Michael and Elizabeth Clough (Parents of 2 Senior swimmers) - July 15, 2017
We believe STAR swimming is the #1 swim club in western New York. They have magnificent coaches that are fantastic at helping our swimmers reach their full potential while having fun. Our 10 year old daughter will be starting her 5th year of swimming. Our son just finished his first year swimming competitively for STAR. We have been more than happy each year watching our children grow as swimmers and build friendships that will last a lifetime. STAR swimming is like a family with fun activities in and out of the water.
These are our top 5 reasons why we love STAR Swimming:
5. The coaches are dedicated to helping all the swimmers learn techniques, become faster, and learn good sportsmanship skills. Our STAR swimmers have learned to be competitive while having fun and beating their own best times.
4. STAR provides opportunities for reduced tuition by volunteering at swim meets.
3. STAR Swimming organizes many events outside of swimming (i.e., Darien lake, picnics, bowling, movies) to help build a strong and happy team.
2. A variety of swim practice times and locations are convenient for our busy schedules. Many STAR parents help each other out with carpools to/from practice and swim meets.
1. Our kids are making lifelong friends while having fun with our swim family.
Amy and Mike Reukauf (Parents of 2 Red swimmers) - July 17, 2017
Our names are Matt and Shana and we are the proud parents of Joshua. Josh has been with STAR since 2009 and is currently on the Senior Prep team. Neither one of us could tell you Joshua's best time in any event or what the cut off is to make championships. However, we do know how disciplined, motivated and mature Josh is with the help of the STAR program. We also know who most of his close friends are as they also participate in STAR and share those same characteristics. The annual STAR banquet showcases the club's graduating Seniors. Though most are very fast swimmers, more importantly they are very impressive young men and women whose accomplishments and aspirations are in line with our family's goals for our own children.
Matt and Shana Stegner (Parent of 1 Senior Prep swimmer) - July 17, 2017
Our 3 sons have been part of STAR for 3 years now, beginning with the Red Team and now our youngest will be joining his brothers on the Blue Team. We couldn't be happier with the coaching the kids receive. All of the coaches are friendly, enthusiastic, and excited to teach proper technique while training the kids to be stronger swimmers. Our kids feel challenged while building confidence as they become more and more successful. The coaches help build a strong sense of team, which we feel is very important. We look forward to many more years with our STAR family!"
Chris & Karen Coen (Parents of 2 Blue and 1 Red Swimmer) July 18, 2017
STAR has been an influential and rewarding part of our daughters swimming careers. The coaches have not only guided the girls towards improvement but did so with kindness and humor. In a world with winning set as a priority for young athletes, it is nice when the only thing Rick says after a bad swim is, “Not your best, but let’s focus on your next event”. The success of so many STAR swimmers is due to the expertise and commitment of the coaches.
The STAR community is filled with families willing to commit countless hours towards the betterment of the team. They go beyond their committed hours because they want the best not only for their child, but for others as well. This sort of commitment is unparalleled in any other competitive team.
We are very happy to be part of STAR. The coaches not only prepared the girls to be successful college swimmers but also helped them in developing leadership skills that have helped them outside of the pool. As Victoria enters her last year of college swimming and Alex continues with her second, we are proud to still be a part of the STAR family.
Bryan and Susan Butler (Parents of 2 Senior Swimmers) July 20, 2017
STAR Swimming has been a wonderful choice for our family. With swimmers at every level from Tadpoles to Senior Team, we appreciate the fact that everyone practices at the same time and at the same location. But even more important is the overall experience that each of our children has had being a part of STAR. Although they have participated in many different sports, in no other athletic endeavor have I observed what I see at every swim meet: smiles on their faces and on their teammates’ faces, regardless of their performance. STAR swimmers, from the Olympic Trial qualifiers down to the newest swimmers competing in their first meet, train hard to achieve their goals, but in the end, it all comes down to participating in a sport they truly love and having fun while doing it.
Chad and Lorraine Strittmatter (Parents of 6 swimmers at every level) July 26, 2017