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    Chicago Smelts Masters Swim Team 

    2015 & 2016 Illinois Masters State Champions!


    About Us

    The Chicago Smelts is Chicago's predominantly Gay and Lesbian U.S. Masters Swim Team, encouraging fitness, friendship, community and competition through swimming. Membership is open to everyone including gay-friendly straight swimmers. The team currently has a roster of 200 swimmers from around the Chicago area and includes athletes of all abilities ranging from beginners to trialthetes to former college superstars.  Check out our 2014 Illinois State Championships highlights video!

    Our Mission Statement

    As a mostly gay and lesbian swim club belonging to Illinois Masters Swim Association, the Chicago Smelts foster an atmosphere of camaraderie where swimmers of all abilities can participate in organized team workouts, train and compete. Through social events and community service the team promotes personal growth and pride for all its members.

    Our Board

    Co-Chairs: Sara Chapman and Ruth Giles-Ott
    Treasurer/Registrar: Chris Benning
    Social Chairs: Steve Figg and LeMikas Lavender 

    U.S. Masters Swimming

    The Chicago Smelts are members of the Illinois Masters Swimming Association, the regional group of United States Masters Swimming. The Chicago Smelts regularly participate in local Masters swim meets throughout the winter/spring season and some of our Smelts compete in the annual U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course and Long Course National Championships.  In 2011, the Chicago Smelts hosted the Windy City Challenge, USMS 3000 and 6000-yard National Postal Championships.  With more than 530 swimmers participating the Chicago Smelts raised thousands of dollars to donate to and strengthen local youth swim programs and GLBT social services.