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Practice Update - Friday Morning Cancelled
There will be no practice Friday morning, 8/22.
Centennial will allow Evanston Masters swimmers to enter the facility free of charge for lap swimming at 8:30 for a few hours. Just tell the front desk window personnel you are with Evanston Masters.
Practice Update - Time Change For Evenings

The evening practices at Centennial on Tuesday, 8/19, and Thursday, 8/21, will run from 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm.
Morning practice times will remain the same.

Our website cannot always be updated in real time, so the best way to get cancellation notifications is to get on our team email list.  If you are not receiving team email, please send a request to

Head Coach Search
The Evanston Masters Wild Catfish are currently looking for a new head coach.  If you are an experienced swim team coach who is very enthusiastic about leading a large group of swimmers of all ages and all skill levels, we would love to hear from you.
We want a team that's Fast, Fun, and Friendly.
Please read the Head Coach Job Description and then Contact Us.

August Update

Ride the Water Slides!
Dates:  Saturday, August 8th and 23rd
Time:  After Saturday Practice
Where:  Centennial Pool

More Info:  Saturday, August 8th and 23rd, the Wilmette pool has agreed to open up the water slides for the last 20 minutes of practice.   If you haven't had a chance to try out the water slides, come on down....  It's lot's of fun!
Summer Report
The Mullins Beach Bash:  Once again, we has a blast over in Harbert, Michigan!  There was jet skiing, water skiing, games on the beach, frisbee on the sandbar, a lake swim, a big grill full of food, and a bonfire with s'mores.
Swim Across America:  Thanks to everyone who participated and who supported the swimmers.  It's a great cause and a great excuse for a swim in the lake.

Sign up for Summer Swimming with the Catfish!
So are you an Early Bird or a Moonlighter?  That's right, it's time to get signed up for summer swimming with the Catfish at Wilmette's Centennial Pool -- 50 meters and just a great outdoor experience, morning or evening.
New to the team?  We have graduated lanes, starting with novice lap swimmers and ending with former college competitors.  Our age range is roughly 19 to 80.  Our summer practices typically have two coaches covering the lanes, with each coach running the practice and providing advice on technique.  Don't be shy, try a couple of practices and talk to the coaches and swimmers before joining.  You're gonna love it!
Summer Swimming is June 16 through August 23:
  • Weekday Mornings  Mon/Wed/Fri:  5:15 - 6:30 am
  • Weekday Evenings  Tues/Thurs:  9:00 - 10:15 pm
  • Weekend Mornings  Sat:  7:15 - 8:45 am
 You can get signed up right now by visiting our Member Signup page.  And don't forget your 2014 USMS registration -- it's required.

The December and January Invites

The Wild Catfish would like to thank the swimmers and the volunteers who helped us make two Sunday mornings of great swimming happen.  We are already looking forward to next year!
December 8th Results:  PDF

January 26th Results:  Online


Our practice pool (fall, winter, spring) was featured on the website Swim Swam as one of the top ten must-visit sites for a swim meet in the United States.


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