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Official Website: www.gcsto.com       614-478-5445      PO Box 30483, Gahanna, OH 43230                                                       Steve Nye: Head Coach/Owner   stevenye@sbcglobal.net
Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio
                             Photographer of the (Actual) Polar Bears Above is Sylvain Cordier 

2 More World Ranked Swimmers Emerge From The Ranks of GCSTO!!!!!

Cottrell & Stevens Make Impact At Phillips 66 National Championships In Irvine California (August 6-10) and Go WORLD Ranked!


This was no normal USA Swimming National Championship Meet. This was a showcase event as this meet served as a selection meet for 5 US National teams... the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, the 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, the 2015 World Championships, the 2015 World University Games, and the 2015 Pan American Games so it was the meet of meets for our American athletes! GCSTO Alum, Andee Cottrell, represented Louisville, where she just completed her freshman year, and GCSTO alum, Hannah Stevens represented Missouri where she will start her freshman year this fall. And did both central Ohio GCSTO athletes make an impact!!!!!!

andee cottrellAfter an incredible freshman year at Louisville, GCSTO alum, Andee Cottrell made a tremendous impact in the breaststroke events. Andee's finals 50 breaststroke time of 31.50 placed her 11th at the meet and 45th in the WORLD! Andee finished 8th in the 100 breaststroke and her prelim time of 1:08.62 ties her for 48th place in the WORLD! Her 200 breaststroke drop of over 4 seconds rocketed her into finals where she placed 5th overall. Her prelim time of 2:28.78 puts her as the 71st fastest female in the WORLD! 

hannah stevensHannah Stevens, again, will start school this fall at the University of Missouri so went down there early to train and made a tremendous impact in the backstroke events, as well. She tied for 6th in the 50 back & placed 11th in the 100 back. Her prelim 50 backstroke time of 29.00 places her 70th in the WORLD while her prelim time in the 100 back of 1:01.96 ranks her 88th fastest female in the WORLD! Hannah slipped on her start in the 200 back and just missed qualifying for the evening events but her time of 2:13.18 from earlier this summer places her as 83rd in the WORLD!

Congratulations to Andee & Hannah for their outstanding performances. We're proud that they've kept the tradition alive her on GCSTO as being THE top team in central Ohio for the birth of WORLD CLASS swimmers! WAY TO GO LADIES!

 

This Is Greater Columbus...

If you are looking for anything in terms of aquatic programming whereby you are assured that quality comes first and that the needs of the participants remain the driving force for how a program is structured then you have found a home. Approaching our 4th decade under the same leadership, Greater Columbus has become a name to know in central Ohio due to the tremendous efforts of hundreds of professionals, volunteers & participants. Through their quality, this program has stood the test of time!
  

       GCSTO Selected As 2013 Bronze Medal Club For USA Swimming
For the 6th time in the last 7 years GCSTO has been awarded Bronze Medal ranking in USA Swimming's Club Excellence Program for 2013. This program recognizes the actual performance of a club's senior swimmers at the national level. GCSTO was the only central Ohio club to be recognized at any level of this program and was one of the 5 Ohio Swimming teams to be recognized (Dayton Raiders, Cincinnati Marlins, Mason Manta Rays & Northern Kentucky Clippers were the other 4 teams).   


GCSTO Is Awarded A $5,000 Make A Splash Grant By The USA Swimming Foundation
for 2014

Make a Splash  is a national child-focused water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation. It works by aligning the nation’s top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to save lives. Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign, saves lives by joining forces with grassroots learn-to-swim programs and reaches thousands of children through wide-reaching in-school materials. Click on www.MakeaSplash.org to read more about how Make a Splash helps our communities! GCSTO was one of only 41 programs across the country awarded grant money for 2013 (our third year in a row). Please see more about this program by clicking on the associated tab on the left side of this page. 

GCSTO's "Greater Columbus Swim School" Chosen as the "Best of Columbus"
Once again, our swim school was honored by being selected by the US Commerce Association as the "Best of Columbus" for 2014 (after also receiving this award in 2011 & 2012) among all programs in central Ohio. We are proud to receive such an award for the second year in a row and will continue to focus on keeping this program as a leader among all such programs here in Columbus and around the country! 


