History of Hillsboro Swim Team

1954 – Shute Park outdoor pool is built (50 yards x 17 yards).

1970s – Hillsboro Aquatic Club begins as a summer program.  Sherry Morin and Debi Barnes are the coaches. 

1981, September – Shute Park indoor pool and facility open.  Swim club scrambles for pool time.  3:30-5:30, Mon-Fri:  1 hour for club and 1 hour for high school.  Club loses outdoor pool space in the summer to T-Hills.

? – At some point, Brad Thomas becomes the club coach, and then another coach fills the position after him.

1986, September – Hillsboro Aquatic Club becomes incorporated.

1988 – Original pool house (current dryland building) is remodeled into headquarters for Parks & Rec Dept.

1989 – Hillsboro Aquatic Club has fewer than 25 swimmers.  Judy Rusaw becomes the coach.  She is also the head swimming coach for Hilhi (until 2009, and then coaches for Beaverton High School until 2020). 

1992, December – Team registers as a USA Swimming club.

1994, May – Team name officially changes from Hillsboro Aquatic Club to Hillsboro Swim Team.

1995 – Logo contest.  Swimmers submit entries.  Board selects 3 and swimmers vote.  Main color is purple and team becomes known as Hillsboro HEAT.

1997 – There are close to 100 swimmers on the team and 2 coaches.  Ted Dorsey is promoted to Head Coach. 

1998 – Tony Magden is promoted to Head Coach.

1998, March – Team receives IRS determination letter recognizing organization as a non-profit 501(c)(3) and public charity 509(a)(2).

1999 – Outdoor pool has been for summer-use only but now opens for team-use, year-round.

2000 – Early version of flaming H logo in blue comes into existence.

2001 – Team gains access to current dryland facilities.

2001, September – James Resare is hired as age-group coach.

2004, September – SHARC closes for remodeling.  HEAT is forced to practice at about 13 different pools in the area (24-hr Fitness, Forest Grove Aquatic Center, Portland State University, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Oregon City, Mountain Park, Hawthorn Farm Athletic Club, Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center, Lake Oswego High School, Mt. Hood Community College, Nike). 

Team membership significantly drops over the 18-month closure.

2006, March – SHARC reopens.  

2006, June – James Resare is promoted to Head Coach.

2008, October - Team becomes sponsored by Speedo, after Nike withdraws from swimwear market.

2009, October – Team acquires, with the City of Hillsboro, the bulkhead for the outdoor pool, providing more practice lanes during short course season.

2012, May – Membership tops 200.  Team begins to use Team Unify platform for website and billing.

2013 – Logo is modernized and updated to current version.

2014, October – Coaching staff reaches 7.

2015, July – Team acquires new starting blocks, to be used at home meets and outdoor practices.

2016, November - James Resare named as co-Senior Coach of the Year by Oregon Swimming.

2017, April  Most successful Swim-a-thon in team history raises $67,000, earning "Gold Medal" status for clubs with 151-300 athletes in USA Swimming's annual Swim-a-thon contest.

2017, September – Team acquires, with the City of Hillsboro, a new scoreboard, to be used by SHARC, at high school meets, and for home meets.

2017, October - Team becomes sponsored by arena.

2017, NovemberJames Resare named as Senior Coach of the Year by Oregon Swimming.

2018, November - James Resare named as co-Senior Coach of the Year by Oregon Swimming.

2019, March - Men's team wins Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way, WA.  This is the first time an OR men's team has won this meet in a very long time (if ever).

2019, August - Three team members earn 2020 Olympic Trial qualifying times (Champlin, Heasley, Thornbrue).

2020, March - SHARC shuts down, along with schools and many other City of Hillsboro facilities and state entities, joining the nation-wide efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  HEAT pool practices end on March 14 and coaches begin sending out daily dryland workouts to do from home. Senior Sectionals and Age Group Regionals are both canceled.

2020, May - Pandemic shut-downs continue and some squads begin swimming at Hagg Lake and some do dryland at Rood Bridge Park, which carries on throughout the summer and into September.

2020, June - HEAT swimmer, Ethan Heasley, swims the entire perimeter of Hagg Lake, on a cold, windy and rainy day.  (About 15k / 9.5 miles, 3hrs 39 min.)

2020, September - Pools are finally given the go-ahead to reopen in Washington County.  Preparations begin for returning to the pool after 6 months away.  Labor Day weekend brings an abundance of wildfires to Oregon, causing damage and significant air quality issues around the state, including the Portland-Metro area.  This delays the return to the pool as staying indoors becomes necessary, but the HEAT is able to return to the SHARC on September 21.

2020, October - Practices begin for some squads at the Meadows HOA pool on October 12, and continue through May 2021.  The second location becomes necessary as pool space and time remains limited at the SHARC, due to COVID limitations and protocols.

2021, March - First official home meets are held in over a year.  They are HEAT only (intersquad) and in the outdoor pool.

2021, November - Gary Roberson named as the Gary Leach Age Group Coach of the Year by Oregon Swimming.