Greenville Splash Masters

May - June News Splash 2022

Greenville Splash Adult Learn to Swim Program

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Greenville has some brand new swimmers!

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Special Note from Coach Leslie

Greenville Splash had an epic Adult Learn to Swim program this year. We were super excited to have 20 volunteers from our team to teach lessons to adults in our community. We are so proud of teaching 40 swimmers how to overcome fear, learn new swim skills and stay safer in the water. This program brings so much joy to these new swimmers. It truly is a remarkable experience and privilege to teach and give back to our community. Here were a few comments from lessons:

"I can swim like a fish now!"

"People told me I was too old to learn to swim, so at 66 I decided to prove them wrong and look at me now."

After swimming their first lap, "I love swimming, I am ready to be in a competition."

"I am going to surprise my family when we go on a cruise by going swimming, my family didn't know I signed up for these lessons, I am so proud of myself."

"I am so excited to finally be able to go underwater and not be afraid."

Please continue to thank our team sponsors by buying their products! Come visit Alpine Ski to pick up a Dolfin swim suit and / or swim equipment. Show your bag tag and tell them you are with Greenville Splash to receive a 20% discount off swimwear and swim equipment. We are also excited to be working with Synergy Wetsuits. Click here to receive a discount code for Synergy.

We are in need of Masters Swim Coaches. We would love for any swimmers to coach one workout per week. It's a very rewarding and enriching experience. Let Coach Leslie know if you are interested.

Send Leslie results and pictures of your events for our next newsletter. Feel free to email Coach Leslie at or give me a call if you need any help with anything: 864-283-1328.

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Meet Our New Coach: Jean Ference

I was born and raised in Brunswick, GA on the coast. I had four very competitive siblings and we all pursued sports from an early age. Competition started for me at 10 years old in high jump and long jump for the county recreation department. That year, I got second place in high jump at the State meet. Through the years, I played tennis, rode horses, did gymnastics and cycling, and ended up falling in love with ballet and modern dance.

After attempting to do academics to please my parents at various colleges, I went to Florida State as a dance major, but only lasted two semesters before I dropped out and rode the Amtrak train from Jacksonville, FL to New York City at the age of 20. I took ballet classes and studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School. I earned a scholarship with Martha Graham and danced with the second company while also dancing with I other companies around the City. I finally did a season with the main Graham company, then decided that after eight tough years, I was ready for a new career that was less grueling, more stable and brought in some money.

I got a job at Skadden, Arps, a large law firm, as a night word processor and worked my way up over the years to Assistant Director of Practice Support which involved implementation and management of specialized computer technology for large litigation matters and other practice areas. I finally got my bachelor’s degree in business in 1999 at Baruch College in NYC. I stayed in this career for 35 years, moving to Jones Day in 2004. In my spare time, I wanted to stay active doing something not quite as hard as dancing full time, so I started competing in triathlon.

I met my husband, Bob, in 2007 and we continued to work in Manhattan, but moved out to Glen Cove on Long Island. We got a couple of Labrador Retrievers and trained them to compete in AKC Obedience and I started riding horses seriously. In 2013, we retired early and moved to Greenville. We also bought a log cabin in Montana where we spend our summers. In our retirement, Bob has continued to pursue canine training and is currently a search and rescue handler, specializing in human remains detection. He and his two K-9’s, Siyeh and Palmer, have been very successful over the years and have had many finds, bringing comfort to the families of missing persons. (Unfortunately, a number of those finds have involved drowning victims.)

In my retirement, I have been riding horses and swimming. I and my three horses competed in Eventing, which is the triathlon of equestrian sport combining dressage, cross country and jumping. Last year, I retired my last horse and decided not to get another one. For the past four years I’ve focused on swimming with Greenville Splash under Coach Bill Ewell who has been an inspiration and a mentor. I volunteered to work with him on getting the Veteran Swim Program going in December 2021. My father, George M. Ference, was a WWII Navy veteran and served in the Pacific aboard an LST. I dedicate my work with veterans to him.