Parents Pick  
GCSTO Selected as Winner of NICKELODEON'S PARENTS' PICK AWARD
GCSTO's Swim School was recently named the winner of this award as the best in our class in the central Ohio area. You can go to PARENTSSPICK and see more on this and other award categories. Note that we are honored to have received this award and will continue to strive to make our programming first class and programming of which you are proud to be a part! Creating the Difference!

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2014 Bronze Club Excellence Logo
The Club Excellence Program
 This program deals with the performance levels of the older athletes on the team in comparison to the rest of the nation. Of the thousands of clubs in USA Swimming, only 200 clubs were screened for such recognition. GCSTO was first recognized in 2007 as a Bronze Medal Club in USA Swimming and has repeated in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014. Click on the icon for more information about this program from USA Swimming.

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  Club Rec. Level 3
USA Swimming’s Club Recognition Program
GCSTO is a Level 3 qualified club in USA Swimming's Club Recognition Program! Recognition at this level deals with club administration and organization and it is no easy task to achieve. Congrats to all of our swimmers and coaches on this achievement. CLICK HERE for more information about this program from USA Swimming.
 

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 Virtual Club ChampionshipsToyota Virtual Club Championships
This system of ranking the thousands of clubs in USA Swimming is based on overall team performance in relation to the rest of the nation. Click on the icon for more information about this program from USA Swimming.

 

Announcements

 
2014 FALL TRY-OUTS ARE HERE!
Our second series of try-outs dates for the upcoming fall/winter season are as follows:

September 15-19 at COLUMBUS ACADEMY on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. for all swimmers interested in this location or any Novice swimmer wanting to use this location for tryouts. 

September 15-18 at ST. CHARLES on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. for all swimmers interested in this location or any Novice swimmer wanting to use this location for tryouts. 

Special Instructions:
1 - These tryouts are for any new swimmer interested in becoming a member of our team this fall and winter. These tryouts are not for last year's team members as they have automatic acceptance back onto the team.
2 - These tryouts are for all swimmers who would fit into our Novice, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 practice groups (basically our 14 & under age group categories).
3 - Athletes designated in our first wave of tryouts this summer as Level 3 or athletes designated as Level 3 after attending their first night of tryouts with us this fall should practice the week of or the remaining portion of the week of Sept. 15 with their pool location's Level 3 practice group. 
4 - Any high school age athlete should not attend tryouts but should, instead, practice with our Level 4 practice group that week AND the next as their tryout period.
5 - New swimmers who have not already done so should contact coach Steve Nye at 614-478-5445 or stevenye@sbcglobal.net to get their name on our tryout list. As of 8/11/14 we have approximately 75 brand new swimmers on our tryout so interest is HIGH!

   Our fall/winter practice schedule brochure and our team application are posted under the first fly-out tab you'll see under the "Swim Team Information" tab on the left side of this page. CLICK HERE to go directly to that.  ALL swimmers, old and new, will be required to fill out a team application if they are planning on being a part of the team this fall. New swimmers need only mark the top of this application with "2 week trial" when submitting their application. 



New Team Records
Congratulations go out to these GCSTO athletes for setting new team records this long course season. 

13-14 Girls 800 Freestyle... Old Record-Lisa Shumaker (1998), 10:00.49

New Record-Natalie Johnson, 9:55.78

13-14 Girls 1500 Freestyle... Old Record-Lisa Shumaker (1998),18:50.69

New Record-Natalie Johnson, 18:40.43

17-18 Girls 400 Freestyle... Old Record-Jenna Lindner (2009), 4:33.66

New Record-Abby Wilson, 4:33.48

15-16 Boys 400 Freestyle Relay... Old Record-C. Cate, J. Hukle, M. Axline, A. Grawe, (1991), 4:05.15

New Record-Dylan Warren, Tin Le, Nate Goldfarb, Peyton Hamilton, 3:59.51

FANTASTIC JOB EVERYONE! 

