Co-Head Coaches Alec Rutkowski and Cindy Sommers, along with their assistant coaches, teach new swimmers the basics and help advanced swimmers improve their competitive strokes.

The Quail Valley Swim Team competes in the Columbia Swim League and is consistently on the medal stand at the CSL City Championship meet. Last summer Quail Valley won the meet and is the 2018 Columbia Swim League Champion!


Here are a handful of award highlights earned by the Quail Valley Swim Team:

♦  Winning record 16 of the last 17 seasons
♦  Finished in the top 5 in the City Championship Meet 13 of the last 14 years
♦  2018 City Meet Champions
♦  2017 2nd Place Team at City Meet
♦  2016 3rd Place Team at City Meet
♦  2015 3rd Place Team at City Meet
♦  2015 Sportsmanship Award
♦  2014 3rd Place Team at City Meet
♦  2014 Sportsmanship Award
♦  2013 Sportsmanship Award
♦  2013 winner, Splashpoint City Championship
♦  2013 West Large Division Sportsmanship Award
♦  2011 Division Champions
♦  2011 Winner, Splashpoint City Championship
♦  2008 Runner-up, Splashpoint City Championship
♦  2006 Division Champions


The Little Quails Program

For Developmental Swim Team Members – $185 for the 4 week program

Little Quails is a  pre-swim team developmental program for swimmers 3-5 years old working on water adjustment and beginner swimmer skills. The Columbia Swim League does not allow 3 year olds to participate in the meets so all 3 year olds will participate with Little Quails. Four and 5 year olds will be screened on Monday, May 6th to determine if they should participate with the 6 and under swim team practice or begin with the Little Quails  pre-swim team program on Monday, June 10th at 10:00 am Little Quails DO NOT participate in swim meets but 4 and 5 year old Little Quails may be moved up to the 6 and under practice if their progress warrants.  Four and 5 year old swimmers comfortable putting their faces in the water for 5 or more seconds, blowing bubbles and performing front and back floats will be placed in the 6 and under swim team practice. Tuesday, May 7th is the first full practice for swimmers age 8 and under. Swimmers ages 4 to 6 participate in swim meets as soon as they can swim a length of the pool independently. 

Little Quails practices begin Monday, June 10th continuing through Wednesday, July 10th — Monday-Friday from either 10:00-10:30 am or 10:30-11:00 am.  **Note: no practice on July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.**

For information about the developmental program contact Coach Cindy Sommers


Questions about the swim team? Want to join?

Contact and team submittals:  Swim Team Coordinator

To join our swim team, you must either be a member of Quail Valley Swim & Racquet Club OR register as a Swim Team Only Swimmer. For full membership, first visit here to complete a club membership then complete the new swim team registration online.

Swim Team Registration Rates:

Non-Member Swim Team Only Rate = $185
QVSRC Member Rate = $75 for the 1st swimmer, $50 for the 2nd swimmer, $25 for the 3rd+ swimmer

*NEW* Online Active Registration Link:   QVST Registration

**Swimmers must be registered in Active before they will be allowed to practice. Practice begins Monday, May 6th.**

The registration link will be open from April 6th – May 6th so register early!

Ready to see you at the pool! Go Quails!!

Note** Online is the only way to register for QV Swim Team this year!**    Online registration instructions

  View the 2019 Swim Team Meet Schedule  •  2019 Swim Team Master Calendar  •  2019 Swim Team Handbook

Swimmers will be able to order swim suits and equipment directly from our supplier, August Swim Supply.  Go to this link and click on ‘Team Login’ and enter username and password below to order:

Click on Team Login:
Username is “qv
Password is “1234


Meet the Quail Valley head coaches, Alec Rutkowski and Cindy Sommers

Head Competition Coach Alec Rutkowski has been part of the Quail Valley Swim Team since he was 9 years old. After a stellar career which boasts many city and state championship swims, he earned a spot on the College of Charleston and then the University of South Carolina Swim Teams. He is currently a physical education teacher in Richland & Lexington School District 5. He has held a coaching position with Quail Valley since he was 15 years old and has experience coaching with the Columbia-based, year-round club, Palmetto Aquatics. Coach Alec’s favorite stroke is breastroke.

This year Coach Alec will be sharing head coaching duties with Coach Cindy. In addition to working with swimmers during practice he will take care of all head coaching responsibilities for our swim meets including building/submitting line-ups for the scored A meets and CSL City Championship meet. He will also be the liaison between the Quail Valley Swim Club program and the Columbia Swim League Board.

When he is not coaching he enjoys spending time on the lake and eating Mexican food.

Head Coach Manager Cindy Sommers holds the record for the longest tenure of any active swim coach in the Columbia City League. She has coached the Quail Valley team since 2001. She is currently the Coach of the Irmo High School Swim Team and also coached the girls’ and boys’ varsity swim teams at Dutch Fork High School for seven years.

Coach Cindy began swimming on a Columbia Swim League swim team when she was 9 years old and continued to compete in the league through the age of eighteen. She also branched out into year round swimming at the age of eleven, eventually earning a spot on the College of Charleston swim team. Her favorite stroke is butterfly.

This year Coach Cindy will be sharing head coaching duties with Coach Alec. She will manage and supervise the coaching staff, supervise practices and the Little Quails Program, act as the liaison between the Quail Valley Swim Team committee and the Quail Valley Swim & Racquet Club Board and work with swimmers during practice.

When not coaching, she loves to teach math, read, kayak, whitewater raft, trail bike ride, complete projects around the house, garden and snuggle with her three dogs and four cats.

Meet the Assistant Coaches

♦  Claire Ouzts
♦  Reanna Wrecsics
♦  Erin Medlock
♦  Hannah Nates
♦  Jack Wright
♦  Ike Mayall
♦  Caroline Culbreath
♦  Sally Ouzts
♦  Addy Strickland

Swim Instructors Available to teach One-on-One Private Swim Lessons

♦  Alec Rutkowski
♦  Claire Ouzts
♦  Reanna Wrecsics
♦  Erin Medlock
♦  Ike Mayall
♦  Caroline Culbreath
♦  Addy Strickland


Please arrange lessons with instructors. Contact Coach Cindy at if you need contact information for any of the coaches. Thanks!

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Quail Valley Civic Association

O’Leary Orthodontics

South Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine

Southeastern Pressure Cleaning

Palmetto Aquatics

Genco Pools & Spas

Silver Sponsors

Allstate –  Victoria Ares

South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company

Boyer Construction

Mr. Electric

Well Pets Veterinary


Midlands Dental

Bronze Sponsors

Jersey Mike’s

Misty Stathos, State Farm Ins.

Michaelis Mattress

First Community Bank

Hilton Garden Inn

CiCi’s Pizza

Green Sponsors

ESI Electric

Dick’s Sporting Goods


Information on 2019 Swim Team Sponsorships or contact Swim Team Coordinator