Since it’s founding in 1992 the Delaware Swim Team has enjoyed a ton of success. Known as one of the top programs in the Mid-Atlantic area, the Delaware Swim Team swims out of Wilmington, Delaware. In just a short time they have won 49 championship titles, at the state level and both at Summer and Winter Age Group Championship levels. They swim under Middle Atlantic Swimming and are a Gold Medal USA Swimming Club.
They have won the Delaware State Meet 16 times, Winter Age Group Chmapionships 7 times, Summer Age Group Championships 6 times, and also won the TYR Cup in 2009.
DST is split up into three parts.
They have a traditional program, which is for young and developing swimmers. Targeted at kids who can swim a minimum of 25 yards of free and back to the “Top Dawgs”, the highest level of training offered within the traditional program, which is for high school athletes looking to compete and set and achieve goals.
The “Keep Your Feet Wet” groups are short-term commitments and/or programs designed to prepare swimmers for the high school season, keep them in shape during the high school season without added commitment, or a spring conditioning program that takes place between March and May designed to prepare kids for the summer swimming season.
Lastly, they have the national program, which is for kids looking at competing and excelling at the highest levels of American swimming, whether it is at the junior national, senior national or international level. Athletes are expected to train and compete in a schedule that is nearly year round, and specific groups within the national program are determined by qualifying standards.
OWNERSHIP & COACHES
The Delaware Swim Team is owned by Mike Ramone. Born in Delaware, he has been involved in coaching competitive swimming for nearly 30 years. He previously coached Oakwood Valley Swim Team, the high school teams at John Dickinson High, and most recently ran the program at Pike Creek Fitness Club. He also owns the Delaware Swim and Fitness Center in New Castle, Delaware, where the 400+ team regularly trains.
DST’s Senior National Coach and program director is Sean Dougherty. He has been with the team for over ten years, was named Middle Atlantic Age Group Coach of the Year and ASCA’s Age Group Coach of the Year in 2007 for DST’s region. The program produced 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell, who qualified for the US team in the 1500m freestyle.