Butte Tarpon Swim Team

Promoting Excellence in Swimming and in Life. Welcome to the Butte Tarpon Swim Team or BTST for short. BTST is one of the oldest competitive swim teams in Montana and is a member of Montana Swimming and USA Swimming. It was originally known as the Butte America Swim Club. The team has been represented by numerous state, sectional, and zone champions; state record holders; national competitors; and an outstanding group of swimmers, coaches, parents, and volunteers. BTST is also the home swim team of Paralympic gold medalist, IPC world champion, and IPC world record holder Erin Popovich who competed in the Sydney, Athens, and Beijing Paralymic Games. The team has had several persons serve as elected members of the Montana Swimming Board of Directors and has had several members also serve on USA Swimming national committees. Susan Huckeby was selected as an official for the 2020-2021 US Olympic Trials - Swimming.

The mission of the Butte Tarpon Swim Team is to promote competitive swimming and develop each swimmer's abilities to their fullest potential. BTST supports the core values of USA Swimming: Build the Base, Promote the Sport, and Achieve Competitive Success.

At BTST, we believe swimming is fun, friends and fitness; competition, improving skills, reaching goals, and personal challenges; and sportsmanship, building self-esteem, and quality coaching.

Our team values teamwork, sportsmanship, healthy competition, mutual respect, communication, open discussion of ideas, achieving short and long term goals, team pride, cooperation, excellence, problem solving for the betterment of the team, and operating the team with a solid financial plan. Our parents are a fun, supportive and cooperative group who value good communication and open discussion of ideas, serve as volunteers and officials at meets, fundraisers, and team activities; and assist the team to achieve excellence. Parents are always encouraged to be involved with the team.

Our coaches provide opportunities for our athletes to achieve competitive success, excel in and out of the pool, become leaders, achieve short and long term goals, and provide a cohesive coaching staff to meet the needs of all our athletes. Our coaches continue to improve themselves through ongoing training provided by USA Swimming, the American Swim Coaches Association, and other organizations.

The Butte Tarpons are a non-profit tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization originally organized as the Butte America Swim Club in March 1978. Donations are gladly accepted and are tax deductible. The BTST tax-exempt number is 81-0369291.

Latest News

Changes to Flex Memberships Beginning September 1, 2022

The USA Swimming Board of Directors voted to change the Flex Membership registration criteria effective September 1, 2022. New, this fall Flex Memberships will...

Susan Huckeby Selected as an Official for the US Olympic Trials - Swimming

Butte Tarpon Swim Team official Susan Huckeby was selected by USA Swimming to serve as a deck official for the 2020-2021 US Olympic Trials...

Tarpons at LC State

The Butte Tarpons are excited to compete at the Montana Swimming Long Course State Championships in Bozeman July 25-27. Representing the team are Grant...

Tarpons Do Well at Short Course State!

Tarpons make big splash at state meet 3/12/2014 The Montana Standard The Butte Tarpon Swim Team had a strong showing at the Montana Swimming...

Congratulations Tarpons!

Congratulations to all our Tarpon swimmers for a great job at Short Course State! All our state swimmers set multiple personal best times at...

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Butte, MT 59702