The Torpedoes Swim Team

The Torpedoes swim team competes in the Tarheel Swimming Association each summer. Swimming is a fantastic team sport and a great way for kids to stay healthy while making lifelong friends. There are so many benefits to participating with the Torpedoes:

Anyone can do it!  – All they need is a desire to work hard and learn. An added bonus is swimming can be a lifelong and useful life skill.

It’s social – Swim teams are a great and easy way to make friends with kids that train with you every day. These are long term lasting friendships that share a common goal!

Fitness – Swimming improves overall fitness. It is much easier on the child’s joints than higher impact sports. Swimming also builds muscle and endurance to prevent childhood obesity.

Self Esteem – On our team everyone’s a winner at different levels with ribbons, and awards at the end of the season. The feeling of accomplishment to get to the other side of the pool while people are cheering for you is an amazing feeling to a child who is working so hard to compete. They reach levels of unbelievable proportion and leave with such a sense of accomplishment.

The Torpedoes swim team teaches children about setting benchmarks, seeking improvement and striving for a level of perfection every time they get into the water, no matter how they get across that pool. Our experience has shown us that swimming increases levels of self esteem – increasing confidence and lowering stress levels.

In addition to our swim team which starts as young as 5 years old we offer a pre-swim program geared to the younger swimmer just starting out.


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2017 Swim Team Practice Schedule



  • June 12 through July 21 – Monday, Thursday, Friday
  • 10 and under–8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • 11 and up–9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • June 13 through July 29 – Wednesdays
  • WEDNESDAY morning ONLY, ALL ages practice from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • No practice July 4th, no practice the morning of July 5th because of Wednesday meet


  • May 22 through June 8 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • No practice Memorial Day May 29
  • June 12 through July 21 – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • All evening practices, all ages–6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Half of practice will be spent doing dry land exercises, and the other half in the pool. ALL swimmers are encouraged to come to morning practice as there is more individual coaching time and focus on stroke development.
  • No practice July 4


  • June 12 through July 21 – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am OR 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • No practice July 4


2017 Swim Team Meet Schedule

Meet Schedule–all meets begin at 6:00 p.m. Swimmers arrive earlier for meets.

  • June 13 – AWAY @ Lifetime Fitness Raleigh
  • June 20 – AWAY @ Wendell
  • June 27 – HOME vs. Raleigh Racquet Club
  • July 5 – ***WEDNESDAY*** AWAY @ Hawthorne
  • July 11 – HOME vs. Zebulon
  • July 18 – HOME vs. Crabtree

All families are required to work at least three meets. We will hold a practice meet so all new parents can learn the ropes. Sign up link will be sent shortly.

We will be using REMIND to send out group texts when the weather wreaks havoc with our swim plans. Instructions will be sent on how to sign up.

Meet Our Swim Coaches

We are excited to welcome back Coach Woody, and three assistant coaches who are new to the coaching team, but not new to Lakemont.

Head Coach Woody
Gerard Woody, known as Coach Woody, was a student-athlete on the NC State swim team during his first two years and is a graduate of NC State. As a sprinter, he excelled in short course Freestyle events with lightning fast speeds. After two seasons of swimming, he found his real passion in coaching, helping kids recognize their own strengths and abilities. Before moving south from Dallastown, PA, Coach Woody was a two-time All State swimmer, four- time All American and Junior National qualifier in high school. He is currently a coach with the New Wave Swim Team in Raleigh and we’re excited to bring his enthusiasm, drive and DJing skills back to Lakemont this summer.

Assistant Coaches Hannah House, Adam “Cherry Bomb” Steltenpohl, and Parker Ogburn
How lucky are we to have three current swimmers who are coaching material! All three have swum on the Torpedoes for nearly a decade a piece, and show that Lakemont fosters great swimmers and great leaders. Hannah is completing her freshman year at UNC- Chapel Hill, where she swims on the club swim team. Adam is graduating from Sanderson High School this year, where he was named named Most Outstanding Athlete in Male Swimming. Parker Ogburn is finishing up her sophomore year at Sanderson, where she swims and crushes it on stage in their in-house drama productions. Coaches Hannah and Adam will be running the 8 am to 9 am morning practices, managing the pre-swim program, and alternating practices with Coach Woody from 9 to 10 am, and run the evening practices. Coach Parker will be assisting with pre-swim and stepping in to help wherever she may be needed. We couldn’t be more excited about the leadership, energy and passion these three returning swimmers will bring to our coaching team!


Private Lessons

All swimmers, regardless of ability, can benefit from private swim lessons. Learning better stroke mechanics, technique, and form can greatly help a swimmer improve their times. Private swim lessons are available to any member of the Lakemont Club. Coaches Woody, Hannah and Adam are available for private swim lessons. The rate for a half hour lesson is $25. Members should contact the coach directly to set up lessons either via email or in person.

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Preswim is our group swimming program for our youngest swimmers, not quite ready for the rigors of swim team, but who are eager and ready to learn. This program meets 3 times a week, for half an hour. If swimmers are interested and parents are willing, they will be able to swim in the meets. Your child will be assessed to see if he/she is ready for preswim (or even should be bumped up to the swim team itself) when they join the program. In general, your child should be able to swim about 10 yards unassisted in some fashion of swim, technique or stroke is not important!


Masters Swimming

The Lakemont Masters Program is a swim program open to any Lakemont Club member who is 18 or older. The program is designed to help swimmers become more efficient in the water by improving stroke technique and building endurance.During Masters you will receive swimming workouts designed by Lakemont’s Head Swim Coaches. These workouts are designed to help the swimmer achieve their goals in the pool whether it is to train for a triathlon, become more physically fit, or just be more comfortable in the water. Coach Woody is going to lead the sessions again this year.

Starting June 12th, practice will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 8pm.  We will run an 6 week session, ending July 21.  The total cost for the session is $75.  If you have planned vacations, you can pro-rate by taking off $10 for every week you will miss. (This s a week shorter than last year because the way the calendar falls with meets this year. If there is interest, Coach Woody may add a week for $10 extra per week.)

If we have a lot of storm related cancellations, we will try to make up a few sessions on Saturday mornings if there is enough interest. Email for more info.