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    Ben Whiteside Head Coach

    We are excited to have Ben Whiteside lead us again this season!  Ben Whiteside has been the head coach of Hardin Valley Aquatics since 2018. In 2020, he led the High School Hawks to third place overall and Middle School Hawks to second place in the 2020 city meet. Ben has been a part of Knoxville swimming for twenty-five years and is a Knoxville native. Aside from a two-year stint in New York City, he has coached in Knoxville for ten of the past twelve years.  Stay tuned as we finalize staffing for more bios coming soon!

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    Isabell Loy Assistant Coach

    This will be Isabell's 3rd season coaching with the Gulf Park Blue Sharks.  She is a Junior majoring in Biology and Chemistry at Sewanee University and loves being a collegiate swimmer.  Her specialty strokes are the sprint freestyle and backstroke.  Not only is she a GP Blue Shark alumni, she also holds the SMI 15-18 girls backstroke record!!!  

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    Swim Team Details

    *As of now GKAISA is expecting to have a swim team season. For more information and updates - see GKAISA news at https://gkaisa.swimtopia.com/.  Swim team coaches are meeting in mid-April to finalize the meet schedules and we will post those dates as soon as the information is finalized.

    *This program is only for children that can swim across the pool on their own, without touching feet to pool floor or hands to pool wall. The first practice that the child attends will include a swim test to ensure that all swimmers are qualified for this program. For more information - see swim team 101 file above.

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    Tentative Practice Schedule (times subject to change pending enrollment numbers and note changes from past seasons due to guidelines/restrictions on occupancy and pool use)

    Beginning Tuesday,  June 1st at Gulf Park 528 Pensacola Road, Knoxville, TN 37923

    Morning - Monday/Wednesday/Friday 

    Ages 10 and under: 8:45-10:00am (warm ups at 8:45, in water by 9:00)

    Ages 11&up: 9:45am-11am (warm ups at 9:45, in water by 10)

    Evening - Monday - Thursday 

    Ages 10 & Under: 7:00pm warmups 7:15-8:00pm in water
    Ages 11&Up: 7:45pm warmups 8:00pm-9:00pm in water

    *No Friday evening practices.


    Full Summer:  (June 1 - July 31st) Same as year's past: $105 first swimmer, $95 second swimmer, $85 third swimmer, $60 for each additional child 
    Plus swim-team-only membership family of $130. This is a facility fee that covers your use of the pool for practices, meets, and swim team events only. Or join Gulf Park Pool with a full membership!  http://gulfparkrecreation.org/become-a-member/

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