Lakeside Swim Club

Lakeside Swim Club

A Secret 3 Million Gallon Watering Hole Between Two Houses on Trevilian Way in the Belknap Neighborhood


Ahhh water!  Lots of Water!

Life doesn't get any better than Lakeside Swim Club.  Belknap Neighbors are lucky enough to have it residing in our neighborhood where we can walk our children to a gigantic filtered quarry where future Olympian athletes train.  There really isn't anything more to want out of Summer than a place to cool off where you see your neighbors and your kids grow up together jumping off of diving boards, swimming to the floating island, taking lessons in the training pool, and babies learning to walk in water in the kiddie pool.  Retired residents enjoy the club's activities or relax in the shade with a book.  Every generation of life from newborns to elders visit this fantastic pool at 2010 Trevilian Way, Louisville KY, 40205.   The entrance is between two houses on Trevilian Way and if you didn't know it was there, you could possibly miss it!  Walk up the path to the entrance and behold! the oasis opens before your eyes.  3 million gallons of water in a large quarry!

Here is a bit of athletic history of our (not-so) Secret Pool.

March 1, 1924: Lakeside is “born” in a certificate holder’s meeting that draws up bylaws for the neighborhood and lake.

Sept. 8, 1928: First major swim meet held at Lakeside. According to The Courier-Journal story on the meet, more than 1,500 fans attend the “swimming carnival.” The meet features 50, 150 and 300 yard swimming events for men and women in three different age groups, plus a “fancy diving” competition. Event winners are awarded watches and silver cups. 1938: AAU Men’s National Championships held at Lakeside. Under Coach Bud Swain, Lakeside lays claim to the national championship in Senior Women’s swimming, based on results at the National/Olympic Trials meet in Portland, Ore., and another national meet the following week in New Jersey. Lakeside swim- mers Mary Moorman and Ann Hardin make the U.S. Olympic team but those Helsinki Games are canceled due to World War II. (Lakeside’s male swimmers are powerful as well, but most were paid lifeguards at the same time and thus ineligible for AAU competition.)

1940s: Lakeside helps pioneer synchronized swimming, then known as “water ballet.”

1954: Reflecting its broadening regional appeal, the annual Lake- side Open meet is renamed the Ohio Valley Championships, the moniker under which the meet continues today. It is the oldest annual meet in the country.

1963: Lakeside swimmer Alice Driscoll wins gold at the Pan American Games in Brazil in the 200 breastroke.

1972: Jack Tingley wins gold medals at the World University Games in Moscow in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle.

1975: Camille Wright wins three Pan Am gold medals, in the 100 & 200 butterfly and as a member of the U.S. 400 medley relay.

1976: Wright wins a silver medal as a member of the U.S. 400 medley relay at the Olympics in Montreal. Wright also competes in the 100 and 200 butterfly at the Games. July 7, 1979: At age 14, Lakeside’s Mary T. Meagher – who would come to be known as “Madame Butterfly” – sets the world record in the 200-meter butterfly at the Pan Am Games.

April 11, 1980: Meagher sets the world record in the 100-meter butterfly as well. After moving to the Cincinnati Marlins with Lakeside teammate Lisa Buese and Coach Dennis Pursely, Meagher was a heavy favorite to win multiple gold medals at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow before the United States boycotted the Games in protest of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Buese also made the ill-fated ’80 Olympic team.

August 13, 1981: In Brown Deer, Wis., Meagher swims her fifth world-record time in the 200 butterfly, establishing a mark (2:05.96) that will stand for the next 19 years and is considered one of the greatest records in sports history.

August 16, 1981: Meagher breaks her 1980 world record in the 100 butterfly, establishing a new mark (:57.93) that will stand for the next 18 years.

1981: Lakeside Masters team is formed. The program has gone on to produce multiple national champions and record holders.

1984: Meagher wins three gold medals in Los Angeles at the Summer Olympics. Lakeside’s Tori Trees finishes fifth in the L.A. Games in the 200 backstroke.

1987: Lakeside’s Dorsey Tierney and Kara McGrath both win gold medals at the Pan Am Games in Indianapolis.

1988: Meagher earns a bronze medal in the 200 butterfly in the Seoul Olympics. Lakeside’s Leigh Ann Fetter, a seven-time NCAA individual champion and American record holder at Texas, fin- ishes fifth in the 50-meter freestyle at the Seoul Games.

1991: Tierney wins three gold medals at the Pan Am games in Havana, Cuba. Earlier in the year she set an NCAA record while winning the 200 breastroke for Texas.

2004: Rachel Komisarz earns gold and silver medals on U.S. free- style relay teams at the Olympics in Athens. She also swims the 100 butterfly in Athens after winning the event at the U.S. Olym- pic Trials. 2007: Lakeside’s Caroline Burckle wins gold in the 800 freestyle and Elizabeth Tinnon wins bronze in the 200 Breast at the Pan Am Games.

2008: Burckle, who earlier in the year won two NCAA champion- ships swimming for Florida, earns a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics as part of the U.S. 800-meter freestyle relay. 2011: Lakeside alum Clark Burckle, brother of Caroline and an NCAA individual champion at Arizona, wins a silver medal in the Pan Am games in the 200 breastroke.

2012: Clark Burckle, makes the US Olympic Team and competes in the London Olympics with a 6th place finish in the 200 Breast. Clark becomes Lakeside’s 10th US Olympian and it’s first male Olympian. Burckle competes in the 100 and 200 Breast at the Short Course World Championships.