Three years after returning to Cady Way and Winter Park High School, the Blue Dolfins (Winter Park branch) have experienced great success. Now it is time for the next step: building a 50m pool at Winter Park High School.
High school swimming in the state of Florida features some of the best athletes in the nation, already at the top of their sport. If the high school football team was the same, they’d be going up against NFL players.
We wanted to give you parents and alumni a glimpse into how hard these athletes are working!
So as the end of this meet was drawing near and relay time was at hand, we looked around the pool deck and only teammate Brian Donahue and I were standing there ready to swim.
We were trying to figure out how we were going to get two more relay swimmers to join our relay.
A coach has to take his athletes to the breaking point without actually breaking them, and all the while keep his athletes enthused, excited, and positive about training day in and day out, mile after mile, 300 sit ups after 300 sit ups.
We're excited to have you as part of the Blue Dolfins family!
When I was 12 years old and an age group swimmer for the Blue Dolfins at Rollins College, Dr. Keith Bell, a famed sports psychologist, came and taught us a little lesson about consistency that many kids really don’t see too often today. Dr. Bell held up a huge pickle jar full of uncooked popcorn. Each kernel represented the practices of a swimmer.
The Blue Dolfins are Central Florida's oldest competitive swim team. Established in 1972 by the legendary coach Harry Meisel, the Blue Dolfins have helped to develop thousands of swimmers from age groupers just learning to swim to Olympic Trials qualifiers, including 1996 Olympian Jilen Siroky.
The Blue Dolfins tradition of excellence is carried on today in three locations. Head Coach Charlie Rose oversees over 150 swimmers at the 50-meter pool at the Oviedo Aquatic Complex and acts as the main branch of Blue Dolfins swimming. Coach Kevin Meisel (Harry's son) oversees a developmental branch at the Winter Park Racquet Club. Our newest branch, structured for ages 13 and up only, is here at Winter Park High School and is being overseen by Coach Joe Auer.
If you are interested in joining the Blue Dolfins at WPHS, contact Coach Joe at joe@bluedolfinsWPHS.com.