Highlights from 2016
- The Dolphins took 1st place in New Mexico Games
- The Dolphins took 3rd place in Sundance Championships Finals
- Natalie Galasso won 1st place High Point for 8 & Under Girls at Sundance
- Sylvia Strow won 3rd place High Point for 8 & Under Girls at Sundance
This is the Home Page for the Dolphin’s Swim Team, a member of the
Sundance Aquatic Association of Albuquerque. The Dolphin’s Swim Team is a summer league team. Our 2017 season runs from Monday, May 1st to Saturday, July 22nd.
We have already started practicing daily at the University of New Mexico swimming pool at Johnson Center. Newcomers and visitors
are always welcome.
Fall & Winter Swimming
Sundance by-laws prohibit any Sundance
team from offering any sort of swimming programs or clinics between the last day of regular season and the first day of the
following season. However, there is no prohibition against Sundance swimmers participating in supplemental swimming programs
during the off-season, as long as they are not sponsored by a registered, Sundance team.
Dolphin team members who are interested in a Fall & Winter swim program are encouraged to contact
Sonic Swimmers. Sonic Swimmers is a private swim club which is not affiliated with any other swimming organization,
including, but not limited to, USA Swimming and Sundance Swimming. The purpose of the Sonic Swimmers is to provide non
year-round swimmers with the opportunity to improve their swimming skills during the off-season.
Sonic Swimmers will be practicing at UNM Johnson Pool between September 13 and February 24. They will
meet twice each week: Tuesday mornings, from 6:00 am – 7:00 am, and Friday evenings, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The
cost of the program is $150.00 per swimmer for the 6 month period. Registration and payment are due by September 1st.
Because this is a private, non-Sundance and non-Dolphin swim club, all interested participants will need to contact the club
directly to arrange registration and payment. Contact Kim Berling at 505-410-3646, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The best way to stay involved and up to date with the Dolphins is to join our group at ‘Yahoo Groups’.
This will provide you with the latest information in your emails. To join the group, simply click on the link
at the top of the page. You will be redirected to the Dolphin’s Swim Team Group. Then click on the tab that says ‘join
this group’, and then follow the instructions.
You will need
a yahoo.com email address to join. If you do not already have one, you will be instructed on how to get one. Once
you set up a yahoo.com account, you can forward all those emails to your primary email account for convenience.
Our Informational Spring Pot
Luck will be on Sunday, April 30th from 1pm-3:30pm at the UNM Olympic pool court yard. You can download directions to the
pool area, as well as a map, from the link at the top of the page. Please bring a main dish, plus a salad or dessert to share.
Everything else will be provided (tables, chairs, all paper products, drinks).
All swimmers will learn excellent swimming techniques, along with self-discipline, respect,
team building skills and good sportsmanship. We expect and encourage all of our swimmers to hold themselves to the highest
standard of personal conduct, both in and out of the pool. We offer a high quality, competitive and fun swim program. We are
a family centered team. As such, we offer lots of extra-curricular activities for both the swimmers and their families, such
as hikes, ball games, movie nights, bowling nights, etc… We are currently accepting new swimmers of all ages and levels.
Non-experienced swimmers are also encouraged to join. However, non-experience is different from “no experience”.
All participants should have at least one full summer of formal swim lessons (or the equivalent) before trying out for
The Dolphins are a swim team, and although some
of our coaches do offer private swim lessons, our mission, as a team, is to improve upon the already existing skills within
each swimmer. As such, all participants must have a basic level of proficiency in order to join. This proficiency would be
something as simple as demonstrating the ability to float on your back, demonstrate a standard flutter kick and demonstrate
a basic crawl stroke or free-style technique. The traditional starting point for a non-experienced swimmer is the ability
to make it across a standard diving well (approximately half a typical pool length – or 12 ½ yards). If you are
not sure if your child is ready, our coaches will work with your child and assess their ability.
