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Roswell Rapids take Atlanta area swim championship


Second year in a row for Roswell Rec team



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Members of the Roswell Rapids swim team accept their trophy at the Nov. 25 City Council meeting. From left are Roswell Aquatics Supervisor Matt Gillentine, coach Kyle Smith, Chelsea Lincoln, Jonathan Luckhurst, Mary Tapia, Ryan Bried and Russ Thomas. HATCHER HURD/Staff. (click for larger version)
December 11, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. The Roswell adult swim team, the Roswell Rapids, won the Atlanta Adult Swim League championship for the second straight year.

That is all the more remarkable when you take into account the team is less than three years old.

Matt Gillentine, aquatics supervisor for Roswell Recreation, said the team was formed after some parents of children in the swim program said they would like to swim competitively again.

"So we thought we would start one just for fun and to see what happened," Gillentine said. "And it just grew into this highly competitive adult swim team."

Russ Thomas was one of those parents who had a daughter swimming and suggested an adult team, so Gillentine told him to see if he could recruit anybody.

"He really grabbed the reins on it and started recruiting his friends. And some of those friends told their friends. And it just grew from there to this awesome powerful swim team," he said.

Today, there are 37 members of the Rapids of all ages.

With the success of the team in just two years, Gillentine was asked if it is too early to start talking dynasty.

"No, it's never too early to start talking dynasty," Gillentine said, laughing.

The Rapids compete against teams from all around Atlanta. They practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in good weather at the city pool at Roswell Area Park.

But Gillentine said it isn't necessary to come to practices to be on the team. And some who come to the practices don't want to compete, at least not yet. It is a laid-back atmosphere that seems to pay off when the starting gun sounds.

It has been successful enough to add an adult diving team as well.

"We hope to add synchronized swimming for youths 9 to 15 yes, boys and girls," Gillentine said.

The Roswell Rapids is the official competitive swim team of the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. All swimmers 19 and older are eligible to join the team.

For those swimmers who only want to participate in practices, the Roswell Recreation Department also offers adult fitness swimming at the introductory, intermediate and advanced level. To learn more about the adult fitness swimming and adult swim team, go to the website at roswellrapids.org.

The Roswell Rapids

Coaches:

Head coach Cynthia Lou and assistant coach Jonah Beri.

Swimmers:

Stephanie Bachman

Anne Barnes

Mary Bawsel

Dan Beatty

Emily Bourne

Ryan Bried

Cathy Burkle

Tierah Ellard (assistant coach)

B.J. Fendler

Ashlynn Figura

Stacy Fox

Jon Gellin

Tina Gravenstein

Joe Hroma

Carlton Eaton

Jay Hicks

Ignacio Ibarguen

Erica Kenney

Theo Keyserling

Angela King

Ian King

Chelsea Lincoln

Jonathan Luckhurst

Bob Manley

Toni Mugnier

Kim Richards

Liz Saint

Alain Sergile

George Smith

Kyle Smith (assistant coach)

Austin Sumrall

Mary Tapia

Russ Thomas

Chrissy Warrilow

Jennifer Warrilow

Phyllis Warrilow

Charlie Weiss

Roswell adult Rapids individual event champions were:

Tierah Ellard (Women's 19-29, 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard breast and 200-yard free);

Kyle Smith (Men's 19-29 50-yard backstroke);

Ryan Bried (Men's 30-39, 50-yard backstroke);

Erica Kenney (Women's 40-49, 50-yard backstroke and 40 and older 200-yard free);

Dan Beatty (Men's 40-49, 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard breast and 40 and older 200-yard free);

Ian King (Men's 50 and older 50-yard backstroke);

Stacy Fox (Women's 30-39, 100-yard IM);

Carlton Eaton (Men's 40-49, 100-yard IM and 50-yard fly);

Ig Ibarguen (Men's 50 and older 100-yard IM and 50-yard fly);

Tina Gravenstein (Women's 30-39, 50-yard breast);

Jon Gellin (Men's 19-29, 50-yard fly)

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    Roswell Rapids
    December 13, 2013 | 10:16 AM

    This was the absolute high-light of my summer. The swim team was so relaxed but competitive at the same time. Loved every minute of it.

    Theo
    Roswell
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    RRRRRRapids
    December 13, 2013 | 02:25 PM

    Nothing nicer than a sunny Saturday morning swim in an empty pool.

    George Smith
    Roswell
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    Rapids Rock!!
    December 16, 2013 | 04:13 PM

    So proud of our swim team! Can't wait for the summer season to begin again!!!


    Stacy Fox
    Marietta
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