History of MSC

Originally known as the Cascade Swim Team, MSC’s roots can be traced back to 1925 when the residents of McAllen built the city’s first swimming pool and opened the city’s first swim club. Once operating as a “whites only” facility, membership was eventually offered to everyone and was a hub for swim lessons, lifeguard training & summer recreational swimming which ultimately led to the birth of the McAllen Swim Club in 1963.

By 1971, under the direction of head coach Joe Claire & assistant coach Steve Cravens, the team had grown to close to 30 swimmers and officially became an established non-profit organization in 1977. The early to late 70’s brought about some of MSC’s most decorated swimmers, among them Danny Goodwin who to this day is considered to be MSC’s best swimmer of all time. Goodwin competed in the 1984 Olympic Trials where he placed 16th and held TAGS records for many years in the 500 Free and 1650 Free. He swam for Southern Methodist University and was a part of a recruiting class that was considered among the best in SMU history. 

From 1976 - 1982, the team was led by legendary coach Bill Walker who also served as the head coach for the McAllen High School swim team. Throughout his career, coach Walker coached 55 high school all-Americans and won three TAGS titles. He was voted TISCA Girls Coach of the Year and as aquatics coordinator, his teams won nine UIL state titles. He is considered to be the pioneer of South Texas Swimming and was a founding member of the Texas Swimming Association. The North East Aquatic Center in San Antonio was named after him in 2005 for his 40+ years of contributions to Texas swimming. 

By the late 1980’s through mid 1990’s, MSC had grown to close to 100 swimmers with more than half of them actively participating as year round competitors. As the team grew, so did the desire to seek out new places outside the RGV in search of newer and faster competition. The team began to take many trips to San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, & Corpus Christi to go against the best around as often as possible. They were long distances to travel for a weekend but many families understood the need and reason for doing it. The Lake Boerne swim, open water swims in Corpus Christi, & the IMAX challenge meets were all things that hadn’t been done before so we jumped on lots of opportunities to expose our swimmers to different experiences. 

In 1990, MSC competed in the first ever international meet in Mexico City against the Mexico City All Stars. Since then, McAllen has hosted international meets in ’94, ’99 & ’00 and in 1998 attended the Olympia de Nacional in Colima Mexico.

In 1993, Roxanne Balducci took over as head coach and went on to become MSC’s longest and most influential coach to date (1993-2016). During her storied 37-year coaching career, coach Balducci’s dedication & commitment to the team helped influence thousands of Rio Grande Valley kids & took MSC to new levels of competition. Under her leadership, the club participated in a number of highly recognized meets including the NCSA Junior Nationals, NASA Junior National Cup, All American Championships, Sectionals Championships, Southern Zone Championships, All-American Championships, IMAX Regional Competition, & the CNCA National Age Group meet in Buffalo NY. 

In 2004, she was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame and she has received the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award and Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Theron Pickle Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other numerous awards and achievements. 

Today, MSC continues to be a magnet for swimming enthusiasts of all ages across the Rio Grande Valley. In 2017 we reached 237 participants and kicked off the team’s first ever USMS Adult Masters group which has grown to 25 participants within the first 7 months. 

Important Dates & Events

1977

MSC officially founded as a non-profit organization thanks to the La Mantia family & is made up of the 

original 5 members of the board. 

1988

The team began to host Swim-A-Thon’s as a way to help promote swimming and raise funds for 

supporting the club. To this day, it continues to be the team’s biggest annual fundraising event and 

through the years has provided hundreds of scholarships to McAllen ISD students. 

1989

Enough money was raised to purchase the team’s first Omega timing system needed to run home swim 

meets. 

’92-’16

MSC collaborated with the McAllen ISD by providing all the personnel needed to operate UIL 

sanctioned meets in exchange for use of the facility.

’92-’16

MSC begins to host Olympic Swim Clinics open to all teams across the RGV. Hosts include Olympians 

such as Chloe Sutton, Aaron Peirsol, Rowdy Gaines, Brendan Hansen, Ricky Berens, Garrett Weber-

Gale, Rebecca Soni, Nick Thoman & coach Texas coach Eddie Reese just to name a few. 

