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The Stingrays have been members of the Foothills Swimming Association, a non-profit organization, for over 45 years. As are all teams in the league, we are a parent-run team! Our goal is to provide a family-oriented, yet competitive environment that enables each swimmer to improve his or her technique while fostering fun and good sportsmanship. This year the Stingrays are excited about their 15 th year at the Sixth Avenue West pool operated by the Foothills Parks and Recreation District. The pool is conveniently located at 400 Holman Way in Golden just off the Sixth Avenue and Indiana St. intersection. The summer club season generally runs from Mid-May to approximately the end of July, with practices held daily Monday through Friday and regular meets every Saturday with a few optional meets on Sundays or occasionally on weeknights if needed. We have come to recognize that the racing aspect of our team is not for everyone due to things such as Westernaire’s, vacation plans, age, and many other factors. We always leave the decision to compete in meets up to each individual family along with the level of commitment you choose to give the team!


The Stingrays are excited to have their head coach, Heather Howe, returning for her 20 th season with the team. We are also looking forward to the return of assistant coaches Kailey Petro and Emily Yeager.


This season, we will be having afternoon practices starting Monday May 20 until Thursday May 23. Starting Tuesday, May 28 we will be at our outdoor pool, in the morning from 7:00-9:30 AM. Please see the attached sheet for the practice schedule from 5/20-6/9. Normal morning summer practice begins on Monday June 3.

Mondays and Fridays, 

  • First practice session will be from 6:45 – 8:30 AM
  • Second practice session will be from 8:15 – 9:30 AM.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will be starting a little earlier

  • First practice session will be from 6:15 - 8:30 am.
  • Second practice will still be from 8:15-9:30 AM.

The first 15 minutes of practice consists of stretching and getting the swimmers into the appropriate groups. Parents and swimmers can choose which practice time works best for them and their swimmer(s). The team asks that each swimmer make at least three practices a week in order to get all swimmers prepared for the weekend meet.


The cost to join the Stingrays Swim Team for the entire summer is $165 for the first child and then a $5 discount for each additional family member. There will also be a $45 pool surcharge per family, which helps to cover pool time and other fees. Foothills Swimming Association requires a $7 liability insurance fee annually. These charges cover coaching salaries, pool rental fees, all the swim meets, stroke clinics, end of the season gifts, and end of the season team banquet.  We tell all the parents that you decide what you want this season to be like.  Obviously we would love to have all our swimmers attend the swim meets, but if you choose not to swim meets that is totally fine!  You only want to practice 2 times a week - totally fine, too! However, we do encourage all our swimmers to try at least 1 swim meet over the course of the season!


As previously stated, all teams in the league are parent-run, meaning we need a TON of parent volunteers to assist in the running of all the swim meets. All training is provided free of charge to our parents. We do require each swim team family to give us a $250 deposit (you can pay with a check or give your credit card during on-line registration) for volunteer hours. Then throughout the summer you are required to earn 14 points in order to receive your $250 deposit back (final board decision pending). If your point requirement are not met your check/credit card will be cashed/charged at the end of August. All families will need to sign up for their volunteer hours at our website: www.stingraysswimteam.swimtopia.com This can be done at the time of registration or throughout the summer. However, don’t wait too long as many positions do fill up quickly! Those families who are swimming meets will need to obtain at least 10 points volunteering at the swim meets.  There are 6 regular meets over the summer and you can earn up to 6 points at each meet.  You can totally earn your 14 points in 3 meets.  We also never turn anyone down who would like to go above and beyond their 14 points!


The Stingrays have a new website! www.stingrayswimteam.swimtopia.com

The website is where you will register your swimmer(s), sign up for parent volunteer shifts, sign up for racing at the swim meets, be informed about the summer schedule, preview team suits/ order warm wear/ water world tickets, and many other cool things too!


Lastly, we do have a team suit for both boys and girls, but it is not mandatory to purchase one just to be on the team. We will have them available for sizing and purchase poolside.  They will be available until June 24.


Often times new swimmers are not quite sure if they are ready, interested, or “good enough” to swim in the swim meets. Our Inter Squad meet is the perfect way to show parents and swimmers what a meet is all about. We encourage ALL our swimmers to join us on Sunday June 9 th at 8 AM for this fun, exciting, and memorable event. Yes, we want all our swimmers – no matter what level – to come out and race on this special day and see exactly what all a swim meet has to offer everyone!

Once again, thank you for your interest in the Stingrays Swim Team. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!

Heather Howe:  (303) 279-5184 home, (303) 949-5913 cell, or 


Deanna Dykema: deannadykema@gmail.com

Emmy Dimitroff: fishingyaak@aol.com

Summary Page of Team Requirements

Practice Times Monday & Friday                                 
     6:45-8:30 AM
     8:15-9:30 AM
Tues, Wed & Thurs
     6:15-8:30 AM
     8:15-9:30 AM
Swim Fees $165 for 1st Swimmer
    $5 discount for each additional swimmer
Pool Surcharge $45 per family
Liability Insurance $7 per swimmer
Volunteer Check $250 per family
Volunteer Points 14 per family
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