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Swimmingly® Announces Top 10 Summer Teams of 2019

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Swimmingly® is all about celebrating and promoting the grass roots level of our sport. Summer swimming is where most of us got our start in the sport and we want to highlight some incredible summer leagues, teams, and swimmers who had an amazing season!

With the 2019 Summer Season wrapped up, Swimmingly® is announcing the TOP LEAGUES, TEAMS, and SWIMMERS of the summer. *NEW* This week, we are including the TOP 10 Swimmingly® Summer TEAMS of 2019!

*This information is from teams that use the Swimmingly® app & software to run their meets and capture results. These results are based on the % of best times by swimmer throughout the 2019 season.*

Swimmingly Announces Top 10 Summer Teams of 2019

TOP 10 SUMMER TEAMS of 2019:

 

  1. Lake Forest Swim Team

League – Louisville Swim Association

Where: Louisville, KY

# of Teams: 18

Swimmingly® users since 2016

  1. 7 Hills

League – Nashville Swim League

Where: Nashville, TN

# of Teams: 20

Swimmingly® users since 2016

  1. Longpoint

League – Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association

Where: Charleston, SC

# of Teams: 20

Swimmingly® users since 2015

  1. Bella Casa

League – Tarheel Swimming Association

Where: Raleigh, NC

# of Teams: 88

Swimmingly® users since 2015

  1. Life Time Centennial Piranhas

League – Mountain-Hi Swim League

Where: Denver, CO

# of Teams: 24

Swimmingly® users since 2018

  1. Brentwood Barracudas

League – Williamson County Swim League

Where: Brentwood, TN

# of Teams: 20

Swimmingly® users since 2016

  1. Chapel Hill Country Club

League – Chapel Hill Summer Swim League

Where: Chapel Hill, NC

# of Teams: 8

Swimmingly® users since 2016

  1. Emerald Bay

League – Orange County Swim League

Where: Orange County, CA

# of Teams: 6

Swimmingly® users since 2014

  1. Waterford Waverunners

League – Man O’ War Swim Conference

Where: Lexington, KY

# of Teams: 9

Swimmingly® users since 2018

  1. River Glen

League – Suburban Swim League

Where: Indianapolis, IN

# of Teams: 7

Swimmingly® users since 2016

COMING SOON: Swimmingly® TOP SUMMER SWIMMERS of 2019

WHY SWIMMINGLY®?

Summer swimming is only possible because of the incredible parent volunteers of the thousands of leagues and teams across the country. You, the parents, are one of the big reasons that so many swimmers fall in love with swimming. Although a season can be tough for some, those hot summer pool decks, long swim meets, nachos and cotton candy, (believe it or not) is the cultivation of that passion we see in swimmers today! From learning how meets run, to your first DQ, to team camaraderie, this is the place where it all begins…

Hundreds of Summer Leagues and teams turn to Swimmingly® when they are looking for ways to:

  1. Reduce the number of volunteers
  2. Speed up and simplify their swim meets
  3. Eliminate wet, timer & DQ slips
  4. Educate parents and volunteers on the pool deck

If you don’t use touchpads to run your meets, Swimmingly® is for YOU.

Summer Swim Teams, High School Swim Teams, Year-Round Swim Teams, Developmental Programs (Year-Round), and more!

Interested in being part of the Swimmingly® community? Learn more and sign up to enjoy an Olympic Year Discount!

(Discount Expires 01/01/20)

Email: Team@swimmingly.app

Call: (866) 377-7946

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Why Volunteers Despise Swim Meets

WHY VOLUNTEERS DESPISE SWIM MEETS

Its Tuesday evening. The sun is beginning to set and you’re at your neighborhood pool volunteering at another summer swim meet. You’ve got a stopwatch in one hand, and a clipboard in the other. The only thing you want to do is watch your kids swim and go for a best time – but you’re too busy recording times, writing them down, and passing that along to another volunteer in what can only be described as a never-ending game of telephone. By the time you have a second to look up and see what’s going on, your kid is already out of the pool, ribbon in hand, and running over to you shouting that they just went a best time. As a parent, you can’t help but be as happy as that smile on their face, but also upset that you were too busy to see them swim. You give them a hug, say “GREAT JOB, BUDDY!” and hope that you won’t miss their next race.

