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    WOMEN FIRST SWIMMING is a year-round program open to women of all ages and abilities who are looking to improve their form and endurance while also enjoying the fun and comraderie of a women-only class. Many of the women in the program are training for triathlons or open water swims.
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Archive for June, 2010

Summer heats up in the pool!

Posted by coachlisa on June 18, 2010

Greetings Mermaids Vets and Mermaids-soon-to-be-in-training,

Reminder that the Women First Summer swim program will start tomorrow Saturday June 19 at 8:30 am at Balcones Neighborhood Pool at 12012 Amherst Dr in Northwest Austin. For those new, it is a heated pool with full showers and change rooms available.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for the start of a new class and new introductions. Coach Sara and Coach Michelle will be on deck excited to see everyone, and hear Danskin success stories. Coach Sarah and Coach Huddie will also be assisting in future classes throughout July and Aug.

Sessions are only cancelled in the event of lightning, thunder or temps below zero. If there are last minute cancellations or changes of pools, Sara and I will do our best to contact you by email and/or phone.

Please welcome new mermaids (in pink):
Shelly Huch
Marie Hull
Sami Spann (daughter to Pam, yeah for mother and daughter mermaids!)
Sara Erwa
Yvette Lopez
Seema Mathur

As in the past, we’ll offer a FREE FUTURE CLASS to the mermaid with 100% attendance. Sandy Morris and Sarah Pruiett were our tied spring winners.

happy swimming everyone,
coach Lisa


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Summer Mermaid Spotlight: Sharon Behringer

Posted by coachlisa on June 18, 2010

Women First Swimming always likes to shine the spotlight on deserving mermaids from the program. We’ve spotlighted many dedicated and hard working mermaids in the past like Sarah Pruiett, Joyce LaBaw, Lisa Paulson, and Veronica Hernandez (our Spring Mermaid Spotlight).

Our Summer Mermaid Spotlight Sharon Behringer was easy for both Coach Sara and Lisa to select for her tremendous improvement and spirited effort to go from the couch to triathlon finisher at the Danskin this year.

Not only did Sharon complete her first triathlon successfully, she did it with her daughter/fellow mermaid Alison by her side in the mixed category. We’re glad to have Sharon back for the summer session with Alison and hope she will encourage other mother-daughter teams to TRI!

Read Sharon’s full Mermaid Spotlight interview here.

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Attendance Winners for Spring

Posted by coachlisa on June 11, 2010

Now for the Spring Session Attendance Award announcement…drum roll please…

There was a 3 way tie with our last winner Joyce Labaw, and Sarah Pruiett and Sandy Morris. Because Joyce won the complimentary class last time, the free class this time will go to…BOTH Sarah and Sandy! Thanks for being such great attenders and supporters over the years!

So both Sandy and Sarah will have free summer sessions!

2010 Danskin tri
Joyce, Sandy & Sarah at the 2010 Danskin tri

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Summer Session to start June 19

Posted by coachlisa on June 11, 2010

No time to waste to get rolling with the Summer Session!

We’ll be starting next Saturday June 19 with a 10 week class for the usual 8:30-9:30 am time at Balcones Neighborhood Pool for all 10 sessions.

Dates: June 19- Aug 28 (NO CLASS July 17)
Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $125 for full 10 classes.

Please make payment by Paypal to row4gold@hotmail.com or mail a check to Sara Robertson, please email for street address. Complete payment details are on the website here.

4/4/09 WF swimming

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Mermaids make big splash at Danskin

Posted by coachlisa on June 7, 2010

Congrats to all those Mermaids who swam, biked, and ran yesterday at the Danskin Triathlon at Decker Lake.

Coach Sara was there as a volunteer swim Angel to support budding and veteran trigirls. She’s posted a bunch of great photos on the Women First Facebook Group.

The results can be found here.

We’re proud of current mermaid finishers below. All the hard work and early Saturday mornings paid off with fantastic finishes by all.
Alison Behringer (2:19.16)
Sharon Behringer (2:09)
Joan Conner (2:22.34 — and 4TH in the 55-59 age group!!)
Donna Di Carlo (1:48.52)
Veronica Hernandez (1:24.28 — and 3RD in the 30-34 age group!!)
Joyce Labaw (1:42.20)
Jen Rizy (1:47.31)
Shenoah Peck (1:38.16)
Anna Scott (2:10)
Pam Spann (1:40.37)

Also congrats to past mermaids out there with great finishes: Valerie Allen (1:37.33), Lisa Bonilla (1:49.54), Kathy Carr (2:11.00), Kathy Espinosa (2:05.65), and Amy Fuller (2:40.16).

Well done ladies. Big cheers for everyone!

Stay tuned for details on summer classes to start soon!

Coach Lisa

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