CRC Barnstormers celebrate 36 years of competitive swimming


With three Tri-County swim meets under their belts, the Culpeper Recreation Club Barnstormers are thrilled to get the 2017 summer swim season underway.

The club is a member only, volunteer run organization – with a 25-meter, six-lane pool. Located off the beaten path in the rural foothills of Culpeper, the Barnstormers are celebrating their 36th year of competition. With 49 members, the Barnstormers are the smallest team in the Tri-County League.

With a vast amount of coaching and swimming experience, first year Barnstormer head coach Drew Kelliher is a firm believer that practice will ultimately change an otherwise average swimmer into a highly competitive swimmer.

Optimistic that the program will continue to make improvements, Kelliher said, “We’re 0-2 in our meets, but at the same time I am seeing a lot good technical improvements from our swimmers.”

Peering into the Barnstormers personnel, the team is made up of 51 swimmers, ages 5-18 years and covering all competitive swim disciplines. Included in the Barnstormers are swimmers who swim year-round.
“Actually a number of these swimmers swim on various travel leagues, as well as, some swim on their high school teams,” CRC Barnstormer Chairperson Doray Walker said.”Many of these swimmers see their summer time swim season as a more relaxed fun social time.”

Currently, 40% of the team have improved their performances with cut times and qualified for the elite Tri-County All Stars.

“Improvements are due to coming to practice and listening and using what I’ve said to make improvements,” Kelliher said.

With a short break approaching due to the upcoming Fourth of July week approaching, the Barnstormers will return to action on July 11 against Tri-County rival, Fauquier Swim Club. From May 30 to July 22, the season is fast. All swimmers participate in either All-Regionals on July 19, at Orange Swim Club or All Stars on July 22, at Fauquier Springs Country Club.

The Tri-County Swim League is made up of the following teams: Culpeper Recreation Club, Orange Swim Club, Fauquier Swim Club and Chestnut Forks Swim Club.

A prerequisite for All Star competition is that the swimmers must make a cut with a particular stroke during the season in his/her age group.

On July 22, from 6  to 11 p.m., the Barnstormers will feature their annual awards ceremony. Along with food and drinks, the club will end the evening with a late night swim.