1965 West Seattle YMCA – Coaches Milt Orphan, Earl Mckinney
1966 Highline YMCA – Milt and Earl split from West Seattle YMCA to open a pool in Burien. Some of you might remember the pool with the bubble off Ambaum Blvd. Swimming alumni Scott Lautman and Mark Prothero go with them
1967 Highline Swim Club, a coach owned club in Burien. The Burien pool was purchased by Earl and Milt and renamed to the Highline Swim School. The Highline Swim Club (HSC) was created.
1970 Highline College opened it’s pool, a 25 yd x 25 yd, 11 lane pool. Highline Swim Club expanded its program there. The pool was lost to fire in 2002 set by vagrant
1972 In June the Kent Area Dolphins (KAD) is created, by coach Mike Bemis. Mike talks about their first meet and receiving a 27 page letter of all the things they did wrong in the first meet. Currently Mike is coaching at Columbia River Swim Team and Camas High School.
1973 Milt and Earl hired a new head coach, a young man named Andy Hathaway. Today Andy is the Western Section Chairman, Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS) Chairman, and an attorney supporting maritime shipping on the west coast.
1979 Highline wins its first Sr. Regional Swim meet at Tualitin Hills Swim Club (THSC) Pool in Beaverton, Oregon.
1985+ Ron Van Pool was the Highline President (Ron just retired as the Head of United States Swimming).
1996 Kent Area Dolphins Swim Team and Highline Swim Club merge to become KING, Rob Munsch – KAD President, Dave Silver – HSC President, Jerry Olszewski – Coach
1998 KING wins Western Junior National Championship for women and combined team.
2002 KING hires a young Sean Hutchison from The Tualitin Hills Thunderbolts as its new CEO & Head Coach. KING quickly becomes a national power with Sean’s leadership.
2008 KING becomes a coach owned club with a separate 501(c)3 non profit parent booster organization. For the first time, not one but two KING swimmers and their coach earn a spot on the USA Olympic Swim Team. World Record set for the first time by a KING swimmer. The KING women win the Winter National short course championship.
2009 The KING women win the USA National long course championship.
2018 KING is no longer a coach owned club with ownership purchased by the Terry Yen family. The new KING is freshly re-booted with the hiring of nationally renowned head coach Jay Benner. Together, Terry & Jay are building KING with new dynamic coaches.