St. Petersburg Aquatics is hosting a viewing of the Film - “Touch the Wall”

However: We will only have the showing if we meet the minimum of 123 attendees by January 16th.


Date: 1/25/2015
Time: 11:30am-1:16pm
Theater: Muvico Baywalk 20 & IMAX - Downtown St. Pete
Cost: $14 per ticket
To Purchase Tickets: 
  1. Access the event page at
  2. Hit the BLUE button that says “Reserver Your Tickets”.
  3. You will be need to type in your email and then confirm it.
  4. It will then ask you the number of tickets you want to buy and accept your payment.  YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL NOT BE CHARGED UNTIL THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF TICKETS (123 IN TOTAL) HAS BEEN SOLD.
  5. Once we meet this threshold of 123 tickets sold, your credit card will be charged and your tickets will be emailed to you.
  6. You should print these tickets as soon as you receive them and bring them with you the day of the event.
  7. SPREAD THE WORD (AND THE LINK to purchase the tickets) – you don’t have to be on the team to come see the movie.  Please send the link to friends, classmates, family, neighbors, etc. Remember: We will only have the showing if we meet the minimum of 123 attendees by January 16th.

About the Film: On the evening of Saturday August 4, 2012, 17 year-old Missy Franklin won her fourth Gold medal of the London Olympic Games when she swam the backstroke leg of the women’s 4×100 medley relay.  It was Missy’s second world record of the Olympic games; it was her 5th Olympic medal.

That Saturday was also the end of her teammate Kara Lynn Joyce’s long and productive Olympic career.  And though she finished with four Silver medals, just making it to her third Olympics was her greatest accomplishment.

The fortunes of Missy and Kara – and that of their coach, Todd Schmitz – are the stories of Touch the Wall.

Upon returning to Colorado, Missy resumed her life as a teenager.  Determined to stay amateur and swim for the NCAA’s as Kara did, she turned down millions of dollars and committed to UC Berkeley.  She started as a freshman in the fall of 2013.

Touch the Wall is the story of how these two amazing women and their coach got to where they are.  It’s a story of winning and losing, of commitment, and of triumph through adversity.  It’s also a story of family, of loving what you do, and having fun with the people around you.

In a world starved for heroes, Missy and Kara stand tall in Touch the Wall.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Harris at or Ashli Forrister at or Ken Walker at

This will be a FUN event you won’t want to miss!!


Long course championship season came to a close with the conclusion of the Phillips US National Championships, AND

 St. Petersburg Aquatics has a


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Saint Petersburg Aquatics’ Melanie Margalis won her first national title in the Women’s 200 Individual Medley.  Margalis also qualified for the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.
The season concluded with three meets held within a 2 week period.  The Phillips US National Championships was preceded by the Southern Zone Age Group Championships in San Antonio, Texas.  SPA was represented at this meet by Peyton Palsha.  At the same time, the SPEEDO Junior National Championships was being held in Irvine, California.  Representing SPA at this meet were John Farese, Robert Finke, Summer Finke, Luke Hanner, Noah Harasz, and Emma Spilman.  Held the following week also in Irvine was the Phillips USA National Championships.  In addition to Melanie Margalis, SPA was represented by Nicholas Alexiou, Calvin Bryant, Autumn Finke, and Summer Finke.


2015 silverSaint Petersburg Aquatics has been awarded Silver Medal status for 2015.  It is the 5th year in a row and 6 of the last 7 years that SPA has achieved this status (The team did not make application in 2010).  The program recognizes clubs for their commitment to performance excellence and is based on the performance of 18 & under athletes on the team.  Only long course times equal to or faster than the USAS Junior National times are used.  Each performance is awarded a point value and those points added together provide a ranking for the team.  SPA finished in 39th place in the country with 10,624 points.  The top 20 teams are awarded Gold Medal status, the next 80 are awarded Silver Medal status and the next 100 clubs are awarded Bronze Medal status.  The recognition also brings a financial benefit as Gold and Silver Medal teams are eligible for grants from USA Swimming.  In years past the total amount of monies distributed was $350,000.  For 2015, this amount has been significantly increased to $450,000.