The club started in 1964 in Chamblee and opened its Alpharetta location in 1996. The facility has now grown into containing an eight-lane pool along with various short course options ranging from 25 to 50 meters in length.
“We have about 100 swimmers in our senior level and 75 percent of them are 14 and under in age,” said club senior Level Two head coach Cecelia Tripp." Overall, Dynamo has approximately 400 total swimmers in Alpharetta.
The competitive swimmers have already begun training for the new season beginning in October. Competitively, the youth swimmers are broken into three groups. The senior Level One group will compete at the junior national events, Level Two in the state/sectionals and Level Three at high school and occasionally in state events.
“We’re currently in the preseason and building the swimmers back technically,” Tripp said. “The practices will be three hours for the seniors and two for other age groups. After being in the pool, there’s also a dry land routine that takes up to 45 minutes. For a swimmer to be successful at our important meets, he or she needs to train here all year.”
The club has found success on the national level, winning the 2013 Long Course Junior National Championships which took place in Irvine, Calif., from Aug. 3 to 8. The team of Jay Litherland, Gunnar Bentz, Kevin Litherland and Mick Litherland won the 4x200 freestyle relay at the event. Other club members at the meet included Patrick Cusick, Knox Auerbach and Emily Ranzau. Jay Litherland qualified for the Junior World Championships in Dubai earlier this month.
The club allows adults to use water aerobics and physical therapy options at the facility along with a masters’ program.
“Many of our swimmers attend the local high schools such as Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Northview and Chattahoochee and those programs appreciate what we give to those swimmers,” Tripp said. “We ask them to sacrifice and commit to the sport so they learn about time management training six days a week. They learn that results come from commitment, investment, hard work and listening to the coaches.”