Mission Statement

To promote and foster the success and growth of children who are economically, physically, and mentally challenged by providing individualized attention as a part of a structured competitive swim team program. To improve the quality of life for challenged children by developing successful student-athlete skills. These skills help aid their pursuit of higher education and achievement of life goals.


The Swim Team

SEASTARS has grown 600% since we opened our doors in 2005. We believe that our mission to introduce competitive swimming to children with mental and economical needs is an important one—and not just because swimming is an important lifesaving skill. Competitive swimming teaches children goal setting, responsibility, time management, the importance of nutrition, and fosters a love of physical fitness. For children with special needs, swimming is an important therapy, helping them gain balance and coordination, improve movement, overcome anxiety, and gain confidence. SEASTARS fosters an inclusive atmosphere and teaches acceptance of all children, regardless of disability or economic status. 42% of Caucasian, 70% of African-American and 60% of Hispanic children cannot swim nationally. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of child accidental death. On average 9 people die from drowning in the US daily. 12 SEASTARS Swimmers donated 77 hours this summer teaching free swimming lessons to The Salvation Army Campers. There were over 336,000 USA Swimming registered athletes in 2015; SEASTARS had 120 swimmers registered in 2015. SEASTARS is composed of 28.3% African-American, 10.8% Mixed races, 1.7% Asian, and 6.7% Hispanic swimmers. According to USA Swimming statistics, SEASTARS services 26.5% MORE African-Americans, 9.2% MORE Mixed races, and 5.9% MORE Hispanics. SEASTARS is also comprised of 30% or 36 Special Needs swimmers. We are the ONLY team in the country with demographics that provide the program for free. For the current 2015 season, 77.5% of SEASTARS swimmers are at or below the poverty line which means that SEASTARS, a program that is free for all swimmers, introduces swimming to children who might otherwise be unable to participate due to financial limitations.  According to Dave Thomas, USA Swimming Southern Zone Sport Development Consultant (wwww.usaswimming.org), “SEASTARS Aquatics, Inc. is the one of a handful of programs that provide programming of this kind in the country providing a free, inclusive, year-round Swim Team for children regardless of economic, physical or mental disability.” SEASTARS is an empowering and supportive extended family to the communities’  underpriveleged children. SEASTARS’ value is both quantifiable and immersurable.  SEASTARS Swim Team provides a healthy and fun activity, swimming, for children of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties while instilling healthy living habits and skills enabling them to live longer and healthier lives.

Children become inspired to learn to swim by their desire to participating in the Swim Team. SEASTARS Swimmers benefit from the structure and disipline of the team and it’s positive environment. The SEASTARS Aquatics Swim Team Program is a valuable afterschool program, providing activities and enrichment to Pensacola’s children. The SEASTARS Program gives the youth of Brownsville a safe place after school where they can participate in fun activities, practice a life-saving skill, socialize and receive education/health enrichment. SEASTARS keeps neighborhood children out of trouble and off the streets. SEASTARS also provides mentoring and education helping to improve Swimmer school achievement and overall health and wellness. Even one less child on the streets reduces the City of Pensacola’s expenses by reducing crime (direct cost savings to local police department), increasing school performance (direct cost savings to school district) and increasing health safety of children (directly lowering costs at local hospitals and emergency rooms).

Special Needs Swimmers benefit from the inclusive nature of the SEASTARS Swim Team.  They develop confidence and social skills, make friendships and enjoy social interaction they would not have otherwise.  As part of the SEASTARS Swim Team, Special Needs Swimmers develop motor skills, improve muscle strength and coordination, gain special awareness and improve listening skills.

SEASTARS Swimmers are excited by and continue to participate in the Swim Team because of the positive, fun, nurturing environment of the SEASTARS family. The Incentive Program, the chance to experience new things (local and out-of-area meets, practices, Swim Team functions and community service) and the organization’s wonderful role models motivate Swimmers.

SEASTARS is an incentive-based, year round swim team and mentoring program. SEASTARS strives to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children by teaching important student-athlete skills, such as goal setting and time-management, aiding their pursuit of higher education and achievement of life goals. Using swimming as a vehicle, SEASTARS teaches a valuable life saving skill and instill values like perseverance, teamwork and leadership. SEASTARS Swimmers make tremendous and life-changing improvements and surpass individual social, academic, health and sports goals because of the Swim Team Program. At this time, SEASTARS is constrained not only in its ability to serve more children, but also in expanding opportunities for Swimmers to benefit from life enhancing experiences outside their local community.

