Pool & Tennis Program Report – April 2017

The Pool opens this year on Sat May 13th!!!! The pool schedule is here on the Blue Ridge website.

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 BlueridgePool 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 recertification 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 BlueRidge residents is live now (link),  Non-Residents May 1 for session 1,2 & 2A.  Mark your calendars as the spots fill up quickly!  The full class schedule and details about the program can be found here. Please note that residents must log in to see this link, otherwise you will only see the non-resident sign up.

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 are live now for Blue Ridge residents – click here.  Please note that residents must sign in to the website to see the full class schedule and details about the program.

Water Polo

Our water polo program is growing under the leadership of Thor Tyson. Schedules are flexible and the kids have a great time. Last year, many kids from the swim team joined after their season and we saw our 10-and-unders win the 2016 All-City Championship!! Congrats on a great year and we’re looking forward to another great sea. See Thor’s intro below for more information.

Swim Team:
We are very fortunate that Carlos Palacian will return this year for his 11th season with the Blue RidgeBarracuda swim team!  Glen Bradburn will also be back for his 3rd year, along with Tucker Benge, Emma Kelly, Rosie McDonagh and Luke Ilgenfritz.  The program is robust and building with many kids swimming in the off season and in 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 pancake breakfast will be Tuesday June 27th @ 9:00am up at the Clubhouse!

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!

Here is the swim meet schedule for the 2017 Season!

  • Thursday June 22  Blue Ridge at Sand Point
  • Tuesday June 27 Innis Arden at Blue Ridge
  • Thursday June 29 Blue Ridge at Wedgwood
  • Thursday July 6 View Ridge at Blue Ridge
  • Tuesday July 11 Blue Ridge at Klahaya
  • Thursday July 13 Aqua Club at Blue Ridge
  • Tuesday July 18 Blue Ridge at Sheridan Beach
  • Friday July 21 B-Champs at Klahaya
  • Monday July 24 Girl’s Prelims at Wedgwood
  • Tuesday July 25 Boy’s Prelims at Aqua Club
  • Thursday July 27 Northerns at View Ridge
  • Saturday July 29 Adult Meet
  • Tuesday August 1 All City at Innis Arden

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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