Pool & Tennis Report

The Pool opens this year on Sat May 13th!!!! The full schedule can be found here on the Blue Ridge Website in the pool drop-down list.

I am delighted to announce Rosie McDonagh as our new Pool Manager this year. Rosie comes from a long lineage of Blue Ridge Pool Managers following in the steps of brother John and sister Sarah. Rosie has grown up at the Blue Ridge Pool and was a member of the Barracuda swim team for 13 years! She also has been a lifeguard, swim coach, and lesson coordinator so comes with some great experience. Last year she worked closely with Tucker Benge to get ready to take the reins this year! She is looking forward to bringing new energy and ideas to the Program. She has hired Luke Ilgenfritz as her assistant manager and Jessica Carey as the lesson coordinator!

Rosie has completed the hiring process and has her staff in place for the 2017 season!! Congrats new lifeguards and lesson instructors!! Don’t forget to sign up for the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification with Carlos Palacian starting Sat May 6th. You can view and download the entire list of requirements and dates here. The re-certification program will be on May 22nd.

Swim Lessons:

Blue ridge swim lessons start June 12th and run all the way through August 18th. Registration for Blue Ridge residents will go live April 1, Non-Residents May 1 for session 1,2 & 2A. Mark your calendars as the spots fill up quickly! The full class schedule and program details are posted here.


I am excited to announce that we will continue our partnership with Tennis Center Sandpoint. Lead Pro Nick Ketchem will be back for his 3rd season. We have added a Wednesday night cardio class and a Saturday Wimbledon workout as requested by the community. We will repeat the popular kids program, and continue to work to build the team. Please join us on Sunday June 25th at the courts from 4-6pm to meet the pros, play Queen/King of the Court and learn more about the programs! Signups will go live on April 1st for Blue Ridge residents. The full class schedule and details about the program can be found here.

Swim Team:

We are very fortunate that Carlos Palacian will return this year for his 11th season with the Blue Ridge Barracuda swim team! Glen Bradburn will also be back for his 3rd year. The program is robust and building with many kids swimming in the off season and an influx of new families. If you are new to the neighborhood, you will quickly find out this is the lifeblood of the community during the summer and a great way to meet your neighbors. For more info, please attend the New Parent Night on Thursday April 20th from 7pm-9pm. We will also have the Ice Cream social Wednesday May 10th from 6:30pm-8:30pm and Swim Suit Fitting Thursday May 11th 6:00pm-8:00pm.

The swim season could not happen without the tireless efforts of our swim parent coordinators. Thank you in advance Sarah Bradley, Jeff Malick and our newest addition Katie Carlisle!

The swim meet schedule will be announced after the SSSL (Seattle Summer Swim League) meeting on March 7th. We will announce the schedule in the Blue Ridge Facebook, the Blue Ridge Website and the Blue Ridge Swim Team site here.

Please send any comments, questions or feedback to me directly at tennispoolchair@blueridgeseattle.com.

I look forward to seeing you at the clubhouse.


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