CB East Swim Coaches Hold Competitive Swim Clinic for Community

(Article and photos submitted by Central Bucks East swimming)


CB East Coaches Competitive Swim Clinic for Community


The Patriots swim team from Central Bucks East High School hosted its annual swim clinic for the first time since 2019 on a rainy Saturday afternoon in May. Hosted at CB South High School Natatorium, the clinic was focused on helping young competitive swimmers ages 6-12 improve their skills heading into the summer swim team season.


Members of the varsity squad came together to pass along competitive swimming techniques to the next generation of Central Bucks athletes and to share their love of the sport.


Patriots captain Abbie DiGregorio shares, “I remember participating in this clinic several times when I was younger. I looked up to the high school swimmers, and they motivated me to work hard so I could swim at the high school level. I was eager to be a part of the CB East Swim and Dive team after seeing the close bond they all had. When I found out we were running the clinic this year, I was so excited to help out and create a positive experience for these younger swimmers.  I hope it inspires them to continue swimming, just like I was inspired.”


Young swimmers had the opportunity to learn from some of the area’s best high school swimmers from CB East, where several members of both the girls and boys teams earned recognition as Suburban One League, District One and State AAA qualifiers, finalists and medalists. Participants also benefited from training with these same team members who are also affiliated with two local USA swim clubs - Central Bucks Swim Team and Central Bucks Family YMCA Dolphins.


Clinic participants focused on improving stroke technique for each competitive discipline – freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly – and working to master starts off the blocks and executing efficient and powerful underwater turns.


Serving as role models in the community, CB East team members, several of whom are also members of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, volunteered their time and effort to organize, run and coach the afternoon’s instruction.


“This clinic is a great warmup for kids looking to try out for a summer swim team or just shake the rust off as we head into the season, which kicks off for many local area clubs right after Memorial Day,” added captain Zack LeMay. “It’s great to be able to pass along what I know and hopefully propel a young swimmer to meet their goals. And whether that’s getting their butterfly legal or conquering their fear of the blocks, I’m happy to help get them there. As swimmers, we all know it’s about goal setting and building for success one step at a time.”


In addition to instruction for the afternoon, participants also received a snack and clinic T-shirt and words of inspiration from their CB East clinic coaches to take with them.


The CB East Patriots would like to recognize the swim team parent board for assisting with clinic logistics and coaches Tom Kane, Ed Walsh and Kris Moyer for their clinic preparation, instruction and oversight.