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Women's Swim Records

StrokeDistance8 and Younger9 - 1011 - 1213 - 1415 and Older
Freestyle25 ydsCaymond Hodge
:18.70
9/16/06
Kylie Nicoll
:16.50
6/20/14
Nevaeh Stevens
:14.49
6/24/15
Gracie Miller
:12.30
6/16/12
Robin Heller
:12.05
7/10/10
Freestyle50 ydsCaymond Hodge
:44.36
9/29/06
Anastasia Adams
:35.59
5/9/15
Erin Davis
:30.95
2/7/15
Erin Davis
:29.62
11/20/15
Robin Heller
:26.28
7/10/10
Freestyle100 ydsAnastasia Adams
1:37.70
2/16/13
Anastasia Adams
1:14.15
5/9/15
Erin Davis
1:10.63
2/21/15
Erin Davis
1:06.84
1/15/16
Gracie Miller
1:07.54
11/22/13
Freestyle200 ydsKylie Nicoll
2:42.43
2/21/15
Daniela Cruz
2:45.30
1/30/16
Fernanda Cruz
2:29.04
1/15/16
Gracie Miller
2:33.93
11/22/13
Freestyle500 ydsKylie Nicoll
7:35.98
2/21/15
Daniela Cruz
7:28.28
1/15/16
Gracie Miller
7:09.07
2/16/13
Gracie Miller
7:12.50
7/06/13
Freestyle1000 ydsEmily Davis
15:21.01
1/15/16
Backstroke25 ydsCaymond Hodge
:21.90
2/29/06
Nevaeh Stevens
:18.44
11/21/14
Nevaeh Stevens
:17.82
6/24/15
Chelsea Murphy
:17.89
9/16/10
Bea Whitehead
:17.35
6/15/13
Backstroke50 ydsAnastasia Adams
:50.95
5/11/13
Gabby Lawrence
:42.94
2/21/09
Fernanda Cruz
:36.08
11/21/14
Fernanda Cruz
:34.47
5/9/15
Robin Heller
:31.09
7/10/10
Backstroke100 ydsAnastasia Adams
1:52.08
5/11/13
Kylie Nicoll
1:31.47
1/16/15
Fernanda Cruz
1:21.29
11/21/14
Fernanda Cruz
1:14.33
1/15/16
Gracie Miller
1:19.26
11/20/15
Backstroke200 ydsFernanda Cruz
2:42.37
1/15/16
Gracie Miller
2:51.14
9/12/15
Breaststroke25 ydsAnastasia Adams
:22.79
5/18/13
Myranda Dirden
:20.18
7/22/06
Antwna' McRae
:21.19
6/15/13
Gracie Miller
18.91
6/16/12
Gracie Miller
18.53
6/15/13
Breaststroke50 ydsAnastasia Adams
:55.59
5/11/13
Anastasia Adams
:43.41
5/9/15
Anastasia Adams
:41.06
11/20/15
Gracie Miller
:42.42
7/7/12
Robin Heller
:36.31
7/10/10
Breaststroke100 ydsAnastasia Adams
1:56.25
5/11/13
Anastasia Adams
1:32.95
5/9/15
Anastasia Adams
1:33.29
9/12/15
Erin Davis
1:31.86
11/20/15
Gracie Miller
1:28.71
11/21/14
Breaststroke200 ydsChelsea Murphy
3:05.27
10/15/10
Gracie Miller
3:16.17
12/6/15
Butterfly25 ydsAnastasia Adams
:23.32
5/18/13
Fernanda Cruz
:18.16
8/4/12
Fernanda Cruz
:16.41
6/14/14
Gracie Miller
:16.74
6/16/12
Gracie Miller
:15.41
6/15/13
Butterfly50 ydsAnastasia Adams
:58.57
2/2/13
Anastasia Adams
:40.86
5/9/15
Fernanda Cruz
:34.34
11/21/14
Fernanda Cruz
:34.30
1/15/16
Heather Smith
:31.92
7/11/09
Butterfly100 ydsAnastasia Adams
1:47.35
5/11/13
Fernanda Cruz
1:40.86
9/15/12
Fernanda Cruz
1:22.50
11/21/14
Fernanda Cruz
1:19.67
11/20/15
Bea Whitehead
1:21.15
2/22/14
Butterfly200 ydsFernanda Cruz
3:03.47
1/15/16
Emily Davis
3:11.12
11/20/15
IM100 ydsAnastasia Adams
1:47.07
5/18/13
Kylie Nicoll
1:29.78
1/16/15
Erin Davis
1:25.26
2/21/15
Erin Davis
1:17.78
1/15/16
Heather Smith
1:12.87
7/11/09
IM200 yrdsAnastasia Adams
3:13.60
6/7/15
Daniela Cruz
3:04.52
1/15/16
Erin Davis
2:47.83
11/20/15
Gracie Miller
2:53.48
5/18/13
IM400 ydsFernanda Cruz
6:12.88
1/15/16
Gracie Miller
6:25.85
7/6/13

