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2015 January Jump Start Qualifiers


The meet information for the 2015 GSA January Jump Start Meet, hosted by the Greensboro Swimming Association, is posted on the Lightning, Xcel and Xtreme Meet Schedule page (and can be found here).  The meet is being held January 16-19, 2015 in Greensboro, NC. THIS MEET IS "BY SELECTION" ONLYClick here for a listing of athletes selected to compete in this meet.

Selected athletes who intend on traveling to Greensboro, NC must confirm via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2014.


Rockets Kick Off Meet a Success!

Congratulations to the Rocket Team on their first meet of the season!

Looks like great times were had in & out of the pool!




MIT Hotel Information


Once again this year, we have a block of rooms at the Hyatt, which is a short walk to the pool:



575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139



Our group rate at the Hyatt is $115/night and there is on-site parking available (fees apply). You must make your reservation by December 3rd to receive this block rate.  Click here to make reservations under the Empire Swimming block.  


Details on a meal hospitality package for swimmers and families to follow.

Empire Swim Breaststroke for Breast Cancer

Once again this year, Empire swimmers will "Swim Breaststroke for Breast Cancer" to support the team, while also helping to support local hospitals and their care of patients recovering from breast cancer treatment.  Swimmers will be challenged to swim as many laps of breaststroke as possible, up to 200, during their scheduled time, and each group will have a small party at the end of their swim. 


In conjunction with BFFL Co. (, local hospitals to receive support from this event will be Dobbs Ferry, Greenwich, and White Plains Hospitals.   Complete event Information  and pledge forms have been emailed to all families, and donations can also be made online at (Be sure to note swimmers name in comments.) Empire Family Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations to "Swim Breaststroke for Breast Cancer" are fully tax deductible.


The scheduled dates/times for each group to participate in this event are:


Xtreme         Saturday, November 1st     7:00 - 9:00 am                The Hackley School

Xcel              Saturday, November 1st     9:00 - 10:30 am              The Hackley School

Lightning     Saturday, November 1st     10:30 am - 12:00 pm     The Hackley School

Rockets       Saturday, November 1st     12:00 - 1:15 pm              The Hackley School


The success of this event relies on total team participation, as well as the efforts of parent volunteers from all levels of the team.  If you would like to help by contributing your time the day of the event, or by providing celebratory food for the post-swim party, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and put your swimmers group name and "BS4BC" in the subject line.  "Group organizers" for each team are also needed, so note in your email if you would like to be that person. 

Congratulations to Empire's 2013-2014 Scholastic All-American Athletes!

Each year, USA Swimming recognizes its members who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event. To be eligible for this recognition, swimmers must have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade and must be a USA Swimming member athlete. This year, only 1,782 student-athletes in United States Swimming made the grade, and we are proud to say that five of our athletes are among them. Congratulations on your hard work that clearly pays off in and out of the pool - you make us proud!


Tyler Curran

Megan Gallagher

Alison McNamara

Shane McNamara

Raoul Rodriguez


Open try-outs for the 2014-2015 Empire Swim Team will be held on the following dates:



September 3     5:30 - 6:30  PM     

September 4     5:30 - 6:30 PM        


 All September try outs will be held at Ardsley Middle School.

Click here for directions to Ardsley Middle School




If you are not sure about your training group placement for the upcoming season, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for training group confirmation.


Please print and complete all forms from the registration packet below and mail to:


Empire Swimming

45 Montross Street

White Plains, NY 10603


Click here for 2014-2015 Registration Packet

Click here for additional Medical & Release Forms (note that one form is needed for each swimmer)



Once again, Empire Swimming won the 2014 Sun Kissed Junior/Senior Championship Meet!  Capping off  four days of fast swimming that included a mind blowing 519 personal best times, Empire swimmers set even more team records on the final day of the meet:


Individual Team Records:Josie Panitz

  • Shane McNamara, Men's Open 400 IM (3:53.55)
  • Bridget Semenuk, Women's 11-12 200 Breast (2:30.43


Relay Team Records:

  • Women's 11-12 200 Free Relay (1:42.85): Bridget Semenuk, Josie Panitz, Lexi McNamara, Mikayla Klein 
  • Men's Open 200 Free Relay (1:24.38): Wyatt Semenuk, Shane McNamara, Charlie McFarland, Raoul Rodriguez


Congratulations to Bebe Thompson, who won the Open Women's High Point Award for the meet!


We are proud of all of our swimmers for their hard work and great performances at Sun Kissed!Keegan Drew


Andrew BabyakLexi McNamara


Sarah Schlesinger



Carolyn BlenkNana KumagaiNia VogelEmpire Girls


Sun Kissed Warm-Up


Day 3 at the Sun Kissed Invitational continued the  trend of fast swimming highlighted by the following record setting performances:


Team RecordsKelly Amar

  • Girls 11-12 400 Fr (3:43.11) Bridget Semenuk, Josie Panitz, Mikayla Klein, Lexi McNamara
  • Bridget Semenunk's lead off swim set the Girls 11-12 100 Free record with a 53:19
  • Boys Open 400 Fr (3:05.49) Shane McNamara, Wyatt Semenuk, Charlie McFarland, Raoul Rodriguez
  • Shane McNamara's lead off swim set the Boys 100 Free record 45:72


Individual team records were also set by

  • Bebe Thompson in the Open 500 Free 4:56.20
  • Alison McNamara in the Open 200 Br 2:20.21 and
  • Jared Copeland in the Boys 200IM with a time of 2:15.70


Congratulations to Shane McNamara who set the Metro Record in the 200 BR 1:56.95!Sam Andrews


Charlotte NixonMika Andrews



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