The NASA Wildcat Aquatics Team strives to achieve success in swimming by creating a positive atmosphere where swimmers are encouraged to enjoy themselves. The NASA Wildcat Aquatics program is designed to build a love of swimming within all participants that will keep them involved in the sport long after they finish competing as part of the team.

NASA Wildcat Aquatics believes the sport of swimming can make a profound and lasting difference in the lives of its participants. A positive, competitive swimming program promotes life skills such as self-discipline, goal setting, perseverance, citizenship, and leadership. Physical exercise benefits not only one’s physical health but also one’s mental health and sense of well being.

NASA Wildcat Aquatics is located at the Norris Aquatic Center on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University.  The club conducts both short course yard and long course meter competitions in the indoor pool.


  • To provide access for the youth of the North Shore to a competitive swimming program.
  • To provide an environment in which each swimmer can reach his/her potential.
  • To offer a program which remains focused on the swimmer.


The NASA Wildcat Aquatics Team is comprised of a Coaching Staff and a Volunteer Booster Club. The leadership officers of the Booster Club are volunteers and are elected by the parent membership.  The Coaching Staff and the Booster Club Representatives work in collaboration to give direction to and assess the needs of both NASA and Wildcat Aquatics.


Established in 1989, NASA Wildcat Aquatics has grown from a handful of swimmers in an age group program to over 200 swimmers in programs which include developmental, age group and high school swimming.

Northwestern Aquatic Swim Association (NASA)

NASA is one of the top teams in Illinois. NASA swimmers consistently compete in Illinois Age Group Regional and State Championships and have been selected to participate in Central Zone Championships and Mid-States Quadrangular meets.  NASA Swimmers have achieved National Top 16 rankings and National Reportable Times.

Wildcat Aquatics

In 2001, NASA recognized the need to extend the program for high school and college swimmers in their off-seasons. As a result, Wildcat Aquatics was founded. Wildcat Aquatics has already attracted numerous swimmers of all abilities.  Wildcat athletes have represented the team at Illinois Senior State Championship, Sectional Championship, Junior National and US Open competitions.