The Swimming Hole was founded in 2001 by Jake and Donna Carpenter as a non-profit community pool with the mission to foster the joy of swimming and benefits of water safety as well as general physical fitness and rehabilitation to all residents and visitors of the greater Stowe area.
2021 marks The Swimming Hole’s 20th Anniversary, we will be taking the opportunity of this milestone year to share our TSH Members’ stories and focus on community awareness, involvement, and reaching out to our valued members and community to learn how we can improve our services and offerings.
20th Anniversary Member Stories- Get Inspired, Share and Learn
TSH Member Mary Val Palumbo’s wonderful story of 20 years of swimming, fitness and fun
In the fall of 2001, I noticed the opening of the Swimming Hole and was curious about the Master’s Swimming. I am an early AM exerciser and the TSH was on my way from Hyde Park to Burlington for work. The first day I arrived, I saw a friendly face – Paula Yankauskas; her kids and mine were about the same age and went to the Hyde Park Elementary School. Little did I know of Paula’s swimming resume before that and what was to come. I happily gave Master’s a try because despite having a recreation degree with an aquatic specialization, I never competed as a youth or in college. I had done practically everything else in the water and loved it. And, I loved Master’s at the Swimming Hole too.
Fast forward 20 years and our Master’s group has become part of my life. We have had births, graduations, grandchildren and aging parents together. Many LOVE to swim outside – long and far – Paula is a Triple Crown Queen and my pal who was the oldest American female to swim across the English Channel (for a few weeks). She rocks! But, so do all my other pals who plug along with me in the moderately slow lane and beyond. Coach Brynn, of course has been an inspiration with her dedication to swimming far and worldwide. She is FUN and always smiling at 6AM. She praises my 67 year old body’s sprint down Lane Two like I was Michael Phelps. I am so lucky to have such a great group of friends, a great coach and a beautiful pool to swim in.
Here is a picture from the first swim meet that we went to in 2006 in Maine with some of our old coaches. But you really don’t have to compete to be a Master’s swimmer, just get up early and come have fun with a great group of friends.
Thanks Mary Val and Congratulations on 20 years of swimming, fun and fitness at TSH!
TSH Member Antoine Brechu’s wonderful story and call to action.
Did you know that The Swimming Hole Nonprofit Community Pool & Fitness Center was the key community infrastructure that sealed the deal for my family and me to move to Stowe eight years ago? And as an ex-ski racer turned competitive swimmer in my late teens, having a world class pool near my home has been a joy and privilege. This year This Swimming Hole is proudly celebrating its 20th Anniversary and it needs our support to complete necessary capital improvements and repairs to ensure another 20+ years.
This is why The Swimming Hole will be organizing some exciting fundraising events through the coming year, some of which will include you sharing stories of what The Swimming Hole has meant to you over the years. Your contributions will secure its continuation for all of us and generations to come. We hope that you will be a willing contributor whether sharing what The Swimming Hole has meant to you and/ or a welcome financial contribution in the coming year as we lay out the many opportunities to participate.
For me, The Swimming Hole has provided such a consistent high-quality experience for my family, from being the perfect place for my son to learn to swim, to helping me in recover from ACL surgery, to allowing me to train for local and international triathlons. I look forward to supporting it this year.
I hope you will join me in ensuring the future and the quality of this amazing resource.
~ Antoine Brechu