The Morgan Hill Swim Club was founded in 1961, the culmination of several aquaphile families in the area. This team has continued to serve the youth of the South County since that time. The original head coach, Tim Thorton, can still be found participating in aquatics in the local community. The team is a California public benefit entity, and is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. This team was originally known as the Super Fish, but several years ago changed its name to the Makos.
With its long history (the second oldest swim club in Santa Clara County), the Morgan Hill Swim Club has a proud tradition. The team has been responsible for Morgan Hill being referred to as an “aquatics powerhouse,” and the team earned the prestigious and difficult to obtain ”Bronze Medal Club” award under the United States Swimming’s Club Excellence Program.
Although the organization has done almost everything under the sun in terms of aquatics, from swim lessons, to water polo to masters swimming, the team’s current focus is on competitive swimming, particularly training and instructing athletes to successfully compete to the best of one’s abilities.
As a non-profit entity, we depend on the support and volunteer effort of our membership (i.e., the parents of the athletes). Volunteering helps build important social relationships on the team, and allows us to raise the money necessary to meet the operating expenses of the organization. While we try to minimize the amount of commitments to Makos families, we couldn’t exist without it.
In early October of 2011, the Morgan Hill Swim Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary, with a party where five decades of former swimmers, parents and coaches attended. Many Makos (or Super Fish) Alumni still reside (and some still swim) in the local community.