High School All-Americans Announced
NISCA's 2014 All-American High School swimming list was recently published and 3 GCSTO high school swimmers have made the Top 100 list. Morgan Belli made it in the 200 IM & the 100 breaststroke, Morgan McCafferty made it in the 200 IM & the 100 backstroke and Hannah Stevens made it in the 50 free, 100 free & 100 backstroke. 

Creekside Video
Thanks to coach Bill Martin for putting together this AWESOME video from the Creekside Meet held June 13-15 at the beautiful Gahanna Swimming Pool:

GCSTO Creekside / Senior Circuit Swim Meet 2014

Timing Equipment For Sale

1 - 6 X Colorado Light Reflective, 8-digit  Scoreboards: $200 each (simply needs cleaning). Buy 5 receive #6 free http://www.coloradotime.com/datasheets/LED%20and%20LR%20Scoreboards.pdf

2 – 1 X Colorado 5000 (System 5) Console: $500 (needs slight repair on lighting replacement for first 2-3 rows) (http://www.coloradotime.com/category/timing-consoles/)

3 –  6 X Colorado Standard Touchpads: $50 each (http://www.coloradotime.com/category/standard-touchpads/)

  Contact Steve Nye at 614-478-5445 or stevenye@sbcglobal.net for more information. 

GCSTO Scores, Again, As The Only Central Ohio Team In USA Swimming's "Club Excellence" Program for 2014

USA Swimming recently announced the results and rankings for their 2014 Club Excellence Program and GCSTO was one of only four Ohio Swimming teams to be recognized in this ELITE listing. The program recognizes the top 200 clubs in USA Swimming as Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal clubs according to the following parameters: 

Gold Level: The top 20 point-scoring clubs eligible for the Gold level.
Silver Level: The remaining clubs ranked through #100 and not achieving Gold status.
Bronze Level: Clubs ranked #101 through #200 and not achieving Gold or Silver status.

The program recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to excellence in performance at the national level. By earning Bronze Medal status, GCSTO was the only central Ohio program to make it into any one of the three categories this year. Yet, we are not alone in terms of Ohio Swimming teams in this exclusive ranking. 
A big congratulations go out to Dayton Raiders for being selected as a Gold Medal Club and to Mason Manta Rays & Northern Kentucky Clippers for being selected at Silver Medal Clubs. 

  We want to thank all of the GCSTO swimmers who have stayed the course with the team and who have worked so hard to help GCSTO be the only central Ohio team to, once again, make this list keeping us GCSTO Strong, GCSTO Proud and STILL... GCSTO!     

GCSTO's Charity Efforts 

We would like to thank EVERYONE who helped out our 2013 Salvation Army Holiday Cheer efforts by bringing in a toy or a gift to donate at our Holiday Cheer meet. We were able to deliver upwards of 200 such new gifts to the Salvation Army in time to be handed out at their Holiday Cheer event held at the Fairgrounds this year. Your efforts truly brightened the day of hundreds of children. Please visit  SALVATION ARMY COLUMBUS to read more about their efforts with this project. 

  This is not the only charity that GCSTO supports. GCSTO also donates over $200 a year to Recreation Unlimited. Recreation Unlimited Farm and Fun is a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization serving individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and health concerns and supported through the development efforts of the RECREATION UNLIMITED FOUNDATION. Our Greater Columbus Swim School also donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation MAKE A WISH. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities. Our "Greater Columbus Swim School" also makes monthly donations to the ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL and has done so for several years in a row. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. And as you may note, GCSTO also offers scholarships to local community organizations and individuals through the MAKE A SPLASH FOUNDATION as described under our "Swimming Lesson" tab on the left. We are proud to be a part of these incredible community efforts which make everyone's everyday lives a whole lot better!

USA Swimming's DECK PASS
Stay in touch with you times and everything about your performance as an athlete in this sport via the web or via your smart phone. To find our more about USA Swimming's DECK PASS, please click on: Deck Pass Promotional Tool Kit  to learn more about this free program.