MEADOWBROOK
SWIM TEAM

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WELCOME TO THE MEADOWBROOK SWIM TEAM

Meadowbrook Swim Team creates an atmosphere of opportunity and encouragement in competitive swimming which develops mental discipline, honesty, and teamwork in the pursuit of excellence.

The Meadowbrook Swim Team, a club member of United States Swimming, is coached by John Cadigan, Julia Martiner, Deanna Gurri, Mary Baker and Gabriella Gurri who have combined over 50 years of experience coaching summer league, high school, and club swimming.

The club is seeking swimmers who are interested in their personal pursuit of excellence through the sport of swimming in an environment of creative imagination and hard work.

Meadowbrook Swim Team will conduct evaluations for interested swimmers at a time convenient for the families. If your swimmer would like an evaluation, please fill out the form HERE.

Contact mbkswimteam@gocoppermine.com for further information.

Our Team

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Evaluation Form

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Our Team

Meadowbrook opened as a summer pool on May 30, 1930. Built by the George Morris Company, Meadowbrook offered swimming, tennis, diving, and even miniature golf. Olympic swimmers from the 1928, 1932 & 1936 Olympics competed at Meadowbrook in those early years. George Morris sold Meadowbrook in 1945 to Edith Stieber and Frank Roberts. Edith Stieber’s husband Fred, a championship diver of national renown was also well known for his prowess in lacrosse on the neighboring Mt. Washington Club field. 1928 and ’32 Olympian Buster Crabbe entertained Meadowbrook audiences several times during the 1940’s with his Water Follies shows. In a lead up to Olympic Trials, Navy swimmer Bob Cowell competed at Meadowbrook in 1948 before competing at the Olympics in London. Due to its size and accessibility on the number 25 streetcar line, Meadowbrook hosted many swim meets in the 1930’s through the 1960’s. During the baby boom following World War II, thousands of Baltimore children learned to swim at Meadowbrook.

In 1986, after almost six decades of wear and tear, and several severe floods in the 1970’s Meadowbrook needed a makeover. The club changed hands for only the second time when Murray and Patty Stephens purchased Meadowbrook in 1987 from Fred Stieber. Murray is one of the founding coaches of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and also the coach of the successful high school program at Loyola Blakefield. Patty, also a swim coach, established the North Baltimore Swim School at the Timonium Holiday Inn in 1993. The merging of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, founded in 1968, with Meadowbrook created national and international swimming success. Successful Olympic swimming became synonymous with Meadowbrook in the era from 1987 to 2009, especially following the completion of the indoor pool and fitness center in 1995. In Summer League, the Meadowbrook Tomatoes won consecutive Central Maryland Division One championships from 2001 until 2017.

In September of 2020, Meadowbrook began two Swim Practice Groups, Introduction and Advanced to replace the Stroke & Turn Clinic from previous seasons. Evaluations were conducted by John Cadigan and Josh Coplai to determine whether prospective swimmers could be placed in Introduction or Advanced or remain in the Intermediate level of Swim Lessons. Rather than run in six week sessions as the rest of lessons, Swim Practice would run in semesters, September to December and January to May. Coached by John, Josh, and Darla Long, these groups inspired Meadowbrook to consider starting a year round team. Kailey Morris, a coach and former swimmer familiar to Meadowbrook, was hired in December and began working with the Swim Practice groups in January.

On January 15, 2021, the decision to form a team was formalized and the application process through Maryland Swimming, Inc. and USA Swimming began. The completed application packet was submitted to Maryland Swimming on January 26th and forwarded to USA Swimming in Colorado Springs the next day. Meadowbrook received preliminary approval on February 4th and final approval February 8th. Meadowbrook publicly announced the new team February 15, 2021, with Kailey Morris and John Cadigan as coaches. Evaluations began March 1st. The first practices were scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Coaches

Meadowbrook Swim Team is coached by Head Coach John Cadigan and assistant coaches Julia Martiner, Deanna Gurri, Mary Baker and Gabriella Gurri who combined have over 50 years of experience coaching summer league, high school, and club swimming.

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John Cadigan

Head Coach, Founder

John began his coaching career in 1980 while still in high school at Loyola Blakefield. John coached at every level of NBAC from 1980 until 2017. John is the second longest tenured coach in that program’s history. In addition, he coached four years at Archbishop Curley High School winning two MSA “B” Conference Championships and one MSA Level II meet championship (without a pool). He served as assistant coach at Loyola Blakefield from 1990-1994.

From 2007 until 2017, John directed the NBAC Swim Camp which attracted swimmers from 34 states and 18 foreign countries. He also served as host to 30 national team coaches’ apprenticeships at Meadowbrook for the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committe funded International Coaches Enrichment Certificate Program from 2008 until 2016. He has coached summer league at the Roland Run Club (1983-87) and Meadowbrook Swim Club (2005-6). John is a recipient of the Order of Ikkos medallion, which is a symbol of Excellence in Coaching from the USOC.

