2019 Tryouts for NEW Swimmers
When: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Where: Birmingham High School Pool
17000 Haynes St., Van Nuys, CA 91404
Please park in lot off Victory Blvd., just west of Balboa Blvd.
The pool is located between the Gym and Football Stadium.
Info: Coach Stacy Smith-Thornton and her staff will be hosting tryouts exclusively for NEW St. Mel swimmers. Tryouts are to evaluate your child's swimming skills and ensure that they can safely and confidently practice in a 25-yard pool.
Making the team is never determined by speed. Water safety is always our main concern. Swimmers will make the team if they can demonstrate basic freestyle (front crawl), breathing to the side, without stopping or requiring assistance, and be able to swim multiple 25-yard laps under the direction of a coach. Swimmers who are skilled at backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly will be asked to demonstrate those strokes, as well.
Tryouts will begin with a group warm-up, led by the coaches, just as we do at the start of every swim meet. So, please make sure to arrive on time.
Swimmers should bring a swimsuit and towel. Well-fitted goggles are also recommended. St. Mel will provide a swim cap, if needed. Locker rooms and showers are available.
We will also provide important information for parents new to the sport of competitive swimming.