2019 Updates to Come

WELCOME TO RC FINS DIVING!

The Fins Dive Team is a fun and active group of kids who love to dive!  Any child member of Rock Creek Pool may join the dive team if they can swim one length of the pool and tread water for one minute in the deep end. Usually children age 6-18 are members of the dive team. The dive team welcomes children who have never tried diving before as well as those who have been on the team for years!

Rock Creek Pool is in Division I of the Montgomery County Dive League (MCDL).  Other pools in our division include Merrimack Park, Glenwood, Mill Creek Towne and Tanterra.

PARENT INFORMATION MEETING

There will be a parent information session for new and returning divers on Memorial Day, Monday May 27, at 4:30pm in the grill area of the pool. Please join us to hear about the program, sign up and meet the wonderful coaches for the 2019 season.

COACHES

Our amazing Head Dive Coach Patrick Meck is returning for his fourth summer to Rock Creek. Patrick started his diving career back in 2000 with Westleigh Swim Club, and has been involved in the coaching and development of divers in the area since 2006. He joined Montgomery Dive Club as a diver in 2002, and competed through his senior year in high school on the MDC National Team. Patrick went on to compete for the University of Maryland in 2007-2008. In the MCDL, he coached three summers at Westleigh, four at Potomac Woods, and now with Rock Creek Pool.  Patrick is a great teacher and connects well with all the kids – even (or especially) the wiggly, distracted ones. He has a great combination of patience and encouragement – helping the kids learn new skills and dives throughout the entire season.

Our returning assistant coaches are Saige Gootman and Emma Gold.

SEASON BASICS

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Until school is out

  • Mondays – Fridays, May 28-June 14, 5:00pm–6:00pm or 6:00pm-7:00pm (come when you can)

After school is out

  • Mondays – Fridays, June 17-July 12
  • 8 & Unders 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • 9-12 years 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • 13 & Older 6:00pm-7:00pm

The first 15 minutes of each practice will be dryland (that means not in the water, on the deck) so pool members can use the boards from until 15 minutes after the hour.  Dryland consists of stretching and conditioning. We hope to offer morning practices as well, but won’t confirm that until the coaching staff is set and their schedule is made.

2019 DIVE MEET SCHEDULE

The schedule will be available on the MCDL website at www.mcdiving.org.  It will be under the tab 2019 Season.

  • June 16 – 4pm Glenwood at Rock Creek Pool (arrive at 2:45pm for warm ups)
  • June 23 – 4pm Rock Creek Pool at Tanterra (arrive at 3:15 pm for warm ups)
  • June 30  – 4pm Flower Valley at Rock Creek Pool (this is a non-divisional meet) (arrive at 2:45pm for warm ups)
  • July 7 – 4pm Rock Creek Fins at Mill Creek Towne (arrive at 3:15pm for warm ups)
  • July 14 – 4pm Merrimack Park at Rock Creek Pool (arrive at 2:45pm for warm ups)
  • July 15 – 5pm final Monday Funday popsicles and dive games for all divers
  • July 21 – Division I divisional meet at TBD (arrive at 7am for all ages warm ups)
  • July 21 – 5pm Swim and Dive Team Banquet at Rock Creek Pool
  • July 24 – All Stars 12 and under – 3pm at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
  • July 25 – All Stars 13+ – 3pm at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center

Divers perform dives in their age group and compete at each Sunday meet. The 8 & Unders and 9-10 year-old divers perform 3 dives, 11-12 year-old divers perform 4 dives, 13-14 year-old divers perform 5 dives, and 16-18 year-old divers perform 6 dives. The divers are expected to arrive to the meet at about 3:00pm on Sundays and stay for the entire meet which usually lasts from 4:00pm – 7:30pm.

Divers are expected to wear a red and black swim suit to competitions. The team suit this year has yet to be confirmed. To buy one, either go to Capital Sport & Swim (10558 Metropolitan Ave, Kensington, MD 20895) and ask for the Fins suit or wait until they visit the pool which is still to be determined, but is often the first Friday evening in June.  Feel free to use previous years’ suits if they still fit, or any red or black suit your child likes. Boys need to wear jammers or a Speedo to competitions instead of trunks.

VOLUNTEER

Meets happen because parents and other supporters step up and get a lot of jobs done!  We need help setting up for and cleaning up after home meets, we need scorers at both home and away meets and we need folks to work concessions at home meets.  We ask each family to sign up for at least one set up and one clean up time each summer.

We also must supply 2 judges and a referee at home meets and 3 judges at away meets.  Please consider taking the training and becoming a judge or referee. The two hour clinics are offered on the following dates:

  • Clinic #1 TBD for 2019
  • Clinic #2 TBD for 2019

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE FINS NEWS

Please send Katie McGervey (kmcgervey@hotmail.com) an email so that you can be added to the team listserve.

SPIRIT

There is a lot of spirit when you are a RC Fin! There will be a spirited potluck dinner and pasta party each Friday night throughout the season. This is combined with the swim team. All families are welcome to bring a dish to share! The pep rally part of this party will happen at 7:00pm each week.

There will be a spirit theme announced for each week.  Kids, parents and coaches are encouraged to come to the meets dressed for the theme (usually things like – beach, pajamas, animals, etc).

FEES

The registration fee for the dive team is $100 per child. There is also a $15 MCDL insurance fee per child. You must pay at least the insurance fee before your child may participate in ANY official practice. You may pay the insurance and your child has two weeks to check out the team before you must register them officially if they are going to keep diving.

We look forward to a wonderful summer season!

Dawn Moffitt – moffittdawn7@gmail.com

Katie McGervey – kmcgervey@hotmail.com

Your RC Fins Dive Team parent reps!

REGISTER FOR DIVE TEAM BY MAY 27, 2019