I’ve gotten several certifications and have become a lifeguard and swim instructor at Greenville County Aquatics Complex. I’ve always dreamed of finding a way to share my love for the water with others and now I am. I am loving it! And, it was a “light bulb moment” when I realized that by teaching swimming and water safety to adults and children, just maybe I can help reduce the number of tragic searches my husband is called out for.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Click Here For Exclusive Swimwear Sponsor Discounts

swimwear discounts from our team sponsors

Synergy donates goody bags for all our ALTS participants

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Greenville Splash is Excited to be Hosting Events in 2022!

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Upcoming Events

2022 Go the Distance. Keep a workout log with this fun program from USMS. Click here for more information.

May 21 Greenville Tri-Fecta Triathlon Festival: family friendly event for youth, adapted youth and adult. For more information click here:

May 21 Team Social & Couples Shower for Dylan and Jenny at Carolyn's home 7:00 pm. RSVP for directions.

May 28 Lowcountry Splash: 2.4 and 5 mile open water swim in Charleston. Michelle Jones & Melinda Menzer are going, let us know if you are planning to go. Click here to enter:

June 4 Beaufort River Swim: Open Water Swim and Run Event Click here to enter:

June 5 The First Greenville Splash Group Open Water Swim of the Season at Lake Jocassee: Swimmers should rsvp to to get all the info about safety and ability level groups.

June 17-18 Greenville Splash LCM Invitational at Greenville County Aquatic Complex. Registration is open, register by 5/31 for discount. All information can be found on our website:

Swimmers: Click here for meet entry information:

Volunteers: Sign up here to be a timer:

Lane Sponsor: Click here for information

Donations: Have an item to donate for door prizes? Let us know

Aug. 3-7 USMS Summer Nationals in Richmond, VA

Click here for information:

Sept. 17 Upstate Splash Charity Open Water Swim at Lake Jocassee. Already half full.
This event is hosted by Greenville Splash. Registration is now open! Click here to register:
(Earlybird discount is currently available)

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Thank you for your dedication Coach Bill

We are sad to announce that Coach Bill is moving to Kansas. Coach Bill will truly be missed by all of us! Bill is definitely leaving a legacy here in Greenville. Bill started the Greenville Splash Veterans Swim Program at GCAC and he will live on forever with this wonderful program. Here are just a few comments about Bill:

“We wish Bill all the best in Kansas. I am personally kinda sad to him go, as his presence every Tues, Thur, Sat really helped me get started swimming and understand it. I loved his workouts. I loved his patience and excitement to work with anyone every day. And above all I love that he loved swimming cause it makes coming to the pool fun. We will miss him. But we will keep swimming (and trying to still figure out exactly what he was teaching us). Till we see him again sometime, all the best. “ - Pat Yerkes

"Thanks a lot Bill!! We will miss you soooo much!!! All the best for you and your family!

Best empathetic coach I’ve ever met!!" - Miriam Bierre

"Kansas got lucky! I’ll miss ya, Bill. Thank you for your great coaching" Joe Hammond

"One of the best guys and coaches I’ve ever met. Will certainly miss you, Kansas is picking up a winner. Go enjoy your fantastic family!" Daniel Hynum

"Wait, what? Wasn’t he supposed to ask how we felt about this first?" - Meredith Rigdon

"We can set up a Zoom call and he can tele-coach" - Michael Pait

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Workout Schedule

Greenville County Aquatic Complex Long Course Season:

Coached workouts: TuTh 5:30-7:00 am, TuTh 6:30-8:00 pm, TuThF 9:00-10:30 am, F 7:00-8:30 am, Sat 7:00-8:30 am.

Veterans Swim Program TuTh 7:00-8:00 am

Pool closed Saturday May 6 for swim meet.

Kroc Center:

Coached workouts: MWF 6:00-7:00 am

Due to lane space and safety concerns we require swimmers to circle swim at all workouts at both pools.

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Early-Bird registration for Upstate Splash Swim

Exclusive opportunity for members to register with limited early bird discount for the 8th annual Upstate Splash Open Water Swim...

Splashing Accomplishments

Congratulations to Jean Ference for becoming a Certified Level 1 Coach with United States Masters Swimming! Jean is coach in the evenings at GCAC.

