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Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY) is a year-round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability—from novice, state, national and international competitors. Train with some of the best swimmers in the country and work with talented and experienced coaches. Find the practice group and location that is right for you! Let TBAY help you reach your potential as an athlete!! Get started today and contact one of our TBAY branches! GO TBAY NATION!

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  Big 10 StampedeTBAY Swims Out at the Big 10 Stampede
Posted March 4, 2015    

Lewisville, Texas — Between February 26th and March 1st, TBAY competed at the Big 10 Stampede Meet hosted by Lakeside Aquatic Club of Dallas, TX. In its inaugural year, this meet brought together 10 of the nation’s top senior swimming programs to compete in a format designed to offer incredible top-end competition in a “team” environment. Roughly 500 swimmers from these 10 programs, 7 of which have been Silver level or higher, competed in a short course prelims and long course finals format.This new event was held at the brand new $28-million Lewisville LISD Westside Aquatic Center. TBAY reported great times by its swimmers plus a whole bunch of fun had by the whole team!

 Thursday Results | Friday Results | Saturday Results | Sunday Results
Big 10 Stampede Final Results – Stampede Final Team Scores

2015 Gasparilla Races2015 Gasparilla Races Open

When: February 6-8, 2015

Location: Tampa Preparatory School
727 West Cass Street, Tampa Florida, 33606

Type of Meet: Age Group and Senior/Open 25 yard short course, timed finals, Friday - Sunday, February 6 - 8, 2015. All events will be swum as mixed events, scored separately by gender and age groups. All events will be seeded fastest to slowest

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TBAY earns Silver Medal in USA Swimming Club Excellence Program

Posted December 17, 2014

Tampa Bay Aquatics (TBAY) is honored to be awarded a Silver Medal status in the 2015 USA Swimming Club Excellence program, recognizing the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.

In its 14th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded age group and senior swimming programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top 20 clubs earn Gold level and those ranked 21-100 are designated as Silver. The next 100 clubs are recognized as Bronze.

“Club Excellence is one of our most popular programs and earning a Gold, Silver or Bronze ranking is highly coveted by coaches and clubs,” said Pat Hogan, USA Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director. “Our clubs nationwide demonstrate incredible commitment to improve the performance of their athletes.”

Click here to view the complete 2015 Club Excellence Program results.


Ella MarlowCongratulations to Ella Marlow for ranking 1st, 2nd and 6th in the NATION in 2014!!

Posted December 1, 2014  

Ella ranked 1st in the 50 Fly, 2nd in the 50 Fr and 6th in the 50 Bk LCM this past summer. Your teammates and coaches are so proud of you and your accomplishments. Keep working hard!!! Way to go Ella!!

The National Age Group Recognition Program is an awards program for the top level of age group swimmers. All times submitted to USA Swimming from sanctioned, approved or observed competition are eligible for consideration. The swimmer must have been a registered member of USA Swimming at the time of the swim. Swimmers who are in the Top 10 in an event at the end of the season, will be awarded a certificate for their accomplishments. Certificates are distributed for both short course yard and long course meter events. Those who earned the top spot in their event will receive a special momento.

In addition to individual events, age group swimmers can qualify for the Top 10 list in relays using standard age group definitions. That means, ages 11-12 and continuing for 13-14, and 15-18. A club may only have one relay team listed in an event unless the other team or teams are composed only of swimmers not listed on the first. The time frame for each year’s recognition is September 1st through August 31st of the following year. Lists are compiled and checked in the fall and the final list prepared and announced prior to the end of the year.


TBAY's Rockway qualifies for 2016 Olympic Trials

ChristinPosted September 22, 2014  

Congratulations to TBAY Brandon's Christin Rockway who has officially qualified for the 2016 US Olympic Trials in the women's 200 Fly and 400 IM. The US Olympic Trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska June 26th - July 3, 2016.

Christin has also been selected to attend the US National Select Camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs October 23rd - 26th. One of just 32 girls in the country! More information on the Camp can be found here.

Train with a purpose TBAY NATION! Make Every Day count! Let's have a TEAM in Omaha!

TBAY Brandon Swimmers Shine at Summer Junior Nationals 

Posted August 30, 2014

TBAY sent 5 swimmers (Wes McGovern, Blake McGovern, Sean White, Ryan Peters, and Christin Rockway) out to the 2014 Speedo Longcourse Junior National Championships in Irvine, California July 30 - August 4th. For the first time since TBAY won the Junior National Championship Combined Team Title in 2006(also in Irvine), TBAY got on the Scoreboard in both the men's and women's meet.

