JCC Swimming: Welcome

Welcome to the JCC Swimming website!

Our Swim Team is located in Owings Mills, Maryland and practices at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC.  The team's history stretches back to the 1950s, but the team first became known as the Baltimore JCC Baracudas in 1977, when the first outdoor pool was built for the Shapiro Recreation Park (now the Shapiro Aquatics Park) on Gywnnbrook Avenue. 

As the Baltimore JCC Barracudas, our team competes in the JCC Association of North America's Mid-Atlantic Swim League during the winter and as part of the Central Maryland Swim League during the summer.  As the Barracudas, the team won the Mid-Atlantic Swim League championship in 2007, 2010 and 2012.  The Barracudas won the CMSL Division IX title in 2011 and 2012, and the Division VIII Championship in 2013. In 2012, Alan Cherches and Kevin Whalen set the team's first CMSL League Records.  In 2014, the Barracudas moved from Division VIII to Division V.

The team joined USA Swimming in 2007.  The USA Swimming-affiliated swim team of the JCC of Greater Baltimore is officially called JCC SwimmingJCC Swimming participates in meets throughout the year as part of Maryland Swimming

In 2010, the team merged with another team (the Baltimore Metro Aquatic Club, or BMAC) under the leadership of Head Coach Brendan McElroy.  Later that year, the team sent its first swimmer to the USA Swimming Junior National Championships. In 2011, the team had its first "State Champion" at the Maryland Swimming Short Course Championships.  In 2012, Kevin Whalen (12/M) took first place in the 11/12Boys 50 Freestyle.  In 2014, Alan Cherches (9/M) took first place in five events. 

Sunday, May 4
2014 Junior Maccabi Team Sets Records

Congratulations to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Baltimore 2014 Junior Maccabi Swim Team. The team took first place overall (out of 10 teams) and first place among the girls' teams.

The meet was very fast paced - 19 new records were set today, including by Baltimore Swimmers:Jensen Friedman (200 IM, 500 FR),Julia Shpigel (200 IM, 500 FR), and the Girls 10 - 12 Freestyle Relay Team (J Friedman, J Shpigel, D Indenbaum, E Fine)

Other highlights:

- Noam Fox recorded best times in all four individual events, including a 10+ second drop in the 100IM

- Jensen Friedman took first place in all four of her individual events

- Daniella Indenbaum took silver in her four personal events, with best times in three of them.

- Sam Khusid took medals in all four of his individual events (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), including a 15-second drop in his 200 IM

- Regan Newborn had a 12 second drop in her 50 Back, and took bronze

- Ethan Maydanich took 1 gold (200 IM) and 2 silver (100 BR, 100 FL)

- Matthew Rotman took two gold and a bronze, and scored a BB time in the 50 Free

- Julia Shpigel took 3 gold (200 IM, 100 FL, 500 FR) and 1 silver (100 Back) with best times in all events

- Ben Volinsky dropped over 10 seconds in the 50 Free, scoring a BB time and a Bronze medal

Thursday, March 13
Fifteen JCC Swimmers Headed to State Junior Championships

Fifteen Swimmers will be representing JCC Swimming this week at the Maryland Swimming Junior Championships at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, MD.

The Maryland State Junior Championships are for swimmers over age 11 with times in events that are among the top 35% of all swimmers for that stroke/age/gender, but are slower than the State Championship Qualifying standard (which is generally around the top 10% of all swimmers by stroke/age/gender.)

36% of the swimmers from our team who meet the age requirement (16 out of 44) qualified this year.

The fifteen swimmers who are representing JCC Swimming in 2014 are:

  • Justin Burnette (15/M)
  • Alexandra (Lexi) Efron (15/F)
  • Jessica Hymer (15/F)
  • Nolan Plant (15/M)*
  • Olivia Plant (13/F)*
  • Timothy Prieto (16/M)
  • Samuel Ross (16/M)
  • David Schecter (13/M)
  • Julia Shpigel (11/F)
  • Adam Todd (16/M)*
  • Karim Todd (13/M)
  • Sabrine Todd (15/F)
  • Gerard Whalen (16/M)
  • Kevin Whalen (14/M)*
  • Therese Whalen (12/F)

(Michael Krasnitski also qualified, but is not attending.)

*[Swimmers can qualify for the State Championships in some events (usually their better events) but not qualify in other events (the ones in which they don't usually compete...) These four athletes competed at State Championships in one set of events, but are competing at Juniors in their other events.]

Tuesday, March 11

On Tuesday, March 11, the Central Maryland Swim League announced the new league realignment, and the Summer Barracudas will be jumping from Division 8 to Division 5.


Baltimore JCC Summer Barracudas 2014 Schedule:

  • Wednesday June 25th @ 5pm: St. Andrews vs JCC (home)
  • Sunday June 29th @ 9am: JCC vs Navy (away – possible change)
  • Thursday July 3rd @ 5pm: JCC vs Taylor Village (away)
  • Thursday July 10th @ 5pm: Carroll Aquatics (Four Seasons) vs JCC (home)
  • Sunday July 20th @ 9am, North Carroll Aquatics (away)
  • Wednesday, July 23: Straehle Individual Championships @ Four Seasons Sports Complex and Fitness Center 

Monday, March 10
2014 Maryland Swimming Championship Wrap-Up


With 421.50 points, JCC Swimming placed 14th out of 33 teams at the Maryland Swimming Short Course Championships.


