TNT has a relatively short history compared to most clubs in Southeastern Swimming. The program began in May 2004 as a loosely organized practice group for local families in search of an alternative source of year round swim training for their children. TNT became the team name when at a meeting of interested parents, the first written practice schedule included the heading, “The New Team.”
During the first six months of operation, TNT secured pool time at the Point Clear Tennis Club, where practices were held outdoors. Once the weather turned cold, TNT began training at the Bounds Family YMCA indoor pool, located in Daphne. Administrators and employees at both facilities made our families feel at home, providing practice time and pool space, which allowed the program to stabilize and grow. This mutual cooperation continues to benefit TNT and also the interest of our host facility.
Through the team effort between parents, coaches and swimmers, TNT continues to progress both in and out of the water. Parent volunteers assist in day to day team operations, including book keeping, coordinating travel to out of town meets, outfitting our swimmers in great looking team apparel, ordering awards, as well as arranging parties, specialty seminars and clinics.
TNT parents also contribute to the operation of Southeastern Swimming meets by serving in various capacities as meet officials. This support has allowed TNT’s head coach to focus on providing a fun, productive, and rewarding program for our swimmers at all levels.
In the pool, swimmers from TNT have made a significant impact on Southeastern Swimming, including breakthroughs at the national level. At the LSC level, TNT won Southeastern Swimming championship banners in the small team division at the 2007 and 2010 Southeastern Short Course Championships, and at the 2007 and 2011 Long Course Championships. Locally, TNT is rapidly climbing through area team rankings, consistently winning both team and individual high point trophies, including the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2015 SES South District 8 & under boys team championship plaques, as well as the 2008, 2015 and 2016, 8 & under girls championship team plaques.
Swimmers from TNT also contribute in significant ways to the success of area high school and summer league swimming teams.
TNT continues to be a work in progress, built on a foundation of hope, faith, cooperation, hard work and determination to succeed. As we progress into our 14th year and beyond, nothing less will required as we move forward in pursuit of our program goals and objectives.