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.

The Benefits of Swimming

February 13th, 2018

You don’t have to be an Olympian to enjoy the benefits of swimming. Swimming can improve your health regardless of your fitness level. Swimming provides a way to exercise with the resistance of water to build muscle while improving your core strength and aerobic fitness. Swimming can also decrease your blood pressure and total cholesterol. Swim as your only exercise or incorporate it with land-based cardio and see the benefits for yourself. It’s never too late to start swimming.

How many Yards in a Swimming Mile?

January 9th, 2018


So you’re headed to Granite Falls for yet another workout that includes, some of the best cardio there is, swimming. Just a few blocks from the pool you wonder “how many miles do I swim”? Granite Falls indoor pool is a 25 yard pool. 1 length is equal to 25 yards (one end of the pool to the other). One lap is 50 yards (down and back). 1 mile is approximately 1,650 yards, which is 66 lengths or 33 laps. Next time you’re in the pool count your laps to see if you can reach a mile or more. Happy swimming!

U.S. Paralympics Swimming 2017 Can-Am Open

December 18th, 2017

The U.S. Paralympics Swimming 2017 Can-Am Open is ​an annual paralympic swim events. The meet is ​open to swimmers with a physical or intellectual impairment from all nations meeting the qualifying standards. Th​e Can-Am Open alternates ​locations ​between Canada and the U.S.​ ​and this year it was held in Charlotte, NC on December 15-17. We were proud to have Olivia and Evan Wilkerson representing the Granite Falls Makos in the 2017 Can-Am Open.

Paralympic swimmers are classified by a sports class based on their impairment, such as limb deficiency, visual impairment, short stature or intellectual impairment. Olivia and Evan are both visually impaired swimmers and are currently classified in a S12 sports class. There are three different sport classes for visually impaired swimmers, S11, S12 and S13. Swimmers who are in an S11 sports class are almost blind or completely blind and need to swim with blackout goggles. S12 and S13 swimmers have reduced vision but are not completely blind.

Olivia and Evan competed in multiple events during the Can-Am Open this year. Olivia swam seven events in prelims and came back to swim five events in finals (400 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM). Evan swam in four events in the morning prelims and three events in the evening finals (100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke). Both Olivia and Evan swam to first place finishes in all their evening finals. Olivia received five first place medals and Evan received three. Congratulations Olivia and Evan!!

What is Masters Swimming?

September 26th, 2017

If you’re an adult new to swimming, with very little speed or technique and find that self-instruction is only getting you so far, can you still join a swimming program?

Absolutely!  In fact, many adults are members of the Granite Falls Masters Swimming Program.  Don’t be intimidated by the label Masters, it only means that you’re over the age of 18.

Masters has a specific, structured program in place for each practice written by knowledgeable swim coaches who will adapt the workout based on individual skill levels, help build endurance, speed and proper swimming technique.  If your motivation is triathlon training, open water swimming, or just staying fit and healthy, then Masters Swimming is the program for you.  If you’re on the fence about whether to join the Masters Swimming or continue training on your own, come try out Masters today and see the benefits for yourself.