Justin Ress breaks record, makes the U.S. team

Congratulations to our very own Justin Ress! Justin set a Championship meet record with 24.4 in the 50 meter backstroke at the 2017 U.S. Nationals / World Championship Trials.

Justin Ress Pulls off Upset with Championship Record 24.4 50 Back

Watch his great swim

Justin Ress from Marlins of Raleigh and NCState is the National Champ and he has just made the USA team for the World Championship 2017 in Budapest !!!!!!!!!!!! Go Justin!!!!!!!

Posted by Luba Tyer on Thursday, June 29, 2017


He earned a spot on the U.S. team and will be competing in Budapest for the World Championship. We’ll be cheering for you Justin!

Meet at Seven Oaks

The season officially begins Tuesday when we compete against Seven Oaks.   This is an away meet and it will take some time to travel to Seven Oaks so please plan accordingly.

Please Update Your Meet Attendance Plans in the Registration System!!

If you cannot swim a meet, please sign-out through our registration system. Please log into your family account. On the left hand of the screen, you will see boxes that you can select. Please select “Meet Selection”. A screen with your swimmer’s name(s) should be listed at the top and the meets should be listed below on the left side. Please select “Yes” for the meets they will be able to attend and “No” for those that you will not be able to attend. You can also make selections if your child will be not available for both relays, the medley relay, or free relay.

If an emergency arises on the day of the meet and your child will be missing the meet or part of the meet, please contact Coach Margaret as soon as possible by e-mailing her at maggiemac10@nc.rr.com.

All Pool Dues and Team Dues Must Be Paid by Tuesday
If you have an outstanding pool dues balance or swim team dues balance, please pay it as soon as possible. Per TSA rules, all dues MUST be paid before the first dual meet of the season.

Seven Oaks Logistics

2500 Howard Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

When entering the parking lot, please park downhill and to the left. This will give you the parking spots that are closest to the pool deck entrance. You will find a gate next to the garage so that you don’t have to walk around to the main entrance. Overflow parking for late arrivals is often to the right, and towards the back near the tennis courts.

The side of the pool with the lifeguard stand is reserved for the visiting team. Chairs will be in place for your coaches. There is ample room behind the coaches and in a shared space on the 25 yard end of the pool to use either the existing lounge chairs or your own bag chairs. The pool deck is surrounded by large trees that will shade the entire pool deck by 6:00PM.

Our team warm-up time is 5:30pm

These volunteers from both teams will meet with both TSA Reps next to the announcer’s table at 5:45pm, so that we can begin the meet promptly at 6:00 pm.

The Seven Oaks Snack Bar will be open for hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, drinks, candy, etc. You are welcome to bring your own coolers and food too, however, the standard TSA rules of no glass containers and no alcohol still apply


Team and Individual Photos

TSS Photography will be taking the photos again for the Killer Whales this season, but to ease to load on doing them all at the Red/White meet – we will offer photos on multiple nights during practice as well as before the meet Tuesday.  We encourage as many swimmers & coaches as possible to have photos taken at practice on the Thursday or Monday if possible – time slots are shown below.

TSS will doing the team photo again this season by Virtual Group (using individual photos taken against a green screen backdrop to create the team photo) – so each swimmer and Coach needs to be photographed on one of these dates.   Look for our photo tents set up on the pool deck.


Photo Dates Available
Thursday June 1st              4:30pm – 6:30pm

Monday June 5th               5:00pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday June 6th               4:00pm – 6:00pm


Special Offer!!

FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ONLINE PRE-ORDERS PLACED ON OR BEFORE TUES JUNE 6TH.  Makes it even easier if you have multiple children you need to order for….please place separate orders for each child.

New Parent Meetings

For all new swim team parents, there will be  an optional new parent meeting, this evening (Friday, May 26th) starting  at 6 pm.  There will also be a meeting on Wednesday, May 31st at 6 pm to make up for the meeting that was cancelled this past Wednesday due to inclement weather.

These meetings are an informal opportunity to meet board members, coaches and answer all your questions . We will meet at the upper pool deck near the pool check in desk.

First Day of Practice

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE: Monday, May 15th!

