Creating an environment where success is inevitable


Welcome to Sandsharks!

The Sandhills Sandsharks Swim Team was founded in 1982 by Marsey Peterson, an ASCA Age Group Coach of the Year and mother of current SSS Board President Lindley Fleury (High School All-American, Collegiate All American, Indiana University, National and World Masters Champion).  Marsey moved to the Sandhills with her husband when he retired from the military.  She realized the community lacked competitive swimming and access to swim lessons. Over the ensuing decades, her efforts and those of the coaches who followed her yielded a growing, successful team.

The Sandsharks follow USA Swimming and the ASCA’s developmental model to nurture and challenge our youngest, novice swimmers through our college-bound high school swimmers.  Family and academics come first; swimming is just one of many sports and activities in our athletes’ lives.  We emphasize quality instruction and the opportunity to grow at a rate appropriate for each swimmer with the goal of seeing our senior swimmers reach their potential.

The work ethic and camaraderie gained through practicing with integrity, effort, and focus pay off in giving our swimmers the skills for success both in and out of the pool; both now and later in life.

Two SSS 2018 graduates are now on swimming scholarships at UNC-W and William & Mary.  We also have sent swimmers on to UNC-CH, Duke, Loyola, Lenoir-Rhyne, Wingate, UVA, SMU, Washington & Less, Brown, and McGill, to name a few.  Many Sandsharks have assumed Team Captain positions. A 2020 graduate will be swimming for UNC-Pemproke.

The Sandsharks are a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit, managed by a board of past and current parents and coaches. Our board’s diversity is one of our many strength: parents represent public, private, and charter schools; five of our members swam at the collegiate level (one of whom swam for SSS) and together represent five decades of Club and College level swimming. 

In addition to our Year Round team, SSS runs two Open Water meets per year at Lake Echo in Seven Lakes, the Moore County Swim League (summer league), a mastery-based lessons program, and we participate in USA Swimming’s Make A Splash Foundation to bring lessons to underserved populations. We support the Boys and Girls Club, Moore Buddies, and Special Olympics.

Our move to the Southern Pines Pool in 2018, a larger pool with more space for dryland, means expanded programming and control of our own water.  Plus, our location is convenient to other youth activities, shopping, and restaurants.

--Sandshark Board and Coaches




SSS Board Members and Contact Information:


Lindley A Fleury MBA MHA
SSS Board President  [email protected]

Carolina Physicians Resources, Inc., President (21 years)

Lindley grew up in Florida as a competitive swimmer.  She achieved Swimming All-American in High School, College (Indiana University) and Masters; she has been a multiple National and World Masters Champion/Record holder.  Lindley’s son Greg, a Sandshark, swam at SMU; he was an All American High School & College swimmers, plus Team Captain at SMU. Lindley has served on multiple boards in Moore County and has served on the SSS Board continually for over 20 years.


Edward Hill MBA
Financial Planner, Edward Hill Wealth Management  [email protected]

Edward grew up in Seven Lakes on Lake Echo, the site of SSS’s Open Water races.  He swam for the Sandsharks and for NC State.  He still lives in Seven Lakes with his wife and three sons, two of whom are on the Age Group 1 Squad. Ed swims in his free time and serves on multiple community boards in Moore County.


Marvin Milkowich, Pharm D
Pharmacist, Fort Bragg  [email protected]

Marvin moved to North Carolina for Pharmacy School at Campbell, then settled in Whispering Pines with his wife and two daughters.  His oldest is on the Pre 2 squad and his youngest on Age Group 3.  Their family has been involved with Sandsharks for four years.  In his spare time, Marvin runs distance races, including the Blue Ridge Relay.