New YMCA Swim Team Takes Shape

The Y Launches Red River Aquatic Club Bringing on New Coaches For Youth
Swim Team

[Shreveport, Louisiana – December 21, 2016] – As the new BHP Billiton YMCA prepares to
open, Shreveport-Bossier’s newest aquatic club launches its youth swim team. The Red River Aquatic Club (RRAC) of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana was launched in mid- December and is already building a team of young athletes. The BHP Billiton YMCA, with its 50-meter indoor pool, will be home to this new program, and will allow these young swimmers the opportunity to both train and compete in a state-of-the-art facility.
Mason McGee, Aquatics Director for the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana, brings two new coaches
aboard to lead the Red River Aquatic Club’s youth swim team. Maureen Ratliff will serve as
Head Coach/Team Director and Angie Carter as Associate Head Coach. Mason is excited to
welcome this talented team of coaches and to introduce the Red River Aquatic Club as a new
program of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana.
“Both Maureen and Angie’s experience and enthusiasm for helping athletes reach their full
potential is exactly what we wanted in our coaching staff. They’re passionate about elevating
the sport of swimming not just in our local area, but also in the state of Louisiana.”
– Mason McGee, Aquatics Director, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana

Maureen was born in Los Angeles California, and she competed for Canyons Aquatic Club
through high school. As a member of the University of Florida swim team, she was a 21-time
NCAA All-American. She was a finalist at the U.S. Olympic Trials in both 2000 and 2004, SEC
champion, and NCAA record holder. Maureen was also a member of the U.S. Swimming
National Team from 2001-2005. After graduation from the University of Florida, Maureen
started her coaching career with the Rattler Swim Club in San Fernando, California. She then
moved to Lexington, Kentucky where she coached for the Lexington Dolphins Swim Team. Prior
to taking the position as Head Coach of RRAC, Maureen was the Head Coach of Christus
Louisiana Aquatics. While at Christus Louisiana Aquatics, Maureen was instrumental in taking a
team of less than 20 swimmers and building it into a team of over 150 swimmers. Athletes
training under Maureen have achieved qualifying times for Olympic Trials, Nationals, and
Futures. Maureen is married to Will Ratliff who also competed as a swimmer for the University
of Florida. They have three boys Owen, Cole, and Ford.

Angie began her swimming career at age 7 under the instruction of the University of Tennessee
swim team coach, Ray Bussard. She moved to Florida and had a successful high school career
with Swim Florida where she was a National Qualifier and State Champion. Angie graduated
from the University of Tennessee as a letter winner on the swim team. She began her coaching
career as an Assistant Coach for the City of Shreveport Swim Team. She also is now the head
coach of the Town South summer league team. In 2013 she began coaching at Christus
Louisiana Aquatics and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2015. Angie is married to
Steve Carter who also swam competitively through college at the University of Tennessee. They
have two children, Grace and Graham, who both swim for RRAC.

“When you bring together incredible coaches, excited young athletes, and a facility of this
caliber, and you support them them with the values of the YMCA, great things are going to
happen. Our whole community will benefit from the energy of this program.”
– Gary Lash, CEO, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana
Additional Aquatics programming at the BHP Billiton YMCA will include:
– U.S. Masters swim team
– Private and group swim lessons
– Open swim and recreational swim opportunities
– Water based aerobics classes
– SUP paddle board Yoga
Those interested in their child joining Red River Aquatic Club (RRAC), should sign them up for
an upcoming evaluation date at http://ymcanwla.org/programs/aquatics/.

Contacts:
Mason McGee, Aquatics Director, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana
318-674-9635 | masonm@ymcanwla.org
Gary Lash, CEO, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana
318-674-9622 | garyl@ymcanwla.org

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