About our Club

MSSC’s long history began in 1972 by a group of individuals who foresaw a future for  swimming in Morrison. They convinced the high school P.E. teacher, who was also the manager of the new pool, that a swim team was feasible. Together they wrote the bylaws, organized and chartered Morrison’s first age group competitive swim club under the existing USA Swimming rules.

From its inception the club has enjoyed excellent support from local individuals, organizations, and businesses. In the beginning, people with competitive swim backgrounds acted as assistants in teaching strokes, administering guidance and running the competitive meets. Everyone, including the head coaches, acted on a completely volunteer basis. As the program has grown, the United Way Fund, club dues, and various fundraising activities have met increased financial needs.

Former Seahorse achievements include: multiple state champions; several state records, All American honors, a National age group record holder; both Junior and senior US National qualifiers; a member of the National team, and two qualifiers to the Olympic Trials. As well as numerous former Seahorses who are now swim coaches in various
organizations.

Today, it is a non-profit chartered club. A Board of Directors composed of elected parents governs the club. Parents, grandparents, and interested friends of the program support the board and willingly volunteer their time to help the team. MSSC is affiliated with USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming.

MSSC’s mission is to encourage and further competitive amateur swimming not only in the City of Morrison but in the Whiteside County area. Corollary purposes shall be the development of a competitive age group swim team, the promotion of mutual interest of the Club’s members, the participation in and promotion of group activities pertinent to the organization. The Club will maintain organizational and individual swimmer membership in the USA Swimming, Inc. and abide by all the rules and regulations of USA Swimming, Inc.

MSSC provides an opportunity for individuals to learn to swim competitively in a variety of swim meets, to endeavor to keep swimming a fun learning experience, to meet new friends, and to develop a team spirit and an individual personal pride in accomplishment. MSSC offers more than swimming competition. It offers an introduction to a life-long aerobic conditioning program. It leads to responsibility through participation and individual discipline. Competitive swimming skills are measured by time standards. It leads to responsibility through participation and individual discipline. Pride in accomplishment follows personal improvement; effort leads to achievement. Team unity and self-reliance develop concurrently. Self-confidence is one of swimming’s positive benefits. The experience of meeting new groups of young people in competition, which accentuates individual improvement against time standards, increases self-confidence and social poise. Lowering one’s time in an event makes that swimmer a winner, whether they are first, sixth, or fiftieth in a race.

If you are interested in learning more about the Seahorses, please use the “contact” link at the top of the page or e-mail coachmssc@gmail.com