Akira Lomvardas – Break Metro 12/U Boys 200 Fly Record

Fast swimming continues to come from the Junior Team at Badger, with a New Metro Record.

Akira Lomvardas, set out to break the 12/u Boys 200 Fly record of 2:04.78 held by Tavis Siebert and he touched the wall this past Sunday with a time of 2:04.09. Congratulations to Akira, keep up the great work.

Great things coming from Akira and his fellow Age Groupers at Badger.

Olympic Medalist Cody Miller is coming to Badger

Join Us in Celebrating Cody Miller’s Olympic Win!

On Fridy 9/30 and Saturday 10/1, recent Badger olympian, Cody Miller, will be coming to meet with Badger swimmers, visit local schools and participate in a Badger wide meet and greet. All are welcome to join in the celebrations! See the schedule below.


FRIDAY 9/30/16

  • 9:00am-11:00am Cody visits local schools.
  • 11:00am-4:00pm Special filming event.
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm Cody visits Badger Swim School at Hommocks.
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Cody meets with Competitive 8U, 10U & Junior Teams at Hommocks.

SATURDAY 10/1/16

  • 7:00am-9:00am Cody visits Senior team.
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Meet & Greet at Badger with Badger Olympians Cody Miller, Lea Loveless-Maurer and others- All are welcome!

Bill Murray is a Badger too!

Fantastic Mr. Fox is Fox Searchlight, stop motion film based on the legendary story by Roald Dahl. Our favorite character is, of course, non other than Mr. Badger! Mr. Badger is played by the comedic talent, Bill Murray who can be seen in this clip showing his Badger pride!

Take a watch for a few Badger laughs to brighten this dreary Monday!

Patrick Conaton named Stanford University Co-Captain

Accomplished Badger swimmer, Patrick Conaton, is entering his junior year at Stanford University and was recently named co-captain of Stanford University’s Mens Swim Team, which is a tremendous honor for a junior to be named a captain.

Patrick is considered one of Badger’s most recent and current talents. He is an NCAA qualifier in the backstroke events and, most recently, represented Badger at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha.

He is certain to be an integral member of the Stanford team as they kick off their 2016-17 season.

Badger wishes Patrick the best of luck this season!.

Road to Rio Continues for Miller

rioLast night will be a night that Cody Miller will never forget and one that had every swimmer from Badger past and present on the edge of their seats.

The Olympic Trails only come around every 4 years, Cody Miller made it his year.CODY

Cody swam through the prelims, the semifinals to reach the Finals of the Men’s 100 Breaststroke seeded second, it was time to make all the work, all the early mornings and long training sessions pay off.  Cody swam a great race, a race where he took second to Kevin Cordes both punching their tickets to Rio where they will represent the United States of America in the Summer Olympics.

Congratulations to Cody from all the Badger swimmers and Families


Road to Rio 2016 – Follow Your Badger Teammates

US Olympic Trial has been called one of the fastest and most exciting meets in the world, some say even more than the Olympics themselves.

With the start of the Trial just seven days away, we wanted to share the Badger Guide to the Olympic Trials, so you can follow your Badger Teammates.


Clear and Plan your DVR’s and get ready to watch some fast swimming.


Delivering on the Road to Rio Promise


Delivering on the Road to Rio Promise                                                       badger-swim-logo11            

Dear Badger Swimmers, Families, Alumni and Friends


Today more than 200 of the Badger Families will come together at the Badger pool in Larchmont for a cookout to honor our graduating high school seniors and 16 Badger swimmers who qualified for the upcoming Olympic Trials. Nine of these swimmers are from Westchester and seven are post-graduates.

Oyimpic1As you know, my goal has always been to have Badger represented at the highest level of swimming.  I am happy to report on Badger’s watch that three Badgers have become National Champions in the sprint that began three years ago, Cody Miller, Zane Grothe and Lindsay Vrooman.


These swimmers are quality individuals that wanted to continue to swim after college but needed scholarships to get them to Rio, and they wanted to compete for Badger.  All of our post-grads have the same values, ambition and talent of our other Badger swimmers. They have added considerable value to our Badger program, helping our senior and junior teams right down to our youngest members getting them to “step up”… through education, training and communication of what fast swimming is all about. Seniors


The outcome is self-evident in the posture our entire team has taken in an Olympic year. The shared journey of the Badger program culminates with the Summer Olympics in Rio.

I want to thank all of our swimmers, swim parents, alumni & friends for being a part of this program. And for your continued support of the Badger legacy, which I remain so proud to be a part of. We look forward to the BBQ and celebration of these milestones and thank everyone for their contributions.


