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The Daly City Dolphins began as a summer team sponsored by the Daly City Recreation and Parks Department in the summer of 1975 at the new Giamonna Pool at Westmoor High School.

The following summer the group decided to petition the Amateur Athletic Union for a charter in the Zone 1-North division of Pacific Swimming. Carla Beedle was the first President of the parent board of directors and Charlie Smithson was the overseer from the Daly City Park and Rec. The Daly City Police Athletic League donated sweat suits for the new team and Coach Lou Zitnick began taking them to competitions.

In 1978 after a series of coaches, president Terry DeMartini hired present Coach Fred Wales who had taken Balboa High School swimming from the cellar to the penthouse in San Francisco’s AAA league.The new coach took the very talented, but small group to a higher level of competition. In 1979 they moved from last to 7th at the Greater San Mateo County Championships. In 1980 they were 2nd at the Indian Valley Summer Swim Classic, In 1981 they were 3rd at the Punahou Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii.

They returned to Hawaii in 1985 and won the Kamehameha Meet with Victor Wales, Michael Kanakis, and Anthony Garrett winning High Point trophies and being pictured in the Honolulu Star sports page.

By 1985 the team was regularly winning trophies from Benicia, Vallejo, Indian Valley, Tahoe, Reno, Monterey, and Zone 1-North.

In 1987 the team won it’s division of Zone 1-North and was awarded The Volunteer Citation from the Parks and Recreation Northern California Division for the team’s service to the community.

Over the years the team has gone from no swimmers at Pacific Swimming Age Group Championships and Far Western Championships to top10 placings in both.

The teams success continues as champions of the Monterey Labor Day Open Invitational the last two years.


Daly City Dolphins Mission:

"Opening the door to the world of competitive swimming for the children of our community"