The Bubble Bulletin

Ms. Liz Receives Patriot Employer Award for Supporting Our Troops

Posted by Liz Claytor on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

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We are feeling rather patriotic at Splash Swim School.  Our own LaJoy Toney, a proud Splash swim instructor, nominated me for the Patriot Employer Award. The award is presented by The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) a Department of Defense agency for the school's commitment to supporting employees serving the United States Armed Forces and Reserve.

Students might not know that Miss LaJoy has another job outside of teaching swimming at Splash. In the National Guard and Reserve, Miss LaJoy serves as a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps. While she was deployed in Afghanistan, I made sure Miss LaJoy knew that she had a job to return to at Splash Swim School. (Another fun fact about Miss LaJoy-- she is an aspiring chef!)

As a business woman running multiple swim schools, and a working mom, I am used to juggling many balls in the air. So, as an organization, we try to be as flexible as we can when it comes to working with National Guard members and supporting our military troops. It is the least we can do.

Speaking of part-time workers; the new year has started, and it is back to school for our students, after what we hope was a wonderful Holiday break. Is there something your swimmer has been recognized for in, or out of, the classroom? Leave us a comment on our Splash Swim School Facebook page and share your news with us.

Tags: Splash stories, Swimming news, award

Cal Bears, Bay Area Athletes Keep Rolling in Olympic Medals

Posted by Liz Claytor on Mon, Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:50 AM

nathan adrian medleyLast Friday, a friend emailed: "If Cal was a country we'd be 11th in the medal count!" And, if we include Bay Area athletes in the tally the ranking would be even more staggering!

Here's an article, Adrian, Vollmer Lead Cal Gold Rush, posted last Wednesday. Then, on Saturday, Nathan Adrian went on to win gold in the 4X100m medley relay with teammates, Michael Phelps, Matt Grevers and Brendan Hansen.

Rewind to last Thursday as we witnessed the U.S. women's rowing team grab gold in the 1500-meter women's eight rowing competition over Canada. It was a back-to-back Olympic Gold and the 7th straight world title for the team. Led by coxswain, Mary Whipple of Sacramento, CA (whose sister, Sarah is an assistant coach at Cal) and joined by Cal graduate Erin Cafaro of Modesto and Ellie Logan (Standford grad), along with the entire team - shoved their boat first across the finish line. Read the story about Two Area Rowers Help Win Gold. And watch the inspiring post-race interview with the women's eight team by Michele Tafoya.

Over the weekend, Kerri Walsh of Stanford advanced to the semifinal round of Beach Volleyball with partner Misty May-Treanor. And earlier, Rachel Bootsma and Jessica Hardy of Cal won a gold medal as part of the 400-meter medley relay team, although they did not swim in the final.

Current medal count total of the two Bay Area colleges

Cal: 8 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze
Stanford: 3 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze

So, from beach volleyball to diving, rowing, sailing, swimming and beyond, it's been an amazing Olympics for Cal and Bay Area athletes. Go Cal Bears...Go Bay Area Athletes!

Tags: Cal Swimming, Swimming news, Olympic Swimming

USA Swimming Events and Stories to Follow

Posted by Liz Claytor on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 08:51 PM

It's an exciting time at Splash Swim School and in the world of swimming! We are opening our new, Splash Walnut Creek facility soon, and enrollments will open shortly.

Excitement is also building for the summer Olympics with the USA swimming team trials well underway. We thought we'd share some stories and upcoming events of interest.

Swimmers share one sleepy bachelor pad

This article covers some of the local athletes as they've been preparing for the Olympic trials while renting a 5,000 square foot in the Oakland hills. It features freestyle sprinters Nathan Adrian, Will Copeland and Graeme Moore, and breaststroke sprinter Sean Mahoney. Moore has secured up a berth on the South African team while the Americans are training for the Olympic trials currently unnderway. Check out their story on SFGate.

Cal's Teri McKkeever set to coach U.S. Olympic Team

Coaching for Cal and country is a story about Teri McKeever, the first woman head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. McKeever has coached 17 Olympic athletes during her two decade tenure in Berkeley. Now, she has the opportunity to lead the U.S. Olympic women's swimming team to victory in the 2012 London Games! 

"Teri was an awesome coach to swim for," says Splash Director, Liz Claytor. "She has a gift for getting her athletes to their fullest potential, and she actively seeks ways to keep training as fresh and fun as possible. She deserves this recognition, and I am so proud to say that she was my coach!"

Find News and Upcoming Events on NBC

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NBC is covering the Olympic trials and games this year. Get the latest Olympic swimming photos, videos, results, track the athletes and access schedules here.

Tags: Swimming news, Olympic Swimming

Cal Men's Swimming wins NCAA Title!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 @ 03:20 PM

6284808[1] resized 600Apologies to the Men's team that this article was not published sooner!

The Cal Men's Swimming & Diving raced to their first NCAA Championship title since 1980!  It was an awesome job done by all, and we are hoping to see some of our Bears make us proud in competitions to come. Way to go Bears! Read more...

Tags: Swimming news, Olympic Swimming, PAc-10 Swimming

Cal Women's Swimming & Diving Wins NCAA Championships!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Fri, Apr 08, 2011 @ 04:27 PM

Hey Swim Fans,

The Cal Women's Swimming & Diving team swam to a decisive win at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.  This is the second win for the Bears in three years. Check out the article on

Also, we found an ESPN video of the final relay win. Enjoy!

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 Roll on you Bears...                 

Tags: Cal Swimming, Swimming news, Olympic Swimming, PAc-10 Swimming

Even Otters Need Swim Lessons!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Tue, Mar 08, 2011 @ 03:02 PM

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We were recently sent a video of an Otter teaching her pup how to swim at the Columbus Zoo.  

It is interesting that otters are not born with the ability to swim, but need to learn just like us.  And while the pups are not always eager for their first swim class, they succeed with encouragement and practice-- just like our students at Splash!


Click here to watch!


Tags: kid swim lessons, Swimming news, infant swim lessons

Cal Women's Swimming Coach Named Head Coach for 2012 Olympics!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 @ 10:30 PM

In case you have not heard the news... Teri Mckeever, the head coach of Cal Women's Swimming, was named Head Coach for the U.S. women's Olympic swimming team for the 2012 Games in London.  Go Bears!


Tags: Swimming news, Olympic Swimming