Team Awards Potluck and Pool Party is March 10th!

March 1st, 2024

ALL Swimmers and their immediate families are invited to our end-of-season swim party and awards potluck!

Sunday, March 10, 2024

POOL PARTY - 3:00 to 4:30 PM | Wellness Center

Swimmers and immediate families are welcome to swim at no cost! Then attend the potluck afterward!

AWARDS POTLUCK - 5:00 to 6:30 PM

First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

1325 Chatburn Ave, Harlan, IA

BRING A dish to share!

Smoked Pork Loin, Buns, Lemonade, Water, Cake and plates/silverware will be supplied by the team. 

We hope to see you there!

"Home" meet week 1/20 at Manning, Pictures Thursday!

January 14th, 2024

We hope everyone has been able to stay safe and warm after this blizzard! We are looking forward to a great week of practice, pictures on Thursday, and our meet on Saturday in Manning!


We will be having team pictures on Thursday, January 18th. Mike Wohlhutter will be taking our photos.

This schedule will be as follows:

If you would like to purchase photos, please see the order form below. We will have them at practice on Tuesday this week. Regardless, we would love to have everyone there for the team photo!
Picture Form

Meet 1/20

We are hosting the meet in Manning on 1/20. We would love to have as many swimmers from our team as possible there! Entries are now being accepted and due by the end of the day on WEDNESDAY.

Here's how you sign up for meets:


We really need help with running the meet on 1/20. Here are the jobs available:

Timer - The Manning pool has 6 lanes which means that we need 12 timers, two in each lane. This job is not too difficult, but it is important! Each timer has a stopwatch and one holds the clipboard and records the time.

Other jobs include starter, computer operator, and DQ judge. Coaches and some members of our summer swim board will likely fill these jobs, but if you want to help, sign up!

Please sign up if you can help out!

Carroll Results, Perry Meet, Upcoming "Home" Meet 1/20

January 7th, 2024

Great job by our swimmers yesterday in Carroll! Nearly every swimmer recorded a PR, we added some state events, had some massive time drops, and had some great performances by swimmers in their first-ever meet!

Carroll Results

Carroll 1/6/24 results are now posted. I will post a new Top Times Report soon so swimmers can see their best times of the season. 

Perry Meet 1/13/24

Our next meet is on January 13th in Carroll. Carroll is one of the favorite places to swim for many of our swimmers. Entries for 1/13 at Carroll are due by the end of the day on TUESDAY, JANUARY 9TH! We need to review and send them to Carroll by their requested deadline of noon on Wednesday.

Here's how you sign up for meets:

Supporting Perry

It has been an overwhelmingly difficult week for the Perry community. Other attending teams have asked us for ideas on how we can support their team. I reached out to the Perry coach this morning and for Harlan, we are going to do the following:

The Perry Swim Team has always been tremendously helpful, friendly, and a great ally to our team. We hope to support them in spirit and attendance at their meet on Saturday.

Home Meet January 20th at Manning

The January 20th meet at Manning is coming up. We will be sending out more details on volunteers later today or tomorrow!

Practice this week

Practice as usual this week. We've noticed the swimmers who attend practice regularly and work hard are seeing some huge drops in their times at meets. The best way to get better is to attend practices and meets!

Week 8 Update: Guest coach, Carroll Meet, upcoming practices, "HOME" MEET 1/20

December 26th, 2023


We appreciate the turnout for practice tonight. We know it is a busy time of year and we had about 25-30 at practice to work on getting better tonight! Please come Thursday night if you are able. 

December 28th Guest Coach: Reilly McMurphy

One of our former swimmers, Reilly McMurphy, will be at practice this Thursday, December 28th. Reilly is a freshman at Drake University, was an extremely successful swimmer in high school for Lewis Central, a great GISL swimmer, and one of the coaches of the Harlan Summer Swim Team this past summer. 

Reilly is a great all-around swimmer, especially backstroke and freestyle. We plan to have swimmers rotate through lanes and have 15-20 minutes to work with him, especially on backstroke details and quality starts.

Carroll Meet 1/6/24

Our next meet is on January 6th in Carroll. Carroll is one of the favorite places to swim for many of our swimmers. Entries for 1/6 at Carroll are due by 6:30 PM next TUESDAY! We need to review and send them to Carroll by their requested deadline of 9 PM that night.

Here's how you sign up for meets:

Upcoming Practices

We will continue our normal practice schedule for the rest of this week and the last week of 2023. We are lucky to continue our normal practice schedule with the days holidays fall this year but we do understand it might not work with everyone's schedules. We do strongly encourage making every practice, if possible!

