Introducing ABSC's Newest Branch: The Bulldog Swim School!

With Lead Instructor, Coach Gabby Matthews!


ABSC is excited to welcome Ana Gabriela Matthews back to the ABSC staff as Director of
the Bulldog Swim School. Originally from Brazil, “Coach Gabby Soraggi” was a Developmental Coach at ABSC from 2003-2006, a Volunteer Assistant Coach for UGA, former Head Coach at Brenau University and has more recently overseen swim schools and coached age-group at Gulliver Prep (FL) and Mission Viejo (CA).

Gabby also participated at the Rio 2016 Olympics as a field of play assistant and coordinator for the volunteer's team. She has taught swim lessons and coached all ages and skill levels, from babies to adults, people with special needs and elite level athletes.


As the former Head Swim Coach at Brenau University, Gabby reinstated the program that had been deactivated for over 20 years, and recruited quality student/athletes from all over the world (i.e. - Brazil, Croatia, Scotland, Australia, USA, and others). The Brenau University swimmers achieved 2007 - 2010 NAIA Academic All Americans & NAIA Daktronics Academic Awards Winners. Coach Gabby was named the 2010 NAIA Nationals Buffalo Fund Five Star Champions of Character Award Winner. She became the first woman in the history of Brazil to ever coach at the collegiate level. Gabby was also the Golden Tigers Swim Club CEO/ Head Swim Coach and owner, where she administrate the company dealing with bookkeeping, recruiting, scheduling, logistics, and coaching.

Coach Gabby graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Education from the University of Mogi das Cruzes, SP - Brazil and has a Masters in Science with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Brenau University. 

She is a USA Swimming, Red Cross, Aquatic Facility Operator, SwimAmerica Director & ASCA Level V certified coach. She and her husband Jarrod and daughter Athena are excited to return to Athens, and ABSC is excited to welcome her home!

Come join us for lessons today! 

Fall 2021 Sessions
  • Session 1: 8/17 to 9/2 on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 3 to 6:30pm. Registration now open.

  • Session 2: 9/7 to 9/30 on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 3 to 6:30pm. Registration now open.

  • ​Session 3: 11/6 to 12/18 on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 3 to 6:30pm. Registration now open.

  • Saturday Session 1: 8/21 to 9/25 between 9 to 11:30am. Registration now open.

  • Saturday Session 2: 10/2 to 10/30 between 9 to 11:30am. Registration now open.

  • DawgFit Tune-up Clinic 1: 8/16 to 9/2 on Mondays through Thursday between 3 to 6:30pm. Registration now open.



Class Skill-Level Descriptions
  • Baby Gups (4 months to 2 y/o, 1 to 6 ratio). Basic water comfort and water safety skills; independent floating on both their front and back, blowing bubbles and maintaining an unassisted back float; entering and exiting the pool safely while having a lot of fun.

  • Flyppies (2 to 4, 1 to 3 ratio).  Swimmers must be potty-trained and comfortable putting their face in the water. Swimmers will learn basic water safety, water submersion, and floating from back to front and front to back. Safety Skills: getting to the side of the pool, safety jumps and exiting without assistance.

  • Guppies (3 & Up, 1 to 6 ratio). Kicking and rolling over from front to back; intro to crawl arms and backstroke arms once the swimmer is ready for this skill; swimming independently with little to no assistance.

  • Puppies (5 & Up, 1 to 6 ratio). Independent crawl arms while rolling and lifting their head up to breathe (initial side breathing); freestyle, backstroke and butterfly kick with or without board; introduction to breast kick, side breathing, butterfly with or without kick board. Swimmers will be introduced to breast arms and butterfly arms.

  • Dawgies (7 & Up, 1 to 6 ratio). Learning proficient backstroke, freestyle, and intermediate breaststroke and butterfly; there will be introduction to starts, turns and finishes; upon legal knowledge of all 4 strokes (IM) and completion of session(s) swimmer(s) will be invited to join the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club!

  • DawgFit (5 & Up, 1 to 12 ratio). Swimmers that know all 4 proficient strokes can join this group! 15 minutes dryland and 45 minutes swim. This group is perfect for those that would like to continue practice swimming, work on fitness and can't yet commit to the year round competitive team. Just keep swimming!