Illinois Swimming
Level 2


The Blue Marlins are a year round competitive swim team for those aged 6-21. We are associated with the Buehler YMCA in Palatine Illinois.  The team is geared for all types of swimmers, from beginner to national level. Our coaches are all accomplished swimmers with a lot of coaching experience with all levels of swimmers. We compete against other YMCAs in the Chicagoland area as well as USA Swim Clubs from around the state and participate in 15-20 meets per season. We will be swimming both YMCA and USA but our focus and emphasis is still on YMCA swimming. We treat swimming as a vehicle for character development, and believe that work should be balanced by fun (we want our swimmers to enjoy the sport throughout their lives).

In addition to the normal competitive seasons, we offer special stroke clinic sessions, where the emphasis is on developing efficient and technically correct stroke technique for both distance and sprint racing, and start/turn/finish technique. All competitive strokes are covered.



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Sign Up for Sunday Make-up Practices

Sign up for Sunday make-up practices. To ensure the correct ratios and pool space, all swimmers who request a makeup lesson, or the optional...

By Nicole Schwan

Summer 2023 Try Outs

All Swimmers are welcome to try out for the Blue Marlins. Try-outs: Returning Swimmers 4/11 4:30pm-6:30pm New Swimmers 4/12 and 4/13 4:30pm-6:30pm or 4/16...

By Ed & Becky Menso

On-line Safe Sport Trainings

Blue Marlins Swim Team, USA Swimming Safe Sport staff is hosting Zoom trainings for parents, minor athletes and coaches to assist clubs in completing...


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Palatine, IL 60067


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