Volunteers are some of the most important people in our sport. They are the glue that keeps the swim meet together and running efficiently. They are the HERO’s of our sport. Without volunteers, there would be no summer swimming, or competitive swimming in general. However, too often do we overlook the sacrifice that these parents agree to (knowingly or not) when they agree to volunteer for a swim meet. Not only are they providing a great service towards the team, but they are also giving up an opportunity to fully enjoy watching their kids swim and compete. Along with many other pain points of being a volunteer, it’s not hard to believe why parents might not enjoy volunteering and might just answer why many parents despise swim meets.

Timers:

They are the most common volunteer role for any swim meet. We like to call them the “Lowest Common Denominator,” because it is the go-to position. You get to chat with the other timers in your lane, get a front row seat to the meet, and maybe even copy a couple times down from your fellow timer if you accidentally missed one…Right? 😉

Unfortunately, if you ask anyone who has volunteered as a timer before, they might not have the best things to say. First things first, when you agree to be a timer, that means you have to stand… the ENTIRE meet, so NO sitting for you – many teams are a little more relaxed, we know! You’re also too busy to ever take a breath and actually watch the meet because you’re constantly recording times and passing the timer cards along. And recording times… constantly writing out times non-stop for 3 hours on a small, wet, piece of paper just screams carpal tunnel. Sorry, but this might not seem fun for any new parent volunteer coming into the sport.

Runners:

Imagine walking from Point A (the timer’s location) to Point B (the scorekeeper) back and forth, for 3 hours… with no break. That’s essentially what the runners have to do for a swim meet. They are constantly passing the times from the timer, along to the Scorekeeper where all the times are inputted manually into a computer unless you are using Swimmingly, Touchpads, Dolphin etc. It’s a never-ending game of telephone. It’s a constant relay race, except you’re the only one on the relay. The runners are too busy passing the times along to even take a quick peak at the pool and see how their kids are doing. If only there was a way to automate the transition of times from the timer to the scorekeeper…It’s okay, it’s a problem for most summer swim teams in the world. Hint, Hint…Swimmingly is the answer : )

Clerk of Course:

The position where organization meets chaos! If you aren’t familiar with this role, try to imagine organizing a massive group of children, into their correct lanes, for hours at a time – oh, and many of them are hopped up on sugar and soft drinks from the snack bar! One minute they’re sitting exactly where they’re supposed to be, the next minute they’re gone… nowhere to be found. And it’s your job to chase them down before they miss their race – Welcome to the Clerk of Course! And forget about seeing any of the actual meet. These volunteers are working in the back, far removed from the pool.

Stroke and Turn Judge:

This volunteer position isn’t all that bad, but it definitely has some down-sides. The big issue is the stack of DQ slips that each of the Stroke and Turn Judges are carrying with them across the pool. DQ slips + pool side judging = wet DQ slips. Not to mention, you get to insert the game of telephone into this role as well. How else are the DQ slips going to get to the scorekeeper that has to manually enter these in as well? Can’t be slow either…try DQ’ing the 8&Under Butterfly and Breastroke events : )

 

So what does all of this mean?

Do all volunteers actually “Despise” summer swimming? Absolutely not! Are there some volunteers that dread it? Sure. And, are there volunteers that are “USA Swimming Officials” that love every second of it? You bet. The important thing to remember is that summer swimming is fun! It’s about the kids. It’s where they get their first splash and fall in love with the sport. If you can remember that, it might even be a little more fun for YOU – The parents, volunteers, team reps, league reps etc. We all know that summer swimming is chaotic so, it’s time to embrace the chaos and have some fun!

