Eugene City Swim Club
ECSC provides opportunities for each athlete to achieve their full and ultimate potential through proper training in a positive, safe, and healthy environment.
Welcome to ECSC
Eugene City Swim Club (ECSC), is a year-round competitive swimming team offering instruction, training, and competition to swimmers of all abilities.
ECSC is a non-profit organization financed and supported by its members and corporate sponsors, and receives no public funding from the City of Eugene to pay for its use of public facilities.
Since the club’s inception in 1968, the program has helped to develop the abilities of many of the area’s finest swimmers. Club members have included numerous nationally ranked age group and senior swimmers, as well as college and university standouts.
The team competes in local, regional, national, and international competitions sanctioned by United States Swimming (USA), our national governing body for amateur swimming.
We are very proud of our rich tradition and history.
Why a Phoenix?
ECSC disappeared for almost a decade when we merged with the Eugene YMCA, and has recently been re-established in the state of Oregon. This come-back would not have been possible without an amazing amount of support from the local business community, coaching community, past and present swim families, and a fantastic group of swimmers and families who didn't want to quit.
Striving for Excellence
Eugene City Swim Club strives to make a positive difference in the lives of its team members by promoting good sportsmanship, mechanically sound techniques, a healthy and nutritional lifestyle, balance, commitment, responsibility, love for the sport of swimming, and self respect. We are committed to creating an environment where every swimmer can realize his or her own potential.
We believe that the healthiest motivation for a child is the motivation that comes from within.
Our goal is to draw out each child’s natural energy, hope and courage, thereby fueling the pursuit of their dreams.
“Not everyone can be an Olympian, but we can be Olympic in our pursuit of excellence.”
-Understands the importance of the ‘team’
-Congratulates teammates regularly during practice and competition
-Demonstrates proper meet behavior (i.e. not throwing cap, goggles, etc)
-Respectful to Meet Officials
-Swimmers know names of competitors
–Understands and takes responsibility for attendance and performance, habits in practice and how these relate to meet performance
–Respectful of pools, locker rooms, team equipment and other swimmers property
–Swimmer is not influenced by the negative behavior/actions of teammates
–Actions show dedication to the team and promote team values
–Competes in the highest level of competition qualified
–Takes leadership positions as positive role modeling for younger swimmers
–Can complete a legal 200 of each stroke
–Can complete a legal 400 IM with transition turns
–Knows advance stroke drills
–Understands relationship between distance per stroke, stroke rate, and swimming speed
–Able to maintain stroke rate and times in training sets
–Can race in every distance, every stroke available over duration of season
–Knows his/her best times and best events
–Consistent use of race strategy
–Maximizes outside factors for better performance
–Knows how to descend and build
–Sets season goals
–Knows what decreasing resistance means
–Develop leadership skills
–Understands the difference between aerobic and anaerobic training
–Brings a water bottle to every practice for proper hydration
–Understands the importance of proper pre-meet meals
–Demonstrates eating a balanced diet and basic fuels used during swimming training
–Swimming is becoming highest priority
–Informs coach of practice absences and reasons
–Demonstrates proper rest habits
–Prioritizes schoolwork, social activities, and other commitments including swimming.
Meet the Coaches!
Nothing has greater influence on the quality of team swimming than the excellence of the coaching staff.
Scott Kerr is a native Oregonian who has a long history of successful swimming and coaching. He graduated from South Salem High School, where he held numerous school swimming records, and was inducted into the school Hall of Fame in 2011. After graduating from high school, Scott competed for the Florida State Seminoles, and in 1987 he received his B.S. in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.
Scott’s coaching history includes 4 years at the Pinecrest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 24 years coaching Sheldon high school swimming, 15 years as Head Coach with the Eugene City Swim Club (ECSC), and 9 years as Head Coach with Team Eugene Aquatics after ECSC and the Eugene Y swim team merged in 2009. Scott is an ASCA Level 5 coach and has been part of the USA National Team coaching staff. Throughout his long career, Scott has qualified athletes for the Olympic Festival, World Championships (short course and long course), Goodwill Games, and Olympic Trials. He has coached 13 Senior National Qualifiers and over 60 Junior National Qualifiers. Scott has been married for 20 years to his wife, Toni. They have 2 sons, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, countless fish, a rabbit, and 3 chickens. Scott and Toni are NOT currently looking to rescue more pets.
Tia Nordstrand’s passion for swimming started at a young age. She grew up in Sisters, Oregon where she began swimming for the Bend Swim Club at the age of seven. She continued swimming competitively through high school and for two years on the club team at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a degree in Family and Human Services and a minor in Non-Profit Administration and Management.
Tia retired her cap and goggle in 2013 when she took to the deck instead of the pool and began coaching swimming for a local Eugene high school, as well as a club team a year later. She has been coaching ever since, is ASCA certified, and has enjoyed coaching all levels of swimmers including youth and adults.
Not only is Tia passionate about swimming, but she also has a love for serving others. This led to her earning her degree in human services and working in residential as well as school settings with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. When Tia is not on the pool deck you can find her drinking coffee and playing board games, at an Oregon sporting event with her husband, or volunteering with Kindred Matters, a nonprofit dedicated to reuniting siblings who live separately in the foster care system.
ECSC currently operates on the generosity of our parents and swimmers stepping up when needed. Our ONLY volunteering request at this time is to help out when our team is assigned lanes (for timing) at swim meets.
We currently have NO MINIMUM requirement for fundraising, and we fully acknowledge that this wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our families, our community, and local businesses who support ECSC’s core values and goals for our swimmers. We greatly appreciate the ongoing efforts that help keep ECSC alive and well.
Still Undecided? Try us out!
We assume that by now, you have seen and read enough to be seriously interested. If you’ve never been on a swim team before, and you want to test the waters at Eugene City Swim Club, we invite you to swim with us for two weeks… FOR FREE!
If you swim for another team and you’re visiting from out of town, and you need to stay in the water… we welcome you as well! Please call or email Scott to let him know in advance. He may want to check in with your coach if you’re in a crucial training stage of the season.
We look forward to meeting you!
ECSC, a member of United States Swimming, encourages athletes to succeed as competitors in the pool as well as citizens of their communities. While natural athletic talent is not bestowed in equal amounts, excellence is an attainable goal for everyone willing to work for it.