FINS Swim Team
Welcome to the FINS! The Swim Team website is designed to introduce new families to our team and reacquaint returning families. Once you register for the team you will receive the most up-to-date information throughout the summer.
Your Team Representative is Geoff Plague, and you can contact him at SwimReps@RockCreekPool.com.
Swim Team Coaches
(right to left) Our Head Coach is Katherine Karson. She is joined by Assistant Coaches Kaitlin Klumpp and Evan Judge. Our new Junior Assistant Coaches are Ailey Gold and Audrey Plague!
You can contact them at SwimCoach@RockCreekPool.com.
About the team
Who are the Fins?
We are a summer-league swim team open to all Rock Creek Pool Equity Members and those on the waitlist with full Summer Swim privileges, ages 5-18 (pre-team swimmers may be younger). The Fins are part of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL).
Why should we join?
The Fins are the most fun you’ll have all summer! A few other benefits:
- The team experience of hanging out with, cheering for, and being cheered on by kids of all ages.
- Learning that if you work hard at something, you really can get better.
- Lots of opportunities to have fun at meets, practice, and through a ton of great social events.
- Hanging out with the coolest kids and parents at the pool.
- And oh yeah… Swimming!
Does my child have to be a fast swimmer?
No, all swimmers are welcome! At the start of the summer our coaches will screen younger swimmers to determine whether they’re ready to compete in meets, or if they need more focused instruction and development. Those swimmers who are not quite ready for meets will participate as a member of either the Pre-team or Future Fins, depending on his or her skill level. All swimmers, regardless of whether they are ready to compete in a meet on Day 1, are part of the team, and are encouraged – along with their families – to take part in all the fun activities throughout the summer.
Will my child (and I) have fun?
Of course! That is the whole point of summer swimming. A few social events of note… Friday night pasta parties, treats after Friday morning practice, swim banquet to celebrate the end of the season, lunch together after home and away Saturday meets, swim-a-thon and pancake breakfast at the end of the summer, intra-squad meet, Relay Carnivals, the trip to Beaver Dam… and more!
How do I join?
Team fees, payable by Friday, June 7, are $155 for the first swimmer and additional swimmers may be registered for $110 provided they are registered at the same time the first swimmer is registered. If additional swimmers are registered in a separate transaction, the fee is $155. Do not pay until you are certain your kids will join, because fees are nonrefundable. After June 7 registrations incur a $20 late fee.
Fees are the same whether your child is competing in meets, swimming on the pre-team, or learning his or her way around the pool as a Future Fin. Swimmers who are not certain about joining the team may attend practice for a few days and then decide.
What to expect if you join
How long is the season?
In 2019 practice starts Tuesday, May 28, including a swim test to determine placement of new 8-and-under swimmers. Time trials will take place on Saturday, June 8, followed quickly by our first B meet on Wednesday, June 12 and our first A meet on Saturday, June 15. The “regular” season runs through our B Relay Carnival on July 17, with Divisional Championships and other post-season meets through July 28.
Where can I find the team schedule?
When does the team practice?
The Fins practice daily during the week, and swimmers are encouraged to participate in as many practices as they can. Please note there are no evening practices on Wednesdays (B meets) or Fridays (team pasta parties).
Evening Practice – May 28 through July 17
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:00pm-7:30pm:
- 5:00pm-6:00pm: 12 & under
- 6:00pm-6:30pm: Pre-Team & Future Fins
- 6:30pm-7:30pm: 13 & up
Morning Practice – June 17 through July 19
Monday – Friday from 7:45am-10:00am:
- 7:45am-9:00am: 13 & up
- 9:00am-10:00am: 12 & under
- 9:00am-9:45am,Wednesdays only: Pre-Team
What are my volunteer commitments as a parent?
We ask every family to volunteer for at least part of each meet in which you have a child swimming. There are a lot of choices for volunteering: lining swimmers up in their lanes, timing, officiating, entering times, filling out ribbons, selling spirit wear, selling concessions – the list goes on. All jobs are fun and easy, and we need everyone’s help!
How do I volunteer?
Volunteer slots are available for sign up through the team website. If you have questions or would like additional information about specific jobs, please contact Team Reps, Fred and Geoff, at and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate volunteer coordinator. The website also contains descriptions of all volunteer opportunities.
Who are the team coaches and how can I get in touch with them?
As mentioned above, the Fins will be coached this year by Head Coach Katherine Karson and Assistant Coaches Kaitlin Klumpp and Evan Judge. You can meet the coaches at the informational meeting on Monday, May 27, and the Coaches can be reached at SwimCoach@RockCreekPool.com.
Who are the Team Representatives and how can I get in touch with them?
Fred Baechli and Geoff Plague are the Team Reps. They can be reached at SwimReps@RockCreekPool.com.
Swim team lingo
What is the “Pre-team”?
The Pre-team provides swimmers who are not quite ready to compete in meets the opportunity for specialized skill development and stroke instruction from the coaching staff. The goal of pre-team instruction is to have swimmers ready for to compete in a meet by the end of the summer.
What is “Future Fins”?
Future Fins is a swim lesson program for swimmers not yet ready for Pre-team. The focus is on developing basic swim competencies and beginning to teach proper swim techniques. Future Fins are as much a part of the team as those swimming in A and B meets and Pre-teamers. They are, after all, the future of the RC FINS!
What are “A” and “B” meets?
A meets are the official MCSL-scheduled summer swim meets, and they are conducted in strict accordance with MCSL rules. The five summer A meets take place on Saturday mornings, and the results are used to determine division assignments for the following summer. Generally, there is a single heat for each event and the three fastest swimmers in each stroke compete in A meets. A swimmer may participate in up to three individual events in an A meet. A meet times are used to determine eligibility for Divisionals, as well as the end-of-year Individual All-Stars meet.
B meets are less formal Wednesday meets which are organized and scheduled by the team reps. All swimmers participate in B meets, though a swimmer may not compete in an event he or she swam during the preceding A meet. There are generally multiple heats for each event.
How will I know if my child is swimming in an “A” meet?
The lineup is posted on the Swim Team website, usually the Friday morning before the meet.
What are “Divisionals”?
The divisional championship meet is held at the end of the season against the five other teams in our Division.
What Division of MCSL are we in this year?
Division J. The other teams in our division are Calverton, Garrett Park, Lakelands, Lake Marion, and Somerset.
What is a “Relay Carnival”?
A special multiple-team meet comprised only of relay races of all sorts – some within age groups, some across age groups, and even some where the boys and girls compete together. The A & B Relay Carnival meets in which we participate are always among the highlights of the summer. Loads of team spirit and a ton of fun!
What is “Beaver Dam”?
Each year the team goes to this quarry outside of Baltimore for even more swimming … with a rope swing, rafts, cliffs to jump off, and various other fun things to do.
Do I have to dye my hair red to show my Fins Spirit?