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CVA has new coach, new summer swim program
A water polo player dives into the Pitman High School Pool on Monday during Central Valley Aquatics senior swim team practice. - photo by ANDREA GOODWIN / The Journal
Central Valley Aquatics swim club has been a competitive swim team since 1958. Over its 51 years, the team has seen many athletes and coaches come and go. This April, the team saw a familiar face return to coach the team for a third time.
Paul Maurer has been the head coach of Central Valley Aquatics since April. He was also the coach from 1997 through 2004, and then again from 2005 through 2006. Maurer has seen the swim team through ups and downs, and he thinks the team will show an improvement this year.
“They are improving tremendously. We are getting better and better with every meet,” Maurer said.
Central Valley Aquatics is currently running two separate swim programs. The Marlins summer swim team is open to beginning swimmers ages 5 and up who have passed Turlock Recreation level three swim lessons, or CVA’s Gold Metal Stroke Clinic. The Marlins team is a relatively new program, it started two years ago. Maurer said the Marlins compete at swim meets in the Mid Valley Swim League about two out of every three Saturdays, but they are still mostly a recreational team.
Central Valley Aquatics also has a year-round competitive swim team for more advanced swimmers. The senior swim team competes in swim meets in the Sierra Nevada region about once a month. This Saturday the team has seven swimmers competing in the Summer Sanders Invitational swim meet in Rosedale. Among those swimmers is Stephanie Young, who recently competed in the Santa Clara International Invitational swim meet.
Young was the only member of her team who qualified to compete in the Santa Clara Invitational, but Maurer said that many of the other swimmers were not far behind. Young’s older sister, Lesley Young, was a member of Central Valley Aquatics until she left to attend the University of Wyoming. Lesley Young swam at the 2004 Olympic trials, representing her school team. She is one of only two CVA swimmers to make it to an Olympic qualifying meet.
At Monday’s practice the CVA senior team shared the pool with members of the polo team. Starting Monday, Maurer is putting together a masters water polo club for adult water polo players. The team will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the cost will be $5 per splash. For more information about joining any of the CVA teams, call Paul Maurer at 535-1154.
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.