2019-20 Chinook Aquatic Club Registration
Open for Returning Members
8/15/19 - 7/31/20
Open for New Members
8/30/19 - 7/31/20
Chinook Aquatic Club has been training young people in healthy athletic competition since 1976. Chinook has been serving the Bellevue, Mercer Island and Renton communities for over 35 years. We take pride in the accomplishments of all our swimmers, some who have gone on to win National and Olympic championships. Chinook provides a fun, developmentally-appropriate age group competitive swimming program for girls and boys ages 7-18.
We believe the swimming experience provides important life skills to all our members, regardless of age or ability. Goal-setting, persistence, time management, self-discipline and positive thinking are some of the skills our swimmers acquire and take with them into all aspects of their lives. Chinook training groups are organized by ability level so that swimmers develop skills at their own pace. Swim meets are organized throughout the year for ability levels, so that even novices can participate in the competitive experience.
Chinook Aquatic Club is a member of Pacific Northwest Swimming, and a
member of United States Swimming, the governing body of competitive swimming.
Chinook Head Coach Jerry Johnston coaches the Senior group. Was one of the original swimmers on Lake Washington Swim Club, which is now Chinook, and was their first male swimmer to qualify for Sr. Nationals. Graduated from Newport High School. Went to the University of Washington on a full ride scholarship and was a 3 year All-American as well as team captain. Qualified for Olympic Trials in 1972 and 1976 and placed 5th at Sr. Nationals in the 400 IM in 1972. Began coaching in 1977 at Issaquah Swim Team and had several Jr. and Sr. National qualifiers including a Jr. National Champion.
Chinook Head Age Group Coach Grace Wong works with the Sectional and Blue groups. Grace has coached over 15 years and has developed a wide range of athletes, from novice to Zone-level to Sectional-level swimmers. She has coached on PNS All-Star teams and PNS swim camps, and served on the PNS Board of Directors. Many of Grace’s swimmers have progressed to successful careers in High School and College swimming, as well as USA competitions.
Working with Jerry and Grace for the 2019-2020 season is returning coach Mike McIntyre, Justin Fleming and new coach Andrew Barashkoff. Chinook is fortunate to have a full complement of experienced coaches. The coaches’ hard work and dedication over the years have strengthened and developed the age group program. The coaches continually make swimming fun, challenging, and rewarding for the athletes.
We take pride in our program and have confidence that you will too! Welcome to Chinook!