Iowa City Eelsswim club

swim club

Success comes when the values of dedication, integrity and self-confidence are taught alongside good stroke technique and racing strategy. With our focus on both mental development and physical fitness, all of our athletes achieve success in the water alongside skills that will benefit them for life. Being physically fit has never been more fun.
Join us today for the swim of a lifetime.

The Iowa City Eels are a professionally coached parent-run club with over 40 years of experience and a history of excellence. We provide access to high-quality competitive swimming for all youth in the Johnson County area.

ICE breastsroke swimmer We offer training and competitive opportunities for swimmers at all levels and all ages. Interested youth can either begin in our Stroke Clinic or dive directly into one of our regular practice groups.

ICE coaches consult with new families to find the best fit for each swimmer. Find out more about our Youth and Master's programs under the Practice Group heading.

tattoo eel All of our swimmers, from novice to elite, whether 7 or 77, will be coached by an experienced and professional coaching staff that is one of the finest in the state.

Head Coach Don Spellman has 22 years of coaching experience and is a 7 time Iowa All-Star Coach and Iowa Zone Staff member. He has been named Iowa Swimming Coach of the Year 9 times, an accomplishment unmatched by any other coach.

Head Assistant Coach James Davis grew up swimming with the Iowa City Eels. After spending his college summers coaching with ICE, he is now coaching our novice and intermediate swimmers. Find out more about our head coaches and the rest of the staff on our Coaching page.

Integrity / Commitment / Excellence

Board of Directors & Coaches

President: Missy Ortman
Vice President: Robin Kopelman
Secretary: Megan Brown
Treasurer: Jeff Kueter
Athlete Rep: Meirav Flatté

Jen Rumping
Erick Zawojewski
David Roman
Laura Shikunas
Past President: Jennifer Flatté

Head Coach: Don Spellman
Head Asst. Coach: James Davis

Mercer Park Aquatic Center / P.O. Box 2353 / Iowa City, IA 52244 / (319) 351-3336

The Iowa City Eels Swim Club is an Iowa nonprofit corporation and is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and to foster national and international amateur sports competition under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

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