Bannockburn Dive Team


We’re very excited about our fourth season of diving at Bannockburn! Our dive team was founded in 2014 and proved to be a popular addition to the club’s aquatics program from the very beginning. From 25 divers and a 0-4 record our first season to 35 divers with increasing experience, spread across all the age categories – including a number of All-Star competitors – we are looking forward to continuing growth and success.

All members age 6-18 are welcome to join dive team – no previous diving experience is required!

Here are the basics on our upcoming season:

COACHING STAFF: We are very fortunate to have found another very talented head coach, Nicole (“Niki”) Glazer. Niki is a diving lifer! She grew up in Chevy Chase, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 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 10th 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.

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Head Coach Niki Glazer

Assisting Niki will be our homegrown 15-18 divers, Danielle “Cookie” Lair-Ferrari, who did a great job last season as an assistant; and Liam Gilbert. They both have come a long way since their inaugural diving season in 2014, and they will be a great help in providing extra support for our younger and newer divers.

This season, we’re back in MCDL Division 5. The season format is the same as in previous years – practice starts the Tuesday after Memorial Day; a rookie meet early in June, Sunday afternoon meets (SEE SCHEDULE: HTTP://WWW.MCDIVING.ORG/CONTENT/SCHEDULE/2017), and the Divisionals and the All-Star meet for those who qualify. We have had several divers working hard at improving their skills this winter at Montgomery Dive Club, and many more who are eager to get back to summer diving.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEAM: At Back-To-Pool Night, together with the Swim Team, on Thursday, May 25th,  5:30-6:30 pm.

PRACTICES. Practices will be held each weekday from 6:30 until 8:30 pm, same as last year, split into two separate hour-long sessions, divided into age and/or experience groups, at the coach’s option. There will be practices most Fridays around social events, but not all.

SOCIAL EVENTS AND TEAM GEAR: We are the Dive Team section of the Bannockburn Swim and Dive team, and our 2017 wearable items (T-shirt, etc) will reflect that. So look for “Bannockburn Swim and Dive” wear and other items this summer! Also, as last summer, we will be combining swim/dive team members for all social events.