A huge thank you to these volunteers for teaching the 2022 Adult Learn to Swim Program!

Leah Aragon, Amy Browning, Allan Byer, Kacky Elliott, Janice Hebel, Mark Hohmann, Michelle Jones, Jean Ference, Kristin Knowles, Mark Kothe, Rebecca Maccaroni, Becki McKee, Melinda Menzer, Carolyn Moore, Shelley Rubert, Leslie Scott, Roz Selbach, and Brenda Stephens. We love that you shared your passion for swimming so others could have the opportunity to learn to swim and be safe around the water.

Kudos and thank you for these swimmers for becoming USMS Officials: Leah Aragon, Amy Browning, Alan Byer, Rebecca Maccaroni, Carolyn Moore, Leslie Scott

Many accolades to Kristy Panayotoff & Roger Clifton for spectacular swims at the USMS Spring Nationals in San Antonio, Texas. At 86 years young, Roger placed 1st in all of his swims: the 50, 100 and 200 Free. Kristy placed 7th in the 1,000 Free, 8th in 100 Fly, 3rd in 200 Fly, 6th in 400 IM, 5th in 200 IM and 10th in the 200 Back.

Our new inspiration, Roger Clifton swims the 200 Free

Men's 200 Freestyle Odd Heats | 2022 Spring Nationals | San Antonio

Greenville Splash Team Swag is Here

Greenville Splash team swag is here. In case you didn't know, Coach Leslie is also a special education teacher. My students have started a school based business called Ramtastic Goods. This year they made the bag tags and towels and collated all the items for distribution. Pick your swag up at the pool, ask a coach to give it to you, if you haven't received yours yet.

Goodbye and Good Luck Coach Bill, you will be missed!

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Big hugs from the Veterans

The early morning group

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The mid-morning group

The evening group

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Fun in and out of the water

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Greenville splash Girls Night Out

Our Newest Swim Graduates!

We Love These Smiles

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Need a workout? We've got you covered!

We are proud to announce that we will be posting our Greenville Splash workouts on our website in real time! Coach Bill Ewell will be sending us four or five workouts each week. They will be the workouts we do at Greenville County Aquatic Complex. So if you are swimming on your own, you can print and take them to the pool. You can find them on our website in the workout blog section. Click here for workouts:
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Technique Articles from USMS

Dolfin and Alpine Ski Center are our Team Sponsors

We love our partnership with Dolfin Swimwear! All Greenville Splash members will receive a 20% discount on Dolfin swimwear and swim equipment at Alpine Ski Center. Alpine is ready to help you with your swimwear and equipment needs! So stop by 30 Orchard Park Dr Suite 17, Greenville, SC 29615 to support our team sponsors and local business.

Swimmers must show their 2022 Greenville Splash bag tag to receive the discount. We have picked out a new team swim suit, backpack and warm-up jacket. Click here for more information on our website:

Come join us for the best part of your day!

Make a Difference

Thank you so much to all of our swimmers that volunteer for Greenville Splash! Your efforts help to make our community safer in the water and provide fitness and competition activities for swimmers. We host three big events every year: The Greenville Splash Invitational LCM Swim Meet, The Upstate Splash Charity Open Water Swim, and Adult Learn to Swim. We have taught over 300 adults how to swim! The Upstate Splash has raised money to provide swim lessons for over 3,200 children! We are proud to be a team that gives back to our community!

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Greenville Splash loves to give back to our community!

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Advisory Board

Meet the Greenville Splash Advisory Board:

Sara Bopp, Amy Browning, John Decker, Mark Kothe, Kristin Knowles, Carolyn Moore, Casey Oliver, and Leslie Scott

Please, reach out to these board members with any suggestions for the future success of your Greenville Splash Masters team. Email:

Follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram and our website for more information about our USMS club. We also have FB messenger for each of the pools, let us know if you want to be added. We always welcome all swimmers to any of our workouts, events and socials. Join the fun!

Facebook Links:

Greenville Splash

Upstate Splash Charity