Thursday, January 16, 2014

In The News - Pella Team Iowa All-Stars

First Row: Zachary De Vries, Eli Eekhoff
Second Row: Caleb Gaylor, Alexis De Vries

Four Pella Swim Club members were selected to represent Team Iowa at the 30th annual Midwest All-Stars Swim meet.  The January 11-12 meet was hosted by the Aquahawks of Lawrence, KS. Team Iowa had 90 swimmers selected to the team from 22 clubs across the state. In early December athletes submitted applications and the five fastest applicants in each event were named to the team.  Team Iowa competed against top ranked swimmers from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

The local athlete’s representing the 10 and under men included Zachary De Vries and Eli Eekhoff both swimming the 50 & 100 Breaststroke.  Caleb Gaylor was selected to swim for the 13-14 year old men in the 100 Butterfly and Alexis De Vries represented the 13 -14 year old women in the 100 breaststroke.  This was Caleb and Zach’s second All-Star’s team experience while it was Alexis and Eli’s first time being named to the team. The four athletes swam personal bests in four of six individual events and will build on this experience as they prepare to qualify for the Iowa Swimming State Championships held at the end of February.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Congrats All-Stars


Caleb Gaylor (13-14 Boys)
100 Butterfly 1:09.58 --- 1:05.40

Alexis DeVries (13-14 Girls)
100 Breastroke 1:21.64 --- 1:20.90

Zachary DeVries (10 & Under Boys)
50 Breastroke 48.54 --- 46.20
100 Breastroke 1:42.62 --- 1:41.19

Eli Eekhoff (10 & Under Boys)
50 Breastroke 52.59 --- 52.93
100 Breastroke 1:59.73 ---2:01.29

Lawrence, KS 
January 10-12

Full Meet Results

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Midwest Regionals - Minneapolis April 4-6, 2014

Midwest Regionals is a meet that Coach Jennie takes a team to each year.  This team is made up of athletes from Pella Recreational Swim Team and Pella USA Swim Club.  Should your athlete decide to compete at this meet they will need to pay the entry fee and turn paperwork in on time.  A parent usually collects  an additional fee to give to the coach to subsidize her coaching hours and travel expenses incurred to prepare for this meet.  The fee is usually around $20/family.  Should you have questions please contact Melissa at or contact Coach Jennie at

Midwest Regionals Hotel Info:
SpringHill Suites
5901 Wayzata Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

The team currently has 25 rooms reserved for Friday, April 4 & Saturday, April 5, 2014.
The rooms are:
*(5)Standard King Suites (1 king & 1 sleeper sofa) $85 plus 6.9% sales tax

*(20)Standard Queen Suites (2 queens & 1 sleeper sofa) $95 plus 6.9% sales tax
*Full Hot Continental Breakfast included and will start at 6:30 AM
*Indoor Pool & Workout room
* Check-in is 3:00 PM
* Check-out is Noon

* All rooms must be reserved by March 1 to be guaranteed best group rate.  After March 1 the rooms become available to the general public and the rate increases.

**A meeting room has been reserved at the SpringHill Suites for the Pella Swim Team to hang out in.  Families are encouraged to gather in the room and not their personal rooms to keep noise down.   The team is encouraged to eat breakfast in this room as well. 

Another Hotel Option should the block of rooms fill:
TownPlace Suites (shares the parking lot with the SpringHill Suites)
1400 Zarthan Ave. S.
St. Louis, Park, MN 55416
* These rooms have private sleeping quarters, a sleeper sofa, & a kitchen with stove and frig.
* Pet Friendly hotel.
* Breakfast is included in cost of room - cereal, fruit, muffins & coffee.  
* NO indoor pool.
* Check-in is 3:00 PM
* Check-out is Noon