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With Sadness and Appreciation

Due to COVID-19 and its myriad impacts in the community, Hydra Swimming has had to bring our work to an end. We had fervently hoped to be able to find a way to continue that was positive for our swimmers, our families, and our coaches; unfortunately, with Coach Maddy's culinary work, Coach Leslie's education work, and the continuing uncertainty, this proved unfeasible. We had to make the hardest decision we've ever made.

We cannot state enough how important, meaningful, and just overall empowering the last 8 years have been for us. Having a program we could call our own, where we could make swimmer-centered, family-oriented, and justice-focused decisions for and with our athletes was an absolute dream come true. We learned so much from each of you and are better people, coaches, and community members because of what you have brought to us. We also learned that the only people telling you something can't be done are those who haven't done it, so keep setting your goals high and then find the people who will support you in your work--find the people who tell you that you can do it--and be that person for yourself and those around you. We wish you all nothing but the best as you pursue swimming in other avenues, focus on other sports and activities, and continue to enrich your communities with your tenacity and positivity.

You have been so generous to let us coach your swimmers and to trust us with their development. We have never taken that lightly. We hope to see you all out in the world or on a pool deck at some point soon.

With great love to our Swamily,
Coach Maddy & Coach Leslie 

Hydra Swimming is dedicated to providing quality athletic training with leadership and socioemotional skills for all swimmers regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, or any other personal characteristic. We condemn discrimination in all its forms, including institutional and systemic oppression. We strive to live these values every day and appreciate the opportunity to continue growing, learning, and doing better alongside you all.

Hydra Swimming

Unique in Cincinnati  sports, Hydra Swimming is an elite, open and inclusive, year-round competitive swim team serving all youth in the Tri-State area with a focus on the whole swimmer.  

  • Hydra is committed to the whole athlete
  • Hydra is committed to elite performance and longevity of athletes
  • Hydra is committed to excellence

But - equally as important: Hydra is committed to making swimming accessible to any child with an interest.  

Whether you're the parent of a child with a passion for swimming, or you're just interested in building a confident swimmer, there's a place for everyone at Hydra.  Contact us to learn more.

Hydra Swimming is a part of Ohio Swimming, Inc., and USA Swimming. We are not affiliated with any other school or team.

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    Phone: 513-334-6695

    Hydra Swimming
    P.O. Box 128817
    Cincinnati, OH 45212

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