LegendsSleepy Hollow Swim Team
Sleepy Hollow Swim & Tennis Club competes in the nationally-recognized Orinda-Moraga Pools Association league.
The Mini-Legend program is a pre-team program for kids ages 4-6. This is a bridge program between the learn-to-swim program (where kids develop the foundations of swimming and water safety) and the competitive swim team (where kids develop the competitive strokes and compete in meets). Mini-Legends is a developmental program for children who already have mastered basic swimming skills and meet the minimum qualifications.
Coaches consider whether a swimmer is ready for the Mini Legend program based on:
- Should be at least 4 1/2 years old.
- Is able to swim unassisted with breathing.
- Is water safe and comfortable in deep water.
- Is able to listen and follow directions and comfortable in a group workout.
Swimmers must be 5 or 6 years old and must be able to swim the length of the pool using big arms and side breathing. Swimmers need to be strong enough to swim multiple laps in a workout setting and keep up with the group. Must be able to kick 1 lap with a kickboard under 60 seconds. Swim practice is a workout and multiple laps will be swum with proper instruction from the deck (i.e., no coaches in the water).
Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of catch-up with proper side breathing. Must be able to kick 25 yards on back. Must be strong enough to swim multiple laps during the course of a practice.
Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with proper side breathing and 25 yards of backstroke. Should have some experience with all four competitive strokes. Strong enough to participate in daily 1 hour swim workouts.
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Meet Our Swim Coaches
Matt joined Sleepy Hollow back in 1994. He came from the Pinole Seals where they had just won seven straight county championships. Along with Ron Heidary they transformed Sleepy Hollow into one of the top programs in the county. In addition, they started Orinda Aquatics year-round team and Polarbears Fall swimming at Sleepy Hollow. Matt is the head age group coach with Orinda Aquatics. Matt’s coaching and commitment has been, and will always be, a very important part of Sleepy Hollow’s success (3 county meet wins & 6 OMPA titles). Matt and Tisha have three children: Justin, Nathan, and Bailey.
Tony began his swimming career as an OCC Shark swimming competitively in their program for thirteen years. Today, Tony is a true blue Sleepy Hollow Legend and we have been fortunate to have had him as a swim coach and Pool Manager since 2009. All in, he has twenty-one years of Learn-to-Swim and competitive swim lesson coaching and teaching experience. In 2007, Tony began coaching in the OMPA. Meadow was lucky enough to have him as their Head Coach for two years in 2007 and 2008. Prior to Meadow, he was the Aquatics Director at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland from 2005-2007. Bishop O’Dowd also benefited from his coaching expertise for seven years as their Head Swimming and Water Polo Coach (2001-2007). Keeping things local, Tony also coached three seasons for Campolindo High School Swimming between 2010-2012. In addition to his coaching position with Sleepy Hollow, Tony currently coaches the Fall Polar program with Orinda Aquatics. Tony graduated from UC Davis in 2000 with a B.A. in Communication.