This year, with funding from the Heisman Trophy Youth Development Fund in New York, we are opening several Middle School Swimmer Scholar programs. This week we opened our first program at Columbia Secondary School in partnership with the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood. Happily, we also have hired our first Trident graduate, Johanly Sepulveda as the head coach of that program! Johanly loves teaching and coaching inner city kids to love the water, especially in the same way he began his swimming career at our George Washington High School campus.
For the first few years of the girl's PSAL team at GW, numbers hovered at around 10 but this year we have a big team that opened it's season with a strong win at their opening meet!
The Great Relay LA will take place at the Culver City Plunge on Saturday, October 14th from 10 - 2...refreshments to follow at the City Tavern!
The Great Relay NYC will take place at Columbia University Dodge Aquatics Center, Sunday November 19th from 9 - 1pm...post swim refreshments to follow at The Heights!
Finishing up their first whole season, Echo Park's program met with the second year of Inglewood's program. Although they live in LA, many don't make it to the beach, and before they joined the Swimmer Scholar programs, they weren't water safe. Now they can enjoy the beach and the water over the summer!
Throughout each year, Trident asks our Swimmer Scholar graduates to come back and talk about their experiences at college. During this year's end-of-year party at Pier i Cafe on the Hudson River, three graduates came and spoke.
Yaya Toure talked about his freshman year at SUNY New Paltz and how he became ineligible for the swim team for a quarter when he lost focus on his grades - and then spoke about how he refocused and remembered everything Trident had taught him to get his grades up so he could swim again next year.
Jeffrey Mena spoke about his graduation from Binghamton University as an Electrical Engineer, and how Trident's discipline enabled him to succeed in such a tough environment throughout his college career.
Finally, Andres Rodriguez spoke about his first year at SUNY Potsdam, swimming on the team, and how important studying every day had been for him.
It was a great end of our 8th year in NYC and always wonderful to see graduates from different years come back! Big thanks to Lee Berman and Co-founder Kristin Gary for putting together a great event, and coaches Rob Garcia and Olga Kolvalkova and teacher Bethany Webber for doing such a great job with the kids this year! Finally, thank you to Aquatics Director Ray Miller for steering the swim program in his first year with Trident - the results were incredible!
Congratulations to the Inglewood Swimmer Scholars for completing their first ever high school swim season. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the team, Coach Orion Young and Program Director Patrick Bridges, the team did well in its first dual meet season and everyone dropped a lot of time. Above, some of the team heads off to the championship meet!
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