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Reno Aquatic Club Team History

The Reno Aquatic Club was incorporated in June 1973. The club was formed through a merger of two small area teams - the Reno YMCA and the Reno Dolphins. The Reno Aquatic Club retained the dolphin as its mascot and used the downtown Reno arch as its logo. The clubs first head coach was Lash Turville. Coach Turville was a highly successful coach in the San Jose area, building the DeAnza Swim Club to over 600 swimmers by the early 1970ās. Lash was the head coach from 1973 through 1979. He remained as the club director, but turned the head coaching duties over to Dan Carter in 1979.

Coach Carter had worked with Lash Turville in San Jose and followed him up to Reno to assist him with the new club. Dan started out as an age group coach with the team and eventually ended up as the senior group coach in 1977. Coach Carter remained as head coach through May 1981, resigning his position to concentrate on his high school teaching career.

Roland Davis succeeded Dan Carter as head coach in May of 1981. By now, Lash Turville had stepped down as club director so Roland had full reign of the program. Coach Davis came to the program from Fairfield, California, where he coached extremely successful water polo teams. In a short period of time, Ro was able to build the fledgling Washoe County water polo program into one of the stronger teams in Northern California and Nevada. Ro, and his wife Mary, began working in the program as age group coaches. Ro eventually became the head age group coach in 1979, a position he held until taking over the program in 1981. Ro remained as head coach until June 1983, after which he moved to Tennessee. He now resides in Palo Alto and is a high school water polo and swim coach.

From June 1983, through August 1984, the team had several head coaches. Dan Carter briefly returned in the summer of 1983, replaced by Bob Solow of Alaska. Bob stepped down and was replaced by assistant Brian Reed. In September 1984, the club hired Mike Anderson and Cindy Anderson to take over and run the program. Mike and Cindy came to the program from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both coached in the program through 1988. Cindy accepted the head coaching position at Linfield College in Oregon. Mike remained as head coach through August 1989, after which, he accepted the head coaching position at the University of Nevada.

In December 1989, the club hired Bill Pullis to take over the helm. Bill was formerly the head coach of the Palm Springs Swim Team. He remained as head coach through April 1991, but decided to move back to his native Maine to be closer to his family. In June 1991, the club hired Ed Spencer as head coach. Ed was the former head coach of the Industry Hills Aquatic Club. Coach Spencer headed the program through December 1997. After accepting a position with the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Georgia, Ed turned the program over to then head age group coach, Dave Hoover, who is currently the head coach of the program.

The team has seen many successful swimmers come and go through its ranks over the last thirty years. In the early years (1973-1977), national prominence came through swimmers such as backstroker Wendi Meyer, distance swimmer Shari Buonamici, and the brother and sister breast-stroking duo of Mary and Kevin Mirch. Sprinters Dan Peters and Tim Tucker also came through the program, graduating on to successful careers in the college ranks.

In the mid to late 1970ās, John Engs rose to the top of the American rankings as one of the premier backstrokers in the country. Charlie Turville, Fred Aker, Don Jennings, Dale Grimes, and distance ace, Jerry Simpson, also became dominant forces in Nevada and northern California swimming. The late 1970ās and early 1980ās also saw a rise in the talents of freestyler Casey Turville, breaststroker, Doug Page, backstroker, Robbin Thein, and I.M.āer Sean OāBrien.

During the 1980ās, the Reno Aquatic Club saw continued success at the Junior and Senior National levels. The club was represented at these meets by backstrokers Steve Barnicoat and Jim Freeman, butterflyer Chris Bartolo, backstroker Susie Aker, and freestylers Cathleen Squires and Nancy Osborne. During the late 1980ās and early 1990ās, the club saw another national star rise in its ranks with the emergence of backstroker, Brian Retterer. The team also featured great sprint freestylers Scott Evans and Dave Squires, I.M.āer Eric Thompson, breaststroker Colin Dircks, and backstroker, Tim OāMara.

The 1990ās saw a continued rise in the Reno Aquatic Club stock. The club saw its highest place ever at a U.S. Nationals in 1991 with a third place finish in the menās division. Retterer, OāMara, Olympic butterflyer Ray Carey, breaststroker, and sprint freestyler Bill Schell represented the team. Through the 1990ās the team has seen many swimmers rise to national prominence. These swimmers include butterflyer Leah Zucker, distance freestyler Matt OāMara, middle distance freestyler Dana Baum, I.M. specialists Tim Russell and Erik Scalise, the multitalented freestyler Julie Hardt, and national champion butterflyer Steven Brown.

As the team surges forward into the twenty-first century, the Reno Aquatic Club continues to produce top-level swimmers. Currently, swimmers achieving high rankings include distance freestylers Scott Kaufmann and Thomas Brown, backstrokers Jessie Hong and Brendon Bray, freestylers Kate Hardt and Chris Braun, butterflyers Megan Keller and Robert Hastings, and I.M.er's Melissa Chandler and Rachelle Carano. College graduates continue to swim in the program, still producing best times. They include future physician Tim OāMara and future stockbroker Erik Scalise. The team has a minimum of six swimmers qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials and projects at least six more qualifiers in the months to come! The Reno Aquatic Club continues to improve with each passing decade thanks in large part to a dedicated coaching staff, wonderful parents, and hard working swimmers.

Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist Jason Lezak met with Reno Aquatic Club on Saturday October 28, 2000. Click here! See the Reno Aquatic Club Olympic Trial Qualifiers! Olympic Trials 2000 Page