The lone qualifier for the Girl's, Christin Rockway(14), scored 20 points by finishing 11th Overall in the 200 Butterfly(2:14.24), 14th in the 200IM(2:19.26), and Medaling in the 400IM with a Top 8 FInish(4:51.11). Her times in those 3 events would have qualified her for the 2012 US Olympic Trials in all 3 events by a large margin. Her prelims time of 1:02.21 in the 100m Butterfly broke the 13-14 Florida State Record of 1:02.55 set by Becca Mann at the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Wes McGovern(16) led the boys team with an Incredible 100m Backstroke 11th place finish(57.57), his time would have qualified him for the 2012 US Olympic Trials as well. He also dropped over 5 seconds in the 200IM(2:08.15), best time in 200 back(2:06.3), 100 Fly(57.2), and had great splits on the boys relays all week!

Blake McGovern(15) and Sean White(16), both new to the National Scene, did a great job going best times in time trials, and providing best times on all 3 relays during the meet. They both did exactly what we want our Relay only swimmers to do when given the opportunity... seize the moment, learn and be Inspired to make Nationals in Individual events next season!

Way to Go TBAY!



TBAY 2nd at 2014 Summer FLAGS

Posted July 30, 2014

Congratulations to all of TBAY Nation for finishing 2nd at the 2014 FLAG Championships held at the University of Florida. We had an incredible competition with tremendous performances by many! Here are a few of the outstanding accomplishments we achieved over the 4 days:
  • 2nd Overall Team

  • 2 New FLAG State Records by Christin Rockway (400 IM - 4:52.42 & 100 Fly - 1:02.89)

  • 1 Individual High Point Winner (Ava Carter 11 &12 Girls)

  • 10 Individual State Champions

  • 24 Top 3 finishes

  • 34 4- 8 place finishes

  • 6 Relay FLAG State Champs

  • 4 Relays finishing 4 - 8th place

  • Girls Team 1st place finish overall

Thank you for all the support & dedication in helping us make this one of the premiere racing teams in the entire state of Florida!!!



Paxton Rhoads Attends 2014 USA Swimming Zone Select Camp

Posted July 2, 2014

USA Swimming sponsors four Zone Select Camps in an effort to identify the emerging young athletes in each Zone and offer them a unique motivational and educational experience. The Zone Select Camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and Zone level onto to the national scene. Congratulation to Paxton on you achievement! Your coaching staff and teammates are very proud of you.

Please watch Paxton's interview on Fox News: Link

For more information please visit here.  

Skjaerpe Wins 5 Medals & Breaks 2 National Records

Posted April 22, 2014

Congrats to our TBAY Central's Rasmus Skjaerpe for having a dominating Norwegian Swimming Nationals held in Stavanger, Norway. Representing his Norwegian Club Team Bærumsvømmerne, this was Rasmus's 1st ever Senior National level meet and he did not disappoint. Rasmus came away with 5 individual medals and broke 2 national records in the process. It was great to hear that back home in Tampa (on our home pool deck) our TBAY swimmers were cheering him on via webcast! Rasmus was so excited and extremely flattered to find out his teammates were following and supporting him live! He sends a big thank you for your support! Next stop for Rasmus will be European Championship this summer held in the Netherlands. Congratulation to Rasmus on all his fantastic accomplishments!


Gasparilla Races7th Annual TBAY Gasparilla Races

Posted February 4, 2014

Event Date: February 7 - 9, 2014
Event Locaton: Tampa Preparatory School 727 West Cass Street, Tampa Florida, 33606

Fore more information,click here:


RasmusTBAY's Skjaerpe closes out career with gold

Posted November 12, 2013

STUART — Rasmus Skjaerpe flicked off his fur-lined slippers and shed his long, black warmup coat. When he took the starting block for the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Tampa Prep senior scanned the crowd for his mother, Unni — as he does before every race — and gave her a thumbs up.

The pre-event routine was the same for Skjaerpe, who competed in his fifth Class A state championship swim meet Friday at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center.

But this time, it wasn’t just another start for the Terrapins. It was his last.

