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Shippan Racquet announces now managing Long Ridge Club

By Shippan Racquet Club

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Tuesday Shippan Racquet Club announced it will now head the 2011 Summer Swim and Tennis Season including the Children’s Summer Program at Long Ridge Swim and Tennis Club . Long Ridge Club is located at 2517 Long Ridge Road in Stamford, CT. The 2011 Children’s Summer Program and the Swim and Tennis Program are now open for registration at Long Ridge.

The LRC Children’s Summer Program is designed for preschool and early elementary school aged children. The three two-week sessions include swim and tennis lessons as well as games, arts and crafts, storytelling, special programs, and outdoor play. The children’s program is available to members and non-members.

The swim team is a competitive swim, diving, water polo and pre-team program for members only. Long Ridge is home to the 2010 LRC dive team champions. The team was number one in Fairfield County diving and number three for swimming in Division one with 33 clubs participating. Kurt Bittel will remain the Head Swim Coach, Jim Bowser the Head Dive Coach and Justo Karell the Head Water Polo Coach and Assistant Swim Coach at Long Ridge.

The tennis program offers recreational, social, instructional, and competitive junior and adult leagues for members. Shippan Racquet Club has appointed two new tennis professionals to manage and direct the LRC summer programs. Aurelie Udall will perform as the new Director of Tennis and Pete Torgrimson will become the Head Pro.

“Not only will members continue to enjoy the benefits of their expert staff but will also gain the success and experience the new tennis coaches have to offer,” said Barbara Cavaliere, manager Shippan Racquet Club. “Together Aurelie Udall, Pete Torgrimson, Kurt Bittel, Jim Bowser and Justo Karell will work as a team to bring fun and success to the 2011 LRC Summer Swim and Tennis and Summer Children’s Program,” added Cavaliere.

For more information on the children’s summer program along with the swim and tennis programs please email or call the Pro Shop at 203 322 6849. The following lists the credentials of each program coach at Long Ridge.

Aurelie Udall was born in France and grew up playing with Amelie Mauresmo (former WTA number one player in the world). Aurelie has worked at the IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida both on court and off where she managed 40 pros along with 400 full-time and part-time students. Recently she coached at the Tennis Club of Pont Ste Meaaxence in France, Polynesian Tennis Federation in Tahiti, UCPA Resort in France and locally at the Weston Field Club in Weston, CT. Also she was Director Assistant, Manager and USTA Coordinator at Intensity in Norwalk, CT bringing many USTA teams to the Districts.

Peter Torgrimson played successful high school and college tennis and has years of teaching experience as a USPTA certified tennis professional. He was the state high school singles champion in Minnesota in 2002. Peter first played collegiately from 2002-2004 at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. He returned to his home state to play on the Division I level as a Golden Gopher for the University of Minnesota from 2004-05. After graduating from college in 2007 he played professionally and held a world ranking. Peter has taught tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., the Peninsula Racquet Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Phoenix, Ariz., and most recently at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Ct. He has worked with players of all ages and ability levels at several competitive junior programs across the country. Peter’s tennis philosophy is that the more fun a player has on the court, the better they will play and the more they will learn.

Kurt Bittel has been the Long Ridge Head Swim Coach since 2001. Kurt resides in Stamford with his wife and three children. He swam for Westhill High School in Stamford and Southern CT State University. Currently he is the Head Age Group coach for the Stamford Sharks Swim Team and coaches swimming for both Westhill & Stamford local high schools. During Kurt’s first six seasons, Long Ridge moved from Division three up to Division one and has finished in the top three at FCSL County Swimming Championships for the past 4 years. His accomplishments of swimmers coached includes, Olympic Trials, Nationals, Junior Nationals and Sectional Qualifiers, National and State record holders, high school All-Americans, high school and CT Swimming State Champions and with FCSL Champions and record holders.

Jim Bowser has been the Long Ridge Head Diving Coach since 2001. Jim resides in Stamford. He dove for Westhill High School in Stamford and Colgate University. Currently he is the Head Diving Coach for the Stamford Sharks Diving Team and coaches diving for both Westhill & Stamford local high schools. The Long Ridge Diving Team is the current FCSL County Diving Champion for the 2010 season and has finished in the top three for the past four years. His accomplishments of divers coached include, National Qualifiers, high school All-Americans, high school State Champions along with FCSL Champions and record holders.

Justo Karell has been the Long Ridge Head Water Polo Coach and Assistant Swim Coach since 2007. Justo resides in Stamford with his wife and two children. He is a Certified Pool Operator. He was a member of the Water Polo and Swim Teams at San Jose State University. From 1979 to 1990, Justo was a member of the Puerto Rico National Water Polo Team which played in the 1982 Central American Games in Cuba, 1983 Pan American Games in Venezuela, and 1987 Olympic Water Polo Qualifying Tournament in Brazil. Currently he is the Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Swim Coach for the Stamford Sharks Swim Team.

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