Even though swimming around the world still looks very different from normal due to the effects of COVID-19, we are still highlighting and celebrating swimming teams from across the country. This month, we will be approaching Orinda Aquatics, a year-round US swimming club team in Moraga, California.
Orinda Aquatics was founded by Ron & Don Heidary just over 25 years ago and has had an average of 150 swimmers throughout its history. The team’s home is the Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California (East Bay). The property is a three pool complex with one fifty-meter pool and two twenty-five yard pools. Orinda Aquatics hosted the 2018 and 2019 Far Western Championships. The team was very lucky to have trained in the water at near full capacity since June and held their first authorized intersquad rally in February.
We spoke to longtime coach Don Heidary to get an idea of what makes Orinda Aquatics special, as well as to get some of his thoughts on training in general. We usually like to ask separately about coaching philosophy and team chemistry, but with Orinda Aquatics, it’s clear these two aspects are so intertwined, …
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