In the final meet of his high school career, Skjaerpe was one of just four swimmers to become a state titlist in multiple individual events. Skjaerpe won gold medals in the 200 individual medley (1:48.64) and the 100 backstroke (48.59). Both relays (200 medley, 400 free) on which he competed finished fifth. <read more>

RockawayTBAY's Rockway wins Swimmer of the Year Honors!

Posted October 15, 2013

Florida Swimming announced the Coaches, and Swimmers of the Year for Short Course, and Long Course 2012-13 seasons at the Annual Meeting.

Senior Coach of the Year - Sergio Lopez (BSS)

Age Group Coaches of the Year - Sherwood Watts (SYS), and Randy Reese (CAT)

Swimmers of the Year Short Course:

10 & Un Girls - Rhiannon Driscoll (STAR)

11 & 12 Girls - Christin Rockway (TBAY)

13 & 14 Girls - Rebecca Mann (CAT)

15 & 16 Girls - Bethany Leap (SYS)

17 & 18 Girls - Danielle Valley (SYS)

Senior Women - Megan Romano (SPA)


10 & Un Boys - Reef Ide (YCF)

11 & 12 Boys - Luca Kravchenko (CBS)

13 & 14 Boys - Matthew Hirschberger (CAT)

15 & 16 Boys - Caeleb Dressel (BSS)

17 & 18 Boys - Ryan Murphy (BSS)

Senior Men - Marcin Ceslak (UF)


Long Course:

10 & Un Girls - Rhiannon Driscoll (STAR)

11 & 12 Girls - Talia Bates (GSC) & Kaitlyn Cronin (GSC)

13 & 14 Girls - Kendall Brent (SWIM)

15 & 16 Girls - Rebecca Mann (CAT)

17 & 18 Girls - Danielle Valley (SYS)

Senior Women - Megan Romano (SPA)


10 & Un Boys - Jason Brzozowski (SYS)

11 & 12 Boys - Luca Kravchenko (CBS)

13 & 14 Boys - Matthew Hirschberger (CAT)

15 & 16 Boys - Caeleb Dressel (BSS)

17 & 18 Boys - Ryan Murphy (BSS)

Senior Men - Ryan Lochte (DBS)


Congratulations to these athletes, and their coaches!


TBAY's 200 Butterflier/Backstroker Skjaerpe Verbals to Arizona

Rasmus-640x363.jpgPosted October 8, 2013
Written by Meredith Roberts for

Rasmus Skjaerpe has verbally committed to a scholarship at the University of Arizona.

Skjaerpe is a Norwegian National team member who swims with Tampa Bay Aquatics. At last year’s highly competitive 1A state meet (think Bolles, Pine Crest, and American Heritage), he represented Tampa Preparatory School and won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:38.20. He went on to touch second with a 49.0 in the 100 fly.

Skjaerpe, who considers himself to be more of a middle distance swimmer, looks forward to contributing to the Wildcats’ 3rd-place team from last year’s NCAA Championship meet in a variety of different events. His 2012-2013 season produced a 1:47.0 in the 200 backstroke and a 1:46.5 in the 200 fly at Junior Nationals.

Skjaerpe says that a combination of factors make him feel ready to commit: Head Coach Eric Hansen and Associate Head Coach Rick Demont are enthusiastic, and the program itself sports a solid track record of success. The men finished third at NCAAs, and they had three swimmers (Clark Burckle, Alyssa Anderson, and Matt Grevers) at the London Olympic Games. The school’s beautiful outdoor pool and warm weather of Tuscon made it easy for Skjaerpe, who lives and trains in sunny Florida, to see himself there.

If Skjaerpe’s size (he’s 6’2, 205 pounds), versatility in the pool, and nonstop work ethic translates, he will continue to improve and have an immediate impact in the Pac-12.

  Arena LogoNew TBAY Partnership
Posted September 13, 2013

As Tampa Bay Aquatics enters its second Decade of Competition and builds on its first Decade of Excellence, we have joined forces with a company that is taking the competitive swimming world by storm. TBAY will become the first ARENA sponsored Team in the area and one of the largest ARENA sponsored teams Nationwide. Over the last several weeks learning and understanding the Mission and Vision behind ARENA, it didn’t take long to see we are very similar, which makes this a great fit for both parties. We don’t want to be like everyone else, we strive to be better! With an emphasis on building relationships and partnerships, together, I know our next decade will be a very bright one!

