Sanford Squids add new coaches, new programs

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

The Sanford Squids Swim Team recently added two new coaches, Ashley Long and Cameron Cole, as well as several new youth and adult programs including a masters swimming team and a triathlon training program. The new coaches, new swimming programs and the team's 2014-15 swim meet schedule will be officially introduced at the Squids' fall membership drive scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Quail Ridge Pool.

Anyone interested in joining the Squids or receiving more information on one of the swim teams, training programs or swim lessons is invited to attend.

Long is the new junior coach for the Squids and will oversee swim lessons and work with the masters swim program.

She started her swimming career at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia before joining the Southern Lee High School swim team and the Sanford Squids when her family moved to Sanford. This past summer, Long coached the Benington-Farrington Barracudas from the Greater Knoxville (Tenn.) Area Interclub Swimming Association, the largest summer league swim program in the nation.

The Junior Squids have been divided into subgroups to better meet the swimmers' skill level and abilities. Swimmers ages 8 and under will practice from 4-5 p.m. Ages 9-13 will practice from 5-6 p.m.

The Squidlet Group is open to swimmers wanting to learn the basic skills associated with competitive swimming including the four strokes and the racing dive.

Squidlets 1 is open to swimmers at least six years old and instruction will focus on improving the four strokes while starting to build endurance, strength and coordination.

Squidlet 2 requires swimmers to be at least seven years old and focuses on continued stroke improvement while building endurance. Swimmers will be encouraged to participate in swim meets as a measure of their improvement.

The Squidlet Junior Team is tailored for swimmers at least eight years old and is the most advanced with swimmers being introduced to dry land training to increase stamina and fitness while still assisting swimmers in achieving mastery of all four competitive swim strokes.

Master swimmers Lewis Fadely and Luke Van Donsel will continue as the Senior Squids team coaches for swimmers in middle and high school.

Coach Long will also oversee swim lessons which are available as group or private lessons and are open to all levels and ages of swimmers with fees varying depending on the number of and length of sessions. Every effort will be made to ensure swimmers of similar ages and abilities are grouped together.

The Sanford Squids participate in the Lee County Educator’s Passport Program, providing teachers and school staff a 10 percent discount on all swim lessons and swim team registration fees.

Cole will oversee the Squids' new triathlon training program while working with Long in offering a masters swim team and assisting with lessons. Cole is a Sanford Squid and Lee County High swim team alumnus.

Triathlon training will be offered from 9 a.m.-12:20 p.m. on Saturdays to athletes 13 and older. The program will spend equal time focusing on swimming, biking and running. Participants may sign up for one, two or three Saturdays a month with each session costing $25.

The masters team will be open to anyone 20 years old or older who's interested in competing or practicing in a competitive atmosphere. Practices will be 7-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with the swimmers selecting practices which best fit their schedules. The fee starts at $60 with an additional $10 added for each additional practice that is attended.

The Sanford Squid Swim Team is a licensed USA Swimming organization and all programs are sanctioned through USA Swimming. For further information, please contact Long at (919) 895-2081 or Cole at (919) 356-7325.