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The diocesan CYO swimming season wasn't  underway in June 2005, but dreams of organizing a first time St. Agnes CYO Swim Team took a giant leap toward reality  when over 180 youngsters signed up for the new St. Agnes CYO Swim Team. The competitive program was established for youth from eight to eighteen years of age and a developmental program for children six and seven..  

Parishioners John Ferro and Mike Koppinger, both former collegiate swimmers at St. Francis College, estimated they needed a minimum of sixty 6-17 year olds to launch a viable team. For years, St. Agnes youth have been swimming on the nearby St. Raymond’s Parish swim team. Local interest in the sport was known. The overwhelming response of youngsters plus enthusiastic parents enforced John and Mike’s belief and passion to create the parish program. Over a dozen parents, the majority of which have swam competitively in their own youth, volunteered as assistant coaches for the new team.

The goals of the program were established to reach beyond competitive swimming to the individual development of each youth. Along with learning swimming techniques, physical, emotional, and social development are facets of the agenda. Above all, the desired result is that each team member develops an appreciation and knowledge of the sport of swimming that they will carry throughout their lives.  

With the full support of Msgr. Kelly and the St. Agnes CYO program the St. Agnes Swim Team was launched for the 2005-2006 season. 



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