Archive for March, 2018

Meet Our New Marketing and Membership Director

March 28th, 2018


Meet our new Marketing and Membership Director, Bryan Crosscup.  A familiar face here at Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club, Bryan has been a member of the Granite Falls family for the past 3 years where he has served as a Makos Swim Coach, Pool Manager and Lifeguard Manager. Bryan’s expertise in marketing, his knowledge of the club’s operations and his commitment to the club’s mission make Bryan an outstanding addition to the Granite Falls director staff.  Feel free to stop by the membership offices anytime to give Bryan a hard time. Welcome Bryan!

8 Reasons to Add Boxing to Your Routine

March 28th, 2018


  • Boxing is a total body workout- it builds up cardio, strength, balance, coordination, reactivity, and agility.
  • Boxing incinerates calories- it burns an average of 13 calories per minute for an average 300-500 calories per 45 minute session.
  • Boxing flattens your belly- it is the ultimate core workout. Skip the crunches and put on the gloves instead.
  • Boxing reduces stress- not only is hitting a healthy and productive way to reduce tension, the rush of endorphins released are likely to make you happier!
  • Boxing build grace-it fine tunes coordination to help you perform better in any workout by strengthening the brain/body connection.
  • Boxing is upper body cardio- most cardio, like running, elliptical or cycling, focuses on the lower body. In boxing, primary movement comes from your upper half.
  • Boxing keeps improving your body- there is always something new to learn and improve, you will never get bored!
  • Boxing safely pushes your limits- it can be just as effective and demanding as box jumping/tire-flipping with less risk of injury.

Tim Ivey our on staff USA Boxing coach is ready to get you started TODAY!!! Contact for more info!!!!

Granite Falls Makos Make a Splash at Age Group Sectionals in Atlanta

March 20th, 2018

The Granite Falls Makos made a splash at the Age Group Sectionals meet this weekend in Atlanta! The Age Group Sectionals Meet is composed of the fastest swimmers from ten different states, ranging from Mississippi to West Virginia.

Michael Keleher lead the way to a great meet by dropping 8 seconds in the 1000 free on Thursday, earning his first AAAA time with a finish of 5th overall, and 1st from NC. Avery Thomas followed  in dropping time with a fabulous 50 breastroke swim, placing 12th overall and 6th from NC with a new personal best time. Tate Bacon shone in the 100 back, dropping a full second with a new personal best time. David Walcott and Cj Eickhoff had impressive swims in the 1650, with Cj finishing top 5 in NC, and David placing top 15.

Thomas Clayton, Matthew Ritchie, Bryce Torsone and Joshua Delos Santos crushed the 10 and under boys medley relay, dropping almost four seconds with a second place finish! Madison Schmitz continued to do the Makos proud, with amazing time drops all around and a fourth place finish in the 50 back.

Finally, Makayla Ciancanelli finished off the weekend with off with a bang, placing 6th overall in the 1650 freestyle and 1st from NC with a time drop of 8 seconds!

Way to go Makos!

Meet Our New Youth Programs Director – Brandon Metzel

March 20th, 2018

Dear Granite Falls Friends and Families,

My name is Brandon Metzel, and you may soon hear that I will be taking on the role of Youth Programs Director at Granite Falls. I wish to take a moment to introduce myself in this letter before jumping in to the position. I attended college at the University of Idaho where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science and Health. While in school I was also a member of the football team. I moved to North Carolina in 2015 and began an internship working in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. During the internship I had the opportunity to help kick start a Healthy Kids program that was responsible for educating children on the importance of healthy lifestyles. Working in that program is where I found my passion for working with kids and being a positive role model in their lives.

Since that time I have worked for Bright Horizons Family Solutions where I was a Track-Out/Summer Camp Counselor as well as a preschool lead teacher. I also have spent the past couple of years working at a high school in Raleigh as the Wide Receiver Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator. These experiences, along with the opportunity I had working as an Assistant Sports Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation department in Idaho, have provided me with a solid foundation working with youth of a variety of ages and in multiple settings.

I genuinely look forward to meeting you all in person and am excited to have the opportunity to work with your children. While I am sure you are sad to see Susan go, I am honored to be a part of such a special place and will ensure that all aspects of the Youth Programs will not miss a beat during this transition period. Starting Monday March 26, Susan and I will be working together closely over the next 2 months to make sure that the programs you have come to know, appreciate, and count on continue to operate as smoothly as possible. I am committed to providing an awesome experience for your children and you and look forward to building on this incredible program Susan has built. Please feel free to stop by the office anytime if you have any questions or would just like to meet in person.

All the best,

Brandon Metzel

Click Here to read Susan Bayer’s departure letter.

Masters’ Team Rules the Pool in Greensboro!

March 13th, 2018

The Granite Falls Masters’ Swim Team dominated the Triad Masters’ Meet in Greensboro on March 11th.

The team of Andy Puetzer, Todd Smyre, Heath Brantley, and Logan Brendle placed first in both the 200 Freestyle and 200 Medley Relays.  In addition, they all place top three in every individual event they swam and went personal best times.  Both Logan and Heath swam the 50 Freestyle in 24 and 25 seconds respectively.

We are looking forward to and encourage a larger group of Masters’ athletes joining us at our next meet in April.

If your interested in the Masters’ swim program at Granite Falls come find Coach Bill on the pool deck Monday-Friday!

Click Here for Information about joining the Granite Falls Masters’ Swim Program.