Our coaches serve as
role models to all our swimmers, volunteering their time and their expertise. Many of our assistant coaches actually ‘grew
up’ on the team, each one swimming with the Dolphins for an average of 12 years. They all went on to become outstanding
high school and/or collegiate swimmers. They return every summer to offer their time and their talent because they love the
Dolphins and they love the sport. This level of dedication and experience is unique within the Sundance league. Our head coach,
Robert Wall, has been with the Dolphins exclusively for over 30 years. He is the longest serving head coach with the Sundance
organization. The Dolphin’s coaching staff offers strength through experience, dedication and continuity.
The first pre-season
practice will begin on Monday evening, May 1, 2017 at UNM Olympic Pool, from 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm. This will be the
practice time for the first week of May as UNM is still in session. Starting on May 8, practice will return to it's regularly
scheduled time of 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. We will practice every evening, Monday through Friday during the month of
During the regular season, there will be two practices
each day, one in the morning and one in the evening. Regular season workouts will start Tuesday morning, May 30,2017 from
6: 45 am – 8:00 am. Swimmers are to report to the far NW corner of Johnson Field (directly adjacent to the Olympic
Pool), with running shoes (no flip-flops!), for stretching, running and general warm-up, promptly at 6:45 am. Swimmers should
wear their swim suits under their clothes, so they can go straight from the warm-up and into the pool.
UNM will make parking permits available to our team members. The cost of this permit is
separate from the swim team fee. The cost for the permit this season is $58.00. This will be a physical permit
which will allow you to park in the parking garage. The parking permits will only be good for the time that we are scheduled
to practice. The Dolphins will purchase these permits on your behalf after we have received all of your membership paperwork,
including your membership fees. If you are utilizing one of our payment plans to cover your membership fees, you must have
that paperwork turned in as well. The fee for the parking permit can not be financed in the payment plans. You must provide
a separate check for that fee if you wish to get a permit. The purchase of a parking permit is not required to participate
on the swim team. Parking permits are a courtesy provided by UNM to help swim team members offset the cost of daily parking
POOL LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Traveling on Central, between University & Girard, turn north onto Stanford or Yale. Both
streets are very short and immediately terminate at Redondo Road. Turn east (right) onto Redondo Road. Follow Redondo Road
all the way around Johnson Field. You may drop off your swimmer (and belongings) at the entrance to the pool area and then
go and park your car. You can print out a detailed map at the top of the page. See a link for a map at the top of
The regular summer membership fee for the Dolphin’s Swim Team is $275.00 per swimmer. We do offer a multi-child
discount (10%) as well as a military discount (10%).
If you are a non-military family, the fee for your first child
will be $275.00; all subsequent children will be $247.50 each. If you are a military family, your first child would
be $247.50; all subsequent children will be $222.75 each.
offer a flexible payment option which allows families to make smaller payments over a longer period of time. Limited scholarships
are also available.
Those families looking to apply for scholarship
consideration should fill out the Scholarship Application Form, but they must also fill out the Flexible Payment Plan Form.
There are links to both of these forms at the top of the page.
Dolphin’s Swim Team will make every effort to offer financial assistance to any family requesting such assistance, but
our resources are limited. Therefore, assistance may be offered in the form of a partial scholarship or a flexible payment
plan, or some combination of the two. Those families simply looking for a payment plan, but not requesting scholarship
consideration, only need to fill out the Flexible Payment Plan Form.
All financial assistance forms should be turned in with the Dolphin Registration and Medical Release
forms, as well as the Sundance Registration form. All these forms can be found at the top of the page. 2017 forms
will not be available until April of 2017. You can scan and email these forms to Kim Berling at email@example.com, or you
can bring them to any swim practice.
Ideally, we would like to receive all forms by or before our
Spring Pot Luck, which will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. All forms must be completed and turned in by or before Friday,
May 26, 2017. Forms received after May 26 will be subject to a $20.00 late fee.
Membership fees are due at the time of registration, unless you are applying for scholarship
consideration. All flexible payment plans require a 20% down payment which should be made at the time of registration.
If you are not paying your membership fees in full at the time of registration, you must
submit a completed Flexible Payment Plan form, along with your 20% down payment. No exceptions! Parking passes will
not be issued to anyone who has not submitted all the required paperwork.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the information on this website, please contact
Kim Berling at 505-410-3646 or at her email firstname.lastname@example.org.