2017

MSC’s first Adult Masters group is formed

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Top MSC Alumni

Danny Goodwin

’78-’84

Diane Goodwin

’78-’83

Ace Holly

’78-’82

Rance Boren

’81-’86

Serafin Gomez

’98-’00

Shaine Casas

’10-’16 

Notable MSC Alumni

Leah Sanchez

Kendal Walker  

Juan Rocha

Brian Holmes

Christine Kohler

Chante Sanchez  

Mauricio Gomez

William Holmes

Nikki Sanchez

Gina Daniels

Hector Becerra

Dylan  Blackwell 

Laura Corcoran

Ashley Reeve

Rick Sanchez

Rick Schreiber

NCSA Junior Nationals:

Juan Rocha de Murga

NASA Junior National Cup

Brian Holmes

Juan Rocha de Murga

USA Diversity Select Camp 2007

Leah Sanchez

All American Championships 2008

Leah Sanchez

Kendal Walker

Sectionals Championships 

Julian Adame

Dylan Blackwell  

Serafin Gomez 

Tyler Gomez

Brian Holmes

Nikki Sanchez

William Holmes

Mathew Orap

Juan Rocha de Murga

Leah Sanchez

Ricardo Sanchez

Kendal Walker

Southern Zone Championships

Shaine Casas

Cristian Salinas  

Davis Santos

Leah Sanchez

Kendal Walker

Andres Cabrera 

Luis Cabrera

Maricio Gomez

Nikki Sanchez 

Serafin Gomez 

Luis Cabrera

Eddie Becerra 

Christina Kohler

Stacia Benitez 

ALL STARS

Luis Cabrera

Andrees Cabrera

David Santos 

CNCA National Age Group 

Hector Becerra

Felissa Lopez  

Rick Schreiber

Chante Sanchez

Texas Age Group Championships (TAGS)

Shaine Casas

Gabby Guerrero  

Serafin Gomez 

Sophia Grossweiler

PJ Grossweiler  

Chante Sanchez

Nathaniel Hickman Chow

Max Saenz

Audy Madrigal

Cristian Salinas

Leah Sanchez

Rick Schreiber

Sebatian Sanchez

David Santos

Ruy Mireles

Paula Santos

Ina Te

Hector  Becerra

Jose Juan Villalpando

Jorge Vasquez  

Scarlet Sawyer

Leah Sanchez

Tete Carmona

Luis Cabrera 

Andres Cabrera

Gina Daniels

Natalie Holmes   

Olympia de National 1998 in Colema

Chante Sanchez 

Kalena Sanchez 

Walt Schulter National Stroke award 

Laura Corcoran

Ashley Reeve

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COACHING STAFF

1971-1974

Joe Clare Head Coach

Steve Craven

Asst Coach

1977 - 1982

Bill Walker

Head Coach

Jeff Derren

Asst. Coach

1983 - 1992 

Jeff Derren

Head Coach

Roxanne Balducci

Asst. Coach

Debbie Schmitz LTS Coach

1993 - 2016

Roxanne Balducci

Head Coach

Joel Penk

Asst. Coach

Alex Lerma

Asst. Coach

Brad Altermeyer

Asst. Coach

Bonnie Tisdale

Asst. Coach

Fabian Lara

Asst. Coach

Miles Pederson

Asst. Coach

2017-2018

Hector Becerra

Program Director

Alex Lerma

Head Coach: Gold & Bronze Teams

Blake Blomquist

Asst. Coach: Bronze / Gold Teams 

Abel Gutierrez Lead Coach:

Black Team

Shani Reyes  Asst. Coach:

Black Team

Alec Sanchez Lead Coach:

Green Team

Ayeesha Mohammed

Asst. Coach: Green Team

Brad Altermeyer

Lead Coach: Red Team

Christian Garza

Lead Coach: White Team