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Testimonials

Swimmingly Testimonials

SAY YES TO FUN, SIMPLE SWIM MEETS!
“Swimmingly greatly improved our overall meet management system. Our swim meets ran faster, required less volunteers, and our swimmers could track their times. We highly recommend other teams switch to Swimmingly next summer!”
Joe Watts
Harmony Swim Team
5/5

I am very impressed with how easy this is to use via an iPhone / iPad based swim meet application. They are able to combine the Starter, Timer, Judge, Scorekeeper, and overall meet cohesiveness into one application. It was efficient, and quite flexible in incorporating swimmer changes, heat consolidations, timing, all in a paperless environment. This system is mainly used for summer league type of events and training timers, staters, and judges is very easy. I am a Stroke & Turn Judge and no paperwork was needed. It is all iPad based and very easy to use. Not to mention, it's nice to see smiles on the Starter and Timers faces. Scoring is complete right after the last heat was swum. Swimmingly makes it even easier in recruiting parents to volunteer and help with our swim meets. It is easy and efficient.

Gary Jameson

Team Rep

When Swimmingly was brought to our team I was skeptical at first. I found comfort in the ways we ran meets in the past and was worried that this new technology would cause more harm than good. All of those feelings went away after our first meet. Not only did Swimmingly substantially cut my prep time down for the meets, but our meets ran smoother and more efficient. We instantly reduced volunteers needed for the meet and parents were able to get their kids time much quicker. The Swimmingly team is extremely helpful. If they weren’t able to be at the meet, they were quick to respond to an email or phone call. Our first season working with Swimmingly really was a great experience, and I can’t imagine going back to the way we used to run our meets.

Katie Humphries

Head Coach - Lakemont

Game Changer!! The team at Swimmingly has completely changed the way we run our summer swim league. We are now more efficient and more accurate thanks to the Swimmingly app. Can't wait to see what the team has in store for 2019!

Dan Berzansky

League President - Orange County Swim League

The Swimmingly program has made the swim meet experience for the athletes, parents, and coaches so much more enjoyable. The coaches and parents can now focus more on what matters, the swimmers, because of the new timing system Swimmingly has developed. They are professional and have customer service that is second to none.

Ryan Larson

Head Coach - Orange County Swim League

“I was recently a scorekeeper for a high school dual meet yesterday run the “old fashioned” way- no touch pads, manual entry of stopwatch times into Hy-Tek. I had forgotten how time consuming and inaccurate it is to do that since we’ve run summer league with Swimmingly for so long. Would have loved to have been running the meet with Swimmingly!”
Laura Carrico
League President - Williamson County Swim League
5/5

"The system has improved our ability to get the meets get done much faster. It has helped us get our meets done before dark and everyone home at a reasonable time. Additionally, their customer service is AMAZING, and always there to help us out!"

Erika Myers

Team Rep

"The volunteers absolutely love using the app. It really helps the meets go so much faster. We no longer have to wait for the Timers to reset their watches and pass along timer slips."

Moira Mitchell

Banbury Woods Swim Team

Overall, we were pleased with Swimmingly's performance and impressed with the customer service you all provided. I know the timers appreciated the new system.

Mark H.

League Rep - TSA

"Swimmingly™ helped us save SO MUCH time, paper, and frustration! The volunteers LOVED using their own phones to time, rather than the old stopwatches."

Inga Allred

Carpenter Village Swim Team

Summer Swim Team Spotlight

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Summer Swimming’s, Simple Mobile App, HydroXphere / Meet Central™ Announces Rebrand to Swimmingly™

Cary, NC – November 7, 2019 – HydroXphere, an app and software company that runs summer swim meets, today announces a rebrand to reflect the company’s mission and vision, to make swim meets fun and simple for all.

Fun swim meets, made simple. That is what we are all about.

While HydroXphere & Meet Central are very dear to us, it is time to build upon our parent-friendly solution. We are changing to a name that encompasses how we are specifically designed for summer swimming.

Charlie Houchin, CEO and Olympic Gold Medalist, mentioned, “Over the last 5 years, HydroXphere has served as a guide at the grassroots level of swimming, making swim meets as fun as possible. Our technology is a first in the summer swimming market, solving the headaches of running a swim meet. Our app establishes a level playing field so that even the newest of swim volunteers can operate an entire swim meet. After significant growth over the last 5 years, we have reached a milestone opportunity to increase our reach and extend a fun swim meet experience to all parents, swimmers, and fans. We are confident that our rebranding will capture the user excitement and ensure that your next seasons will run Swimmingly™.”

