Over 3,000 swimmers have been on the team over the years, learning everything from stroke basics to sportsmanship to competitiveness. Teammates cheer each other on while striving to be the best swimmers possible.The team participates in approximately 20-25 meets per year, hosts a meet in the early spring (the much-loved Montclair Pentathlon), has a yearly swim-a-thon (the Friday after Thanksgiving) to raise money for Oakland’s Learn to Swim program, and has an annual banquet (January) to celebrate its year.The Montclair Swim Team has a history of swimming excellence, demonstrated by its swimmers’ improvements and records. Many have moved on to swim at D1 colleges and at Olympic Trials.
The experiences and lessons learned as part of the Montclair Swim Team stay with the swimmers long after they’re out of the pool. The self-awareness, grit and teamwork that our swimmers experience as part of the swim team impact many aspects of their lives. The friendships between swimmers create lifelong bonds and many happy memories.
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