ASA U. History

ASA U. was founded in 2003, in response to the elimination of varsity swimming teams across the United States. Some of our clubs are former varsity teams that have been cut from their Universities’ athletic departments; others were started from the ground up by interested students.

Featured Clubs:

Northeastern University Swimming Club
Northeastern has a special place in ASA U. history as one of four founding clubs and the only club to have attended every ASA U. National Championships.  Northeastern University, like many schools, requires that a national governing body exists for a sport before it allows students start a club team for that sport; so, the establishment of ASA U. in 2003 facilitated the founding of Northeastern's club swimming team and their participation in our inaugural year of competition, 2004-2005.  Mark Salzillo, the club's founder and first president, inspired the establishment of the ASA U. Leadership Award and was its first recipient.

JMU Club Swimming
James Madison University, which saw its men's varsity program eliminated in 2007, competed in the 2009 ASA U. National Championships for the first time.  Former varsity swimmer Ethan Sherman said of the experience: "The cut of the program really hurt me personally.  I had devoted my entire high school life to swimming and loved it.  I looked at other schools initially after discovering my team was to be cut at the end of my freshmen year."  After competing for JMU at ASA U. Nationals, Sherman remarked, "it ended up being the best meet of my life and the 200 free relay victory over University of Florida by .01 of a second is the new highlight of my swimming career," He also noted that he has decided to keep swimming as a direct result of his participation in ASA U.  JMU Club Swimming went on to win the 2010 ASA U. Nationals women's title and placed third on the men's side.

University of Florida Club Swimming
At the 6th Annual ASA U. National Championships in 2010, the University of Florida earned the distinction of becoming the first school in history to win NCAA and ASA U. national titles in the same year.  Florida's Women's Varsity team won the NCAA Division I Nationals.  Their club team won the Men's and Combined titles at the ASA U. Collegiate Club Swimming Nationals.  UF Alumni magazine's Spring 2010 issue of FLORIDA highlights this fact (click here to view). 

Growth
ASA U. grew rapidly, with four founding teams and two meets in its inaugural year, swelling to sixty-eight teams and forty-one meets in 2009-2010, when ASA U. held seven Regional Championship meets as qualifiers for its 6th Annual ASA U. National Championships.  

By the Numbers


ASA U. had a record of growth over its six years that illustrates its success in expanding opportunities for collegiate club swimmers.

 

 '04-'05

 '05-'06

 '06-'07

 '07-'08

 '08-'09

 '09-'10

Teams renewed before the start of the school-year

 0

 6

 8

 18

 25

43

Teams registered by by the end of the school-year

 4

 10

 22

 32

48

 68

Meets held throughout the year

 2

 2

 2

 12

 26

 41

Regional Championship
meets held

 0

 1

 1

 4

 7

 7

 National Championship meets held

 1

1

1

 1

 1

 1