EST's Mission, Vision
The Mission of
Eagle Swim Team is to provide quality professional coaching in
and supportive environment that is inspirational,
innovative, and goal-oriented.
Our Vision for
the Eagle Swim Team is to be a nationally recognized leader in all
levels of competitive swimming.
Character, Commitment, and Teamwork
Founded in 1992, the
Eagle Swim Team (EST) is a year-round, competitive United States
Swimming registered team. All EST coaches, parents and team
members share and contribute to our major team objectives.
1. To provide quality coaching, training, and competition for
all team members.
2. To assist all team members in realizing and striving for
their full potential in competitive swimming.
3. To help develop important life skills, such as
self-discipline, communication, goal setting, self-confidence, and
4. To provide opportunities for educational and emotional
growth through training, competition, and
In the spring of 1992, McDonogh School hired Scott Ward as their
new Aquatics Director and Varsity Swimming and Water Polo
coach. That summer, the Eagle Swim Team (EST), was formed by
Coach Ward to provide a quality competitive swim team for all
interested swimmers. Helping Coach Ward build the team were
assistant coaches Vicki Hedden, Patrice Draminski, and Cyndy
Lopata. The team finished that year with 72 dedicated
athletes and the Eagles earned recognition with outstanding
performances at the Eastern Zones Championships and the U.S. Junior
Since that year Eagle
has consistently produced outstanding student-athletes with the
most notable being Tommy Hannan, a member of the 2000 Olympic
gold-medal winning 400-medley relay in Sydney, Australia. In
2006 McDonogh School finished construction of an
entirely new aquatics facility which includes a 50-meter long
course pool with an adjustable bulkhead and two operational dryland
and meeting rooms. Each year Eagle moves its way up the USA
Swimming Virtual Club Rankings and continues to be a Top 100 club
team in the US.
With the invaluable
support of the McDonogh School, EST will continue to
“Strive for Excellence in Swimming and in
Life” and to prepare today’s youth to be