The O’Fallon Breakers summer swim team will have open registration on Saturday, April 6 at the O’Fallon Township offices, located at 801 East State Street in O’Fallon. Registration hours are from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The Breakers, which compete in the 10-team Midwest Swim Conference, have offered a competitive summer swim team for the youth of O’Fallon for over 30 years. And according to Breakers Board President Rick Edwards, while the kids do work hard they have lots of fun along the way.
“The Breakers are a longstanding summer tradition in O’Fallon. Practices are early in the morning, Monday through Friday. We generally have meets Tuesday and Thursday nights in early June, with at least half of those meets at O’Fallon Pool in the park. The season culminates with the Conference Meet in late July at the new Rec Plex. And yes, the Breakers have been highly successful over the years and the kids do work hard, but they have a blast as well. It’s just a great experience.”
“It’s also worth noting that while some swimmers are highly competitive and eventually branch out to year-round club swimming and/or swim in high school, many others are just out here to have fun. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But understand the Breakers are a competitive team, meaning our purpose is not to teach kids how to swim. Kids have to be able to do the stokes appropriate for their age group, which is generally Backstroke and Freestyle for the youngest age groups and then all four strokes (Back-Free-Breast-Fly) generally age 9 and above. So the focus is on getting better at those strokes and increasing endurance. And fortunately, we have an awesome coaching staff to lead the way, led by Head Coach Katie Kuhl – who swam competitively for Miami University in Ohio and is now the Aquatic Manager at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex here in O’Fallon. It’s a great group of kids and solid coaching staff.”
Swimmer ages generally range from 7 – 18, with 18 being the maximum age for eligibility (as of June 1, 2018). Other teams in the conference are located in Belleville, Highland, Trenton, and Dupo.