Hello Summer!


This week, now that school is out, Bannockburn Swim Club has swung into full gear. Look for old and new activities for all ages.  Aside from the swim and dive teams, there are early bird swims, the Swim-a-Thon, family movie nights, food trucks, and water activities for adults.

Keep up with everything by reading the newsletter and checking the website.  And have a marvelous, water-filled summer.

Longer Pool Hours in June and July

Due to popular demand, Bannockburn Swim Club has expanded hours to stay open from 10:30 am until 8:30 pm every day of the week in June and July.  Enjoy!

Flick & Food Truck This Saturday Night
Our first family movie night will be this Saturday, June 24, when we will screen “Finding Dory” at 8 PM, right after swimming ends.  Grab a lounge chair and a snuggly blanket to watch this children’s classic under the stars.  Balkinik food truck will be serving delicious Mediterranean and Balkan food, and the Tikki Treats truck will be serving Hawaiian shaved ice and healthy smoothies.

Save the Date for Our Crab Feast
Our annual Crab Feast is scheduled for July 8 at 7 PM.  Cost will be $40 a person.  This is a not-to-be missed event. In addition to some of Maryland’s finest crabs, there will be cedar plank salmon, salad, and corn on the cob. There will also be plenty of beer, wine, and other beverages.   Be on the look-out for RSVP information and details on our website and in the next newsletter.

Swim-a-Thon for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
On Sunday, July 16, Bannockburn Swim Club will swim to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve patients’ and families’ quality of life.  Here’s how the swim-a-thon works:

  • Anyone—moms, dads, grandparents, cousins—can swim the laps.
  • You can donate online any time at http://events.lls.org/pages/nca/Bannockburn2017. Or put your donation in the box at the pool. Or give it to Malena Lair Ferrari, swim-a-thon coordinator, making your check payable to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • You can also “pledge” directly to a swimmer. For example, you could promise $0.25 or $0.50 per lap.

Last year, our swim club raised almost $5,000. We would like to reach or exceed that goal this year. Please help. You can start pledging today. Any questions? Contact Malena at malenal@comcast.net.

Memorial Day: Cooler and Cooler
Record numbers showed up for our Memorial Day BBQ this year.  King Neptune (pictured here) kicked off the festivities with a kids bike parade, which was followed by the BBQ and a jello-eating contest—enjoyed by adults and children alike.  Cool tunes by a Caribbean reggae band set the vibe. In case you missed the fun this time, we plan on an exact repeat next year.  A special thanks to all the volunteer pool board members, who worked together to make this day a great success.
Swim Lessons
Private or group swim lessons for all ages are available through our Bannockburn Swim Team coaching staff.  Private lessons are open to anyone, any age, and any experience level. These are perfect for swimmers wanting individualized attention and specific feedback on their strokes.
Group lessons are limited to 8 & under swimmers with minimal to no swimming experience. Group lessons are ideal for swimmers who do not meet the minimum requirements for pre-team participation. For a group lesson to be confirmed, we’ll need a minimum of three participants. Follow the links below for more information, pricing and to sign-up:
Private Lessons and Sign Up
Group Lessons and Sign Up

Who’s Who at the Pool
Who knew what an accomplished young woman Bannockburn Swim Team’s head coach, Malena Lair Ferrari, is? Many of us have seen her working with the swim teams over nine seasons, as junior, assistant, and co-head coach. Some remember her as a Bannockburn swimmer herself since age 5 (see photo insert of her then). But did you know she swam for the Argentine National Swim Team and is in the Argentine Hall of Honor because of her records in the 800 and 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay? Did you know that Malena, 25, is a dual Argentine and Austrian citizen and speaks Spanish and German? She graduated from the German School and Ursinus College, where she majored in exercise and sports science, with a minor in coaching. Today Malena is a busy woman: She coaches at Sea Devils, substitutes in physical education at the Holton Arms School, and works at the physical therapy clinic in Bethesda, leading exercises for patients who have orthopedic problems after surgery. In addition to her jobs, Malena loves volleyball and is also a certified zumba instructor. She hopes to continue her studies by earning a doctorate in physical therapy.
We are tremendously fortunate to have Malena—who is also leading this year’s Swim-a-Thon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society—coaching the Dolphins again this season.
!Bravo, Malena!

Summer Food Truck Lineup
It’s summer.  It’s time to relax and not worry about cooking.  Come down to the pool and support these small family-owned businesses.  Trucks usually set up at 5:00 pm and serve until they run out of food or pool closing.  The food truck schedule is also on the calendar section of our website. 

June 24 Balkanik
June 30 Go Fish
July 7 Peruvian Brothers
July 14 Curly’s BBQ
July 21 Holy Crepes
July 28 Tacos El Rey

Interested in Triathalons?
Triathlons are a fast growing sport for all. If you can run, bike, and swim, you might enjoy a triathlon. The most popular is the Sprint Triathlon: 1/2 mile swim, 12-15 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. The Nation’s Tri on Sept. 10 features Sprint, Olympic and Duathlons.  John Noble, johnanoble@mac.com, has competed in over 30 Triathlons and is encouraging others of all ages to enjoy the sport. Write him for encouragement and to answer questions you may have. If there is interest, we may put together a team for the Nation’s Tri, or do a mini Tri at our pool and in the neighborhood, or both.

Lots for Adults at the Pool This Summer
It’s not all swim team. For adults who want to perfect their skills or enjoy camaraderie and exercise in the water, three options are available:

  • Early Bird Swim: Monday-Friday, 6:30 am to 8:00 am. Free to members.
  • Water Aerobics: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:15, June 22-August 10. To register, call Marianne Ross at 301-229-6690. Free to members.
  • Adult Stroke Clinics: Mondays, 10:15 am and Fridays, 8:00 am. No registration needed.  If interested in an evening session, write mmgriggs@gmail.comCost: $12 per half hour, payable to coach Malena Lair Ferrari

How to Know if the Pool is Closed
Want to get TEXT ALERTS about sudden changes to swim club hours because of weather or other unexpected events? Text bburnpool to 662-200-4303 or go to https://mobile-text-alerts.com/subscribe/bburnpool  Opt out at any time by texting the word “unsubscribe” to 662-200-4303.

Safety Reminder
Broken glass is a safety issue for all members and guests.  The operating rules of BSC state “no glass containers of any kind are allowed on the pool property.”  This includes bottes, drinking glasses, and other glass containers.

During a long swim I’m left with my own thoughts. My mind drifts in a mesmerized world. It’s hypnotic. My subconscious comes to the fore…It’s dreaming hours on end.   Diana Nyad