Meet Coach Lindsey Rock: Ready to roll with DSHS Tiger Swim Reply

Meet Lindsey Rock, a 34-year old California native who was named the 2012-2013 head swim coach for Drippings Springs High School, in the successful wake of recently retired coach, Andrea McCarthy. Rock says she is ready to roll with Tiger Swim, and the team is already off to a winning start.

DSHS athletes swam in their first meet of the year at Burnet’s “Hoot ‘N Holler” on Friday. Rock’s Tiger Swim team won it all, including Invitational Champion awards for the Girls and Boys teams, and the Overall Champion trophy for DSHS. The six other schools competing were Hays, Kyle Lehman, Burnet, San Marcos, Wimberley, and Austin St. Michael’s.

The Tiger team racked up a combined team score of 1,146; the next closest combined team score was 569 points for San Marcos High School. Hays came in 3rd, Wimberley 4th, Kyle Lehman 5th, Austin St. Michael’s 6th, with Burnet placing 7th.

Coach Rock said the meet was a “strong indicator of things to come.” Here’s what else the new coach had to say about the team, her background, and her view of the future for Tiger Swim:

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO TEXAS? HOW DO YOU LIKE IT SO FAR?

I lived in California my whole life, and wanted to try something new.  What’s the point of having wings if you don’t fly?  I moved here in February, and I love it so far!  Best decision of my life.  I have grown as a person in so many ways and am very happy in Texas.

WHAT IS YOUR NEW ROLE WITH THE DSISD?

I am an instructional aide at the middle school for the FOCUS program, working with behavior kids.  I am also the head boys & girls swim coach for the high school.

WHAT EXPERIENCE DO YOU BRING TO TIGER SWIM? 

I am a USA Swimming certified coach, and have coached at the club level with the Mission Viejo Nadadores for over eight years and most recently with Nitro Swimming in Austin.

WHAT ARE THE SUCCESSES & STRENGTHS OF THOSE PROGRAMS?

Mission Viejo Nadadores put the city of Mission Viejo on the map.  Huge tradition there.  Their slogan is “continuing the tradition of excellence since 1968”.  I am very proud to have been raised as a swimmer & coach, under the values of such a standout club.  Not only does Mission Viejo produce elite athletes, but they instill life lessons & team commraderie that is second to none.

Nitro Swimming has quickly become the powerhouse swim club in Texas.  They have won TAGS (Texas Age Group championships) for the past 5 seasons and show no signs of slowing down. Another great organization to have been a part of and learn from.

Both of those stellar programs have shaped me into the coach I am today, and I believe both clubs represent what I stand for: Hard work, team unity, tradition, and class.

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A SWIMMER? WHAT ARE YOUR COMPETITIVE STRENGTHS?

I swam at the Senior National level in highschool and placed in the top 3 of the highschool championship for Southern California (CIF) all 4 years in the 500 freestyle.  I earned an athletic scholarship to UCLA and swam in the NCAA championships in 96 & 97.  My best events were distance freestyle and 400 IM.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE DSHS SWIM PROGRAM?

I have a degree in psychology, with a minor in philosphy. I wanted to bring that background into my professional life and am now working on my teaching certificate.  While I work on my teaching certificate, I’m working in DSISD as an aide in the FOCUS program and coaching the high school swim program, which is allowing me to fulfill two passions simultaneously.  Working at a school is really the perfect fit for me!  I had been attracted to the Dripping Springs community for quite some time, and really like the people & values they uphold.  I was honored when asked to work in this district.

THE TEAM SWEPT ITS FIRST MEET. WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL THIS YEAR? 

I see very big, very good things.  First of all, we have a very strong group of seniors this year.  We have a lot of talent in the water and in the classroom.  I’m really excited for what’s in store for them next year, so hoping to make this last year at DSHS a memorable one in the pool!  Morgan Riggins & Hayden Baligad – both seniors – are the elected captains and are doing a bangup job.  They are extremely reliable, consistent, and such a great example for all on the team, particularly the underclassmen.  They are the definition of lead by example! With all of our senior leadership helping to show the way, we will continue to train smart & hard and the rest will take care of itself.  We will definitely be the ones to watch out for.

WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT 3-4 YEARS?

The world is our oyster!  They hired me to win, and I intend to do so.  With the amount of, and talent present in our new freshman, coupled with solid juniors & sophmores returning, we will continue to have a very strong team.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?

We need all the support we can get! Please come out and support the Tiger swim team!

2012-2013 DSHS TIGER SWIM SCHEDULE

DATE DAY MEET LOCATION TIME
October 12 Friday Burnet Hoot “N” Holler Burnet 11:00 AM
October 27 Saturday Dual Meet vs. Lake Travis Lake Travis 9:00 AM
November 2/3 Fri/Sat TISCA  Burnet 12:15/11:30
November 9 Friday AISD Invitational UT Austin 9:00 AM PRELIMS 6:00 PM FINALS
November 17 Saturday Fall Sprint Classic Texas State TBA
December 1 Saturday Burnet Winter Classic Burnet 11:30 AM
January 11 Friday Burnet Tex Robertson Burnet 11:30 AM
January 25/26 Friday District Meet Josh Davis-San Antonio TBA
February 8/9 Fri/Sat Regional Meet Palo Alto-San Antonio TBA
February 22/23 Fri/Sat State Championships UT-Austin 3:00/2:00
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