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Competition Dates

Aug 9 - 16, 2014
Gay Games 9
Cleveland, OH, USA

Aug 13 - 17, 2014
USMS Summer Nationals
(Long Course Meters)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD, USA

Apr 23 - 26, 2015
USMS Spring Nationals (SCY)
San Antonio, TX, USA

News Splash Pride Edition – June 26, 2014

Seattle Pride 2010

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Pride Parade: Thank you to everyone who purchased suits and who will be marching in Seattle’s 40th annual Pride Parade. If anyone is still on the fence about participating, please join us by going to our website and buying a suit. There’s still time. It’s a lot of fun and you won’t even have to get up early. We are meeting at 11:30am. Everyone on the team is welcomed to well-wish us in the staging area. We are near the “Leather and Fetish” contingent and “All Pilgrims Church” contingent so there will be opportunities to both sin and atone. Pride suits should be available for pickup at practice this Friday. An email with full details will go out tomorrow to all those participating.

Pride Fest: If you are not marching, please considering manning the Orca table at Seattle Center. Those of us marching will not be able to get to the table until 2pm. I really need bodies for 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. This is our biggest recruitment opportunity of the year. The team needs you! Our booth is on the roof of Fisher Pavilion (in the center, to the north). Please stop by even if you can’t stay.

POOL SCHEDULE:  The Seattle University pool  is closed for Independence day from July 3 (Thursday) to July 6 (Sunday).  We are back at full schedule on July 7th (Monday).

OPEN WATER SWIMMING:   Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15pm.   Join the Orca Open Water swimmers on Wednesday July 2nd at 6pm for a wetsuit demo from Tyler Clark of Blue Seventy at Madison Park Beach.  Try on wetsuits, learn about design and function, and potentially take home a new pair of goggles.  Email with questions.  Don’t forget to sign up for the open water race!!!

NEXT BOARD MEETING:   July 16th (Wednesday) at Seattle University at 6:00pm (before practice)  Conference room to follow.  This may change. 

LIFE GUARD VOLUNTEERING WITH CAMP TEN TREES:  We have been asked to see if there are any volunteers from the Orca team that are OR could become certified Life Guards and volunteer for Camp Ten Trees.  Camp Ten Trees offers summer camp sessions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth, and a week for children and youth of LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families. Each year, Camp Ten Trees looks for a team of enthusiastic, skilled, and youth-focused volunteers to serve as cabin counselors, specialists, medical team members, kitchen crew, and more! In particular, for 2014, we are in need of certified lifeguards for each camp session.

The following is a brief message from Brennon Ham to the team:

“Lifeguarding is something most people do when they’re teenagers, right?  Well, camp gives you a chance to circle back to that and have some fun empowering youth and keeping them safe.  I hope some of you will consider taking on this amazing opportunity.  Camp can get you connected with upcoming trainings and help cut costs for those trainings.  I promise it’s the greatest and most rewarding experience you’ll have all year.  If folks have questions, you can direct them to the Camp Director Cori  or to me.

Contact captains@orcaswimteam is you are interested in volunteering with Camp Ten Trees.


GAY GAMES:  Registration is open for the Gay Games at

FAT SALMON:  Registration is now open.   The swim date is July 19th.

ORCA OPEN WATER SWIM:  Registration is now open:    The swim date is July 27th and there are two swims, 1 mile and 2 miles.  Portions of the registration will help benefit Seattle Area Support Groups (SASG).

LAKE WASHINGTON WATER TEMP:  64 degrees F. (dropped a couple degrees this week).

Happy 30th Birthday Orca Swim Team!

News Splash – June 18, 2014

PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE !!!!:  The deadline for ordering your Pride suits is this Friday!!!!!!  Order at the website: This is a great way to celebrate Pride month and it is high exposure (literally and figuratively). Please show your pride and support for the team. Please contact Scott B.if you can

POOL SCHEDULE:  Workouts start back up  on Monday (6/23).   A heads up, the pool will also be closed from July 3 to the 6th for Independence Day.

FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR:  As promised, we will be having a Happy Hour this Friday!  Since Front Runner’s is having a  Happy Hour at The Purr, we decided to join their festivities.  It will be this Friday from 6 to 9pm.

THIRD QUARTER:   The new quarter starts June 23rd.  Please remember to purchase your third quarter passes at our website.

JUNE POTLUCK ON SATURDAY:  We are having a potluck with the Front Runners on June 21, SATURDAY, at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.  Pavilion information to follow. THIS IS NOT A POOL PARTY.  The pool party is now scheduled for August 2nd.  We have tables 53, 54, 55 and 56 from 4 pm to 10 pm.  Food to start around 6:30pm.  Come early and enjoy the park!!

Here is the map:

THIRD QUARTER POOL SCHEDULE:  There are some minor changes to our pool schedule over the summer:

  1. We will have both pools on Wednesday!  The coach will be Paul and an SU student coach.  (so both pools on Monday-Wednesday-and Friday!!!!)
  2. Tuesday and Thursday morning, we will be sharing the pool with the SU swimmers from June 24 until the end of July 24.  There is a small number (12 to 15) of them preparing for a summer meet at the end of July.  Depending on numbers we may split the pool with them, or swim with them.  They will be joining the workout at 6:45am.  A SU student coach will prepare the workout and start us out.  When the SU swimmers join, the student coach will swim and the workout and coaching may be by the SU head coach and their assistant coaches!  I think a few swimmers may really enjoy this opportunity!  Some of the details still need to be worked out.
  3. Sunday practice has been changed to 5pm.

We have plenty of pool time and space over the summer.  Please let fellow swimmers and former Orcas know.  The coaches have been doing a great job with the extended practice time and additional pool space.  We need to promote this with other swimmers!!!

OPEN WATER SWIMMING:   Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15pm.

NEXT BOARD MEETING:   July 14th (Monday) at Seattle University at 6:00pm (before practice)  Conference room to follow.


GAY GAMES:  Registration is open for the Gay Games at

FAT SALMON:  Registration is now open.   The swim date is July 19th.

ORCA OPEN WATER SWIM:  Registration is now open:    The swim date is July 27th and there are two swims, 1 mile and 2 miles.  Portions of the registration will help benefit Seattle Area Support Groups (SASG).

LAKE WASHINGTON WATER TEMP:  64 degrees F. (dropped a couple degrees this week).