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The CYO Swim program is available to children from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. The season runs from October 1st to mid-January. Swimmers are divided into three groups by grade:
Polliwogs: K – 3rd
Cubs: 4th – 6th
Cadets: 7th – 8th
Our predominantly developmental program teaches the basics of competitive swimming without some of the pressures associated with higher levels of club competition. The program has grown steadily to almost 800 swimmers participating in the 2013-2014 season.
Many of our swimmers are first-timers and can barely make the qualifying standard of 25 yards (one length of a standard sized pool). Through thoughtful and impassioned coaching, we routinely see swimmers improve and win coveted heat-winner ribbons during their first year. Our Polliwog group focuses on learning instead of competition. We do not score our Polliwog swimmers' events since we feel that many are still developing their strokes and that it is more important for them to learn the strokes than to focus on winning (or losing).
CYO swimming strives to give each swimmer a positive experience. We see new swimmers entering at all grade levels that benefit from learning how to swim farther and faster, with greater efficiency and confidence. Success is measured by their improvement during the season in both time improvements and the variety of strokes/distances raced.
CYO coaches strive to build a love for the water and each year we see a number of CYO swimmers join U.S. Swimming club teams to train and compete year-round. Most of these swimmers swim with their CYO teams during the season due to our fun competitive environment. Through the years CYO has become one of the areas largest feeder programs to U.S. Swimming, and has produced some of Oregon's most talented swimmers.
We want, and need, to spread this program to new clubs and parishes throughout the Portland area. We would like to encourage anyone that is interested in coaching, or beginning a program at your club/parish to contact Mark Lee, CYO Swim Director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 503-231-9484 ext. 103, or by cell at 971-253-9498.
We are always trying to recruit new coaching talent for new or existing teams and we would love to hear from you! We will instruct, provide handouts and even hold your hand throughout the process if need be to insure a quality program and coaching staff.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPPORT! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!