"HOME" Meet in Manning 1/20/24

We are excited to host our first FIRST-EVER meet in Manning on January 20th! Since we cannot host meets in Harlan, we are excited that Manning has graciously allowed us to use their pool. To run a meet, it takes a large number of volunteers and we will need the help of our whole team. Watch for details to come on this meet soon!

Week 6 Update: Practices and looking ahead to the holidays

December 10th, 2023


Great job by our swimmers at Woodbine on Saturday! Everyone had at least one personal best and that's a pretty amazing team accomplishment. 

Denison Meet 12/16

The Denison Meet is this coming Saturday, December 16th. If you plan to swim, you must sign up by the end of the day on Wednesday! For this meet, swimmers can swim 5 individual events and there are no relays. Sign up by using the swim portal. If you have any questions, contact Coach Matt at 712-571-0528 or

Here's how you sign up for meets:

Goal Setting

If you have any goals set for the season, let us know by this Saturday with the form below. We will look over anything submitted and try to work out a plan to help you reach them this season!

Harlan Swim Club Goals 23-24


We have a TON of swimmers that are close to state qualifying times! The little things matter, so keep working on more precise turns and efficient starts! The number one thing you can do to get better is to attend every practice you can and attend meets!

Holiday practice schedule

Many years, our practice schedule gets wonky with Christmas and the New Year. However, the dates this year should allow for a normal practice schedule. Plan on practice as normal on December 26th and January 2nd!

We will see everyone Tuesday and Thursday for practice!

Week 5 Update: Woodbine Meet, goal setting, State info, lost and found, and apparel is in!

December 3rd, 2023


Great job by our swimmers at Manning on Saturday!

Woodbine Meet 12/9

The Woodbine Meet is this coming Saturday, December 9th. If you plan to swim, you must sign up by the end of the day on Tuesday! For this meet, swimmers can swim 4 individual events and there are no relays. Sign up by using the swim portal. If you have any questions, contact Coach Matt at 712-571-0528 or

Here's how you sign up for meets:

Goal Setting

We'd like for swimmers to set three goals for the 23-24 season. There are two reasons for this: swimmers generally make more progress when they have goals to work towards and this will help coaches work on things more specifically with swimmers as the year goes on.

When setting your three goals, here are some guidelines to follow:

Harlan Swim Club Goals 23-24


Many of our swimmers have goals of obtaining state qualifying times to swim at the Wellmark YMCA on March 9th. Here's a few observations if you want to earn a state qualifying time.


If you ordered team apparel, it can be picked up at practice this week! Embroidered items are a little behind and will be coming soon. 

Lost and Found

The cup below was left in our camp at the Manning Meet on Saturday. Please claim it if it is yours at practice this week!

That's it! See everyone for GET BETTER TUESDAY and GET BETTER THURSDAY this week!

Week 4 Update; Manning Meet is Saturday! Goal setting info coming this week

November  26, 2023


We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend! We are back to work on Tuesday with our regular practice schedule and a busy few weeks coming up with 3 meets before Christmas!

The Manning Meet is this coming Saturday, December 2nd. If you plan to swim, you must sign up by 6 PM on Wednesday! For this meet, swimmers can swim 4 individual events and there are no relays. Sign up by using the swim portal. If you have any questions, contact Coach Matt at 712-571-0528 or

 For those new and experienced, here is how you sign up for meets:

We would like for swimmers to be thinking about 3 individual goals they have for this season. More info will be coming this week. 

We are looking forward to a great week of practice and to "GET BETTER TUESDAY"!


Week 2 Update; Apparel order closes tonight, Meet at DM East Saturday

November  12, 2023


We had a great first week of practice! We are excited to continue improving this week!

Apparel Order

The team apparel order closes at the end of the day! Please your orders now if you want Harlan Swim Club gear!

First Meet 11/18/23

Our first meet is Saturday at Des Moines East at 9 AM. This is very early in the season, but will be a good to establish a starting point for the upcoming season. For those new and experienced, here is how you sign up for meets:

If you have questions on what events, you can ask coaches or simply mark as Attending and we will enter your swimmers in the events we think best suit them at this early point in the season. You must mark your attendance on the Swim Portal by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 15th. If you have problems or questions, email If you do not sign up, we will assume you are NOT attending the meet.

Looking forward to another great week of practice!


Harlan Swim Club

One week away; Information for the upcoming season!

