Powerhouse Clubs From Across the Country to Gather in Dallas for Inaugural “Big 10 Stampede”

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 9

February 24th, 2015 Club, News

In it’s inaugural year, the Big 10 Stampede will be bringing together 10 of the nation’s top senior swimming programs to compete in a meet specifically designed to offer incredible top end competition, but also the “team” environment that will lead to some fun competition. Between February 26th and March 1st, roughly 500 swimmers from these 10 programs, 7 of which have been Silver level programs or higher, will compete in a short course prelims and long course finals format.

The meet will be hosted by Lakeside Aquatic Club and help in the beautiful new facility, Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. This competition will no doubt provide excellent opportunities for the national level swimmers to compete against each other and result in some great swimming, but will also offer an opportunity, in the same meet, for those developing senior and national level swimmers to earn spots in finals and post new cuts before the summer season officially begins.

Led by Coach Walter and Coach Bauer (from The Woodlands Swim Team), these ten coaches have been looking for a competition like this in early March for a while, and have now decided to create their own opportunity for fast swimming. Keep an eye out for some fast swimming to be coming out of Texas that weekend.


Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center
1750 Duncan Lane
Lewisville, Texas 75028

Lakeside Aquatic Club, The Woodlands Swim Team, Loveland Swim Club, Rose Bowl Aquatics, Irvine Novaquatics, Sandpipers of Nevada, Colorado Springs Swim Team, Tampa Bay Aquatics, Rancho San Diego Dieguito, and North Texas Nadadores.

Feb 26th – Mar 1st
3 1/2 day format, beginning Thursday afternoon with distance and relay

Swim News Courtesy Big 10 Stampede

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Sam Kendricks

Kudos to these coaches and programs are coming together for what looks to be an exceptional opportunity for everyone involved. SWIM FAST!


Sounds like a great meet for those swimmers lucky enough to be able to swim on one of these powerhouse teams. However, don’t these kids have to go to school??? It is boys high school championship season, boys and girls prep school championship season, plus there are USA swimming Age Group and Senior LSC Championship meets and Sectional meets, not to mention Mesa Grand Prix coming up. That means missing a lot of school already and to add another (expensive) travel meet that will take the kids out of school for the good part of a week and away from their homework seems potentially problematic. This is coming from a former parent who found that each trials/finals 3-4 day travel… Read more »

Not everyone lives in your state, George. The CA teams aren’t in their HS seasons, and not all these teams will travel to all the meets you suggest they’d also be going to. I’d imagine for a couple of them it replaces one or more of those.

TX Swim mom

The Texas state high school meets were last weekend. The 3 Texas teams will forego the Sectionals meet that happens on the same weekend, along with three out-of-state teams that went last year. Four of the top 8 teams from last year’s Sectionals will be going to Big 10. Sad that it will dilute the talent at Sectionals, but it’s no secret in these parts that LAC wasn’t happy with that meet last year. Additionally, the time standards at this meet will be easier than Sectionals, thus allowing more swimmers to participate.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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