Simply put, two names have been confusing. Swimmingly™ is easy to say, easier to remember, and embodies our brand promise – swimming is fun! Our goal is to support parent volunteers by helping them experience the essence of the word “swimmingly” during swim meets: to run smoothly and with ease.

From a long-time customer about the rebrand...

“As a swim mom of two, I have watched and volunteered at every swim meet under the sun—from USA swim meets to summer swimming. The best out there has always been Meet Central™. The shift to Swimmingly™ makes it easier to find online and explain to other swim parents. Same amazing company, same amazing meet management solution, with a streamline name…all of your meets will now run swimmingly!”
Lisa Honaker - Raleigh, NC
Mom of Two & Swim Team Volunteer

The Swimmingly™ brand further enables the company to stand out, not only from software in our market today, but also in the swimming industry at-large. The strength of swimming is in its participation and we believe that we can help grow the number of swimmers who funnel into higher levels of competitive swimming. At the end of the day, we all got our start in summer swimming. Summer swimmers, coaches and parents alike deserve the best experience possible. The grassroots level, aka “summer swimming”, is Swimmingly’s™ passionate focus. Summer swim teams and leagues will enjoy the simple and easy-to-use app that is allowing teams to run their meets in less time, with less paper, and with fewer volunteers.

Swimmingly™ will continue to develop and build simple & innovative software for the summer swimming market. Our rebranding coincides with our growth to focus on YOU, our customers and users across the country, while investing further in creating the best swim meet experience possible.

Everything will be the same, only with a new and approachable name that you can call on with confidence. Thank you for your incredible support and we look forward to talking with you in the near future!

The Swimmingly™ Logos

Swimmingly™ “S” Emblem – This logo introduces the new name while referencing Meet Central’s old water drop logo – New look, new name, same trusted app! The fluid composition and symmetry advertises the ease with which Swimmingly™ will help solve the head aches on the pool deck and make swim meets more fun and enjoyable.

Swimmingly™ Mascot – Nothing better represents summer league swimming than the proper marine mascot. We chose a Sea Lion for its playful nature – whether on land or in the water, they like to congregate in herds and play. A cute, fun, and approachable sea lion will also embody our companies’ mission: To make swim meets fun!

Font – A rounded sans serif font was selected in order to appear fun, approachable, yet up-to-date. The rounded corners and smooth letterforms match the mascot and emblem illustration style flawlessly.

About Swimmingly™:

Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and founded by Olympic Gold Medalist, Charlie Houchin, Swimmingly™ is a technology company that is making swim meets fun and simple for everyone. Swimmingly’s™ innovative app allows any swim league, swim team, or parent volunteer to run their swim meets in less time, with less paper, and fewer volunteers – all from the devices in your pocket!

For more information visit us at www.Swimmingly.app or call (866) 377-7946.

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Summer Swimming = FUN

Summer league swimming is and always will be the grass roots of prestigious swimmers. Almost every great swimmer began their journey in the sport with their local summer swim teams. However, as a swim coach for any summer swim team it is important to always remember that, more than anything else, these kids are here to have fun during their summer breaks. Do you think Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte would have kept swimming if they did not have fun? Absolutely not! Kids who participate in summer league swimming want to enjoy each other’s company, goof around with their friends, and enjoy their summer vacation. Continue reading Summer Swimming = FUN

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20 Things Swim Coaches Hear at Practice

Coaching a team of swimmers is a lot of fun, but with so many kids, you’re bound to hear the same questions and comments a few times each practice. As frustrating as it may be, they’re probably the same questions that you asked your swim coach over and over when you were younger. How many have you heard?



1. “Can you help me put my cap on?”

2. “What are we doing today?”

3. “Can we play games?” Continue reading 20 Things Swim Coaches Hear at Practice