New Colorado Springs “Super Club” COSA Building Its Own Aquatics Facility

by Spencer Penland 30

August 19th, 2021 Club, News

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.

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NCSwimFan
4 months ago

This is awesome. So many clubs in competitive areas build up intense rivalries and get negatively affected by team switching and recruiting the same pool of kids. It’s hard to remember we’re all one under the USA Swimming banner. Wish more teams would work together in this way!

JasonZajonc
Reply to  NCSwimFan
4 months ago

Agree 100% work together….share ideas and support all swimmers

Splish
Reply to  NCSwimFan
4 months ago

All sounds good until transfers affect livelihoods and jobs. Sorry but most BOD’s don’t just sit back if families look for “greener grass”. It doesn’t matter if you get along with another Coach or not, the perception of team jumping forces coaches to be guarded.

Supafly23
4 months ago

Looking forward to doing a drop in swim with the Masters team when I visit!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Supafly23
4 months ago

Me too, though it might be a while until the pool is actually built still.

Last edited 4 months ago by Coach Mike 1952
bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

This all sound really cool for the team overall. Does anyone know how head coaches decide who is the head coach of the combined team? Do they actually decide on one or is it more of a everything does their own thing at their sites and then they join together at swim meets?

Person
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

I’ll tell you since I’m on the team. Since there’s so many people the coaches have loads of teams like bronze and masters state, varsity, etc. We practically all decide on one, we have a shared website and TeamUnify and of course we will be together at swim meets.

Mel
4 months ago

Pikes Peak is the better option.

Marie Wilson
Reply to  Mel
4 months ago

👎

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Mel
4 months ago

Pikes Peak is currently open for drop in lap swim, $15.00. They just did annual maintenance and the pool is crystal clear!

Anti-colonialism
4 months ago

Not even sure why we even have individual teams at this point. Let’s just all compete as 1 team so we can all say we’re winners!

HJones
4 months ago

Legitimate question on my part that I don’t have an opinion on–are these “super clubs” good for USA Swimming? Should the LSC be doing more to provide financial support to start-ups and smaller clubs as to not discourage the entry of new teams?

Anti-colonialism
Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

No, they’re really not good for anything except boosting their Club Excellence rankings.

Person
Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

Dude just let us have our team we decided it was a good idea.

Dan
4 months ago

Is it the 2012 or 2021 Warm up pool? Is it 8 lane or 10 lane pool as the competition pool was a 10 lane pool.

HJones
Reply to  Dan
4 months ago

It is the warm-up pool. The competition pool was repurposed into a 10-lane, 35-yard pool just outside of Boston.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Dan
4 months ago

It’s surprising to me that 9 years later the 2012 pool would still even be available. I wonder where it’s been all this time…

Remember Me?
Reply to  thezwimmer
4 months ago

I’m curious as to why the 2012 warmup pool wasn’t the 2016 warmup pool.

Erik
Reply to  thezwimmer
4 months ago

The answers you seek lie within the failed complex in papillon, Nebraska area.

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Dan
4 months ago

2012, which was an 8 lane warmup pool.

Confused pool
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 months ago

Did usa swimming ever announced a public bid for this pool? Many usa swimming programs would have liked the opportunity to bid on it if it was out there..

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Confused pool
4 months ago

I don’t know the exact background on it, but I believe another club in Nebraska bought it, and at that point it belonged to that club or their creditors – not USA Swimming anymore.

Plastics
4 months ago

Consolidation is inevitable and is necessary to save the sport given the financial uncertainty of smaller clubs. Kudos to innovative thinking. We need more of this.