Overview

The swim team at Clinton Hills is a great way for kids to be active, develop skills, and make friends. All club members, ages 6 to 18 are eligible to participate. The fun of summer club swimming can lead to year-round involvement in the sport, but for most, it’s just a positive, healthy way to spend the summer.

Swim Team practice TBD

Please Note: Most team communication is conducted by email. If you would like more information or have questions, contact Datha Harrison, the team coordinator, at dolphins@clintonhills.com.

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Sign up Process & Fees

When: May 19th from 4-6pm

Fee: The fee is $55 per swimmer (plus tax), due at sign-up (this fee is in addition to your pool membership). The swim team fee covers most meet entries, including championships, food after home meets, end-of-season banquet and awards. All other swim team social events throughout the season have additional fees.

Parental Responsibility & Volunteer Information

For both home and away meets, team parents fill many important jobs that make the meet happen (for more details about meet volunteer jobs, see the link to the swim team handbook under Information and Forms).

  • Shifts: Each family is asked to work AT LEAST 3 shifts during the regular season and one shift during championships.
  • Supervise: This is very important, parents are expected to supervise their children at all meets. The clerk of course, volunteers, and parent helpers assist the 8 and under swimmer to the start of their events, but neither they nor the coaches are babysitters.  Please help to make sure your swimmer is ready to swim.
  • Social Events: Parents are asked to lead team social events like the opening potluck, overnight, bowling outing and banquet.

SignupGenius.com is used to streamline the process. Volunteer information is also provided at the suit-up event in May 20th.

Head Coach

Will Berlage

My name is Will Berlage and I am 19.
I have over 12 years of swimming experience.  I started my swimming career in the SOSL, swimming with Coney Island.  I swam for two club swim clubs in my swimming career, roughly half with Mariemont Aquatic Club and half with the Mercy Healthplex Seawolves.  I graduated from Walnut Hills in 2018, participating on their varsity and junior high teams my 6 years there. I was a captain my senior year. I am still swimming- competing on the varsity team at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Along with meeting expectations in communication, lineup management, and helping swimmers improve, I also hope to draw more kids onto the team and keep them swimming. I have a few ideas for this, but I don’t have any plans to make dramatic changes. I plan on discussing the best potential strategies in achieving this with my assistants.

I am excited to get to work with the entire community at the Clinton Hills Swim Club.

Assistant Swim Coach

Grace Sublett

Grace Sublett will be joining Clinton Hills this year as an assistant swim team coach.  Grace has been competitively swimming for eleven years and is currently finishing her sixth and final season with the Mercy Healthplex Sea Wolves.  She has been part of the SOSL program for twelve years, she swam for the Coney Island Aquanauts for ten years before switching to Clinton Hills last summer.  Grace is very excited to be able to join the CHSC coaching staff and can’t wait to see what this summer brings.

Assistant Swim Coach

Esme Wright

My name is Esme Wright and I am 17. I have been swimming for 11 years. I started my swimming career at Clinton Hills when I was 6. I started club swimming when I was 9 for Mariemont Aquatic Club.  I started swimming for Mercy HeathPlex Sea Wolves when I was 13 and have been swimming there ever since.  I am a junior at Walnut Hills and I currently swim on the varsity team. I have been an apprentice at CHSC for 3 years.

I currently lifeguard and teach swim lessons at CHSC.

All About Meets

Our team is part of the Southern Ohio Swim League (SOSL). We compete in the “A” division with Milford, Mariemont, Coney, and Phillips. Meets are held on either “at home” or “away” on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings, and they usually last about four hours.

Home Meets!

Clinton Hills hosts several home meets each year:

Home Meet Schedule:

5:15 pm: Clinton Hills swimmers arrive.
5:30 pm: Swimmer warm-ups; parents signed up to work check-in with the volunteer coordinator.
6:30 pm: Meet begins.

The Meet Lineup:
Is posted on the wall between the restrooms, so you and your child(ren) copy down the events they are swimming. For quick reference, many people write the event, heat and lane numbers on swimmer’s arm using a Sharpie marker. Heat sheets listing all meet entries are also available for sale.

Swim Meet Concessions:
Each family is asked to provide a baked good or other snacks (can be store-bought) for sale at the concessions. Suggestions are cupcakes, brownies, Rice Krispie treats, or individual portions of cut fruit or pasta salad.

The “After-Party”:
When the meet is over, Clinton Hills swimmers are served hot dogs and chips at the concession stand.

Away Meets!

Clinton Hills Swim Team also travels to a number of Away Swim Meets each season.

Away Meet Schedule:

5:45 pm: Clinton Hills swimmers arrive and find Clinton Hills “team area.”
6:00 pm: Clinton Hills swimmer warm-ups; parents signed up to work check-in with the volunteer coordinator.
6:30 pm: Meet begins.

The Meet Lineup:
Is posted near the team area, so you and your child(ren) copy down the events they are swimming for your reference and Sharpie tattooing.

The “After-Party”:
When the meet is over, Clinton Hills swimmers are invited to gather at a restaurant like LaRosa’s or Skyline. A parent volunteer calls ahead to let the restaurant know and may collect money to place an advance order from families who choose to participate.

All club members, ages 6 to 18 are eligible to participate on the swim team.