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Become a Wild Catfish

Are you thinking about picking up swimming again? Do you wonder which masters swim team is best for you? Evanston Masters (the "Wild Catfish") is a team of swimmers with a passion for swimming and a strong competitive streak. Our team comprises about 120 men and women swimmers aged 18-80. Ability levels range from beginners, lap swimmers, and triathletes to former high school, college and Olympic standouts. 

And no matter your age or skill level, we encourage all of our members to compete in meets throughout the season, particularly the Illinois state meet that caps our winter season.  Meets are a great way to show off all of our hard work.  We encourage everyone to compete at meets throughout the season as it's the best way to see how far you've come with all of your practice.  We always have coaches on deck to help prime you before and breakdown your swim after so that you always feel comfortable.  We love to cheer each other on - for every race good or bad. 

We believe there is no better place to make friends than in the pool. We are all athletes at heart who not only love the sport and competition but also cherish the friendships made on the team and appreciate a great party (we have been known to schedule quite a few nights out on the town too).

Evanston Masters is a sanctioned team under the Illinois Masters Swimming Association and is part of the national organization, United States Masters Swimming.  Established in 1982, Evanston Masters has captured the Illinois Masters State Championship 25 times and counting!

Ready to join?  Just go to our Member Signup page and get going!

New To Swimming? 

Evanston Masters prides itself on having a very diverse team, as well as welcoming swimmers of all ability levels.  It is important to know that while we encourage all swimmers to join us that we are not a learn to swim program.  We do require that you have the basic mechanics of freestyle mastered and can swim at least 50 yards.  From there we will be able to help you to improve on that freestyle as well as to begin to learn the 3 other strokes (butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke).  You will also learn how to do starts and proper turns.  All of this will enable you to participate fully in the assigned practices as well as to prepare you for meets throughout the season.

USMS Membership Required

You must be a United States Masters Swimming (USMS) member in order to swim with Evanston Masters.  We require this membership from all team members for liability purposes.  Every member must have this membership, which can be done online below, at the time of registration with the team.  Your membership must be renewed yearly, which can also be done online.  You will also need this membership in order to compete in any Masters swim meet.


Practice Structure

We take pride in providing expert coaching for all skill levels. We divide ourselves into 9 lanes according to skill and experience in the pool, and each lane receives appropriate coaching and workouts. Immediate and consistent feedback is provided to make you a better swimmer. We can help you reach your swimming goal, whether that means learning a new stroke, completing the swimming portion of an IronMan or breaking a National USMS Record. Attendance isn’t required; however, it is best to attend as many practices as your schedule allows to get the most bang for your buck.

The Winter Season runs from October through May and practices are held at Evanston Township High School (1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston) with evening practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00pm and practices on Saturday and Sundays from 6:30 to 8:00am and from 3:30 to 5:00pm.  May has an altered schedule of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons.  Within the season, there are several optional swim meets leading up to the Illinois State Meet.  PLEASE PARK IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL AND ENTER THROUGH ENTRANCE 3.  

The Summer Season runs from June through August at the 50-meter outdoor pool at Centennial Park in Wilmette (2300 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette).  New Trier Masters will be running the summer workouts.  Please contact them for any questions.  

Questions? Reservations?  Please feel free to contact us, or just join us for a practice or two to try us out and see if you'd like to join the team.  Hope to see you on deck!

Contact if you have any questions.

Visiting From Out Of Town

If you are an active Masters swimmer and will be in the Evanston area for business or pleasure, you are more than welcome to join Evanston Masters for practices.  Be sure to bring a copy of your USMS card and stop by any practice.  Talk to a coach on deck and we'll get you all set up in a lane.  We love having fellow Masters swimmers pop in and swim a few laps.  And no worries, you swim for free.

If you have questions prior to your arrival, please email 


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