About Arena

For over 40 years Arena has equipped the world’s leading swimmers and lovers of watersports with racing, training, and leisure swimwear and accessories built on a foundation of in-depth research, technical know-how, and an unyielding commitment to quality. Since 1973, Arena has created and marketed Waterwear products for competitive swimmers and swimming fans worldwide, and is universally recognized as one of the premium brands of high-quality swimwear and equipment. Over the last 37 years, the company has developed strong expertise in developing best-in-class products with particular focus on the pool segment, while also gradually expanding into leisure and beachwear.

Arena has commercial subsidiaries in Italy, France, Germany, and the U.S., and also operates through a global network of distributors and licensees. The Arena brand is present in 106 countries worldwide, of which 95 are directly managed by the Arena Group (five through commercial subsidiaries and 90 through distributors and licensees), while in the Far East (11 countries) the brand is owned and managed by the Descente Group.

The company’s ties to the world of sport and swimming in particular are reinforced through sponsoring activities at different levels, including governing bodies, national federations, athletes and clubs. For more information, please visit:

  TBAY raises $23,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center at SAA-Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER BEACH — On May 18th, 120 swimmers and volunteers from TBAY participated in the second annual openwater fundraising swim benefiting the Moffitt Cancer Center at Clearwater Beach. Participants swam either a 1/2-mile, mile or the Iron Man distance of 2.4 miles. Adult swimmers were asked to raise a minimum of $500; those younger than 18 were asked to raise at least $250. Pledges collected benefit Moffitt's metastatic melanoma research as well as the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program. TBAY's Niko Milosavlievic ($1,700) and Gabby Bellamy ($1,300) raised the second and third most money by swimmers 18 and under.

This year's event, administered by Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA), was dedicated to former former Florida Gator backstroker, Lorraine Perkins, who passed away on February 10th, 2013 after battling Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma since November 2007.

Swim Across America

TBAY is going to be participating in the Swim Across America on May 18th at Clearwater Beach. All of the money that we fundraise will go to Moffit Cancer Center. If you'd like to sponsor a swimmer, or to join the TBAY Swim Across America team, please go to


TBAY's Skjaerpe: FHSAA State Champ in the 200 Free

Tampa Prep Junior Rasmus Skjaerpe won his 1st state title this past weekend at the 2012 1A State Championships held in Orlando, Florida. Rasmus went 1:38.2 to claim his 1st State title. He also followed it up with a silver in the 100 Fly (49.0). Both times were done in All-American fashion! Rasmus was also names Bright House Athlete of the Week! Congratulations to Rasmus!

Tampa Bay Times | Tampa Tribune | Bright House Athlete of the Week

2012 Florida Swimmers of the Year

TBAY-Brandon's Wes McGovern and Christin Rockway were honored with Florida Swimming’s annual “Swimmer of the Year” award. Wes won both short course and long course honors for 2012 in the Boys’ 13-14 category and Christin long course in the Girls’ 11-12. Photo above: both shown with their coach Dave Gesacion.

Hotel Info for TBAY Events

Typhoon Lagoon Trip: Hyatt Grand Cypress, Orlando

The link to book directly with the Hyatt for our special rate which includes discounted pricing is:
The rate is $119/night

GSC Gator Invitational Gainesville, FL

Homewood Suites, Gainesville 352-335-3133. Rooms available from November 29, 2012 – December 1, 2012. Rates start at $99/night.

Summer 2013 FLAG’s at O’Connell Center, University of Florida.

Homewood Suites, Gainesville 352-335-3133. Rooms available from July 24, 2013 – July 27, 2013. Rates starting at $109.

Hampton Inn Sarasota I-75/Bee Ridge
5995 Cattleridge Road   Sarasota, Fl 34232   941-371-1900.Rooms are available March 7th - March 10th. Rates are $135/night

TBAY Shines at FLAGs, Senior Champs

TBAY finished as the top Tampa Bay area swim club at the 2012 FLS Summer Age Group Championships held on July 19th-22nd. TBAY finished third in total points scored in the Combined Team category, winning both the 10 & Under and 11-12 Girls age group divisions. TBAY also earned the 3rd spot in the 13-14 Girls as well as 4th in the 13-14 Boys. Special recognition goes to 2 TBAY-Brandon swimmers - George (Wes) McGovern and Christin Rockway. Wes was the high-point winner in the 13-14 Boys division division and broke two meet records winning the 200 Free in record time and winning the 400 Free with a time of 4:03.87, smashing the previous record set in 2004 by 2.67 seconds. Christin, swimming in the 11-12 year old girls division, was the runner-up in total points for her division and also won the 200 IM in a record time of 2:25.63, breaking the previous record set in 2007. Click here for results.

