Rails Swimmers Help SDMS to 6th Straight Title!

Congratulations to all the Rails swimmers who participated on the club team this summer! The SDMS Seahawks came away with their 6th consecutive win! Meanwhile, the participating high school athletes had the chance to win some medals and set new time standards in advance of season. Friday’s session was filled with current and future Rails swimmers, who set the tone winning 50% of the available medals for the evening!

Some meet highlights include:

  • Girls A 200 15 & Up Medley (Harrison, A. Skartvedt, V. Santiago, Simpson) had a time of 2:04.75
  • Boys A 200 15 & Up Sprint Relay (Belden, Co. Worth, Chidley, Ca. Worth) with a time of 1:40.38
  • Girls 11-12 A 200 Free Relay (Ervin, Niemeyer, E. Benson, and E. Worth) went a 2:13.23. E. Benson and E. Worth both split 31 seconds in their 50 Free!
  • Boys 11-12 A 200 Free Relay (J. Santiago, Evans, Bennett, Clark) had a time of 1:57.76. Clark split 27 seconds in his 50 Free! The team missed the conference record by just .50 of a second!

Check out the complete meet results for all the great swims. Read more about the meet, see final scores and learn more about Thursday’s end-of-season party on the club website.

What’s Next
Practice will continue for all the high school swimmers until the start of girls season. Practices will remain Mon.-Thurs. from 7:00-9:00AM, with swimming and dryland training.

High Schoolers Help Club Team Go For Another Title!

Almost every member of the high school girls and boys team joined the club team this summer. It’s been a great way for them to stay in shape. Plus – they’ve been able to have friendly competition among each other and other teams around the city.

Now – they’re helping the club team try for a 6th consecutive conference title! Details on the meet can be found on the club swimming website, including the session information, warm-up schedules, and more.

Don’t forget to check out the complete meet entry list.

Volunteers Needed
We will need two timers for each of the sessions, help with concessions on deck (in the office like dual meets) and help watching our team up in the gym during the meet. Please email Coach Weber if you are willing to help out. As many of you know, it takes a lot of coaches, parents and organization to run this meet the right way, but this is why we are asked every season to host. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers, so thank you!

High Schoolers Swim Big at Club Meets

Club swimming is in full swing with most of Lincoln’s high schoolers participating on the SDMS team. In the first three club meets, there have been several outstanding swims!

Guys and girls alike have set new personal bests (even faster then their district times!) in their events. These fast times bode well for the upcoming seasons when they set their sights on winning dual meets and sending several events to state.

While we can’t recognize all of the outstanding swims, here’s a few from the first three meets:

  • Ane Skartvedt posting a 1.02 100 freestyle and a 1.22 100 breast!
  • Christian Beldan hitting :56 on the 100 free!
  • Jordan Greenwood swimming the 200 free for the first time with a time of 2.16!
  • Cooper Worth setting a personal best in the 100 free with a :58.5!
  • Olivia Simpson splitting a 27.2 twice while anchoring winning relays
  • Tom Chidley getting down to a low 1.03 in the 100 back!
  • Sara Bennett splitting a low :30 in the 50 fly and hitting 2.19 in the 200 free!
  • Abby Harrison hitting :32 in the 50 back and 1.12 in the 100 back!

To see full meet results for the club meets, check out the South DM Swimming website > Club Swimming > Current Season.

Just one more club meet is left in the summer season! Then the high schoolers will take aim at the Conference Meet shooting for fast times and medals. Conference Meet details will be featured on the SDMS website on July 15th.

Swimmers Attack Summer Workouts

The 2013-14 Lincoln High School swimmers started getting back in to shape this spring and have continued hitting the pool hard as school was released and summer started. Besides swimming every morning, they also are hitting the weight room twice and week and doing some dry land cardio workouts twice a week on opposite days. Participation in summer workouts is at an all-time high, with both teams aiming for record participants on each squad in more than a decade, and goals of state qualifiers and point finishers this season.

Summer Off-Season Registration Open

n59200422_31148628_2745[1]Summer high school off-season registration is open! Now you can register for club swimming and off-season workouts online. This annual fee covers summer swimming with the South DM Seahawks (and club meet fees) and winter/spring off-season workouts.


  1. Go to www.southdmswimming.bigcartel.com
  2. Look for High School Swimmer – Off season on the main page
  3. View the product and add to cart
  4. Don’t forget your USA Swimming registration if you’d like to swim in USA swim meets
  5. Complete checkout (you’ll be bridged over to PayPal to finish paying).
  6. Email Coach Weber with your swimmer’s name and T-shirt size.

Off-season training is an important part of high school swimming. While the high school season is full of intense workouts, 12 weeks isn’t enough time to get in peak competitive shape. Plus, each year the state meet qualifying times become faster and faster. That means training in the off-season is essential for dual meet victories, meeting personal goals and swimming at state.

Have other swimmers who aren’t in high school? There’s club swimming options for all ages and abilities. Check them out on www.southdmswimming.bigcartel.com.

Go Rails!

Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers! Rails Swimming is looking for timers for all home meets.  We’re also in need of timers, ribbon and program volunteers for the Conference Meet in February.  Check out the Volunteer Sign-Up sheet. If you can volunteer, email Coach Weber and tell him for which event(s). Your help is appreciated!!

Master Swim Schedule

Be sure to check out the Rails Master Swimming Schedule. With practices for several age groups and meets for high school, middle school and club athletes - it can be hard to keep it all straight! Hopefully, this master schedule will help.

Sometimes practice is canceled to due to home meets for other Rails Swimming teams.  Of course, when that occurs, we’d love to have you cheer the Rails on in the stands!  Email Coach Weber with any questions about the schedule.

Oct. 5th: Parent Meeting for Club Team

The Club team parent meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Cafeteria. This is a great opportunity to meet the coaches, go over any rules and ask questions.  The meeting is an informal open house so feel free to leave once you receive the information you need. Action Accents will be there selling swim gear at a discount, including the team suit and goggles. So it’s a great time to grab everything you or your family may need for the upcoming season. We hope to see you there!

Lincoln High School is located at 2600 S.W. 9th Street in Des Moines. The LHS Cafeteria is on the back side of the school.  Park in the large lot just behind the school. The large glass wall & doors is the school entrance. From there, you go through the doors and up a flight of stairs to the Commons. The cafeteria is located through maroon double doors that will be just ahead.

Registration Deadline: October 3rd

The Fall/Winter Club swimming registration deadline will be here before you know it! 

Be sure to stop in to the South YMCA and drop off your completed registration form and check.  Rails Swimming is proud to boast the best coach-to-swimmer ratio in the metro.  We use the registration information to detemine how many coaches are needed, so that’s why registering on time is so important. 

There is an informal parent meeting on October 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the Lincoln High School cafeteria. This is a great chance meet the coaches, order suits and/or googles. Practice will begin on Monday, October 17th.

For more details about the club swimming, be sure to visit the Club page and menu options.

September/October Newsletter

The September/October issue of Rails Swimming News is published. Inside you’ll find upcoming events across all programs, a high-school women’s season update, club swimming info, diving news and more!

The two-page newsletter was recently redsigned. It shares information about all Rails Swimming programs so it’s a great way to learn more about each program.

Interested in the previous issue? Check out the July/August edition.


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