John currently coaches masters swimming and the swim team at Meadowbrook, where he is the General Manager and the Director of Aquatics. Since 2008, John has served as chair of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame committee.

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Deanna Gurri

Age Group Coach

Deanna swam competitively for Badger Swim Club (NY) and comes to Meadowbrook from Annapolis Swim Club where she was an age group coach. Deanna is the lead coach of Susquehanna and enjoys teaching proper technique and the swimmers’ enthusiasm for the sport. Deanna also coaches high school swimming at Mt. DeSales Academy in Catonsville.

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Julia Martiner

Age Group & Senior Coach

Coach Julia started swimming competitively at the age of 7 and comes to Meadowbrook from Lewes, DE. She attended and swam on the club team for Villanova from 2017 to 2021.

Julia began her coaching career in 2016 where she was an age group and national team coach for her previous team Sussex Family YMCA. She also was head coach for the Lewes Yacht Club’s summer swim team and stroke and technique coach for her alma mater, Sussex Academy.

Julia most recently earned her Masters in Nutrition from John’s Hopkins University and is currently a teacher at St. Timothy’s School. She strives to inspire her swimmers to be confident, intentional, and empowered individuals both in and out of the pool.

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Mary Baker

Age Group Coach

Mary began swimming competitively at the age of 6 for the Meadowbrook Tomatoes. She swam year round and in high school at Mt. DeSales Academy as well. She returned to her high school alma mater in 2022 to coach their Varsity swim team alongside Deanna Gurri.

Mary taught preschool for 8 years in both Maryland and New York. Meadowbrook has always been a second home to her and she is happy to be back teaching and coaching at the same pool she learned to swim.

Mary believes that it is important to meet every child where they currently are and then see how far you can help them by building confidence in achieving their dreams. She looks forward to assisting in building the next generation of confident swimmers who love the sport.

Team Expectations

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectations." - Charles Kettering

Meadowbrook Swim Team expects to operate a professional, safe, and transparent organization. Meadowbrook Swim Team is a club member of USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for amateur competitive swimming in the United States. At its headquarters office, located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Swimming staff interact with 59 Local Swimming Committees (LSC’s), athletes, coaches and volunteers at all levels to provide a variety of services to 300,000 registered athletes, 25,000 non-athletes and 3,000 swim clubs. Meadowbrook is in the Maryland LSC, which is composed of all of the counties in the state, as well as Baltimore City, with the exception of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Meadowbrook Swim Team is a program offered by Meadowbrook Swim Club. John Cadigan is Meadowbrook’s General Manager, Kailey Morris is the Director of Aquatic Programming.

Meadowbrook Swim Team expects to create a program of physical and physiological development of athletes in the sport of competitive swimming. Our goal is to help athletes lay down a solid foundation of technique and sport specific skills that will be applicable for the remainder of their career. Through feedback and well taught drills, all swimmers will be exposed to proper stroke mechanics. This will allow athletes to swim with proper technique for the rest of their lives and mitigate the chances of injury. Our team aims to further reduce the chances of injury by tailoring our practices to favor quality over quantity. Our training is designed to build athlete precision and endurance to stimulate physiological changes.

Meadowbrook Swim Team expects to emphasize the mental training of our athletes. We expect athletes to approach the sport daily with gratitude and humility for the opportunities which await them at every practice. Practice mindset begins before entering the building. A positive attitude, an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to believe they are capable of great success are the hallmarks of champions in sport and in life. We will encourage swimmers to aim for goals that require not just hard work, but creative imagination as well. Our program will emphasize visualization and mental rehearsal techniques to ensure our athletes are excited for success, not surprised by it.

Meadowbrook Swim Team expects all swimmers to encourage their teammates and support their efforts in and out of the pool. We seek to create a supportive environment in which swimmers can flourish and a place where they enjoy spending time. We encourage good sportsmanship, respect for others, and respect for the facility and equipment. We expect Meadowbrook swimmers to model good behavior towards each other, coaches, opponents and officials. We expect our athletes to pay attention to hidden training areas of nutrition, hydration, and adequate rest. Our program will encourage pride in our team, pride in our club’s history and pride in one’s achievements.

Meadowbrook Swim Team expects swimmers’ parents to play a vital role in the success of our team. Both coaches and parents wish to see the swimmer grow as a person from their experiences in the program, and reach their potential as an athlete. One of the greatest lessons of swimming is learning the concept of delayed gratification. It takes a great deal of patience to be a swimmer, a swim coach, and a swim parent. The coach’s job is to help guide the swimmer through their career by offering advice on every aspect of their swimming including goal setting, managing expectations, and decision making. The parent’s role is to support the effort of the swimmer, get them to practice on time, and help them make healthy nutritional choices and volunteer at meets when needed. We ask the parents to trust our judgment in matters regarding meet selection, entry choices, and group placement.

Evaluation Form

If your swimmer would like an evaluation, please fill out the below form. 

Meadowbrook Swim Team Evaluation Form
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