CATS Aquatics Team: The Swim Team Store Spotlight

The Swim Team Store Spotlight

CATS Aquatic Team

Libertyville and Vernon Hills, Illinois


Jeff Arce, Vlad Pyshnenko, Bob Groseth, Amy Pellettieri, Chris Crawford, Tim Griffin, Pat Costello, Jackie Lotzer, Cassidy Kuhlmann, John Blankehnhorn, Jackie Lotzer, Sarah Glick, Sean Madden, John Lawless, Natalia Mechtcheriakova, Kedric Greenawalt and Adam Lueken


2012 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier
2012 USA Swimming Club Excellence Silver Medal Club
2010 USA Swimming Club Excellence Bronze Medal
2012 USA Swimming Junior National Champion in the Men’s 100 Fly
2011 Illinois Swimming Short Course Senior Men’s Team Champions
Multiple State Records
Multiple State and Sectional Champions


Our philosophy is simple!  We want a club that teaches the importance of learning the value of hard work and dedication in a team atmosphere.  We pride ourselves on not only having great swimmers but swimmers who excel at anything that they do.
Our coaching philosophy revolves around teaching solid fundamentals.  We are not a high yardage program so all of our in the pool work is done with quality in mind.  Speed with great habits will take swimmers a long way!


We have done a lot of fun activities throughout the years.  A couple of our favorites are our team bike trips.  We ride from Libertyville High School to the beach with a bunch of older and younger swimmers and parents.  We arrive at the beach and have a big team picnic.
We also enjoy doing treat tuesdays.  On Tuesday nights after practice a parent will bring in a post practice snack that the kids consume while hanging out together and just being social.


In the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011 our pools, yes both of them, were shut down to meet pool drain compliance.  During those times we were renting facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin for swim practice on a daily basis, running dry land practices at our local facilities.  Our staff was over worked, most coaches were on deck or with the kids seven days a week.  Despite being displaced twice our swimmers out performed our previous year and resulted in CATS being awarded the USA Swimming Bronze Medal.

Tough Set

The Swim Team Store SpotlightWe really like to stress the legs and our senior swimmers really have a great set that is challenging and tough.    We go the following
1 x 100 Kick @ 200
1 x 100 Kick @ 155
1 x 100 Kick @ 200
1 x 100 Kick @ 150
1 x 100 Kick @ 200
1 x 100 Kick @ 145
We keep dropping 5 seconds until the fastest kicker stops making the set.  We have had kids make it to 105 in yards and 115 in meters.   As swimmers stop making the set they continue the repeats at the last time they made the interval.  After the set the kids usually have a hard time standing on deck!
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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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