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Sherry Spaar, SMA Bear Swim Coach Coach
Sherry Spaar

sspaar@gmail.com






Swimming
Coach Sherry Spaar returns to the San Marcos Academy coaching staff to begin her third year as the head swimming coach. Spaar is a second timer to SMA, having first coaching the SMA swim team 17 years ago while her son attended the middle school. Upon her return, Coach Spaar brings over 25 years experience with her. Her career spans aquatics management, serving as an athletic director and coaching and teaching elementary through high school age athletes in swimming, basketball and physical education.

Coach Spaar previously coached at the Masters School of San Marcos where she was the athletic director, P.E. teacher and a very close part of the TMS family. In 2013, she made the decision to step away from holding a full time position for TMS school to take on her ultimate goal, the opening of her own business, iSwim4Life, a swim school in San Marcos, for which she is owner and operator.

A proud resident of San Marcos for 20 plus years, Coach Spaar enjoys having a way to give back to her community by providing full scholarship ISR self-rescue swimming lessons to all first responders and active military families. Her time away from the pool is spent working out, hiking the San Marcos trails with her dog Roxi and vacationing in Ouray, Colorado, where her Mom, Donnalee Brown, has retired.

Coach Spaar is most proud of her two children, Heather Blue, age 24, and Rocky Blue, age 29, and the upbringing in sports her parents provided her. She says she has modeled her coaching after her dad, Bill Spaar, who passed away in 2014. She sees him as her “all time life-coach” who, to this day, still holds unbroken records in the Sports Hall of Fame, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland.

Season Recap
Every SMA swim team member who competed at the TCAL State Championship in February of 2015 took home a medal, lifting the Academy team to a second-place finish at state. Max Boucher, Marshall Marburger and Elizabeth Padon each set TWO state records and took home gold medals at the championship meet. Also medaling were Conner Hays, Tyler Welch, Lyanna Lucas, Bruce Tao and Kjesten Christensen. The boys relay team of Boucher, Marburger, Welch and Tao took the silver medal in the 200 free at state.

Tao was named “most improved swimmer” last year by Coach Sherry Spaar, who said Tao was a standout for the team at the Holiday Classic Spring hosted by San Marcos High School.

Although the team will miss Padon, who graduated, all the other swimmers will be back for the 2015-16 season, which promises to be another great year for the Bears.

The 2015-2016 SMA Polar Bear swim team had their first swim meet at Burnet on Saturday, November 7th. They placed 6th overall out 13 teams. What a great start to the season!

Our swimmers Max Boucher, Lyanna Lucas, Bruce Toa and Kjesten Christenson started the season by shaving time off last year's personal best times!

Congratulations to the following swimmers who placed in the top six for their event:
Girls 200 Freestyle: Lyanna Lucas - 3rd place

Girls 200 Freestyle Relay: Alice Cheng, Kjesten Christensen, Lyanna Lucas & Reagen Riney - 6th place

Girls 50 Freestyle: Reagan Riney - 5th place

Boys 200 Freestyle: Marshall Marburger - 3rd place

Boys 50 Freestyle: Bruce Tao - 6th place

Boys 100 Freestyle: Max Boucher - 2nd place

Boys 100 Breaststroke: Max Boucher - 1st place!!

And last, but not least, swimming an exhibition swim in the 100 Butterfly that the crowd did not see coming...8th grader, James Zhao, swooped in and took the pool by storm leaving every swimmer behind - most of them by a full length of the pool!! The Natatorium came to a hush as they realized what they were seeing and then erupted with applause at his finish when they saw his time!
Congratulations James Zhao swimming a 56:99!!




2016-17 High School Swimming Schedule
 
 Date
Place
MS/HS
Opponent
Location
11/09/16
 
MS/HS
SMA MS/HS Meet
Home
11/19/16
 
HS
Skip Classic
Texas State
11/30/16
 
MS/HS
TSD Open Meet
TSD
12/2-3/16
 
MS/HS
TISCA Open
Burnet
12/06/16
 
MS/HS
SMA Meet
Home
12/10/16
 
MS/HS
Holiday Open
TSD
1/06/17
 
HS
Robinson Meet
Burnet
1/11/17
 
HS
TAPPS District Meet
TSD
1/14/17
 
MS/HS
MLK Open
TSD
1/18/17
 
MS/HS
SMA Meet
Home
1/25/17
 
HS
TAPPS Retional Meet
TBD
2/04/17
 
MS/HS
TSD Sprint Meet
TSD
2/10/17
 
HS
TAPPS State Meet
TBD
     
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