PUMA Aquatics was founded in 1994 by coach Alan Freeman.
Originally, the team was affiliated with Cuesta College Community
Programs and was named Puma after the Cuesta College Cougars. The
team was established with a somewhat unique structure. The team is
owned and run by the head coach and supported, in part, by a
non-profit fundraising entity. That non-profit was, and remains,
Booster Club, Inc. (PBCI).
Jud Clark took over the team in 1998. In January of 2006, Puma
merged with the Kennedy Club Aquatic Team. The team left Cuesta
College and began practicing at the Atascadero Kennedy Club and the
SLO Multiplex. In the summer of 2007, the South County Aquatic
Waves merged with Puma and now the team has approximately 300
active swimmers practicing at four
does it stand for?
Since PUMA is our club code
under USA Swimming, it is often written with all capitals. This
makes people think that it is an acronym. So what does it stand
"Partying Under My Authority" -
"Playing Under Mucho Agua" - Swimmer Gaby
"Pool Urchins Moving Aloft" - Mom Laura
PUMA Aquatic Team is open to youth swimmers of all ages and
abilities. PUMA swimmers are five years old and they are 23. They
are training for the olympic trials and learning the backstroke.
They are learning to start off the blocks without losing their
goggles and they are perfecting their breast stroke pull-down. They
are going for that JO qualifying time and they are trying to finish
a butterfly race without getting disqualified. They are cheering
for their relay teammates during a Fun Friday practice.