Online registration for swimmers ready to make a splash as an El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devil begins Jan. 23 at edhtaz.org.
A warning for those procrastinators … “It fills up pretty quick,” said EDH Taz Vice-president Jack Peterson.
Returning swimmers have a “pretty much guaranteed” spot, said EDH Taz President Brett Jones. New swimmers are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. EDH Taz takes 40 children of each gender in each age category (ages 4 to 18). Last season they had 357 swimmers in the water.
“I think it’s a great team,” said Jones, whose children grew up in the program.
The Suburban Swim League formed in 1967 and now has eight teams participating, two in El Dorado County — EDH Taz and the Sierra Sharks, whose home is Cameron Park. EDH Taz swim meets were first held at a pool near William Brooks Elementary School. They now swim at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s pool.
“We probably have one of the top aquatic centers in the area,” said Peterson.
He and Jones both said they really appreciate the successful partnership with the EDHCSD. Their teamwork has resulted in many improvements to the aquatic center, including more seating and a state-of-the-art scoreboard.
Jones also credits parent involvement for the team’s success. EDH Taz has earned an impressive 12 league championships over the years.
The coaching staff is led by the Brown siblings — Jason, Marc and Marybeth — with many others contributing. “They ushered in a new energy … a new level of competitiveness,” Peterson said of the Browns.
Perhaps that means the EDH Taz will have more trophies to add to the new trophy case and record board recently installed. We’ll have a better idea of that when the kids hit the pool; practice begins April 30.