WHO WE ARE:
The Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team (LRST) is a seasonal competitive swimming program that participates as a member of the greater Prince William Swim League (PWSL). Each summer, the Lancers provide opportunities for swimmers 18 years & under, residing in the Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, and adjacent areas to participate in a competitive swim program. Participants are assigned to one of two programs: the competition team or Lil’ Lancers. The competition team is for members who possess the minimum PWSL requirements for competitive swimmers, while the Lil’ Lancers is geared towards developing the skills & techniques need to reach those requirements. Competition season’s begin at the end of May and run through the end of July.
Membership for the Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team is open to residents of Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, and the surrounding areas. Each registration period opens with an unlimited number of openings for participants ages 18 & under. In order to be considered for the competition team, swimmers must be able to legally swim a 25-meter freestyle with good side breathing, as well as a 25-meter backstroke.
The Lil’ Lancers is a 4-week program geared towards swimmers 10 & under, who still need to learn the proper skills in order to be successful in the competitive program. Each registration period beings with 30 openings and swimmers must be evaluated by Coach Kristen prior to registering. To be considered for the Lil’ Lancers, swimmers must have the confidence and ability to independently swim across the pool in any manner. If a swimmer demonstrates they are ready for the competition team during the Lil’ Lancers program, they may be given the opportunity to move up and begin participating in regular practices & swim meets. For more information on evaluation dates, please see the team brochure located on the home page.
The sport of swimming is unique in its need for volunteers through the summer season. Once a registered member, the Lancers look to parents & family in order to volunteer their time in various capacities. The most prevalent of these is the swim meet. Swim meets rely on parent & family participation to serve in various functions which help the meet progress. Positions include Timers, Recorders, Card Runners, Clerk of Course, Computers, Heat Ribbons, Meet Marshals, Scorers, and other essential jobs. Volunteer opportunities are not limited to administrative positions during swim meets, however. Other needed positions during a summer season include grill cooks, Café workers, Apparel Sales, and Water Runners. More information regarding fulfilling volunteer commitments and the various available positions will be given to parents at the start of each season.
PRICING & REGISTRATION:
|Family Activity Fee||$35.00|
|Team Photo (Optional)||$6.00|
|Lancers Memories DVD||$6.00|
|* Non-LRSC Members Fee||$10.00|
* The Lake Ridge Lancers Swim Team is hosted by the Lake Ridge Swim Club. While we highly encourage Lancer families to be Lake Ridge Swim Club members, you do not have to be a member to join the team and there is an extra charge for non-member swimmers of $10 per child.
All registrations are completed through the Lake Ridge Lancer’s website. To register, click the “Team Registration” button on the Lancer home page (www.lakeridgelancers.com) and follow the corresponding prompts. Please be mindful of the required information throughout the registration process. Details such as emergency contacts and health considerations are extremely important to our coaching staff. Once at the checkout, applicants will have the option of paying by credit card or choosing to pay by check. If you choose to produce a check, please contact Lacey Yoho at Lancerlady@gmail.com. If you have any questions regarding the registration process or trouble with the website, contact our webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the helm of the Lake Ridge Lancers is Kristen Misencik. Coach Kristen first began competitive coaching during her high school and college summers as a swimmer coach (in addition to life guarding, teaching swim lessons, and managing/supervising pools). Shortly after college, she became the Assistant Coach for the Woodbridge Senior High School Swim Team for four years, and an Age Group Coach for OCCS Swimming. Coach Kristen’s experience working with children extends beyond swimming having worked with Prince William County’s youth in the school system and in athletics, holding both teaching and administrative positions.
In 2006, Kristen became the Head Coach of the Lake Ridge Lancers and continues to serve in that capacity. She describes her coaching philosophy as, “I believe my job is not only to teach swimmers how to swim and improve, but also to promote important character building skills; such as goal setting, sportsmanship, teamwork, and team unity.” She also believes the summer swim experience should have a balance between improving stroke technique, working hard to achieve the team/individual goals, and taking time to build friendships and have fun!
Working with Coach Kristen, the Lake Ridge Lancers employs a “grass roots” support staff. All of the Assistant Coaches grew up swimming on the Lancer team and have worked their way up the coaching ladder. The Lancer Coaching staff is comprised of highly qualified individuals, many of whom possess certifications in CPR, First Aid, and as life guards. Most importantly, they love to work with kids and are passionate about the sport of swimming.