QV Dolphins Swim team 2013

swim team meetI signed Charlie up for Learn to Swim class with the local swim team. It was the best deal I could find and convenient. I wanted Charlie to have a “refresher” course on swimming basics since he hadn’t been in the pool since last summer. Mucho gracias to Kelly for telling me about the Quail Valley Dolphins swim team and LST classes!

I asked Charlie if he wanted to join the swim team and the answer was a resounding NO.  However, once Charlie had swum the length of the pool his swim teacher told him he now was a member of the QV Dolphin swim team! Talk about a deer in the headlights look!

My son is in love with being on the swim team. He’s already asked to join next year.


I am soooo proud of Charlie and how well he has done in the meets. Charlie is in the 7-8 year old boys group, competing against boys who have been on a swim team since they were 4 or 5 years old. At his very first meet Charlie was scheduled to swim the Individual Back stroke, despite having absolutely no clue how to do that stroke. Charlie bravely jumped in and gave it a go! He only got about 4 feet out or so before coming back in but at least he tried.

There is only 1 more swim meet left in the season. Charlie has learned the backstroke and the freestyle/crawl. Coach Patrick started teaching Charlie the breast stroke at this mornings practice. I am planning on finding some stroke classes during the fall and spring so Charlie can learn the remaining to strokes, breast and butterfly.  Next year Charlie will move up to the 9-10 year old boys group and I don’t want him to be behind.


Charlie has improved his times quite a bit in the past 6 weeks. I am so freakin’ stinkin’ proud of him!

Freestyle – 25 yards                                                                        

  • 6/6 – time trials – 40.75
  • 6/10 – 1st meet – 38.58
  • 6/17 – 2nd meet – 37.94
  • 6/24 – 3rd meet – 27.99
  • 7/1 – 4th meet – 27.04
  • 7/8 – 5th meet – 25.68

Backstroke – 25 yards

  • 2nd time trials – 57.38
  • 6/24 – 3rd meet – 40.04
  • 7/1 – 4th meet – 42.63
  • 7/8 – 5th meet – 37.41


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  1. Go Charlie! Great job!

    I wanted to tell you about R&R Aquatics in Rosenberg at the LCISD Nat by Terry HS. The website is http://www.rraquatics.org . Allison swims for them and Quinn will start in the fall. They have fall clinic, spring clinic and summer team.

    Fall clinic always starts on the first Monday of October and runs through mid-Dec. It’s only $50 for the whole fall season. They meet on Mon, Tues and Thurs from 5:30 to 6:30. You do not have to go to every practice. We usually make it twice a week.

    The spring clinic starts the first Monday in March and runs through mid-May and is also $50. For the spring, you can choose 4:30-5:30 or 5:30-6:30.

    The summer team clinic starts in May and runs through mid-July. They swim the same three nights a week until school is out and then it’s every morning. The summer costs $70. You DO NOT have to swim in the meets if you don’t want. You can still swim M-F to learn and practice.

    Allison swam like a windmill all over the place when she started clinic last fall. It’s not one-on-one instruction by any means, but their method worked for her. Charlie would probably be in Quinn’s lane since they are the same age and skill. You can try it for up to two weeks and get a full refund if you don’t like it or if it just doesn’t work out. I do know there are a lot of kids who swim for other summer teams and take the clinics in the fall and spring. He could still swim for the Dolphins. 🙂

    One more thing — he would swim the ENTIRE hour. As in, NO ONE sits on the side and waits for others. They take tiny breaks in between laps, but just long enough to hear the coach’s next instructions.

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    • Thanks for the info! I will most definitely check them out. It is a tad bit far for me, I’m in Missouri City, but doable. Certainly can’t beat the price!

      At Dolphin practice and LST everyone swims the entire hour which is nice. There isn’t one on one coaching necessarily but the age groups are small enough for extra attention when needed. Sounds very similar to what the Dolphins do now.

  2. Way to go, Charlie! That’s pretty darn awesome!
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