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About Us

About the Sleepy Hollow Sea Lions

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, let's get ready to rumble!"

While the famous Sleepy Hollow cheer dates from circa 2001, the team itself formed thirty years earlier. Sleepy Hollow resident Barbara McGee, whose own children had been USA Swim Team swimmers, decided that a swim team would be a great asset to the community and help promote pool usage. With some pointers from Anne Curtis and the enthusiastic support of Sleepy Hollow parents and kids, Mrs. McGee found a coach and got to work. In 1971 the Sleepy Hollow Swim Club--now the Sleepy Hollow Sea Lions, Inc.--entered the Marin Swim League. The original black and gold banner featured Rip Van Winkle asleep under a tree as a tribute to the author Washington Irving, after whose story Sleepy Hollow was named. Thank you, Mrs. McGee!

The Sleepy Hollow Swim Team still competes in the Marin Swim League, a summer league dedicated to providing and preserving quality amateur competitive swimming for swimmers ages 5-18 years with a season that runs from early March to mid July. We are a family-oriented program offering children valuable experience in self-discipline and healthy competition.  We strive for an atmosphere in which all swimmers can maximize their individual swimming potential without undue pressure.  Over 4,000 kids have swum for the Sea Lions and thrived under our philosophy of Fun, Friendship, and Sportsmanship.   

According to Head Coach Mark Anderson, if we take care of the kids, the winning will take care of itself, and for Sleepy Hollow it certainly has.  Mark, his amazing assistant coaches, and our phenomenal swimmers have amassed 22 MSL Championship titles in a row, and compiled a winning streak of 108 consecutive swim meets (that’s the 8th longest winning streak by any coach, in any discipline, ever…yes, you read that correctly!) Sleepy Hollow swimmers have gone on to excel in college sports, and beyond. Look at our incredible Hall of Fame.

Of course, the Sea Lion experience is more than just swimming.  Friendships made on our team—between swimmers and parents alike—last a lifetime.  Our parent volunteer “Fun Committee” plans an itinerary of get-togethers and events throughout the season to encourage the fun and camaraderie (not only for swimmers, but for the rest of the family as well!)  We kick off the season with a family Pasta Potluck; then comes the "Bark Buddies" party, where young swimmers are paired with an older buddy swimmer; our 11&Ups Scavenger Hunt, exclusively for our older swimmers; and our Stinson Beach Cook-Out, a day of games, food and fun in the sun for the whole family.  This is only a partial list…check our Events page for more information.

Come join us!  Click here to sign up and see what we’re barking about.

And, by the way, what the heck is “bootyakum”? It’s what we’re kicking!