Swim Team Philosophy

The priorities of the Stella swim team are – in this order – safety, sportsmanship, and speed.

SAFETY: It is vital that swimmers follow the rules and listen to all coaches, lifeguards, and officials. We want to make sure that no one dives into the shallow end, runs on the pool deck, or does anything that could be harmful to themselves or others.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Swimmers should strive, in keeping with the spirit of Stella Niagara, to act with gentle courtesy toward all.

SPEED: Of course, we also want our swimmers to be fast and to beat their opponents. Practicing hard is essential for this. The longer and harder you practice, the faster you get – it’s that simple.

These criteria – safety, sportsmanship, and speed – are the ones we use during practices and meets.