About the Saco Valley Swim Team (SVST)

Enroll with the SVST by contacting us at info@whitemountainaaquatic.com. 

Please use our web-site's HOME page and calendar to stay current on days and times of practice and other Team/Center happenings. If school is cancelled in Conway, for SAU 9, or if an early release is announced due to weathercheck the HOME page for the most current status of practice.

The Saco Valley Swim Team (SVST) is comprised of swimmers of all ages and abilities from many towns throughout the MWV community. The team is coached by Bob Magg, Dick Lennon, Eileen Lennon, Steve Vosburgh and Margi Wright. SVST is a member of the Granite State Swim Association (GSSA). The GSSA is a summer recreational league consisting of about 30 swim teams from MA, ME, NH, and VT. The purpose of the GSSA is to promote and develop competitive swimming, in the belief that this activity offers a positive means for increasing athletic ability and character development.

During the fall/winter/spring months the SVST competes with other northern New Hampshire teams from Colebrook, Lisbon and other teams in VT and NH.

Come join the fun!

Above: The SVST at the Brewter Swim Meet. We had 18 members from ages 6-15 swimming in the choppy waters of the Lake Winnipesaukee. A great time for for the team and their parents!

  • Pre-team Swim School – This is designed to be an introduction to the swim team and/or a transition from swim lessons to the Team.  Prior to enrolling in Swim School, a swimmer should be comfortable swimming 2 lengths of the front crawl (freestyle) with their face in the water, and also with 1 length of backstroke.  While enrolled in Swim School, swimmers will work on basic technique for all 4 competitive strokes.   

  • 8 & Under Group – This practice group will continue with the basics of the 4 strokes plus the IM event. As they become more proficient, they will be taught starts and turns for each stroke, and the distances will increase. We ask that swimmers in this group attend a minimum of 2 practices a week but encourage them to come to all 3 practices. When a swimmer achieves 2 BB times (a USA Swimming Time Standard), Coaches may then invite the swimmer to move up and practice with the next age group.  These times are available through the USA Swimming web-site or can be found on the SVST Information Board at the pool. 

  • 9 & 10 Group – As our swimmers mature, the emphasis on stroke mechanics continues. More time is spent at distance swims, improving their endurance which will help them throughout their life. Relay Exchanges, Race Starts, for each of the strokes and turns are further refined. Proper hydration and nutrition are introduced. Swimmers are encouraged to attend the 4 practices offered so that they can develop the endurance necessary for longer swims (100 yds and 200 yds).

  • 11 + Group – While the emphasis on stroke mechanics continues, more time is now spent on distance swims. Most of the events this group swims will be 100, 200, 400 and 500 yards in length. Maintaining good technique at longer distances becomes an important metric.

  •  Coaches – The SVST is extremely fortunate to have a team of talented coaches with many years of coaching and swimming experience.

    • Eileen Lennon – Eileen and Dick are long time summer residents of Tamworth.  They have recently “retired” from Eastern Mass. (we are going to keep them very busy) and moved to the area full time.   After seeing the write-ups in the Conway Daily Sun about the success of our SVST swimmers, they reached out to us in hopes of sharing some of their extensive coaching experience.  Eileen started on a swim team when she was 6 years old and has been swimming, teaching, coaching or officiating ever since.

    • Dick Lennon – Dick brings many years of teaching, coaching, officiating along with building and operating aquatic centers.  Dick still plays an active role in many swim organizations in Massachusetts including coordinating the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association High School State Swim Meet that takes place at the beginning of March each year. 

    • Margi Wright – Margi and her husband recently retired and moved to Brownfield, Maine from New Jersey after teaching for the past 17 years.   Margi began her coaching career when her children became active members of their local swim team.  Margi has been a USA Swim Official and Team Organizer along with being a competitive All-star Cheer Coach.   We are very excited to have her as part of the SVST. 

    • Steve Vosburgh – Steve is a long time valley resident, Masters Swimmer and professional coach and trainer.  During the winter season, Coach Steve is the Kennett High School Nordic Team Coach.  Steve is the Chairperson for the White Mountain Aquatic Center Oversight Committee (this is a committee that usually meets once a month to discuss matters pertaining to the current pool and facility). 

    • Bob Magg – Coach Bob began his swim coaching career when his children joined a swim team.  Over the years he has coached in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and now New Hampshire.  Coach Bob is an active Board Member for the White Mountain Aquatic and Fitness Foundation.  


If you have questions for your child’s coach, please contact her/him at practice to set up an appointment. Please make sure that you inform us, immediately, of any changes to your family information such as address, phone numbers and email address. We will normally contact you using e-mail so that is a critical communication link. 

It is important that you communicate, in writing, with our coaches, regarding any current medical issue (s) they should be aware of. That information will be considered confidential and not shared outside of the coaching staff unless you authorize such disclosure. 


 Cancelation Procedure:  In the event that we need to cancel a swim team practice we will post it here on our website and on our Facebook page.