High Quality Aquatic Programming in the Richmond Metro Area
NOVA of Virginia Aquatics is a leader in promoting water safety, healthy lifestyles, and the lifelong sport of swimming. NOVA’s superb programming, coaching, and facilities make it the premier destination in Central Virginia. Learn to swim programs run year-round and serve individuals from age 3 to adults. The competitive youth swim team, with 700 swimmers ages 5 to 18, is the #1 club in Virginia Swimming and is ranked consistently by USA Swimming as a national Top-Ten organization. NOVA offers clinics for high school varsity and summer league swimmers, adult fitness lap swimming (NOVAFit), an adult competitive team (Masters), and outreach through community partnerships. NOVA operates two Aquatics Centers in Henrico County, with 46 lanes of total pool capacity. Each location has a Virginia Swim Shop, which custom supplies all outfitting and equipment needs.
NOVA’s new facility opened in September 2021 and boasts an 8 lane 50 M pool, 2 3 lane 25 yard pools, a large lobby, the VA Swim Shop, administrative offices, locker rooms, changing areas, and dryland space. Most swim meets take place at the Regency location, as well as the Henrico County second grade swim program.
NOVA Aquatics Center - Gayton Road
12207 Gayton Road Richmond VA 23238
The Gayton Road facility houses two 25 meter x 25 yard pools, built in 1996 and 2005. In addition, the facility offers locker rooms, a dry-land training area, the SwimNOVA lessons admin office, and the Virginia Swim Shop.
Hopefully everyone is settling into the new routine, and excited to be back at NOVA for the 2022-23 season. We are excited to welcome 139 new swimmers to the team! New families please be on the lookout for an email and phone call from a NOVA Parent Mentor. These communications will take place by the end of September. If you have questions that need immediate attention please reach out to your group coach or the business office – we are all ready to help make the transition as smooth as possible for your family.
NOVA is excited to announce that MC Banks was named the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Age Group Fitter and Faster Coach of the Year! The Fitter and Faster Top Age Group Coach of the Year award is given annually to one of the Top 10 Age Group Coaches of the Year. The Top 10 coaches are determined based on USA Swimming’s National Rankings data for 12 and under swimmers. Coaches receive bonus points for #1 rankings, how many different swimmers are ranked, and the number of total rankings. Well done swimmers and congratulations to Coach MC!
WIll Glass, Natan Szobota and myself have arrived in Seychelles, it is a beautiful location for Open Water swimming. Despite the 40 hours of travel time to get here, the weather is amazing, the water is crystal clear, and Team USA has been training well in preparation for the 2022 FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. We will post results on our website and social media once competitions begin. Nathan swims in the 5k event on Friday, September 16 and Will swims in the 10k event on Saturday, September 17. This World Championship event has 150 swimmers representing 35 countries from around the world. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to race day.
Congratulations is also due to NOVA team member, Charlie Swanson! Charlie was recently named to the 2022-2023 US National Team. Charlie represented Team USA at the World Championships, in the pool, this past summer. We are proud of Charlie and his hard work to continue to compete at such a high level in the sport. Keep up the fast swimming Charlie!
NOVA is pleased to welcome CoachAlexandra Persingerto the coaching staff. Although a native of the Virginia Peninsula where she spent her swimming career, Alex comes to NOVA by way of Nashville Tennessee. While in Nashville, Alex served as an Age Group and Senior Elite Coach for Ensworth Aquatics as well as an Assistant Coach for Ensworth Academy. Prior to her time coaching in Nashville, Alex lived in Richmond and coached the Age Group and Senior levels with Poseidon of Hanover. Her coaching career started on the Peninsula with her old club, the SEVA Seahawks. Her coaching duties with SEVA included Developmental Age Group, Age Group Elites and Senior Elites. As part of the SEVA staff, she helped guide the team to their first Regional Title as well as several Virginia Swimming Records at the senior level. Alex is delighted to be back in Richmond as part of the NOVA family. She looks forward to coaching the Senior Bronze Group for an organization she has admired throughout her swimming and coaching career.
Parents, please be on the lookout for an email from your swimmer’s coach and make plans to attend the group meeting. In addition to earning 1 volunteer hour, you will hear more about the coaches working with your swimmer, the specific meet schedule for your group and many other important tidbits to prepare you and your swimmer for the season.
A note about volunteering – NOVA depends on volunteers to make many aspects of the program run, and run well. First year families are required to complete 12 volunteer hours, families with swimmers in the Novice groups complete 16 hours and families with swimmers in Age Group Development Bronze groups and higher are required to work 24 hours. There are many ways to volunteer, please pay attention to your emails as the business office will send many volunteer opportunities your way!
Coaches have been sending out equipment needs for each group. Please support NOVA when purchasing equipment, suits and apparel by shopping at the Virginia Swim Shop located at both Gayton and Regency locations.
Want to become a USA Swimming Official? It is by far the easiest way to get all of those volunteer hours. NOVA will host a training session at the Regency Facility on September 28 at 6:30pm. NOVA has over 700 swimmers and it is always a team goal to have 10% of our parents trained as officials. Please help us reach that goal!