October 31st, 2023

Practice starts November 7th! We hope everyone enjoys Halloween and can use this week to prepare for the upcoming season. Here are a few informational items that you should know for upcoming season!


Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday unless otherwise communicated from the team.

Coach Amber will normally lead our first practice with help with Coach Ainsley, Coach Emeri, and Coach Ben. When swimmers arrive at the Wellness Center, they should get themselves ready in the locker rooms and wait for the pool doors to open at 4. Young swimmers or swimmers needing assistance can use the family locker room if necessary. Any personal belongings can be left along the wall that is next to the party/meeting room on the east side of the pool. We recommend not using the lockers as we can keep an eye on personal belongings on the pool deck and swimmers don't have to worry about locking their belongings in the locker room. Parents are welcome to watch at practice if they wish, but we ask that you sit on the chairs on the south wall near the locker rooms. Kids generally do better without knowing that mom and dad are watching and are more likely to stay focused on practice if they know they can't constantly run to mom or dad all the time. 

Second session practices for ages 11 and Up run from 5-6. Coach Matt and Coach Deb will normally run these practices.

Safety is our number one priority and our coaches watch their lanes closely and our beginner swimmers work with Coach Amber in the lane closest to the lifeguard stand. Swimmers are required to stay in the lap lane area with coaches during practice. Memberships are not required for swimmers on the team, but if you wish to use the facility for other family members during practice or if your swimmer wants to use the other pool areas before or after practice, you need a facility membership and can speak to the front desk if you wish to use the facility outside of the lap lane area during the assigned practice times. Coaches might allow a quick slide break for fun during practice at times, but we ask that swimmers stay in the lap lanes unless otherwise given permission from the coaches.

Locker room use should be for showering, changing and quick bathroom use before, during, and after practice. Please remind your swimmers to use the locker rooms properly and not to play or rough house in the locker rooms. We will remind swimmers of these rules at practice, but it is always good to have reminders from parents on the expectations. 


To put it simply, swimmers need to have a suit and towel with them for practice. We recommend the following for all swimmers at practices and meets:

If you wish for your swimmer to be the most comfortable, we recommend a one-piece competition suit for females and jammer for males. Baggy trunks for boys can make performing strokes like the breaststroke a little more difficult. However, none of these are required, especially when just starting out. Goggles are really nice to have for all swimmers. Coaches can answer any questions you might have about swimwear. Good quality swim brands are Speedo, TYR, and Sporti.

Swim caps can vary based on how comfortable your swimmer is wearing them. Longer hair should be managed with an elastic hair tie at a minimum. If your swimmer has longer hair, a cap is a great way to make practices easier and help swimmers to perform better at meets. Swimmers with shorter hair often elect to not wear a cap at all, but some like to have them for practices and meets.

Colors and styles of apparel are up to you! We do not mandate any certain type, color or make. Wear what you are comfortable in! A small swim bag with all swim-related belonging is a nice thing to have to help your swimmer stay organized.

School days can get long, especially for our younger swimmers. Pack or eat a small, healthy snack before practice and we let swimmers have water breaks when needed during practice. 


Harlan Swim Club apparel is available to order, but we do not require swimmers to buy anything. However, many parents and swimmers like to have team gear.

Our team apparel order closes on November 12th! Items should be ready around the first part of December and make great Christmas gifts for swimmers and parents. If you want Harlan Swim Club swag, this is our only team order for the season! All orders are online through CI Shirts in Harlan and will be delivered to families at practice in early December.

Goal Setting and Progress Charts

Coach Matt is working on a form for swimmers to choose what their goals are for the year. Coaches will work with swimmers on setting three goals for the season to track their progress. Goals can range greatly for each swimmer depending on what they wish to get out of swim team for the 23-24 season and their experience level. Examples are things like having perfect attendance at practices, obtaining a certain time for the year, or qualifying for a state event. More information will come in the next week or so about goal setting.

Progress charts will be made for each swimmer. Charts will have an area to track swimmer attendance, note meets that they obtained a PR (Personal Record), and acknowledge state qualifying times. These will be posted near the lap lanes so swimmers can see how they've performed throughout the year. An example of what a chart looks like is below. 

If you have any questions at all, please email the team at or contact Coach Matt at 712-571-0528.

We are looking forward to a great 23-24 season!

Harlan Swim Club apparel available for order until November 26th

November 14th, 2019

Harlan Swim Club apparel can now be ordered until November 26th. Orders should be available for pick up at practice on December 5th, prior to our meet in Manning. See the order form for available products.

Order Form