Welcome Sharks !
2018 GISA League Meet Champions!!!!

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Welcome to the Gardner Acres Swim Team Season. We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to watching your child grow in their swimming abilities. The Gardner Acres Swim Team is known for their dedication to swimming, good sportsmanship, and strong parental support. The swim program emphasizes FUN and TEAM SPIRIT and is a great way to meet new friends. Our coaches work with the kids to improve their skills and techniques, build self-confidence, develop teamwork, and teach good sportsmanship in a competitive, yet fun environment.The Sharks compete in the Gaston Invitational Swim Association with Cramerton, Gaston Country Club, Pinebrook, Southampton, and Wesley Acres. Our team size averages around 120 swimmers of all ages each year. 

We hope this page will answer any questions you may have. Please contact your GISA representatives if you have any questions or email at swimteam@gardneracres.com. We hope you enjoy the summer.


Ashley Stewart


You may register during the Swim Team Kickoff on May 20. You may also register during the first week of practice.  All swimmers must be registered before they can swim in a Meet. Refunds will not be given after June 12th . In order to participate in the 7 and Up League Championship Meet, a swimmer must have participated in at least TWO (2) of the regular season‘s meets. In order to participate in the 6 and under League Championship Meet, a swimmer must have participated in ONE (1) of the regular season’s meets. A trial period will be given to new swimmers, but please note that ALL swimmers must be registered on or before June 12th, whether or not they plan to swim in a meet! Swimmers must participate in a meet in order to qualify for an award.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE-    Starting 6/11/2018

AM practice

7/8, 9/10- 9:00-10:00

11 and older- 10:00-11:00

6 and under- 11:00-11:30

PM practice

7 & Up - 5:00-6:00 (M-Th only)

6 and Under - 6:00-6:30


Stroke Clinic (All Ages) - 6:00-6:30

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO afternoon swim practice or stroke clinic when there is a swim meet.

Monday- Breaststroke and Butterfly

Tuesday- Backstroke and Freestyle

Wednesday- Starts and Turns


All swimmers, seven and older, must be able to swim the length of the pool in practice in no more than 1 minute 25 seconds. All six and under swimmers are eligible to swim in the six and under meets regardless of their time. Coaches are not allowed to enter the pool with swimmers at meets.

Time Trials will be held during regular practice times June . Several parents will be needed to help time the swimmers.


Suits are available to purchase during sign-ups.  Prices for suits are as follows: Girls- $60.00, Boys- $40.00. Swimmers do not have to purchase a team suit but we do ask for all suits to be in the navy/blue color family.

Swim Caps $10.00 

Goggles $16.00 

Bungee Straps $6.00 


Swimmers should indicate on the form which meets they wish to participate. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to enter their choices.  If a swimmer has NOT indicated on the form that they are swimming, they will NOT be entered in the meet. We hope this will help cut down on the number of scratches in a meet and allow the meet to run more efficiently. If a swimmer has been entered in a meet and becomes ill, please notify the coaches as soon as you can so that the coaches can make any adjustments that may be necessary. If a swimmer continuously fails to attend meets in which they have entered, they might not be entered in remaining meets.

The 7 and Up Swim Meet are as follows: (Host teams are indicated in Bold print) 2018

June 14 - Gardner Acres / Pinebrook

June 19- Gardner Acres / Stanley

June 21 - Gardner Acres / Cramer Mountain

June 28 - Gardner Acres / Gaston Country Club

July 2 - Gardner AcresWesley Acres

July 10 - Gardner Acres / Southampton 

July 13 (Friday)  GISA  11 & Up League Meet at Gardner Acres - 6:00 pm / Warm-ups at 5:00 pm

July 14 (Saturday) GISA 10 & Under League Meet at Gardner Acres- 9:00 am / Warm-ups at 8:00 am


All 7 and Up Swim Meets begin at 6:00. Swimmers should plan to arrive at 5:00 with warm-ups beginning at 5:15. A typical meet usually lasts 3 hours. Swimmers in the age groups 7/8, 9/10 will swim 25 meters (or yards at SH, GCC) Swimmers in age groups 11/12, 13/14, 15/18 will swim 50 meters (or yards at SH, GCC). All swimmers are allowed to participate in 3 individual events. Sometimes, a swimmer may also participate in a relay event. The relays are decided by the coaches based on times and practice attendance. There are 60 events in a meet.


6 and Under Swim Meets 2018

All meets are held at Cramer Mountain Country Club

June 9

June 16

June 23

June 30- 6 and Under League Meet

All 6 and Under Swim Meets begin at 8:30. Swimmers should plan to arrive no later than 8:00 with warm-ups beginning at 8:15. Swimmers ages 6 and younger will swim 25 yards. They can participate in 3 individual events and may also participate in a relay. There are 10 events in a 6 and Under Swim Meet.


Gardner Acres has a reputation for operating swim meets of the highest caliber and efficiency.  It is VERY IMPORTANT that every swimmer is represented by one parent to work at each home meet and also work at least one shift at the two away meets. It takes over 40 volunteers to run a home meet.  You can sign up for meets at the swim team sign-ups or by contacting one of the swim team representatives.


Swim Team Pictures will be Tuesday, June 26. Team picture at 5:00 Swimmers are encouraged to wear their team shirt. Those wanting individual pictures can have their picture taken before the team picture. Order forms will be available at the pool. Please select the package you would like and include payment at the time the picture is taken. Payment can be made to Brian Mayhew or Carolina TopShots Photography.


Each Friday morning is used to distribute ribbons, discuss meet results, practice, and play games. We need several parents who can contribute and organize snacks for the swimmers each week. In the past, swimmers have enjoyed treats such as ice cream, watermelon, popsicles, donuts, brownies, etc. Fun Friday will only be held during the morning practice times.



Each Monday is used to distribute ribbons, discuss meet results, play and have a treat. We need several parents who can contribute and organize snacks for the swimmers each week. In the past, swimmers have enjoyed treats such as ice cream, popsicles, donuts, brownies, cupcakes, etc..


Team Shirts are included with the registration fees. Please indicate the size needed on the registration form. Additional shirts may be purchased by filling out a t-shirt order form. Please note that the deadline for submitting all t-shirt orders is a firm deadline so that the younger swimmers will have their shirts for their meets. 

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