At the Summer Senior Champs held 7/26-29th, TBAY also finished third in the Combined Team Scores, behind the SarasotaYMCA Sharks and ATAC. Top Individual scorers were Bailey Bowden and Ryan Peters. Click here for results.

Summer FLAG Hotel Info

A block of rooms have been reserved for Tampa Bay Aquatics at the Homewood Suites in Gainesville, FL for the 2012 Summer FLAG’s. The address is 5253 S.W. 42nd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608, Phone: 352-335-3133. This is the same hotel we have stayed at for the GSC Holiday Classic.

Rooms available are:

QSTN Studio 1-Queen N/S $99.00
QHWN Suite 1-Bedroom 2-Queens N/S $139.00
KQQN Suite 2-Bedroom 1 -King 2-Queens N/S $169.00

 Rooms are available from July 18 – July 21. Call the hotel direct & ask for the Tampa Bay Aquatic rate.

**The hotel has asked the all reservations be made by June 21, then any unreserved rooms will be released to the general public.


Rasmus Skjaerpe and Coach Jason Bowes attend Norwegian National Team Altitude Training Camp

Left: Rasmus Skjaerpe with World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Alexander Dale Oen); Right (from l to r) Rasmus Skjaerpe, National Team coach Sondre Solberg, TBAY Central Head Coach Jason Bowes, National Team Coach Flemming Jenssen.

TBAY Central's Rasmus Skjaerpe took part in a Norwegian National Team Altitude camp in Flagstaff, Arizona over the last 2 weeks. Flagstaff, Arizona is at 7000 feet which presents a very tough environment to train in. Rasmus was able to work with some of the top coaches and top swimmers in the world during this camp. He was able to work with World Champion and 2008 Olympic Silver medalist Alexander Dale Oen, 2008 Olympic Silver medalist Sara Nordenstam and 2010 Short Course Bronze Medalist Aleksander Hetland. It was amazing to see him around and training with these amazing athletes. Rasmus also got to work with one of the top Biomechanic Trainers in the world who has worked with some of the top professional hockey goaltenders, ski jumpers, golfers, speed skaters, ballerinas, gymnasts and cross country skiers. Also TBAY Central's Head Coach Jason Bowes was invited to the camp as a part of the Norwegian National team coaching staff. Jason had an amazing time working with all these coaches and amazing athletes. Rasmus and Coach Jason Bowes are extremely excited at the opportunity to share this amazing experience and all the tools they learnt with the TBAY Nation and the Tampa community.  

TBAY NATION 3rd at this year's 2012 FLAG Championships; 14 make the Florida All-Star Team!

Congrats to all TBAY swimmers that attended the 2012 FLAG championships in Sarasota this past weekend. This is the 3rd year in row were TBAY has finished in the top 3 at FLAGS!!! We had many outstanding performances and many best times. We also had 14 swimmers get selected to the 2012 Florida All Star Team and Florida Open water All-Star Team. Congratulations to Isabella Kirkpatrick, Haley Hanlon, Savannah Savitt, Hannah Fredlake, Anika Smith, Hollis Rosenkranz, Wes McGovern, Blake McGovern, Ava Carter, Paige Carter, Christin Rockway, Van Cates, Mady Rainey and Jabrari Ramsey. Congrats to all our swimmers and good luck to all our swimmers attending Area 3/5 Championships, Florida All Star meet and the 25 Swimmers attending the 2012 NCSA Jr. Nationals in Orlando. GO TBAY NATION!!!

Fredlake makes Florida All-Star Team in Open Water & TBAY Finishes 2nd at Sr. Championships

Hannah Fredlake qualified for the Florida All-Star Team in the open water event with her amazing 1650Fr swim at Senior Champs. Hannah was still able to make the team despite losing her cap with 200 yds to go and swimming with her hair all up in her face. If you are interested in seeing her last 25 of the race please check out Facebook site -  

TBAY's McCaffrey tops FS rank for 17-18 year olds in butterfly

Devin McCaffrey cemented his status as the state's top 100-yard butterflier on the recent Florida State Rankings. McCaffrey also made the top 10 in the 17-18 Breastroke SCY rankings with his time of 56.97. Both times garnered McCaffrey two individual state titles at the FHSAA Swimming 2A State Finals. Congrats!

