The Killer Whales in 2016

This page contains news and updates on:

  • Our Coaches
  • The Practice Schedule
  • The Meet Schedule
  • Tryouts
  • Parents Meeting
  • ​Registration
  • Team Officials and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Swim Suits, T-shirts and Caps
  • The New PGP Online Swim Shop

Our Coaches
The head coach for 2016 is Nick Tartaro. Nick was our general coach last year and we are delighted that he is returning as head coach for this season. We are pleased to also announce that Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus will be our general coach. Cecilia was an All Star swimmer on our team and her name still adorns several records on our board. We are thrilled that she is coming back to the team this year to coach and I hope everyone will give her a big welcome.

The Practice Schedule

The Killer Whales first practice is on Tuesday, May 31, at 5:25pm and finishes at 8:00pm for the older swimmers. The practice time are

5:25pm – 6:15pm for beginners and 8 & unders
6:15pm – 8:00pm for 9 and up

The practice that starts at 6:15 will be divided into three training groups. Younger and less experienced swimmers will be released from practice at about 7:30pm.

Once the schools close we have an addition morning practice from 10:00 – noon. This will run on Tuesday through Friday for four weeks beginning June 21.

The Meet Schedule

We are in Division D this year. The other teams are:

D1 Russet Swim Team (RST)
D2 West Laurel Swim Team (WLS)
D3 Montpelier Community Association Swim Team (MC)
D4 West Lake Village (WOW)
D5 Prince George’s Pool (PGP)
D6 Northridge Swim Team (WA)

June 1-2: Tryouts for new swimmers (other tryout times TBA)
June 11: Time trials @ PGP
June 11: PMSL Officials training (evening)
June 18: Away meet @ WLS
June 25: Away meet @ RST
July 2: Home meet v NR
July 9: Away meet @ WOW
July 16:Home meet v MC
July 23: Divisional meet @ WLS
July 30: ALL STARS


Tryouts for NEW swimmers will take place during the first two weeks of the season. Please arrive at the start of practice at 5:25pm and talk to one of the coaching staff to schedule your try out. Swimmers can join the team if they will be 18 or under on May 31. Swimmers need to pass our swim test which is swimming 25 meters unassisted for the 9 and unders and two 25 meters lengths unassisted for older kids. Swimmers need to demonstrate a certain degree of confidence but they do not need to have any style. Any stroke is fine.

Parents Meeting

There will be a parents meeting at 7:00pm on Friday June 10th. This is for new AND returning parents. We will use this meeting to get to know one another, and to discuss the 2016 season, coaching expectations and parent volunteering. We will aim to answer any questions you may have. There will be a swim team pot luck on that day and we will get the pool ready for the time trials the following day. Please aim to join the pot luck that will start at 6:30pm, come to the meeting at 7pm and help set up the pool at about 8:00pm. 

Team Officials and Volunteer Opportunities

Liz Houston will return as our meet manager and Helen Searls is the League Rep/Team Manager. Our parent officials include John Marsh, Kelly Higashi, Betsy Centofanti and Sandy Stein. Jim Cronenberg has volunteered to be our data manager. Thank you to all of these parents.

We need other parents to fill some seasonal roles. These are ongoing jobs. None of them are that difficult but they all have their moments of occasional intense activity.

·       Assistant meet manager – this person will help Liz to organize volunteers for all the meets and will assist her to run everything during the home meets

·       3-4 swim suit sellers (we would like all swimmers to buy suits before time trials on June 11 so you must be available the first two weeks of the season)

·       Concessions organizer (for two home meets)

·       Swimathon/fundraising organizer

·       Concessions Shopper (for two home meets)

·       Friday pot luck coordinator

If you would like to volunteer please email Helen Searls helensearls(at) AND Liz Houston miz.liz.houston(at)

There is also an officials training workshop at the start of the season. The advertised session is on June 4 at the University of Maryland at 5:30pm. Here there will be training for the following official positions

·       Referee/Starter Training

·       Stroke and Turn Judges Training

·       Hy-Tek Data Management Training

·       PMSL 101 Training

·       Coaches Fundamentals Training

The fee for swim team this year is $79 for an individual swimmer and $136 for a family of swimmers.  Registration must be done online via the PGP website. Please register as early as possible even if you will not be at the first few practices for whatever reason. It is nice to know to get an early idea of the number of swimmers to expect in each age group.

Swim Suits, T-shirts and Caps

We would like each swimmer to have a team swim suit and cap. Besides adding to team spirit, it helps swimmers swim faster when they are wearing snug fitting, good quality suits.

The New Way to Get Team Swim Suits

PGP has a new supplier for team suits – (see more below), a company that also gives us cash back for every purchase you make using our portal. The prices are about of half they were last year and the customer service is excellent so far. We have made a bulk purchase of suits that we will sell directly to swimmers and which will be available at the start of the season. We will sell suits via the front desk and occasionally at a “booth” by the diving board during the first two weeks of the season (dates and times to be announced). We would like to complete team suit sales by the time trials. Suits bought at the front desk will be direct sales with no sizing kit. There will be a sizing suits available during practices in the first two weeks. Swimmers should be DRY to try on the sizing suits so plan to do this before your child gets in the water. When buying the suit please buy the correct size as we will not take returns on worn suits.

Our suit is the Sporti Molecule suit in blue. The girls’ suit is $22.50 and the boys’ jammers are $18. Swimmers may alternatively wear a unitard. We are picking a specific unitard design from SwimOutlet that we will circulate. None of our suits this year will have a logo as we have found the logos do not fare well in the sun and chlorine. Our caps will carry the team logo. We have team silicon ($12) and latex caps ($4). These will be on sale from the front desk after May 28. Caps should be worn for meets and practices.

We will have a team T-shirt that we will give to each registered swimmer. When registering for swim team please include your T-shirt size for you swimmer. To ensure your swimmer gets their desired size please register before June 4. 

The New PGP Online Swim Shop

I am pleased to announce that we have set up an online shopping portal at SwimOutletIf you use this link to do shopping, the Killer Whales will get 10 percent of all sales. We recommend that you use our online store to purchase goggles ahead of the season. The speedo vanquishers and junior vanquishers are very popular with a lot of swimmers. You can also get everything you could possibly want for the new pool season from swim diapers to diving gear and everything in between. Shipping is free for orders over $49.

Helen and Liz
miz.liz.houston(at) gmail(dot)com