The coaches and the SVST board are very excited to start another great summer! Please bring extra towels and warm clothes as it may be cool in the evenings. We encourage everyone to wear goggles and if your swimmer has long hair, a cap can be very helpful!

You can find the practice schedule link, in the menu bar.  There you will also find links to all events for the season as well as just the meet schedule.  The first 5 events will be listed in the Upcoming Events section on this page.

Important Reminders:

If you have not registered yet, please do so.  Registration after May 30th will result in a late fee.

Please note that paying POOL DUES IS A REQUIRED BUT SEPARATE PROCESS.  See http://www.shepherdsvineyardpool.com/ to pay pool dues.   Due to liability and insurance issues, if you have not paid your pool membership or team membership dues, you WILL NOT be allowed to participate with the swim team (including practices) until all dues are paid.

New Members:

Please take a look at the Red Book to read EVERYTHING about our team and its upcoming season. It explains a lot about how meets are run, what to bring,  and where to go.  A link to the Red Book is provided in the menu bar for easy reference through out the season.

Try to attend an optional New Members meeting. These meetings are an informal opportunity to meet board members, coaches and ask questions.
Wednesday, May 24th or Friday, May 26th at 6PM – meet at the upper pool deck near the pool check in desk.

Swimsuit Try On:

If you still need to try on a swim suit, please choose a date/time from those listed below. Swimmers must be DRY to try on these suits. In order for the suits to arrive in time for the Red/White Meet on June 6th, all orders must be placed by Friday, May 19th.

See Emily Harter or contact her if you need more information (ejharter04@gmail.com).  She will be at the pool during the following times:

Monday May 15th 5:00 – 7:00pm (First Day of Practice)

Tuesday May 16th 6:30 – 7:00pm

Wednesday May 17th 5:00 – 7:00pm

Friday May 19th 5:00 – 7:00pm  (All orders are due!!)

Delayed or Cancelled Practices:

To receive alerts from the coaches about delayed or cancelled practices, please sign up for our FREE text and/or email service. We are again using “Rained Out.”

Two ways to join:

1)  Simply text SVST2017 to 84483 to receive alerts via text. OR

2) Visit the below link to take you to our Rained Out Page. You can enter your phone number or email address on this page. Step two is to enter a Validation Code. That code is an individual code that will be sent to you after you enter your number or email address. Here is a youtube video below with instructions.


We can’t wait to see everyone at the pool! GO KILLER WHALES!!!

Welcome to the 2017 Swim Season

Hello Swim Team Families!

Planning is underway to ensure a fabulous 2017 Swim Season! Please note the following:

Registration and Volunteer Sign Up:

Completely online this year beginning April 29th.  Registration payment after May 30th will result in a late fee of 15 dollars. This is the same system we used last season.  Get more details and register here.

 New Head Coach

We are pleased to announce that Margaret Geiger will be our head coach this season.  We know that Coach Margaret will do a great job and we look forward to another terrific season!

Open House is April 30th:

  • New members may attend from 1-2 PM. Returning members from 2-3pm.
  • Meet coaches, ask questions, try on swimsuits and purchase spirit wear.
  • You may drop off your checks if you have already pre-registered online (alternatively you may mail in your checks to the address noted during the registration process or pay via PayPal).
  • Pool Board members will also be present to accept payment for pool membership dues. Visit   http://www.shepherdsvineyardpool.com/  for more information.


  • Will be the same style as the past two seasons.
  • You will order your swimsuit through the online team store again this year, however please make sure you have the correct size. There will be no refunds or exchanges available once your order is fulfilled.

****If you are unsure of size, please attend Open House April 30th to try on a suit PRIOR to ordering online. Additional try on days will be announced at a later date. ****

Dates to Know:

  • First day of practice is May 15th!
  • Red/White meet and Picture Day is June 6th
  • See the Dual Meet Schedule here
  • Cary City Championship Meet is July 15th, which you will also find listed on the Dual Meet Schedule)
  • You can find all events on the calendar

Stay tuned for more information soon! We look forward to another fabulous adventure this summer!

Go Killer Whales!

***Swim team families please remember! You MUST be a Member of the Pool to join the team! Please pay your pool membership dues this summer!!***