20 Individual Team Records and 1 Team Relay Record were broken at the 2014 Maryland Swimming Championships:

  • Alan Cherches (9/10 Boys): 50 Free (27.30), 100 Free (59.51), 500 Free (5:54.81), 50 Breast (35.50), 100 Breast (1:18.79), 100 IM (1:09.32)
  • Jensen Friedman (11/12 Girls): 100 Free (56.76), 200 IM (2:22.20), 400 IM (5:00.95)
  • Nolan Plant (Open/Men): 100 Free (48.96), 200 Free (1:45.89), 1000 Free (10:16.41), 100 Fly (53.65), 200 Fly (1:56.95), 200 IM (2:01.10)
  • Olivia Plant (13/14 Girls): 50 Free (25.62), 100 Free (55.81), 200 Free (2:01.21), 500 Free (5:27.36)
  • Adam Todd (Open/Men): 50 Free (22.37)

Relay: Men's Open 200 Freestyle Relay: N. Plant, A. Shpigel, G. Whalen, A. Todd (1:33.31)

Sunday, March 9
Day 4: 2014 Maryland State Short Course Championships


  • Alan Cherches took his fifth first place in the Boys 10 & Under 50Y Freestyle with a new personal best time of 27.30. In his 8 events, Alan took 5 first places, 2 second places, and 1 third place. (Did we mention he's 9, and still has another year in this age group?)
  • Kevin Whalen dropped almost 2 seconds from his personal best time to place sixth in the 13/14 Boys 100Y Freestyle.
  • Jensen Friedman placed 8th in the 11/12 Girls 400Y Individual Medley with a personal best time of 5:00.95.
  • Olivia Plant completed a series of personal bests, scoring best times in every one of her events. Today, she placed 13th in the 13/14 Girls 100Y Freestyle.
  • Nolan Plant placed 14th in the Men's Open 200Y Butterfly by dropping 4.17 seconds off his personal best time. He also scored 19th place in the Men's Open 100Y Freestyle.


Saturday, March 8
Day Three Results: 2014 Maryland Swimming Championships

Alan Cherches turned in another set of winning performances, taking first place in the Boys 10 & Under 100Y Individual Medley and the Boys 10 & Under 100Y Breaststroke.  He also took second place in the 10 & Under Boys 200Y Freestyle. After six events, Alan's "medal count" is 4 "gold," 1 "silver," and one "bronze."

Jensen Friedman cracked the "top ten" today with a sixth place in the 11/12 Girls 200Y Freestyle.

Kevin Whalen scored a personal best time in his only event today, the 13/14 Boys 50 Freestyle, where he took 10th place.

Olivia Plant made the finals in two of the 13/14 Girls events; taking 12th place in the 50Y Freestyle and 18th place in the 500Y freestyle.

Adam Todd also Made finals in the Men's Open 100Y Backstroke, where he placed seventh and the Men's Open 50Y Freestyle, where he placed 16th.

Nolan Plant also made it to finals in the Men's Open 50Y Freestyle, and came in 0.07seconds behind Adam Todd in 17th place.

Friday, March 7
2014 Maryland Swimming Championships Day 2 Results

Alan Cherches scored in all three of his events, with a first place in the 9/10 Boys 50Y Breaststroke; a tie for first place in the 9/10 Boys 100Y Freestyle, and a second place finish in the 9/10 Boys 200Y Freestyle.

Jensen Friedman qualified for finals in two of her three events today, and placed 8th in the Girls 11/12 100Y Freestyle and 7th in the 11/12 girls 200Y Individual Medley.

Olivia Plant scored a best time in both of her events today. She took 14th place in the Girls 200Y Freestyle, and 15th place in the 11/12 Girls 200Y Freestyle.

Nolan Plant recorded best times in all three of his events today, dropping 3.54 seconds in the 200Y Freestyle; and finished in 20th place. (Not bad for his first championships in the "Open" age group against National Youth Team and US Paralympic Team swimmers...)

Kevin Whalen dropped time in the 13/14 Boys 100Y Butterfly, and took 13th place.

Adam Todd also scored a personal best time in the Open Men's 200Y Freestyle.

Thursday, March 6
2014 Maryland Swimming Championships Day 1 Results

Maryland Swimming Championship Day 1 Results:

- Alan Cherches took third place in the Boys 10 & Under 500Y Freestyle with a personal best time of 5:54.81

- Jensen Friedman took seventh place in the Girls 11/12 500Y Freestyle

- In the Men's Open 1000Y Freestyle, Nolan Plant and Adam Todd both scored personal best times, with Nolan Plant dropping 21.61 seconds from his previous personal best time

Both relay teams swam faster than their entry times.

Tryouts for New Swimmers


Tryouts for NEW SWIMMERS for the Baltimore JCC Swim Team (JCC Swimming) will be held at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Lap Pool starting on AUGUST 5 Monday – Thursday, 5:30 - 7:00pm. 

For more information or to arrange a tryout time, please contact the Head Coach Brendan McElroy at 410.559.3533 or email: swimteam@jcc.org

The team is open to members of the JCC who are able to complete the following swimming skills tests:

  • Ages 8 & Under: Must be able to complete one pool length (25 yards) swimming the front crawl (or "freestyle") and one pool length swimming the back crawl.
  • Ages 9-12: Must be able to complete one pool length (25 yards) of each of the following strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke; and 15 yards of the butterfly.
  • Ages 13 - 18: Must be able to complete two lengths (50 yards) of each of the following strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke; and one length (25 yards) of the butterfly. 

All swimmers trying out for JCC Swimming must be able to perform a shallow dive.

Swimmers who are unable to complete the above skills checks but are interested in participating in our swimming programs should consider either our award-winning swimming lesson program (to learn specific strokes) or our Pre-team program (to build endurance and learn fundamental skills for competitive swimming.)

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