RMSC was formed in 1968 by Bill Bullough and his longtime friend Jim Williams. In its early years, RMSC, was based solely out of the Rockville Municipal Swim Center (now known as the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center). In 1980 the team added the Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center, and in 1989 the Montgomery Aquatic Center (now known as the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center) was opened giving the team their 3rd practice site. 1994 brought the addition of the Olney Swim Center and in 2005 the Germantown Indoor Swim Center was opened. During the early years RMSC was fortunate to have many key people help it grow while creating the principles which continue to help it flourish today.
Many of our coaches came up through the program and therefore understand what RMSC stands for as well as the innate ability to hold the team and its core values close to their hearts. The continuity from the core coaching staff gives us a vital understanding of leadership from site to site allowing us to operate as one team.
RMSC, unlike for-profit clubs, was founded on alternative principles. The club meets the ideal of a public recreation program; accepting all levels and abilities, not only the elite swimmer. The advantage is the offering of developmental and instructional programs (SwiMontgomery, Montgomery Stroke and Turn Clinic) that prepare children for the RMSC program. While working with committed leadership and the understanding that the goals can be compatible, RMSC has integrated public recreation principles and a national level competitive program with exceptional success.
Each RMSC site offers a full program for competitive swimmers at each level. The program is divided into two seasons; Fall/Winter (Sept. – Mar.) and Spring/Summer (Apr. – Aug.). The fees for the seasons include USA Swimming registration and meet entry fees. Financial Assistance is available through both the City of Rockville and Montgomery County Recreation. RMSC encourages parental participation by offering discounted fees for parents who volunteer for the program.
The benefits to the City of Rockville and Montgomery County Recreation are vast and include (1) a successful after school youth program that engages over 250 children at each site; (2) a healthful, supervised and disciplined activity; (3) utilization of non-prime pool times and space when other activities may not be successful; (4) fees charged that will offset costs for pool time, coaches’ wages, and program operating costs; (5) a sense of community through shared participation.
USA Swimming has designated the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club as a 2016 Silver Medal Club.
By virtue of both outstanding athlete performance and organizational excellence RMSC was designated as a 2016 Silver Medal Club. The Silver Medal designation is an exceptional accomplishment for RMSC. The club achieved Gold Medal status from 2010-2013 and Silver Medal in 2014 & 2015.
Three RMSC Swimmers named as 2013-2014 PVS Outstanding Athletes!
Congratulations to the following RMSC swimmers who were recently named as the Outstanding Athletes in their age-groups by Potomac Valley Swimming:
Tia Thomas (10 year old girls)
John Clado (13 year old boys)
Andrew Greenhalgh (18 year old boys)
For previous seasons results please visit www.pvswim.org