Boys 17-18 100 Butterfly Short Course Yards
1 49.10 850 McCaffrey, Devin Ronald 17
2 49.37 832 Martini, Matheus Salto 18
3 49.50 826 Lowe, Nicholas Andrew 18
4 49.56 823 Hoang, Phuoc Quy 18
5 49.81 811 Homer, Christian-Paul Nicholas 18
6 49.90 811 Duggan, Sean Michael 17
7 50.09 802 D'Alessandro, Teo A 17
8 50.14 800 Ledford, Sean A 17
9 50.55 775 Hensley, Thaxter Cole 18
10 50.64 771 Lujan Rivera, Sergio 18

TBAY places 2nd at Senior Champs

This past weekend, TBAY placed second in the "Combine Team Scores" category at the 2012 FL Swimming Senior Championships held at Orlando's YMCA Aquatic Center. Full results are posted here:


Watch live streaming video from floridaswimnetwork at


Graves and Swanson win 2012 Jessie Helfrich Hicks Awards

Spoto senior Giorgie Graves and Jesuit senior Chris Swanson won the Jessie Helfrich Hicks Award as the top female and male swimmers in the County. Graves, who has committed to Garner-Webb, finished in the top four in the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the Class 2A state championships in November. Swanson, who has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 1500 freestyle, is the first two-time winner of the award since Thomas Pollock of Plant City won for the second time in 2001.

All-County Swimming: Coaches of the Year, Polk County

TBAY-Lakeland coach Lee Stauffer had four swimmers advance to the state meet in a tough year for him. The four swimmers were Alex Sparbel 100 back, 100 fly, Zach Hart 50 free,100 free at the state meet. Alejandro Contreras and Evan Budd were part of the 200 free relay at state.

Before the season started, Stauffer’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. She is continuing with treatment.

TBAY swimmers chosen all-county "Swimmers of the Year"

Congrats to Mazie Siddens, Devin McCaffrey, Giorgie Graves, and Rasmus Skjaerpe on being named "Swimmer of the Year" by the St. Petersburg Times. Original articles can be read by clicking the links below:

Mazie and Devin

 Giorgie Rasmus

Chelsea Nauta: Capitalizing on her summer success

Gergia Bulldog Chelsea Nauta

12/2/2011 | By Mike Watkins//Correspondent (USA Swimming)

When she was 10, Chelsea Nauta made a prophetic statement that is slowly but surely proving true.

She proclaimed to her parents and coach that she wanted to earn a college swimming scholarship and make the Olympic team one day.

So far, she’s 1-for-2, having completed her senior season at the University of Georgia this past March, with the second part of that statement definitely within reach.

For Nauta, who is competing this weekend at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, setting goals and chasing them are keys to helping her attain her dreams little by little, step by step. <Read more>


Skjaerpe qualifies for Norwegian National Team and wins 8 gold

Click here to read the article from Brighthouse Sports Networks

Article published on Home Team

Wed. November 30, 2011 | Laura Keeley

While Rasmus Skjaerpe, a sophomore from Tampa Prep, had a successful state swim meet earlier this month, he knew his most important winter race would take him across the world to Oslo.

And he returned to Tampa this week from the Norwegian Jr. Nationals with his most impressive results to date.

Skjaerpe, 15, won eight gold medals in the 13-15 age bracket (50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 100 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM) and was the only swimmer from his age group to qualify for the 19-and-under portion of the race. "Moose," as Skajaerpe is called by Tampa Prep coach Jason Bowes, won gold in the 200 fly and 400 IM and four silver medals in the 50 back, 100 back, 100 fly and 200 IM. With that performance, Skjaerpe qualified for the Norwegian national team and will race overseas this summer with the hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Summer Olympics in London.


2011 Pan-Am Games: Swimming Photo Gallery

TBAY Shines at WFLA Meet

Over 150 swimmers invaded Largo and represented TBAY last weekend. Great job swimmers on outstandingTeam warm-ups, racing, and Cheers throughout the weekend. Meet results can be found at

Nauta Medals at Pan American Games

TBAY alumnus, Chelsea Nauta (back to the camera) embraces teammate Catherine Breed at the end of the women's 200m freestyle final at the 16th Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Nauta earned two medals: the silver medal in the 200 Freestyle and a Gold in the 800 Freestyle Relay (Catherine Breed, Elizabeth Pelton, Chelsea Nauta and Amanda Kendall ).

