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The Chicago Smelts are Chicago's predominantly Gay and Lesbian U.S. Masters Swim Team, encouraging fitness, friendship, community and competition through swimming. Membership is open to everyone including gay-friendly straight swimmers. The team currently has a roster of nearly 150 swimmers from around the Chicago area and includes athletes of all abilities ranging from beginners to triathletes to former college superstars.

Our Mission Statement

As a mostly gay and lesbian swim club belonging to Illinois Masters Swim Association, the Chicago Smelts foster an atmosphere of camaraderie where swimmers of all abilities can participate in organized team workouts, train and compete. Through social events and community service, the team promotes personal growth and pride for all its members.