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History

Our History

The Franklin Area Swim Team (FAST) has been proudly representing the East Pittsburgh area for over 40 years.  Founded in 1973 by the local high school and summer club swim coach, Ed Eyles, FAST has grown to over 200 wonderful and enthusiastic athletes. FAST has the honor of being not only one of the largest clubs, but also one of the longest continually operating clubs in the Allegheny Mountain Swimming chapter (AMS) of USA Swimming, the national governing body for our sport.  AMS covers western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.


Swimming is a life skill that is not only healthy physically, but just as important, mentally.  Commitment, goal-setting, organization, time-management, self-discipline and confidence are all benefits of participating in the sport of swimming.  FAST strives to provide a positive competitive environment while developing good swimming skills, a forum for friendship and fun, and an overall experience that will enhance our swimmers' spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship.  For our excellent, devoted coaching staff, swimming is a way of life, having achieved national and international swimming status during their own swimming careers.


FAST is both a developmental and competitive team with training programs specifically designed to challenge our members ranging in ages from 4 to 18; returning college students; and a group of dedicated masters swimmers ages 18 to 80.

FAST has produced national and internationally ranked swimmers.  Currently, FAST swimmers are ranked with top times in the local AMS chapter and in the national USA Swimming.  We currently have swimmers that have qualified for Junior National Championships, Sectional Championships, as well as High School State and WPIAL championships. Our swimmers are committed athletes and spend many hours a day, up to six days a week year round, practicing to perfect their skills.

Athlete Centered, Coach Driven & Board Supported

Our mission is to provide an environment that encourages, enables and inspires excellence through hard work and constant, never-ending improvement in swimming and in life.

Our Core Values: Teamwork / Development / Commitment / Leadership / Excellence.

Our Core Objectives: Build the Base / Promote the Sport / Achieve Competitive Success.

Our Strategies: Build / Promote / Achieve:  Olympic Clinic Hosted by FAST.  Follow up with newsletter and implementation of skills and approach into our practices.