Almost the end of Summer…

And what a grand season 2017 has been for Bannockburn Swim Club. An undefeated team, more and more divers, cool raft nights and movies for young families and great workouts for grownups, along with new trees and charming lights under the pavilion roof.

Still a few more weeks left to enjoy, including Labor Day weekend and the final dog swim. Read below, also, to learn how to extend your swimming season at Mohican.

Upcoming Raft and Movie Night September 9
Back by popular demand, our next and last movie and raft night will be Saturday, September 9.  The raft party will be from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and then the family movie Moana from about 8:00 pm onward.  All rafts must be single-person rafts.  This makes it easier for our life guards to keep a watchful eye on the pool.  During raft night, all lap lanes will be closed.

Bannockburn Swim Club Last Day of the Season & Dog Swim
Sunday, September 10, marks the last day of the season at Bannockburn. The pool will close at 5pm that day for our annual dog swim. Members, feel free to bring your pooches for a dip. Even if you don’t have a dog, you won’t want to miss this annual event.

New Lights at the Pool
The LED pool lights are finally installed, thanks to the initiative and work of board member Mark Sincevich. They consist of three strands, with two dimmers at the entrance to the long and narrow section and then a third dimmer toward the back of the larger pavilion by the ping pong table. These lights will provide a glowing ambiance for the next raft and movie night and for family dinners near the pool.

Extended- Season Privileges at Mohican
As a part of your Bannockburn membership, you are invited to use Mohican Swim Club after Bannockburn closes for the season. Mohican’s hours, beginning Sept 11 are
Weekdays 6:30 am to 8:30 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Weekends 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Mohican will close for the season on October 8. And yes, their pool is heated.

Who’s Who at the Pool
Quick quiz: Who do you know at Bannockburn pool who was born in Vienna, grew up in England, earned an MA in Dance from NYU, and studied with Alwin Nikolais? If your answer is Marianne Ross, water aerobics instructor, you’re right. Marianne, a modern dance teacher by training, has led Bannockburn’s water aerobics class for over 25 years. She is a longtime Bannockburn resident, having moved here in 1961 when her husband accepted a post-doc at NIH. Her informal class is, Marianne explains, “improvisational so the body doesn’t become too habituated.” It’s a melange of yoga, kinesthesia—including fingers and toes—and modern dance. “Expect anything,” she tells her participants, who include both swimmers and nonswimmers and usually number 9-12 per session. The class started as water ballet for girls who wanted something other than swim team. It is open to any Bannockburn member, free of charge, and meets twice a week in the morning. We are fortunate to have an instructor of Marianne’s caliber and experience and look forward to her continuing these popular workouts in 2018.

Comments or Suggestions about our Swim Club?
Please make them known to the manager on duty while you are at the club or send an email to Thank you.

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
—–William Faulkner

Splashing into August!

We’re more than half way through the 2017 swim season and about to enter a more peaceful pool time. Swim and dive teams will be finishing up, lap lanes will start becoming emptier, and late summer memberships will open. Still, fun activities await. Read on about the new raft night, more movies, food trucks, and continuing aerobics and stroke clinics. Plunge into it all!

Late Season Memberships Available
If your neighbors or friends would like to join Bannockburn Swim Club for the end of the 2017 season, please tell them memberships are now available. Check out this link for information about cost, dates, and privileges.

Invitation for Members’ Friends and Family 
Have friends, family, or a new neighbor who might want to check out our pool and join for the late season or next summer?  Bring them—free of charge—the weekend of July 28-30.  Just tell the front desk your guests are part of the friends and family event so you can save your guest passes for another time.

Floating Around on Inaugural Raft Night
Raft night drew floaters of all ages to the pool on  Friday, July 21.  Fan favorites included a pineapple, a gummy bear, and a hot dog raft.

Upcoming Raft Night and Movie
Since our first raft night was so well received, we are organizing the next one Saturday, August 56:30-8:00 pm.  All rafts must be single-person rafts.  This makes it easier for our life guards to keep a watchful eye on the bottom of the pool.  During raft night, all lap lanes will be closed.  Immediately following the flotilla party, we’ll have a screen on the green and show a family-friendly movie (look out for a separate notice for final details).

Tacos El Rey Friday, July 28
It’s sizzling hot so why not take a break from cooking and come down to the pool and eat delicious, authentic tacos al aire libre poolside?  This will be our last food truck of the season, and it will be serving from 6:00 pm onward.

Bravo Dolphins!
The Bannockburn Dolphins swim team completed an undefeated season this past weekend with a win in the end-of-season divisional swim meet.  Congratulations to all the swimmers as well as to coaches Malena Lair-Ferrari, Jason Tillotson, Jake Winter, and Jeff Su.  Next season the Dolphins will compete in division F.

Strong Participation in Swim-a-Thon
On Sunday July 16, 39 Bannockburn members joined together to swim for a great cause at this year’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Swim-A-Thon.  The group ranged in age from six years old to “over 60,” and together they swam more than 36 miles.  That’s more than the width of the English Channel at some points.  More than half of our swimmers covered a mile, and 70%  swam at least 40 lengths.  So far our group has raised more than $2,300. There is still time to donate by following this link.  Thanks to everyone who participated and donated!

Seniors Rule! 
The Adult Swim Stroke Clinic was enjoyed by five participants on Monday July 17 at 10:00 am, under the direction of head Swim Coach Malena Lair Ferrari. The clinic carries on Monday, July 24, 10:00 am and Friday July 28, 8:00 am and will go on into August.

The Water Aerobics classes continue with enthusiastic participation. Eight members enjoyed the July 18 class under Mary Anne Ross’s direction. The Tuesday and Friday classes are 10:30 to 11:15 am through August 11.

Who’s Who at the Pool
We are very fortunate this season to have found another talented head diving coach, Nicole (“Niki”) Glazer. Niki is a diving lifer. She grew up in Chevy Chase, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, won the Montgomery County Dive League All-Star meet in 2001, and spent summers diving for Rock Creek, historically one of the most competitive programs in the Montgomery County Dive League. She started coaching there, first as an assistant, and then as head coach, for nearly a decade of summer league coaching experience. Niki competed for BCC, where she won the 1M Springboard event at Metros in 2010, and also for the Montgomery Dive Club, where she finished tenth in 10M Platform at USA Diving Nationals. She also excelled in Division I college diving at The University of Louisville, where she competed in the Big East Championships.

Since college, Niki has worked on cruise ships as a Recreation Director, and we’re lucky to have landed her while she’s taking a break from the high seas for a few months. Throughout this 2017 season, Niki has inspired, encouraged, and enthusiastically supported our Dolphin divers, both new and experienced, with great results. (A win, a tie, and a bunch of divers likely to qualify for the All-Star meet.)

We hope her ship gets stuck somewhere remote, without her on board, so that we can have her again next season!

The truth is always an abyss. One must—as in a swimming pool—dare to dive from the quivering springboard of the trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again—laughing and fighting for breath—to the now doubly illuminated surface of things. 

Franz Kafka

Swimming Through July

Not yet halfway through the summer, we still have much to look forward to at the pool: more meets, both swimming and diving; the Crab feast; encore movie nights; the Swim-a-Thon, longer hours for Early Bird Swim; and all those delicious food truck nights.  Read on to see what else is in store.

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Swim Team Home “B” Meet

Swim Team “B” Meet at Home vs. Palisades

Pool closes at 5pm.   Warm-ups start at 5pm!

June 28, 2017 (05:00 PM) – June 28, 2017 (08:30 PM)

June 26, 2017

June 27, 2017