STAR HISTORY The history of STAR is the story of the rise of a small local swim club into a nationally ranked swimming power. In 1961, a group of parents from the Lake Shore area of Hamburg started a local swim club called the Lake Shore Swim Club. As a charter member of the Niagara Swim League, Lake Shore won numerous league titles and became a dominant force locally. As the team steadily progressed toward its goal of national prominence. The club started to attract swimmers from throughout the Southtowns. Recognizing the broad appeal of the program, the name of the club was changed in 1981 to the Southtowns Aquatic Racers (STAR). In 1996, the Board of Directors changed its name to STAR Swimming. Today, STAR has swimmers from all over Buffalo, Jamestown, as well as Canada.

STAR is a member of the Niagara Local Swimming committee (LSC) of USA Swimming, which encompasses the Western half of New York State, including Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton areas. The Niagara LSC is one of 59 LSC’s in the country which comprise USA Swimming, the national governing body of amateur swimming. STAR has been the Niagara LSC overall short course (YARDS) champion for 29 of the past 33 years and has won the long course (meters) championship 29 of the past 33 years. In addition to its local and regional prowess, STAR has gained a national reputation. STAR swimmers have qualified for the Olympic Trials, World Championship Trials, National Championships, National Coaches Swimming Association Championships, Junior National championships, USA Speedo Sectional Championships, Olympic Festival teams, Zone all-star teams, and various other major competitions. STAR swimmers have had an unparalleled success among local swim teams. Many swimmers have continued their swimming career in college. Of these swimmers many have received athletic scholarships. Many other swimmers have elected to attend non-scholarship institutions, typically an Ivy League School. The age group program has played a large part in STAR’s success. The age group program is a highly developed, vertically integrated program. Much of STAR’s talent is a product of its learn-to-swim and developmental (red team) programs. Many current nationally ranked swimmers started out as noncompetitive swimmers. STAR is especially proud of its learn-to-swim and developmental programs, and the coaches who run them. The strength of the club has always been the quality and expertise of its staff.

STAR Swimming has had a tremendous history with many swimmers reaching great levels.  The following chart shows some of the accomplishments over the years.  Congratulations to all our STAR swimmers, parents, and coaches. 

As of April 21, 2017

1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Niagara LSC Short Course Champions
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. 2015, 2016

Niagara LSC Long Course Champions

215 swimmers Star Swimmers have continued their swimming in college (125 have earned college scholarships)
67 swimmers

National Age Group TOP 10

129 swimmers
USA Speedo Championship / SR Zone qualifiers
73 swimmers
USA Junior National Qualifiers
2017 - Michael Clough, Mike Maurer, Kya Pawli
26 swimmers
USA Senior National Qualifiers

9 swimmers

Olympic Trial Qualifiers
2016 - Justin Konik, Luke Otto
2012 - Phil Aronica, Matt Hogan, Courtney Otto,
           Allie Schirmers, Matt Schwippert
2004 - Andrea Lehner


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