A Message from the MIBC Swim Team Head Coach

Hello MIBC Swim Team Families!

As summer approaches, I wanted to send out an announcement about Summer Swim Team, and our program at Mercer Island Beach Club.

For those of you that do not know me, my name is Sofija Raisys, and I am going to be the Head Swim Coach this summer. I have been swimming at the Beach Club since I was 7 years old, and it was at the Beach Club where I originally fell in love with swimming and the unique atmosphere of our team. I also swam on the Bellevue Club Swim Team for ten years and the MIHS team all four years of high school. I was an MIHS state swimmer for two years and a captain my senior year. This will be my fifth year coaching at the Beach Club, and I couldn’t be happier to be back! I hope to help create the wonderful summer experience that I had as a swimmer and make this summer a positive experience for swimmers of all levels!

This season we will have three assistant coaches, along with 4 interns. Sydney Seto and Austin Shobe will both be returning as assistant coaches, and Jacque Li will be one of our new coaches. Jacque was a swimmer for four years at MIHS and a captain as well. I am so excited to have her on board, as well as have Austin and Sydney back this year! Our interns will be Connor Hanson, Alex Mueller, Liucija Raisys and Nate Robinson. I can’t wait to be working with this wonderful group of coaches this summer, and know that we will all be striving to make swim team a fun and memorable experience!

I wanted to highlight a couple of dates to look out

for before the season starts:

April 20th
Swim Team Registration Night @ MIBC 6-8 PM

May 15th
First night of MIBC practice

Below is our spring swim team schedule, which will run until we switch to mornings on June 19th:

Little Waves – 6:15-6:45 pm
8 & Unders – 5:30-6:15pm
10 & Unders – 6:15-7:15 pm
12 & Unders – 7:15-8:15 pm
13 & Over – 7:15-8:30 pm

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about swim team! I will be at Registration Night to meet any new and returning families, and answer any questions related to the program. I can’t wait for a summer full of fun and fast swimming!


Sofija Raisys
Head Swim Coach
Mercer Island Beach Club
(206) 713-4623

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