Our History



The Seminole Aquatics swim team was formed by Tony Ackerson in May of 2000, following the completion of the Larry A. Dale Aquatic Center, a $1.2 million Olympic-size pool located on the campus of Seminole High School. Coach Ackerson had served as the Seminole High varsity swimming coach since 1996, and while the team had considerable success during the 1990's (a girl’s 50 free state champion, three high school All-Americans and three consecutive top-15 state team finishes), the team still lacked the age group feeder program necessary for consistent championship-level success.

The drive to put a pool on campus began in earnest in 1996 when Coach Ackerson and a group of committed swim team parents began meeting to develop a strategy for obtaining a facility.  With the key help of City Commissioner Whitey Eckstein, things began falling into place.  Along with Mayor Larry Dale, Eckstein orchestrated a $500,000 commitment from the Sanford City Commission. The Seminole County Commission matched that total, while the Seminole County School Board donated the land on campus. The pool was completed in January of 2000, and Coach Ackerson was named Aquatics Director for the City, and the manager of the new facility.

Beginning with only two swimmers on the Seminole Aquatics roster in May 2000, the club has grown substantially and has produced countless Junior Olympic and Senior State Championship qualifiers, multiple Junior Olympic /Florida Age Group Champions, State Record Holders, over 30 High School All-Americans, nationally ranked Top 10 swimmers, and even a National #1 athlete. During this time, Seminole High School's swimming and water polo teams have benefited greatly, winning multiple individual and relay state swimming titles and multiple State swimming top-five team finishes, in addition to winning boys and girls Conference and District team titles, District water polo titles and State Water Polo tournament berths.  With a foundation of talented, goal-oriented coaches, and one of the best swimming facilities in Central Florida, Seminole Aquatics has emerged as one of the premier programs in the state.

Despite the track record of great individual and team athletic achievement, the REAL story of Seminole Aquatics is the commitment to foster relationships and build a love of the sports that we coach.  We want the young people that we mentor to build healthy bodies and healthy minds, while creating fun, happy memories of their time with us that will last a lifetime.  THIS is what we do.