Swimmers of all abilities can try synchro!
The Swimkins Synchronized Swimming Association, Inc. was founded in 1956 by Mildred Moore, a Kensington High School Physical Education teacher. Mildred was involved with synchronized swimming and Aquatic Art. She was also a roommate of Billy MacKellar at the Aquatic conferences. Billy the most outstanding contributor to the sport of Synchronized Swimming. From 1956 – 1975 Swimkins practiced at Kensington High School and at the Humboldt, Northeast, and Expressway YMCAs. From 1975 to the 2012, they have practiced at various pools in theWilliamsville Central School District. Presently Swimkins practice at Villa Maria College and Maryvale Central School District.
The athletes live in Buffalo, Amherst, Williamsville, East Aurora, Orchard Park, Cheektowaga, Hamburg, and West Seneca. The broad geographical representation precludes financial support from local government units which impose residence requirements upon members of their teams.
Swimkins has attended and competed in all Association, Regional, Zone, Junior National, Senior National, US Open, National Age Group Championships and International Competitions. They have been finalists in many of the championships and have won several gold medals in the championships, including National Championships and International Championships. They have qualified swimmers for National Team tryouts, National Elite Training camps, Empire State Games, and many graduates of the program have obtained college scholarships and have participated in the college synchronized swimming programs.
Our athletes have received scholarships and swam for the following colleges:Boston University, Wheaton College, University of Richmond, Keuka College, Canisius College, Walsh University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Ashland University, and Stanford University. Four of our swimmers have been placed on National Teams and Swimkin coaches have coached 4 gold member Olympians through the Age Group program and the Olympic festival program.
The Swimkins Parent Club is a volunteer organization which raises its own funds, provides its own transportation, and utilizes volunteer and paid coaches. No additional funding is presently received from any organization or agency. The main function of the Parent Club is to relieve the coaches of the many non-swimming duties as possible. These duties include organizing and driving car pools to away meets, making swim suit purchases, setting dues levels, collection and disbursing funds, and raising those funds. The monies raised in this process are used primarily for Swimkin-sponsored meet expenses, pool rentals, coach certifications and the athletes’ meet cost. Swimkins has sponsored two National Age Group Championships and one Junior National Championship. They have also sponsored numerous Association, Regional, and Zone Championships.
Head Coach/ Director Mary Ellen Wiegand has been a member of Swimkins since the club’s inception in 1956. She starred as an athlete under Mildred Moore and took over the club responsibilities in 1964. When asked how Swimkins got its name she told us that the athletes naming the club turned to the water and said they were the "kin to the water" - thus the name Swimkins. The club was first called the Buffalo Swimkins due to the fact that the practices were held in pools in the city of Buffalo, New York. Now they are incorporated as Swimkin Synchronized Swimming Association.
The Logo of the team is an “S” with eight flower petals in the middle of it, representing eight athlete team members…
We have been told by USSS membership that Swimkins is the oldest continuous registered team in USSS membership. There are teams older than Swimkins; however, they were not always registered with USSS.