2021 Swim Team Registration is Now Available!

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.

2021 Swim Team Registration is open until Monday, May 10.
First day of practice is Monday, May 10. Practices will be after school until June 18 and then will shift to mornings.
Swim Team Season will run from May 10-July 11.

2021 Swim Team Registration Rates:

  • Non-Member Swim Team Only Rate = $200
  • QVSRC Member Rate = $85 for each swimmer

Quail Valley members click here to register

Non-members click here to register

If you experience difficulties, please try a new device or clear your cookies. Swimmer availability is set at a predetermined number per age group (per member and non-member groups) so as to monitor and adjust practice times, groups, etc.


The Quail Valley Swim Team competes in the Columbia Swim League and is consistently on the medal stand at the CSL City Championship meet.

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

♦  Winning record 17 of the last 18 seasons
♦  Finished in the top 5 in the City Championship Meet 14 of the last 15 years
♦  2019 2nd Place Team at City Meet
♦  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

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Meet the Coaches

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.

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
♦  Erin Medlock
♦  Caroline Culbreath
♦  Sally Ouzts
♦  Addy Strickland
♦  Joe Gentry
♦  Hannah Hardaway
♦  Jake Thompson
♦  Simon Thompson
♦  Josh Tomlin

Swim Instructors are 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 Alec at rutkowski.alec@gmail.com if you need contact information for any of the coaches.


The Little Quails Program – will not be offered in 2021

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 to determine if they should participate with the 6 and under swim team practice or begin with the Little Quails pre-swim team program. 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. Swimmers ages 4 to 6 participate in swim meets as soon as they can swim a length of the pool independently. 


*NEW Swim Team Newsletter*

  • Summer 2020
    • vol 1 — click here for registration and other important information (5.15.2020)
    • vol 2 — click here for a message from Coach Cindy on Swim Practice Social Distancing Protocols (5.18.2020)
    • vol 3 — click here for a information on practice, pictures, and parking (5.29.2020)
    • vol 4 — click here for a message from Coach Alec and information on intersquad meets (6.17.2020)

All swimmers must be registered in active before they are able to practice.

To be updated: View the 2021 Swim Team Practice Schedule •  2019 Swim Team Handbook

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

Quail Valley Civic Association  www.quailvalleysc.org

Palmetto Aquatics  www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=scpa

Allstate –  Victoria Ares  www.agents.allstate.com/victoria-ares-west-columbia-sc.html

Well Pets Veterinary  www.wellpetssc.com

First Community Bank  www.firstcommunitysc.com

Information on 2020 Swim Team Sponsorships or contact Swim Team Coordinator