Families gathered Thursday at the Hammond Hill Suburban Club pool to cheer on and support members of the Hammond Hill Swim Team as they kicked off their swim season with time trials.
The pool, which has been open every summer since 1960, began as a neighborhood-only pool, but has since expanded to allow anyone to become members, said board member Lauren Kantz.
“It’s very family-oriented,” she said of the atmosphere. “People come during the summer with their family and meet up with other families. It’s something people look forward to in the summer.”
The swim team began practice in early May. After Thursday’s time trials, several meets are planned throughout June, she said.
For many, it becomes a generational tradition to be a part of the swim team.
“My family has been members since 1979,” said Kantz. “Many people, like me, grew up doing the swim team and now their kids are doing it.”
This year, there are 125 swimmers on the team, mostly ages 5 to 18. In order to be a part of the swim team, the swimmer’s family must be members of the Hammond Hill Suburban Club.
Last year, the club, a nonprofit, had about 200 families as members. It can accept up to 250 families, said Kantz.
For membership information and applications, visit www.hammondhillpool.com.