The Chicago Smelts

4X ILLINOIS MASTERS SWIMMING CHAMPIONS: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Chicago Smelts Masters Swim Team

 
 
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Three Decades of

Swimming!

The Chicago Smelts is Chicago's predominantly gay and lesbian U.S. Masters swim team, encouraging fitness, friendship, community and competition through swimming. Membership is open to everyone, including gay-friendly straight swimmers. Founded in 1988, the team currently has a roster of nearly 150 swimmers from around Chicago and includes athletes of all abilities ranging from beginners to triathletes to former college superstars.

 

UNITED STATES MASTERS SWIMMING

The Chicago Smelts Masters Swim Team is a member of the Illinois Masters Swimming Association, a regional group of United States Masters Swimming and a member of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics.

 
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Our Mission Statement

As a mostly gay and lesbian swim club belonging to Illinois Masters Swim Association, the Chicago Smelts foster an atmosphere of camaraderie where swimmers of all abilities can participate in organized team workouts, train and compete. Through social events and community service, the team promotes personal growth and pride for all its members.

 

JOIN TODAY

The Chicago Smelts is a friendly, social team  that welcomes swimmers of all stripes. If you're a former swimmer, a fitness swimmer or a triathlete getting in shape for the summer, come to a couple practices and give us a try.