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In 2004, a group of students had a vision of something greater than hanging up their suit and goggles after high school. This group consisted of Erin Selke, Jason Adour, and was lead by Mark Salzillo. Together, they worked to establish and bolster both a men’s and women’s competitive collegiate swim club at Northeastern. This was no small feat, as Northeastern requires that any new club sport is part of a national governing body. In order to create the club, Mark Salzillo and NUSC became one of the four founding members of the ASA U. Governing Body of Collegiate Club Swimming and the ASA National Championships.

While the team was in its infant years, things moved slowly. It wasn’t until 2005-2006, the second season, that the team even found a coach. With the help of Coach Dave Evangelista, the founders developed and grew the club. As they passed their knowledge and experience on, the team leaders were able to continue what they had started; in 2004, the team had less than 15 swimmers, and it consists of over 70 swimmers today.

Each April for the first 6 years that the team existed, NUSC made 5 trips to various locations around the country to compete in the ASA Nationals. Some of these venues included Emory University, University of North Carolina, and Ohio State University. The best showing at this meet for Northeastern was in 2007, when both the women and the combined team finished in third place in a field of nearly 25 collegiate club teams. Northeastern is the only university to have attended every National Championship in the History of the ASA.

Following the 2008-2009 season, NUSC made the decision to stop attending the ASA Championship meet and instead enter into a larger, more competitive championship. The ECC Nationals are held every year in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Tech. Aquatic Center – the site of the 1996 Olympics! The team’s season has culminated here for every season since 2009. Through an influx of talented and dedicated swimmers, NUSC has been able to take itself to the next level of competition. The men’s team has seen three consecutive top 10 finishes in a field of more than 60 other collegiate clubs at ECC Nationals, and the women’s team cracked the top 5 for the first time in 2014. NUSC also combined placed 4th out of 67 teams that year.

This success would not have been possible without the guidance and support of the club presidents throughout the years, as well as the coaches who have left their mark on the program. Below you can find a list of each, and the year they served.

The team holds practices in the Barletta Natatorium located in the Cabot Physical Education Center.

Yes, Kevin Gell is our current coaches! They collaborate with the E-Board to provide guidance and well organized practices for everyone. To learn more about Kevin please visit the Coaches page.

Dues will be announced at the beginning of each semester. The amount of dues will be set by the current E-Board and will be offered to cover membership for an entire year or on a per semester basis. Checks can be made payable to Northeastern University. These fees help the club cover the cost of various things, including meet entry fees, hotel and travel costs, and new equipment for the club. Historically dues have hovered around $200 per season.

We ask swimmers to make as many practices as possible, although we understand that school is the priority. If you plan to compete with the club in an upcoming meet, we ask that you make at least half of the practices in the 2 weeks prior to competition.

NUSC has swimmers with various levels of competitive swimming background. We ask that all swimmers demonstrate proficiency in all 4 competitive stroke disciplines by completing a 2-day tryout. In this regard, we recommend swimmers have some sort of competitive background.

Each year, NUSC participates in meets in the New England area, but also travels out of New England once per semester to seek further competition. In past years, we have raced against many formidable teams, including UCONN, UVM, Rutgers, URI, Harvard, and Princeton, among others. We always plan to host the NCCS Invitational annually during every fall semester. Each year the club also travels to attend the  College Club Swim Nationals to compete against more than 60 other collegiate club swimming programs.

Almost every member of NUSC has some kind of competitive background, and joined the team to further pursue their personal swimming goals. Many come from previous high school and college varsity programs, and everyone works together to foster an environment of personal and competitive growth.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at nuclubswimteam@gmail.com with any questions you might have!

EXECUTIVE

BOARD

Daniel McGann

President

mcgann.d@husky.neu.edu

Matthew Dottinger

Vice President

dottinger.m@husky.neu.edu

Gregory McCord

Treasurer

mccord.g@husky.neu.edu

Bryce Chu

Treasurer

chu.bry@husky.neu.edu

Haoran Li

SID

li.haoran@husky.neu.edu

Andrew Schmitt

Secretary

schmitt.and@husky.neu.edu

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