The Old Orchard Otters Swim Team
The Old Orchard Otters were established in 1967. Since that time, our Otters have enjoyed the unique benefits summer swimming offers, both in and out of the pool. Old Orchard is proud of its Swim Team and celebrates over 50 years of a tradition of sportsmanship, community, and excellence.
In 2016, the Otters swam their hearts out at Cherry Bowl and won the Cherry Bowl Championship for the 21st time in the meet’s history, which is the most wins by any team. You can also read all about our 2016 season here: Courierpost and CherryHillSun
In 2017, as the Swim Team celebrated its Golden Anniversary, the Otters had an epic season. Old Orchard went undefeated in divisional competition earning the Tri-County “B” Division Championship and the team placed second at the Cherry Bowl Championship. At the 36 team Tri- County Championship, the Otters placed 4th overall capping a storybook season.
From beginner to advanced, our swim team emphasizes competitiveness, team spirit, and friendship. Swim Team is open to OOSC members’ children from the ages 5 to 18. There is no experience is necessary to be on the swim team other than swimmers must be able to safely swim one lap of freestyle without stopping and a half of a lap of backstroke. There are multiple competitions through-out the Summer where all swimmers have a chance to compete. The Swim Team also enjoys many team social activities.
Chris Brookover, Head Swim Coach
Chris has been the Head Coach of the Old Orchard Otters Swim Team sincee 2014. He brings over 30 years of swimming knowledge to Old Orchard and has a strong background in coaching swimmers at all levels. Chris’s focus on fundamentals and stroke mechanics helped the Otters improve and was a driving force behind Old Orchard’s top 3 finishes in each of the 2014-2019 Cherry Bowl Championships, the 2017 “B” Division Championship, and the Otter’s 4th place finish the 2017 Tri-County Championships.
In addition to Old Orchard, Chris is the Competitive Swim Director and Head Coach of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties (YBCC Phoenix.) Prior to this position, Chris was the Head Coach of the Early Senior A group at Jersey Wahoos and served as an Assistant Coach of the Jersey Wahoos Junior A and Junior B1 groups. In college, Chris was an accomplished swimmer at the University of Wyoming. He eventually went on to coach as an assistant at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University. Chris and his wife Maria are longtime members of Old Orchard. Chris has served on the Old Orchard Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of the Tri-County Swimming Pool Association, including two years as president. Chris and Maria are proud parents of an OO Otter and two Otter Alumni.
Michael is a former Old Orchard Otter and a four-year varsity swimmer for the Cherry Hill East Boy’s Swim Team. Michael looked forward to summer swim each year because of the close friendships the swimmers and their families have with each other. In his senior year, Michael was recognized for his team leadership role, sharing the honor of receiving the Sean Killion Award with Alex Monari and Kayla Gagnon.
In is his work as a lifeguard and learn-to-swim instructor at OOSC, Michael realized how important helping other people is to him. He enjoyed working with the swimmer's last summer and is looking forward to working with Old Orchard swimmers for a second season, helping them to improve their technique by understanding swim stroke mechanics.
Michael is currently attending La Salle University where he is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. “I am excited to have Michael back for another year. I appreciate his dedication to teaching and his enthusiasm and energy are contagious.” -Coach Chris
Nicole Harms, Assistant Swim Coach
Nicole started swimming when she was 7 years old at the Old Orchard Swim Club. Her love for swim blossomed over the years as she began club swimming at Pheasant Run Swim Club. She eventually found her place at The YMCA of Burlington and Camden County. Nicole successfully qualified for YMCA Nationals in the 100 breaststroke during her last two years of high school. Nicole swam in many Chery Bowls and Multiple Tri-County Events culminating in a second place finish in the 50 Breaststroke her senior year. She swam all four years at Cherry Hill High School East and continues her swimming career at Rider University.