Parrish Bull Sharks Swim Team


Swim club and swim team take place seasonally in an outdoor pool at River Wilderness Golf & Country Club in Parrish, Florida.

2021 Parrish Bull Sharks Swim Team

The Parrish Bull Sharks Swim Team competes in a seasonal, developmental swim league. The summer season runs Tuesday, June 1st - Sunday, August 2nd and practices are held at the River Wilderness Golf & Country Club pool. Stay up to date with everything we are doing on our Facebook page.

Need some practice first? Join in on our spring pre-season Swim Team. For more information and to register, check out our Flying Fish Swim Club for 6-8 year olds ($100 per session) and our Shark Swim Club for ages 9 years & up ($125 per session). Sessions are held weekday evenings.

Need to learn the strokes first? We have group and private swim lesson options available now to get your child ready for their tryout.

Parrish Swim Lessons


Registration for swim team tryouts is now open. There is no fee to tryout for the swim team. Tryouts are held at the River Wilderness Golf & Country Club pool. Select one tryout from the three available options.

  • Saturday, May 1st at 1:30PM
  • Tuesday, May 4th at 5:30PM
  • Thursday, May 6th at 6:30PM

*Minimum Requirement: Each child must be able to swim at least one full individual length without stopping (25 meters) of each of the four competitive swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) to be eligible for participation on the team. Each stroke will be demonstrated at the tryout prior to having the children attempt them.

Groups & Practice Schedules

Parrish Swim Team
Swim team tryout will determine group placement.
  • White Team 1: Mon/Wed/Fri 5PM-5:45PM
  • White Team 2: Tues/Thurs/Fri 5PM-5:45PM
  • Gray Team: Mon/Wed/Fri 5:45PM-6:45PM
  • Blue Team: Mon/Wed 6:45PM-7:45PM, Tues/Thurs 5:45PM-7:15PM

Season Pricing

No Registration Fees! 10% Discount for River Wilderness Country Club Members (Must provide ID number for verification). 10% Multiple Child Discount. Each child will receive one free team swim cap and team t-shirt. Price also includes swim meet entry fees and ribbons for the entire season (with the exception of the Suncoast Swim League championship meet fee) as well as end of season awards.
  • White Team: $250
  • Gray Team: $310
  • Blue Team: $450
*Parent Non-Volunteer Fee per swimmer per season (optional): $50
You can find all official Parrish Bull Sharks apparel for the swim season at our team apparel store below.
Team Apparel Store
Swim Instruction Parrish

Swim Meet Schedule

Swim Team near Ellenton
Download the 2021 swim meet schedule. All swim meets are optional but participation is highly encouraged.


  • Stefanie Larsen

    Stefanie grew up in Ohio and started swimming at the age of nine. She swam year round and still does now on the Clearwater Masters Team. She swam for Hiram College where she earned a bachelors degree in Communications in 2007. Over the years she has coached numerous teams and taught swimming in several states including Ohio, California, Georgia and Florida. Her love for swimming comes from her mother who was a coach for 26 years. She is currently a full time working mom of 5 and loves to spend time with her family. She is looking forward to an awesome season and helping children fall in love with the sport of swimming like she has.

  • Lauren Weinkein

    Lauren started swimming at the age of 5 on her local swim team in Ohio. At the age of 10 she began swimming year round for her 2 local teams. Lauren swam for her high school swim team, Stow-Munroe Falls High School until her senior year where an injury caused her to sit out. During high school, Lauren coached her summer swim team, the Maplewood Gators. Currently, she is a mom of 2 and teacher of 15 years. She loves to spend time outside and with her family. She is looking forward to using her swimming knowledge again and helping others fall in love with the sport and the fun of Swim Team.

  • Becky Willats

    Becky grew up in Pennsylvania where she started swimming at age 5. She swam competitively year round on YMCA teams and was recruited to swim at Bucknell University. Becky swam all 4 years in college where senior year she captained her team to win their championship and made a senior national cut in the 800 free relay. Her favorite races were the 200 free and 200 butterfly. Becky has been a teacher for 10+ years. She loves working with kids and has coached soccer and swim teams, taught swim lessons, and tutored math on and off since college. Becky loves the beach, a good book and spending time with her family. She continues to swim regularly and is looking forward to coaching the Bull Sharks this summer.

  • Hilary Koppenhaver

    Hilary is originally from Pennsylvania and started swimming at the age of five. She continued competitively through college in Ohio where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. After receiving her degree in 2003, she returned to PA and worked part-time as a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor, and swim team coach in addition to having a full-time position in the human services field assisting children with special needs. With a love for the beach and a craving for a warmer climate, Hilary relocated to Florida in 2006 and worked as an Aquatics Director at a YMCA for over eight years where she developed a year round competitive swim team, administered a progressive swim lesson program and conducted water fitness classes at two aquatics facilities. In May 2015, Hilary took her passion for teaching aquatics programs and established The Swim School, offering private, semi-private and group swim lessons in Manatee County for children 6 months of age and older. She formed the Parrish Bull Sharks swim team (formerly North River Rapids) in 2018 and has been overseeing its growth and development ever since. Hilary is looking forward to another great season.


Record Holders

Kids Swimming near Bradenton
Check out the current Parrish Bull Sharks team record holders.
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