John H. Collins Jr RED CLAW











Caeleb Dressel, Social Media and Internet Safety

A note from Badger Parent Advocate, Mike Conaton:

Caeleb Dressel, Social Media and Internet Safety

When both swimming and non-swimming friends send me the same article, it’s a pretty good indication that there are some good stories involved.  Indeed, this recent article by Karen Crouse in the New York Times contains messages for parents of swimmers young and old. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/29/sports/for-a-natural-swimming-isnt-always-easy.html?_r=0

The article features Caeleb Dressel, the rising US sprinter who recently set new American records in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at his college conference championships.   The article summarizes Dressel’s meteoric recent rise, his ironic challenge, and his humble beginnings as an age group swimmer.

Badger 10U parents may hear their kids complaining about having to learn the difficult butterfly stroke.  Well maybe it will make the kids feel better to learn that even American record holders once struggled, and even cried over having to swim Butterfly.  And add yet another funny story about young kids and their early swimming lessons – Dressel once jumped into an empty lane during a meet and actually won the heat.  The problem was that he was not entered in the meet!  He was there to watch his older brother.

Later as an age grouper, the article makes reference to a valuable tool that many kids use today: Dressel still keeps detailed notes in a logbook to chronicle his workouts and performance.  His entries were much more detailed than other kids’ books, focusing not only on recording sets and pace times (as I know some Badger veterans still do), but also on how his body and muscles felt in the water under different conditions.  He was a study on form and technique.

Dressel would emerge onto the national scene, first at the age of 15 as the youngest male competitor at the 2012 Olympic Trials, then a year and a half later making the 2013 Junior World Championships in Dubai.

But when he came home from Dubai, despite all his success, Dressel unbelievably quit swimming.   Introducing one of parents’ greatest challenges with their kids – Social Media and the Internet.

Dressel suffered from feeling the burden of expectations.  It seems his days of racing anonymously were long gone.  Dressel said in the article, “as a 17-year-old kid, people put you on this podium, and it seems like you’re just a source of entertainment for people.  I felt like I was swimming for other people and they’d never be satisfied”.

The author of the article summed it up – “The “other people” are strangers on the internet.  Dressel’s ascent has coincided with the rise of social media, where every person with access to Twitter has the equivalent of a megaphone”.  Dressel was feeling the pressure from social media that expected him to be something special every time he swam.

The point combines two concepts, one we have written about in the past regarding the need for kids to swim for THEMselves. To me the second point speaks volumes of some of the other pressures our kids face today. You can literally be the fastest kid in the world and still feel peer pressure and feel bad about yourself – in this case delivered through the internet and social media. How many times have we had discussions (ok, fights) about social media in our household…It’s obviously here to stay so we all have to figure out how to deal with it – both the unintended and the very intentional and downright mean communications via the internet. I don’t know what the answer is, and obviously there are a lot of great things about the internet (I know I’m showing my age and tech inexperience), but I believe we parents can’t be blind to what goes on with social media and just hope for the best.

Back to the story…Dressel was back in the water after a much needed six-month break from the water.  With continuing support from family, friends and coaches, Dressel is constantly reminded to keep his success in perspective and his focus on himself and his teammates.

Three time Olympian Brendan Hanson is quoted in the article, summing up this last point very well when he spoke to Dressel’s mom – “the best thing you can do for your kids is put away your stopwatch and let it be THEIR sport, not yours”.

As for social media…hope is not a method – very coincidently, our local high school recently hosted a presentation by Laura Forbes, Senior Assistant District Attorney with the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney and member of the High Tech Crime Bureau.  Ms. Forbes spent a couple hours scaring parents with horrible stories and describing the many risks presented by the internet. In short, the following top 10 list of recommendations were discussed:

  1. Set parental controls on devices
  2. Talk about content with your kids (violence, language, other)
  3. If you give a 10-year old a phone, limit it
  4. Don’t let young kids play games or watch movies made for older kids
  5. Tell kids not to give away passwords, personal information or disclose their location
  6. Turn off devices at bedtime – take it away if you have to
  8. Tell your kids to stop if you don’t like what they’re doing online
  9. Help your kids or find help if you don’t know what to do
  10. Be aware of Apps that hide content from you on their phones and computers

So we’ll add to the list – Parents are awesome…it ain’t always easy…and it can be really scary…


Michael Conaton, Badger Swim Club Inc. and Badger Swimming Inc. accept no liability for the content of this article, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.

Badger Alumni to Swim @ NCAA Championships


Tomorrow begins the 2016 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Georgia Tech, in Atlanta Georgia.

Three former badger swimmers are slotted to swim in what has been stated as the worlds fastest short course meet, the meet itself is filled with high energy as teams and individuals via for the NCAA Titles.

hogan yaleBrian Hogan a senior at Yale swimming the 1650 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle and 400 IM.


Patrick Conaton a sophomore at Stanford will be swimming the 200 Backstroke, 50 Freestyle, the 100 Backstroke and possibly a relay.


Patrouch_Oliver_15_md_1007Oliver Patrouch representing Indiana University will be swimming relays for Indiana.

Please Follow the meet and cheer on the teams as they via for individual and team titles.