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BLAST History

The Black Hawk Area Swim Team (BLAST) was formed in 2001 with the merger of the Waterloo Sharks Swim Club and the Cedar Falls Swim Club.  Since that time BLAST has been the leader in youth swimming in the Cedar Valley.  We have two full time swim coaches on staff Nick Lakin and Jamie Langner providing steady and professional coaching and information for your athlete and your family.  Our coaching staff has been named the Iowa Senior Coaching Staff of the Year 5 times since 2001 and Iowa Age Group Coaching Staff of the Year 3 times during that time. 

Since 2001 BLAST has continued the rich history of the Cedar Valley started by both the Waterloo Sharks and Cedar Falls Swim Club.  Our athletes have set numerous state records, 12 national records, qualified for every level of regional and national competition, and placed top 8 at zones, sectionals, and the 18/under national championships.  In addition, our local high school teams have won 5 state championships and we have had dozens of high school state champions since the formation of the club.

During the spring of 2006 BLAST began a run at the Speedo Championship Series (Sectionals) and has placed in the top 10 every year but one the meet has been competed short course (2012 was held as a long course meet) since that time.

TOP TEN TEAM FINISHES AT SECTIONALS

YEAR MEN, WOMEN, OR COMBINED PLACE
2006 SHORT COURSE MEN 1ST
2006 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 4TH
2007 SHORT COURSE MEN 4TH
2007 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 7TH
2008 SHORT COURSE MEN 4TH
2008 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 6TH
2008 LONG COURSE MEN 4TH
2009 SHORT COURSE MEN 4TH
2009 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 6TH
2010 SHORT COURSE MEN 1ST
2010 SHORT COURSE WOMEN 9TH
2010 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 1ST
2011 SHORT COURSE MEN 1ST
2011 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 4TH
2013 SHORT COURSE MEN 3RD
2013 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 6TH
2014 SHORT COURSE WOMEN 4TH
2014 SHORT COURSE MEN 8TH
2014 SHORT COURSE COMBINED 6TH
2015 SHORT COURSE WOMEN 8TH
2016 LONG COURSE MEN 10TH
2016 LONG COURSE COMBINED 7TH

Also, if you want to learn a little bit more about our history and the athletes that have gone through the program you can...

Click here to check out our Scholastic All Americans since 2001

Click here to check out were our athletes have gone to college since 2001

Click here for the BLAST Hall of Fame

 
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