Men's Swim Records

StrokeDistance8 and Younger9 - 1011 - 1213 - 1415 and Older
Freestyle 25 ydsCameron Watts
:18.65
8/10/13
Vincent Feagin
:17.04
6/29/12
Malik Jenkins
:13.85
7/9/11
DD Blankenship
:11.55
6/15/13
Daniel Penniman
:10.04
7/10/10
Freestyle 50 ydsCameron Watts
:50.16
8/10/13
Vincent Feagin
:36.46
10/19/12
Devin Gadson
:29.20
2/19/11
Will Rosasco
:24.48
5/14/11
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:22.76
11/20/15
Freestyle 100 ydsWalter Johns
1:55.29
9/12/15
Samuel Hardwick-Wagner
1:32.87
9/13/08
Malik Jenkins
1:09.85
8/16/11
Will Rosasco
:55.11
2/19/11
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:51.87
1/16/15
Freestyle 200 ydsVincent Feagin
3:18.69
9/15/12
Kody White
2:43.83
12/10/05
Clay Taylor
2:05.97
6/13/11
Clay Taylor
2:00.82
2/18/12
Freestyle 500 ydsQua'Terrius Knight
9:02.13
10/14/11
Clay Taylor
5:43.84
6/13/11
Clay Taylor
5:26.97
11/01/13
Freestyle 1650 ydsClay Taylor
19:24.12
2/2/13
Backstroke 25 ydsCameron Watts
:22.83
8/10/13
Chandler Esguerra
6/21/07
:20.22
AJ Pomareno
:20.00
6/15/13
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:15.43
6/15/13
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:14.17
6/24/15
Backstroke 50 ydsEthan Booker
:58.51
2/22/14
Vincent Feagin
:45.05
10/19/12
Kody White
:35.13
12/10/05
Will Rosasco
:29.13
6/10/11
Ryan Mayall
:28.68
7/25/09
Backstroke 100 ydsAllen Simmons
2:46.66
5/11/13
Vincent Feagin
1:46.25
1/13/12
Kody White
1:24.64
12/10/05
Will Rosasco
1:00.24
2/24/11
Will Rosasco
:57.83
2/18/12
Backstroke 200 ydsDolon Babcock
4:18.80
1/30/16
Will Rosasco
2:25.73
4/15/11
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
2:19.84
12/6/14
Breaststroke 25 ydsEthan Booker
:27.00
2/22/14
Samuel Hardwick-Wagner
:24.74
7/26/08
Tyler Atchley
:21.25
6/14/14
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:13.21
6/15/13
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:13.72
6/24/15
Breaststroke 50 ydsEthan Booker
:59.51
2/22/14
Ethan Booker
:54.74
1/16/15
Clay Taylor
:40.44
8/01/09
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:32.10
8/10/13
Will Rosasco
:30.11
1/13/12
Breaststroke 100 ydsEthan Booker
2:29.89
11/22/13
Vincent Feagin
2:02.56
10/19/12
Devin Gadson
1:27.22
9/19/11
Will Rosasco
1:10.96
6/3/11
Clay Taylor
1:03.22
11/5/14
Breaststroke 200 ydsDolon Babcock
5:00.04
1/30/16
Malik Jenkins
3:31.06
6/3/11
Will Rosasco
2:34.49
6/3/11
Clay Taylor
2:24.80
11/21/14
Butterfly 25 ydsEthan Booker
:24.93
2/22/14
Vincent Feagin
:20.37
6/16/12
Zekel Toles
:16.77
6/24/15
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:11.96
6/15/13
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:11.51
6/24/15
Butterfly 50 ydsEthan Booker
1:01.74
2/22/14
Vincent Feagin
:51.18
2/18/12
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:36.62
8/6/11
William Rosasco
:27.40
5/14/11
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:25.25
7/3/15
Butterfly 100 ydsVincent Feagin
2:07.91
9/15/12
Zekel Toles
1:25.60
11/20/15
Clay Taylor
1:06.07
7/9/11
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
:57.01
11/20/15
Butterfly200 ydsDolon Babcock
5:57.62
1/30/16
Clay Taylor
2:37.05
9/7/11
Clay Taylor
2:24.12
11/22/13
IM 100 ydsEthan Booker
2:13.99
12/7/13
Vincent Feagin
1:44.81
9/15/12
Devin Gadson
1:20.08
2/19/11
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
1:04.83
8/10/13
Jawone "DD" Blankenship
1:00.29
1/16/15
IM 200 ydsVincent Feagin
4:02.30
2/18/12
Malik Jenkins
3:12.10
6/3/11
Clay Taylor
2:20.68
6/31/11
Clay Taylor
2:13.20
11/21/14
IM 400 ydsJawone "DD" Blankenship
5:48.08
2/16/13
Clay Taylor
4:35.66
11/21/14

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