The North Coast Swim Club starts the new year with some additions to the coaching staff.

Carl Anderson joined the club's staff in September, bringing with him more than 25 years of competitive swimming experience. Anderson began building his toolbox of coaching techniques as a young athlete swimming for McMinnville Swim Team, China Lake Swim Team and McMinnville High School's swim team.

Since 1995, Anderson has coached Pendleton Swim Association for four seasons, was head coach for John Day Swim Team for five years and was the coach at Pendleton High School for one year. He has coached both age group and Masters swimmers.

Anderson began as a swim official and came to coaching through the officiating ranks rather than straight from swim instructor ranks. Anderson held National level certifications and was certified by Oregon Swimming Inc., as a trainer for stroke and turn judges, starters and referees.

As the new site coach for the team, Anderson will focus on building the swimmers' skills and improving conditioning to improve the athletes' ability to compete. His coaching philosophy combines helping the athletes to strive for excellence through effort and enjoyment and building competence through conditioning and competition.

"Competition is where all these concepts are combined for the growth of the swimmer and the development of the individual," Anderson said.

NCSC's new coach Erin Estes comes to Astoria from Sedona, Ariz. Estes' coaching career began more than 20 years ago while attending Eastern Montana College, where she interned as an assistant coach for a high school swim team. Estes coached the Sedona swim team for eight years before moving to Astoria.

In addition to coaching, Estes ran the city of Sedona aquatics facility, learn-to-swim programs and recreation programs for the last decade. Estes recently relocated to Astoria to join her husband who accepted the position as Executive Director for Clatsop Behavioral Health Care last year.

Estes joins the Astoria coaching staff on the heels of attending the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) World Coaches Clinic in November.

"Technology has allowed the science of the sport of swimming to be studied and understood more than ever before," Estes said. "Every year researchers find out more and more about how to move faster through the medium of water. Swimming gets more exciting every year."

Estes is a United States Swimming (USS) coach and recently completed the ASCA Level 4 coaches' certification. In addition, Estes continues to hold and advisory position in Northern Arizona for the American Red Cross and is a trainer for Lifeguard/Cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructors, Water Safety instructors and swim coaches safety training instructors.

NCSC swims at the Astoria Aquatic Center from 5 to 6 p.m weekdays. Intermediate and senior swimmers swim five days a week. Novice swimmers swim two days.

NCSC is a parent-run club.

For more information on the North Coast Swim Club, contact head coach Paul Gascoigne at 325-8166.

Cal Ripken tryouts heldThe Astoria Cal Ripken Baseball League, formerly Bambino Baseball, will be holding tryouts Feb. 22 and 24 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.

Youths who will be 8 to 10 years old before Aug. 1 will try out from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 22 and youths who will be 11 or 12 before Aug. 1 will try out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day.

Tryouts for all ages will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 24.

Registration fee is $45. Participants should show up a half-hour early to register and warm up. All participants will be placed on teams. Games will begin after spring break and will finish in early June. For more information, call Dale Johnson at 325-0467.

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