The diocesan CYO swimming
season wasn't underway in June 2005, but dreams of
organizing a first time St. Agnes CYO Swim Team took a
giant leap toward reality when over 180 youngsters
signed up for the new St. Agnes CYO Swim Team. The
competitive program was established for youth from eight
to eighteen years of age and a developmental program for
children six and seven..
Parishioners John Ferro and Mike Koppinger, both former
collegiate swimmers at St.
College, estimated they needed a minimum of sixty 6-17
year olds to launch a viable team. For years, St. Agnes
youth have been swimming on the nearby St. Raymond’s
Parish swim team. Local interest in the sport was known.
The overwhelming response of youngsters plus
enthusiastic parents enforced John and Mike’s belief and
passion to create the parish program. Over a dozen
parents, the majority of which have swam competitively
in their own youth, volunteered as assistant coaches for
the new team.
The goals of the program were
established to reach beyond competitive swimming to the
individual development of each youth. Along with
learning swimming techniques, physical, emotional, and
social development are facets of the agenda. Above all,
the desired result is that each team member develops an
appreciation and knowledge of the sport of swimming that
they will carry throughout their lives.
With the full support of Msgr.
Kelly and the St. Agnes CYO program the St. Agnes Swim
Team was launched for the 2005-2006 season.