Rockaway named Florida Swimming Swimmer of the Year

Congratulations to TBAY-Brandon's Christin Rockway, who was awarded the 10&U Girls' Swimmers of the Year award for the 2011 short course season by Florida Swimming.

TBAY Alumnus Chelsea Nauta to swim in Pan Am Games

Former TBAY standout Chelsea Nauta has been selected to swim for Team USA in the XVI Pan American Games in Mexico Oct. 15-21. Nauta, who finished a strong fourth in the 200 free at US Swim Nationals, also competed for the USA in the World University Games in China. Forty-eight swimmers will represent Team USA. A complete roster of the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games team roster can be found here.

Hotel info for Gator Invitational and Spring 2012 FLAG Meets

The Hotel info for GATOR INVITATIONAL:
Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville, FL
5253 S.W. 42nd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-335-3133 Fax: 352-335-3570
Rates are available 12/1/11 – 12/4/11
Rates are available 12/1/11 – 12/4/11
Studio 1-Queen N/S:$99.00
Suite 1-Bedroom 2-Queens N/S: $139.00
Suite 2-Bedroom 1 -King 2-Queens N/S: $169.00

The Hotel info for Spring 2012 FLAG Meet:
Hampton Inn Sarasota 1-75/Bee Ridge
5995 Cattleridge Road
Sarasota, Fl 34232 941-371-1900
Available March 7th – March 11th.
Ask for the 'Tampa Bay Aquatics' Rate
Rate for either two Queens or one King is $13

TBAY alumnus, Chealsea Nauta, helps U.S. earn relay gold

Karlee Bispo, Chelsea Nauta, Kate Dwelley and Megan Romano of United States of Team USA pose with their gold medals

SHENZHEN, China – With the help of ex-TBAY swimmer Chelsea Nauta, the United States’ women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay won the gold medal in record-setting fashion Wednesday at the World University Games. Nauta swam the second leg of the relay, which clocked 7:55.02. That eclipsed the World University Games record by nearly two seconds. China came in second in 7:59.62.

“I couldn’t be happier here representing the U.S. at the Games and being part of this relay,” Nauta said. “This is the first record the United States has set here in Shenzhen, so I’m very honored to be part of it.”

TBAY Sends 9 Swimmers to Jr. Nationals in California

This years 2011 Jr. Nationals are being held at the beautiful Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. TBAY sent 9 swimmers to this meet....TBAY Central's Chris Swanson, Emma Siewert and Rasmus Skjaerpe; TBAY Countryside's Ryan Peters and Kevin Smith; TBAY Brandon's Giorgie Graves, Merrill Wilson and DJ Waite; and TBAY Arbor Green's Megan Smith. This meet host the top 2000 18 and under swimmers in the Country. If you are interested in following the meet please click on this link below for full results and web video coverage. GO TBAY!!! Link

TBAY Swimmers Named to 2011 Southern Zone All-Star Team

Congrats to the 6 TBAY swimmers who were selected to the 2011 Southern Zone All Star Team. They travel to Raleigh this week to represent Florida swimming.

  • Paige Carter

  • Kara Wilkins

  • Jordan Wheeler

  • Emily Clifford

  • Athena Cimino

  • Devin McCaffrey


Tampa Bay Aquatics Relay Downs 21-Year-Old Florida Swimming Standard

A new Florida State record by 15 & 16 year old TBAY boys!! At the Ft. Lauderdale International Invitational, the 200 Medley Relay of: Ryan Peters, Kevin Smith, Devin McCaffrey and Dean (DJ) Waite swam a 1:51.29. The old record was 21 years old; set in 1990. Congratulations boys!!

From Swimming World Magazine:

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, July 4. At the Fort Lauderdale Invitational Swim Meet at the International Swimming Hall of Fame last weekend, a relay team from Tampa Bay Aquatics beat a 21-year-old Florida Swimming age group record. The foursome of Ryan Peters, Kevin Smith, Devin McCaffrey and Dean Waite clocked a time of 1:51.29 in the boys 15-16 200-meter medley relay. That outing smashed the 21-year-old LSC record of 1:53.43 set by West Florida Lightning's Rob Healy, Scott Caron, Scott Tucker and Alex Voris back in 1990. Tucker went on to win an Olympic gold medal, and swam for Auburn while also competing at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Voris swam for Alabama after graduating from Osceola High.

