.

Who is eligible? Any member of the FSC Athletic clubs ages 5-18 who can swim close to 15 yards of freestyle.

What’s involved for the swimmers? The swim team season will last approximately eight weeks from May 28th to July 21st. The team will compete in the Tarheel Swimming Association. The swim meets will be held on Tuesday nights starting June 11th and meets will start at 6pm, and all home meets will be at the Riverwood Athletic Center. Team members will show up to the pool approximately 1 hour prior to the start of the meet for warmups and meet setup. Meets last about 3 hours.

Practices for swimmers will be conducted at Riverwood Athletic Club mostly in the evenings. While school is still in: Tuesday 28th. 7:45-8:45pm All Ages; Wednesday 29th 7:45-8:45pm 10 and unders; Thursday 30th 7:45-8:45pm 11-18 yr olds; Friday 31st 7:00-8:00pm 9:00-10:00am All Ages;


SUMMER SCHEDULE Monday 6:15-7:15pm 10 and under, 7:15-8:15pm 11-18 yr olds; Tuesdays Meets; Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm ALL; Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm 10 and under, 7:15-8:15pm 11-18 yr olds; Fridays 8:00-9:15am ALL. These practices will allow team members the opportunity to learn racing starts, turns, develop endurance, refine stroke technique and meet new best friends.

Team caps: Team swim caps are required to be worn at all swim meets by the TSA this year. If you wear a cap in a meet it must be a Riverwood Rays swim cap. Caps can be purchased from Scott or Ed for $5 at the Riverwood office and one of the coaches will have some for sale at the meets.

Parent Involvement: Parents MUST be involved in helping conduct the swim meets. One parent of each child will be required to help with scoring, timing, marshalling or officiating as well as set up and clean-up of the home meets. We will train you to do all of the jobs and pre-meet sign-ups will be required. Information will be sent out in May about signing up through Sign Up Genius(or like program) for all meets. Parents provide the transportation to all swim meets.

Riverwood Rays Fees: $99 for all 14 and under swimmers and $40 for all 15-18 year olds. This pays for the coaching, 6 dual meets and all practices and end of year celebration. It does not pay for suits, goggles or caps. Families with 3 or more swimmers on the team will receive the following discount: 1st swimmer $99; 2nd $99; 3 or more swimmers $79 ea. (15 and older swimmers are the last swimmers counted)

REGISTRATION: You must register online at www.HLSwimAcademy.com and click on the registration button, fill out the information info and register. Your credit card or bank account will be charged the appropriate amount within a week of registering.


Coach Andrew Johnson’s Bio


Andrew Johnson will be the newest addition to the Riverwood Rays. He will be filling the position of Head Coach. Andrew’s history with swimming is vast, which makes him a great candidate to help improve upon the already successful Riverwood Rays program.

Andrew started his career swimming the Summer Team: Glen Laurel Gators, learning the fundamentals of swimming and team building. He then moved on to swimming with the Marlins of Raleigh (5 years) and the Clayton High Comets. Before moving on to college he assisted the same Glen Laurel Gators team he began with. The skills he learned from swimming with MOR made him the right person to become the head technique coach at 17.

After, MOR and the Glen Laurel Gators, was his next venture as a D1 Swimmer with the East Carolina Pirates. He received a 4 year athletic scholarship to swim the 200/100 Breaststroke and the 200 Individual Medley. He used what he learned with MOR and the new coaching techniques of ECU to improve upon his abilities and significantly grow as a swimmer. He won the most improved swimmer award from ECU as a freshman and went on to improve his times in the 100 and 200 Breast stroke to put his stamp on the All Time Top Ten list for both events. In his final season with East Carolina he finished third in the now, American Athletic Conference Championship Meet.

He currently enjoys teaching youngsters the important life lesson of swimming within the H&L Swim Academy. “It has always been a passion of mine to help kids who are frightened of the water or who have trouble just keeping their heads above it, and giving them the knowledge and courage to join a team like the Riverwood Rays and compete with others.”

Andrew knows the impact that summer league swimming has had on his career and on his life as a whole. He is excited for the chance to pass that on to the next generation of swimmers trying to improve, and have fun within the sport of swimming. “I am looking forward to the summer and the ability to help an organization that is already successful. With help of H&L Swim Academy and the parents involved with the Riverwood Rays, I am excited to meet all of the swimmers and coach them through this upcoming season. Let’s all get ready to work hard and go fast. We will learn together, improve together, and have fun together.”

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