Birkdale Barracuda swim team coach is back

The Birkdale Barracuda swim team has Holly Merritt returning as coach for the second year.

Merritt has been a resident of Birkdale since 2002. All three of her children are on the team.

Merritt swam in summer leagues in Pennsylvania from age 6 to 18. She also swam for the YMCA, AAU teams and USA swimming teams.

She also was a collegiate swimmer and worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She is certified as a lifeguard and in CPR and first aid.

The team is a member of the North Meck Swim League, which consists of six swim teams from Birkdale, Leacroft, MacAulay, Wynfield Forest, Wedgewood and Walden Ridge/Latta Springs. Swimmers are ages 5-18 and compete by age group.

The North Meck Swim League will hold the championships at the Huntersville Family Fitness Center on July 10. Swimmers will compete in the medley relay, freestyle, backstroke, individual medley, breaststroke, butterfly, and free relays. For more information, visit

Softball tournament

Cedarfield neighborhood hosted the second annual Cedarfield co-ed softball tournament last month. There were close to 60 players participating on four teams: Henderson Hill, Angel Oak, Indians and Twin Trail.

The Henderson Hill Hillbillies defeated former champions, the Angel Oak Angels, 9-8. Congratulations Henderson Hill Hillbillies!


June is a month of celebrations at our house. Last week we celebrated my parents' 47th wedding anniversary. They have been a great example to my husband and me, enduring the good and the bad, the highs and the lows of a long lasting marriage.

Last Saturday we celebrated my son's 13th birthday. Family and friends belted out a resounding "Happy Birthday" and my son's face said it all. It was good to be the birthday boy that day. Now, in his first week of officially being a teenager, I suddenly feel old and somewhat discarded.

He seems more independent and mature. Everything seems larger. His clothes and shoes are man-size. His once tiny fingers that would clutch mine so tightly are now strong hands that have an octave-and-three reach on the piano. Despite the occasional attitude that comes with being 13, he is able to remain quite respectful.

It is a strange mix and balance. Saturday was a great day.

Last Sunday we celebrated Father's Day. My husband and my dad are both great examples to my 13-year-old son of what a father can and should be.

Today, my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. We have been together 24 years but only married 17. We met dancing on the stage of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World where he was my boss and the dance captain of the Kids of the Kingdom. He followed me to Chicago when I decided to become an eye doctor. He earned his MBA when I said I would never marry an actor.

He gave up his dreams to be a rock star and followed me to New York when I landed a job performing on Broadway. Today, on our 17th anniversary, I realize that no one else would have done all those things just for me.

No one else loves me unconditionally like he does. I married my best friend, my soul mate, my dance captain, my confidant, my rock, and father of my son. Happy Anniversary Craig.

Annette Calud moved to Huntersville in 2005. If you have any stories to share, e-mail her at