OJR Aquatics Club
Thirty years ago, swim instructor Linda Burston of Pottstown saw a need for young swimmers (ages 5 through 14 years old) of all levels to compete, not only elite athletes. That’s why she founded OJR Aquatics Club, a non-profit organization with the best coaching staff in the community, governed by a parent-elected Board.
The club is grateful to be part of the Owen J. Roberts school district, which provides them with the opportunity to practice and compete in the pool at the Middle School. OJR Aquatics Club competes in the Tri-County League against local school district teams comprised of dual meets, invitationals and a swim and dive League Championship meet.
The purposes of the swim and dive team are to:
* Provide each swimmer and diver the opportunity to develop a strong body, mind, and spirit in a team environment
* Develop a love of swimming or diving, teamwork, and principles of good sportsmanship
* Encourage all swimmers and divers to work hard, develop self-discipline, and strive to do their best
Swim and dive season begins practicing each November, with 6 swim meets and 4 dive meets held from November through the beginning of February, culminating with their respective League Championships. Practice is offered throughout the week at different times according to ability, providing options for busy families. An annual award night for all swim and dive members and families is also held.
About the Coaches
Coach Michelle Fisher is going into her sixth year as the head Swim coach for the Owen J Roberts Aquatics Club. She begins each season by evaluating the participants to ensure they can swim one lap of freestyle and one lap of backstroke. Coach Michelle keeps swimming fun by incorporating games into a few fun Friday practices, while focusing on technique and endurance during the week. Additionally, she helps to create camaraderie throughout the team by using a buddy system, where older swimmers are given the opportunity to help mentor younger swimmers. Her enthusiastic team of assistant and junior coaches help to make it all possible.
Coach Bob Schweitzer has been the head dive coach for the OJR Aquatics Club Team, teaching the fundamentals of diving since 1995. His program ranges from beginner to advanced skilled divers. He runs a fun but educational program focused on sound diving practices, team bonding and sportsmanship. Divers should expect to learn to perform dives from all diving groups (forward, back, inward, reverse and twisting). The team practices twice a week and usually competes in five meets.
The OJR aquatics club continues supporting the success of their alumni swimmers by offering four scholarships to Senior applicants. Of note, Owen J. Roberts' Logan Richards, who won the state championships last year for the 500 freestyle, is an OJR Aquatics alumni swimmer.
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