Event 120 Boys 15-16 200 LC Meter Medley Relay FLAGI: # 1:52.39 6/24/2001 Fort Lauderdale Swim Team Open: % 1:53.42 6/28/2009 Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, FLA-FG

Team Seed Finals Points

1 TBAY-FL 'A' 1:57.69 1:51.29# 22 1) Peters, Ryan 15 2) Smith, Kevin 16 3) McCaffrey, Devin 16 4) Waite, Dean 16 29.48 1:00.75 (31.27) 1:27.10 (26.35) 1:51.29 (24.19)


2011 FLA International Invitational, June 23-26

TBAY will be sending 50 plus swimmers over to Fort Lauderdale to compete in the International Age Group Invitational this weekend. Over 1,000 swimmers from across the country and world will be competing in the Invitational. More information can be found at:

Meet Information
Entered Teams
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Hotel Lodging for 2011 Summer FLAG Swim Meet

There are blocks of rooms reserved for TBAY swimmers and their families for the 2011 Summer FLAG Swim Meet in Orlando. Mention Tampa Bay Aquatics when booking directly with the hotel to access our group rate. The hotels & their respective information are:

The Hampton Inn is sold out. We have a very limited supply of rooms still available at the Embassy Suite International Drive South. Contact Wendy Bingham (Sales Manager) directly for reservations at 407-581-4273. Mention Tampa Bay Aquatics to get our discounted rate.


*Staybridge Suites-International Drive

1 BR Suite $139, 2 BR Suite $159 or $179

Cut Off Date is May 20 for guaranteed availability.

Rooms may be booked after May 20 if space is available. To book the Staybridge, click on the link to the right Click here: Click here


150+ Swimmers and Parents attend Aaron Peirsol Clinic

April 2011 — We had a fantastic turnout to our Olympian Clinic this past weekend at Tampa Prep!!! Multiple Gold medalist and World record holder Aaron Peirsol came to TBAY this past Easter weekend and held 2 clinics for 11 and unders and 12 and overs. We showed some video, had a motivational speech, some Q & A and finished off with some technique work in the pool and some pictures and autographs. It was a fantastic event and we would like to thank everybody that help make this a great success! Please take a look at Brighthouse Sports for more coverage: Article | Video

TBAY sends 9 Swimmers to the Michigan Grand Prix

April 2011 — TBAY sent 9 swimmers to the Michigan Grand Prix held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. TBAY finished in the Top 10 of the meet. For more results please check and to see videos of our swimmers 2nd swims please click here.


TBAY sending 15 swimmers to NCSA Junior National Championships

March 15-19th —  TBAY has one of the largest teams from the state of Florida competing in the National Championships. Congratulations to all of them on a great achievement and we know all of you will represent TBAY well!  


TBAY welcomes its new Brandon branch

TBAY is proud to announce the opening of its new branch in Brandon and to welcome back Dave Gesacion as the its coach. From 2003 to 2007, Dave helped make TBAY a dominant force in Florida Swimming and guided the team to its first national championship title at the 2006 Speedo Long-Course Junior National Meet in Irvine, CA.

For more information about our new branch, click here.

TBAY's Coach Kelley Receives "Coach of The Year" Award

The Florida Swim Coaches Association has spoken! Coach Kelley Allen, from the Westchase Branch, has been elected as Florida Swimming's 2010 "Age Group Coach of the Year!" Congratulations Coach Kelley !

TBAY finishes 2nd at the 2010 Summer LC Junior Olympics and Senior Champs

TBAY had a great 2010 season! After taking 3rd place at Short Course Junior Olympics in the spring, the TBAY JO crew bettered their performance by placing 2nd in the combined team division at this summer's Long Course JOs!  TBAY also finished 2nd at Senior Champs with a combined team score of 1,171.50 points.

TBAY places 13 swimmers on Florida Swimming's All-Star Team

Thirteen swimmers from TBAY helped Florida Swimming keep its undefeated streak alive in the annual dual meet series between Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast Swimming. Swimmers who finished in the Top 6 for the 10-Under, 11-12 and 13-14 at the Junior Olympics were selected for the All-Star Team. This year's meet was held on April 10-11 at Indian River State College, Ft. Pierce.   Full Results

Olympic Gold Medalist and National team member hold Clinic at Tampa Prep

Over 100 swimmers in the bay area took part in a very successful and exciting clinic this past weekend at Tampa Prep. The Clinic was run by Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder Garrett Weber-Gale and Team USA National Team member Matt Lowe.  more>


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