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The Swim Machine!

Our Swim Team

We hope you will consider signing up your children for participation on the CSTC swim team, The Swim Machine. Swim team is an excellent way for your child to better his or her swim techniques, meet and exceed personal benchmarks for increased self-esteem, and learn the importance of sportsmanship. Swim meets are exciting, fun, and enhance the sense of community.

We have two options for the kids this year:

  • Swim Team – Children must be 4–18 years old and must be able to swim 15 yards unassisted by June 4th. There is an additional fee for team dues – $95 for the first swimmer, $90 for the second swimmer, and $80 for each additional swimmer.
  • Swim Pups – For our 3, 4, & 5-year-olds who cannot swim on their own yet, they may join our Swim Pups program! This program will meet for 7 weeks in the evening and will include 3 Saturday morning showcases! $70 for each Pup swimmer.

To sign up for swim team, please visit our Swimtopia website.

If you have questions, contact Olivia Hare at 919-841-7241 or

It’s Never Too Late to Join!

Family meetings are May 16th. Swim pup parents please join us at 5:30pm and swim team parents join us at 6:00pm to learn about our plans for the upcoming season! In water practice begins on May 20. Swimmers can join at any time during the season, but we’d love to have you join us at the beginning! Just email Olivia Hare at the email above, and she will help you get set up for your child to attend his or her first practice.

Team Dues

Team dues must be paid before the first swim meet. DO NOT leave money in the Crab Shack. Checks must be made to Crabtree Swim and Tennis Club, with SWIM TEAM stated clearly in the memo. Pay Olivia Hare at any of the swim practices. Dues this year are $95 for the first swimmer, $90 for the second, $80 for each additional swimmer. Swim pups are $70 each.

2024 Schedule

Our Coaches

Let’s meet the people who keep the Swim Machine running smoothly!

All of our coaches are also available for private swim lessons at $25 per half hour. To schedule a lesson, contact them personally at the numbers or email addresses below.

Head Coach

Anna Lewis

Anna just completed her first year at North Carolina State University studying Business Administration and Management. In addition to swimming, she enjoys running and making music. Anna had so much fun getting to know everyone and coaching on the team last summer, and she is very grateful to be a part of the team again! She hopes you are all as excited about the upcoming season as she is! Anna is available to teach lessons to swimmers of all ages! Contact her at (919) 561-0299 or

Assistant Coach

Sam Quinn

Sam was a swimmer here at Crabtree for about 15 years, and an assistant coach for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. She is happy to be returning to coaching at Crabtree! Sam will be offering private lessons this summer, and is able to teach swimmers aged 7+. She can effectively give lessons on all strokes as well as open turns & flip turns, but her favorite strokes to swim and teach are backstroke and butterfly! Sam can teach most levels of swimming, but prefers working with those who are already able to swim, and want to work on their technique. You can contact Sam via text at (919) 670-3280 or email

Assistant Coach

Laura Monroy

Laura just finished her sophomore year at Broughton High School, where she swims on the swim team. She is also a Crabtree swim team member. Laura grew up in
Venezuela and moved to the United States 5 years ago, so she speaks both Spanish and English. She loves swimming and playing volleyball. Laura’s goal for this
season is for the swimmers to try their best and have fun! Laura is available to teach swim lessons to swimmers of all ages and abilities. You can contact her at or (919) 757-2834 to schedule a lesson.

Part-Time Assistant Coach

Tara Randol

Tara is thrilled to return to CSC this summer! This will be her second season coaching with Crabtree, and she can’t wait to see all of the new and familiar faces of the swimmers! Tara started swimming competitively when she was 9 years old and has been teaching swimming lessons since 1989. She offers lessons for those who are new to the water, those who want to perfect their stroke, and everyone in between. You can contact her directly at (808) 346-5651.

Part-Time Assistant Coach

Hannah Yount

Hannah just finished her senior year at Enloe High School and will attend Meredith College this fall for International Studies. She has been part of the Crabtree swim team for most of her life and also swam on the Enloe High School swim team for 3 years. She is currently a coach for the City of Raleigh’s Optimist Otters swim team. Hannah is available to teach lessons to swimmers of all ages and abilities. You can contact her at (984) 297-5894 or

Team Stroke and Technique Clinician

John Reese Taylor

John Reese, or JR, is currently a year round swimmer for YMCA of the Triangle Area and is a former Crabtree swimmer! He graduated from Broughton High School in 2023, and will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall for swimming. Along with swimming for the YMCA, he teaches lessons there and volunteers from time to time as a coach. JR has taught kids of all ages, but specializes in teaching good stroke technique to kids who are interested in further improving their stroke/times. He is an IMer, meaning that he competes in all strokes, but breaststroke is his area of expertise. JR finds it very rewarding when one of his swimmers succeeds in the pool, and he can’t wait to teach lessons at Crabtree this summer! Contact JR at (919) 609-3370 or to schedule a lesson and to get a game plan together so he can get your swimmer on the best trajectory possible!

2024 Practice Schedule

Other Announcements

Team Swimsuits

We are using plain black suits again this year! Girls suits and boys jammers can be purchased several places around town from Omega, Dicks, etc. A green stripe down the side is totally fine.

Team Sponsors

If you or your company would like to sponsor the swim team, please contact Kelly Pittman at 919-818-7326. Your company name and logo can be displayed on a banner at our swim meets, displayed on our website and team t-shirts, and shared on our social networks like Facebook. Money will be used to purchase equipment, team t-shirts and awards for the banquet.

Meet Volunteers

The swim team could not function without its wonderful parents. Please consider helping – no experience necessary! Go to the Swimtopia website to view and sign up for all volunteer positions.

  • Pancake Breakfasts Tuesday Mornings: Sign up to cook or bring supplies
  • Crab Shack Workers: Sell food and drinks during home swim meets
  • Banquet Committee: Decorate; obtain cake, paper products and awards
  • TSA Reps: We are excited to have Dutchie Sexsmith and Kelly Pittman as our TSA Reps this year!


Sponsor Our Swim Team!

Celebrating 50+ years, the Crabtree swim team, The Swim Machine, is looking for sponsors to support its summer season. Following many successful seasons, this looks to be our biggest and most exciting year yet. Our swim team is open to all children in the Raleigh, NC area. This upcoming season, we anticipate more than 100 children, ages 4-18, participating on the team. With over 200 families attending every meet, attendance averages over 400 participants and spectators.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to offer the children in Raleigh an opportunity to learn and develop swimming techniques, as well as self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and the value of staying physically active. As our children progress through different levels of competition, they learn that with hard work they can successfully reach their goals.

Can You Help? Can We Help You?

We would like your business to consider the possibility of sponsoring our club. It is a fantastic opportunity for a business to support an association that promotes participation, sportsmanship, self-development and enjoyment through the sport of swimming. The benefits of such a sponsorship far outweigh the financial costs. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business to hundreds of families in Raleigh, NC and surrounding areas. As a Swim Team Sponsor, your company will receive recognition appropriate to the level of support, for example:

  • Recognition, advertising and acknowledgement on club days and at swim meets.
  • Advertising on our social media, on our website and on pool house banners.

If you are able to assist the swim team, you can either email the Crabtree Swim Club at or contact Kelly Pittman directly at 919-818-7326.