At the beginning of this summer, Colorado Springs saw 4 club teams in the area consolidate into a large new club team. Cheyenne Mountain Aquatics (CMA), Colorado Springs Swim Team (CSST), Altitude Performance Swim Team (ALPS), and Woodmoor Waves (WOOD) have now merged into a team called Colorado Springs Area Swimming (COSA). COSA currently has approximately 500 swimmers on its roster, making it one of the largest clubs in Colorado.
COSA CEO and investor Cheryl Bisque describes the merger as a natural move, saying “COSA Swimming is the result of a common vision and efforts by the Head Coaches of our four merging teams.” She goes on to add that with COSA’s size, they will be able to provide “top-notch instruction for all levels of swimmers, from new bubble blowers to world champions.”
One of the former clubs that now make up COSA, Woodmoor Waves, was experiencing growth on their roster, but was having issues procuring enough pool space for practices. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the 4 clubs worked closely together in order to share pool space and time. They also came together to host quad meets, in order to adhere to the COVID protocols issued by the state and local governments. With the teams working together to share pool time, and competing against each other in meets, the beginnings of the merger were beginning to take place.
At beginning of June, COSA issued a press release announcing the official merger of the 4 teams. Their first summer was a successful one. It began with COSA sending a swimmer to Wave I of the Olympic Trials. Caroline Bricker competed in the women’s 100 breast in Omaha. Bricker went on to win women’s individual high point at the Austin Sectionals meet in July, then traveled to Irvine for the Western Speedo Summer Championships, where she recorded 3 A finals appearances. As a team, COSA finished 2nd at the Colorado 13 & over state meet this summer, and posted a top 20 finish at Western Senior Zones.
In addition to the swim team’s successful first few months, COSA has big plans. They’re currently in the process of building a new aquatics facility in Colorado Springs. Bisque is the investor on this project, and has put money down on the 2012 Olympic Trials warmup/warm down pool, has an agreement on a plot of land, and is working with an architect. The plan currently is to use the 2012 Trials pool as an 8-lane 50m pool, that can also be configured into a 20-lane 25 yard pool. COSA also intends to have a variety of support facilities, including dryland areas for the swimmers, as well as spectator seating and a swim shop. Additionally, they plan to make the facility workable for high-altitude training camps.