Gators Swim & Dive Team

The mission of the Lindgate Manor Swim Club Gators Swim and Dive Team is to promote the enjoyment of competitive swimming and diving through positive motivation, sound stroke development and commitment to personal growth in a supportive team environment.  In addition, for the younger children we offer a Junior Gators swim lesson program.



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Practice will kick off on Tuesday, June 1 and will run Monday – Friday with the exception of July 5 there will be no practice due to the holiday weekend.

Age Group                                          Practice time

Advanced swimmers (13+)                 7:30 – 8:30 am

Intermediate swimmers (10-12)         8:30 – 9:15 am

Strong beginners (9 & under)             9:15 – 10:00 am

Beginners (8 & under)                        10:00 – 10:30 am

Please note that ages are approximate for the groupings – we may need to move some kids’ practice times based on skill level. 



Monday June 7 ~ Intrasquad meet @ Lindgate ~ All ages warm up 4:45pm

Monday June 14 ~ Dual meet @ Big Bend Woods ~ 10 & under warm up 4:45pm ~ 11 and over warm up 6:45pm

Monday June 21 ~ Dual meet @ Crestwood ~ 10 & under warm up 4:45pm ~ 11 and over warm up 6:45pm

Monday June 28 ~ Dual meet @ Lindgate against Briar Hill Farms ~ 10 & under warm up 4:45pm ~ 11 and over warm up 6:45pm

Tuesday July 6 ~ Dual meet @ Warson Woods ~ 10 & under warm up 4:45pm ~ 11 and over warm up 6:45pm

(Tentative) Thursday 7/15 ~ Intrasquad meet @ Lindgate + end of season party!



Head coach

image0 copyChris Etherington was named Head Coach for Lindgate Manor Swim Club for the summer of 2021. Chris grew up in Kokomo, Indiana where he was state champ in the 100 Butterfly and later achieved his 2008 Olympic Trials cut. He and his family now reside in St Louis as he is Head Age Group coach for Parkway Swim Club. His coaching philosophy is to help better swimmers physically and mentally in the sport while providing a safe and fun family oriented environment. 

“I am very excited and honored to be leading Lindgate Manor Swim Club. I am blessed to do what I love everyday while encouraging the youth that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. Teaching and coaching swimming is important to me, because as scary as it is to be water safe, there is a FUN side of this sport!”

Assistant coach

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Anna Smith is entering her second year as a full time assistant coach. Anna just finished her freshman year at Southeast Missouri State, studying physical education and math education. During breaks in the school year, Anna is an assistant coach for the Parkway Swim Club’s prep groups as well as Parkway’s red group program. Anna participated at the varsity level all four years at Kirkwood High School and was a 2020 graduate.  She’s been a Gator since she was 5 years old and can’t wait for her 14th year!




Registration for the 2021 season is open and can be accessed through the Lindgate Team Unify Website


Parent Rep   Jane Hill


Parent Rep

Katie Vondera


Computer Rep

Anne Van Horn


Please direct all general business, volunteer, and registration questions to coordinators.




The Gator dive team is a recreational team that welcomes all level of divers to come try out dive, increase your skills and have some fun!

*2021 update*

We are offering a non-traditional dive season this summer that includes:

  • One-week dive clinic held June 7-11th.
    • Beginners and/or younger divers 10:30-11:30am
    • Intermediate/advanced and/or older divers 11:30-12:30pm.
    • Cost is $20, please register here for the dive clinic (located near the bottom of Team unify website)
  • Private lessons will be offered throughout the summer. First, please pay for your dive lessons here. You can always add additional lessons as you go.  
    • 1 lesson – $20
    • 2 lessons – $35 ($5 savings)
    • 4 lessons – $70 ($10 savings)
    • 6 lessons – $100 ($20 savings)
    • 8 lessons – $120 ($40 savings)

After that, refer to this lesson sign-up genius to schedule your dive lesson. They will be offered in 30-minute sessions during the following times: M/W/F 3:30-5:30pm & Sat/Sun 2:30-4:30pm. 

  • Any diver completing the clinic AND 2 or more lessons is eligible to compete in 1 or 2 dive meets held on June 19 & July 10 from 8:00-11:30am. Dive meet sign up here.

Please contact Amanda Landsbaum and Sara Ayers at with any questions. We’d love to see many out there having fun diving!


DSC_0190We are happy to welcome Anna Casey to Lindgate!  Anna just finished her first year teaching in the Wentzville School District.  In addition to teaching, she is the head dive coach for both Parkway West and Parkway South girls dive teams.  Before coaching high school diving, Anna worked at The City of Ballwin every summer teaching group and private dive lessons.  In high school, she dove for both Lafayette High School and Clayton Diving Alliance.  Her favorite dives are inwards and twists. Coach Anna is very excited to join the Lindgate family!    


For more information, contact Amanda Landsbaum and Sara Ayers, parent reps: 



The Junior Gators program is a swim instructional program offered to member’s children to teach them swimming skills. It consists of mid-morning lessons with small groups, around swimmer/coach ratio of 1:3. Once the gator can swim the length of a pool independently they can transition to the swim team program.

Junior Gators Sessions

Each session will consist of eight 30 minute lessons.  Lessons will be Monday-Thursday with Friday reserved for rainouts. (Note Session 3 will run Tues -Fri the first week.) You may sign up for any number of sessions.

Session 1: June 7 – June 17 (10:40 & 11:15)

Session 2: June 21 – July 1 (10:40 & 11:15)

Session 3: July 6- July 16 (10:40 & 11:15) 

Junior Gators Cost:

$50 per session per swimmer

Junior Gators Registration:

All registrations will be done through this Team Unify website and you may register your child for one, two or three sessions which are located at the bottom under the “Registration options” tab. 


Private Swim Lessons:

Please reach out to Anne @ if you are interested in getting your name on a list for private lessons.  She will send out an email soon to start scheduling. Cost is $20 per half hour. 


Main/top photo by Ray Glaser