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One Step Beyond (TITANS-OSB) Cary Masters Swimming

From 2007-2016, US Masters Swimming Club at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Our club disbanded at the end of August, 2016 and the facility launched their own program, the Titans Masters. Please visit their site for information.

About the club:
TITANS-OSB Masters is a chapter of North Carolina Masters Swimming. Masters is for swimmers 18 and over. We train at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina. Our team launched in October, 2007, on the first Monday TAC was open for business.

Our team members include pool swimmers, triathletes, and open water swimmers looking to improve or maintain their swim performances while training with like-minded individuals in a relaxed, fun setting. We have several socials each year and many of our swimmers compete in triathlons, open water, and USMS meets.

A typical practice is 3,500 yards +/- 1,500 depending on the day and your ability. Our coaches are happy to give technique feedback and instruction as appropriate during sessions, but these are swim workouts, not technique classes.

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Practice times, focus, and coach:
Monday - 545-715 AM - Distance - Manuel
Monday - 730-840 PM - Distance/mid-distance - Bobby
Tuesday - 545-700 AM - Core work, Technique day, Speed - Seth
Wednesday - 545-700 AM - Mid-distance/stroke - Erik
Thursday - 600-700 AM - Distance / mid-distance - Paul
Friday - 545-700 AM - Core work, Speeedwork, Threshold - Marty or Wayne
Some Saturdays 7-8 or 830 AM - Coaches choice - Varies

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The coaches:
Marty Gaal: Our head coach / team founder is Marty Gaal, a Cary resident and full-time triathlon & swim coach. Marty co-owns One Step Beyond. He is a Level 1 Masters swimming coach with the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA), a USA Triathlon coach, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA CSCS). Marty started swimming in 1981 and is still splashing around. He's on-deck on Friday mornings and at various other workouts as a sub.

Bri Gaal: Coach and team founder Bri Gaal is a Cary resident and former track and cross-country runner at the University of Central Florida. She is on deck as a sub and in the water 1-2x a week. Bri is a Level 1 ASCA Masters Swimming coach, a certified USA Triathlon coach, and is a top age-group triathlete and road racer. Bri co-owns One Step Beyond.

Wayne Erb: Coach Wayne is a lifelong swimmer and has coached age-group and masters over the years. He is a fixture on the Raleigh swimming circuit and coaches a Friday or two each month.

Greg Sanchez: We are also joined by former Tar Heels swimmer Greg Sanchez, a longtime Cary resident and veteran triathlete / open water swimmer. Greg will be in the water on Wednesday and Friday mornings, leading and motivating the distance group through challenging training sets.

Seth Botwick: Coach Seth Botwick joined the team in 2009. He is a lifelong swimmer, former age group coach, and current ultrarunner. Seth is on-deck Tuesday mornings.

Bobby Mayhew: Coach Bobby Mayhew joined the team in 2011. He grew up a competitive swimmer and swam sprint events for a season in college. Bobby is on-deck Monday evenings.

Erik Johnson: Coach Erik has been swimming with the team since 2009. He grew up a competitive swimmer and returned to the pool after almost twenty years on dry land. Erik is on-deck on Wednesday mornings.

Paul Griffin: Coach Paul is the latest addition to the Masters coaching team. He is a former high school swimmer and enjoys trail running and open water swimming events, recently competing in the Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 miler. Paul is on-deck on Thursday mornings.

Manuel Valdes: Coach Manuel, a former US Marine, has been swimming with the team since 2012. He spent his formative years competing in triathlons and swimming in Puerto Rico. After spending over twelve years away from the sport he now competes in triathlons and open water swims. Manuel is on-deck on Monday mornings.

The fees:
$52.50 per month gets you into all practices and covers entry into the facility during our practice times. The first practices is complimentary. Team members also need to join US Masters Swimming, which is $45 in 2014.

Drop-ins are also welcome at $7.00 per practice (this fee includes pool entry). If you drop-in on a regular basis you will need to join US Masters.

Our Team Mission
Help you get into/stay in shape, learn to swim fast, and have fun. We have quarterly team parties and many of our members race on a regular basis.

Questions and contact information:
Marty Gaal - marty a t t osbmultisport dot com.

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