Canterbury Woods Swim Club

Home of the C-Serpents

Address: 5101 Southhampton Dr., Annandale, VA 22003     Telephone: 703.323.1646     e-mail:

Important Notes for 2017:

This year the Canterbury Woods Swim Team, the “C-Serpents”, will be in Division 11 out of 18 Divisions in the Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL).  There are 6 teams in each division.  The NVSL was first organized in 1956 and consisted of 12 charter members   The twelve charter member pools were Chesterbrook, Tuckahoe, Fairfax, Freedom Park, Hollin Hills, Lee-Graham, Little Hunting Park, Mount Vernon Park, Pike Branch, Poplar Heights, Woodley, and Greater Annandale.  NVSL has grown over the years to be one of the largest organized swim leagues in the entire country.  More information about NVSL can be found at  Canterbury Woods is proud to be associated with such a fine organization.

The “C-Serpents” welcome you to become part of the swim team and we accept all different experience levels of swimmers.  You could just be starting out to swim or you could be a junior Olympian, but the “C-Serpents” will embraced you as a member of the swim team.   The “C-Serpents” participate in both the “A” meets, which are scheduled on Saturdays, and the “B” meets, which are scheduled on a weeknight.  The swim team pep rallies are usually held at the Canterbury Woods Swimming Pool on the Friday night prior to a scheduled Saturday “A” meet.  

REGISTRATION: If you haven’t already, please register online at You must be a registered swimmer (and a member of the CW pool) in order to participate in practice. In about a week or so, I will stop sending emails to this parent list from last year and will be exclusively sending out emails from the new SwimTopia team website. The website is also your source for all information related to the swim team.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:  You can find this on the website under “About/Practice Schedule.” Starting Tuesday until school is out, practices will be every evening (M-F) from 5:00 to 7:00. Ages 10&Under will be from 5:00-6:00, and ages 11&Up will be from 6:00-7:00. Super Serpents won’t start until school is out, so be patient little ones!

REMIND APP: As you know, summer evening weather can be tricky. Our team uses the Remind app for quick notification of practice delays or cancellations due to weather. Please make sure you have downloaded the app and are registered for the “C-Serpents” class:

SWIM TEAM CLINICS: We will be hosting two stroke & turn clinics at CW Pool for our regular swim team swimmers (no Super Serpents yet!). The first will be on Saturday, June 3, and again the following Saturday, June 10. Both clinics will be from 10:00-11:00am. We hope you can come! 

SPIRITWEAR ORDERS DUE JUNE 2ND: Show your Serpent Pride with super-cool spiritwear especially curated by Kim Sandino! We’ve got tattoos, ponchos, PJ pants, hoodies, and purple socks. There’s something for everyone! Go to the “Shop” tab on the website and place your order today. Any questions, please contact Kim at

SUITS: We have new suits this year! We are at the beginning of a two-year swimsuit. Please contact Diane Adams-Strickland ( for more information. Suits are payable by check to “Sport Fair."

NVSL OFFICIALS CLINICS: If you’re interested in learning more about one of the deck official positions (Stroke & Turn, Starter, Referee, etc.), the NVSL is offering training sessions starting next weekend. Please see the clinic schedule on the website. For more information about being a deck official, reach out to Bill Brocato at

PARENTS’ MEETING: Monica and Amy will be having a brief parents’ meeting in the CW Pool pavilion next Friday, June 2 at 6:00 (between the two practices). This is great for new families to learn more about the swim season, the difference between A & B meets, what it takes to run a meet, and more. We hope you can join us!

MEET ATTENDANCE & VOLUNTEER SIGNUPS: Now that lots of you are registered on the website, we need folks to let us know if they will be present or absent for meets and to sign up for volunteer slots. We’re doing all this through the website this year rather than using a Signup Genius list. Please go to and click on the “Swim Meets” tab. You’ll see two green boxes for each meet — one for Meet Entry, one for Job Signup

Under Meet Entry, you’ll let us know if you’re swimmer will be available to swim or absent. This is important to help us build our meet roster in a few weeks. Under Job Signup, there is something for everyone! Whether it’s being a marshal (a.k.a. “bouncer”) or working concessions or being a lane timer, we need lots of parents to help make our meets run smoothly. Sign up now, sign up often!

Swim Meet Schedule:

Sat, 24 June: A Meet - Rolling Forest at CWSC

Sat, 1 Jul: A Meet - Laurel Hill at CWSC

Sat, 8 Jul: A Meet - CWSC at Somerset-Olde Creek

Wed, 12 Jul: A Meet - Relay Carnival at Rolling Forest

Sat, 15 Jul: A Meet - CWSC at Sully Station II

Sat, 22 Jul: A Meet - Annandale at CWSC

Sat, 29 Jul: Divisionals at Annandale

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