The Hart High School Swim and Dive Team
is comprised of both a men's and women's team. Any student attending Hart High School (who is academically eligible) is welcome to try out for the team. Deadlines will be posted after the start of the school year. Time standards are used by the coaching staff and will be determined at the start of the season. We encourage those interested to try out as swimming and diving for Hart is lots of fun!
Hart High School swims at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center (SCAC) in Santa Clarita, CA. Bus transportation is available on certain days to the pool, but not available for every practice. Buses are provided to and from all away meets.
Teams consist of a JV men's and women's squad as well as a varsity men's and women's squad. Student-athletes interested solely in diving should contact Coach Lim to discuss the tryout process.
We hope you decide to be a part of this amazing program. Hart Swim has a rich and successful history with amazing alumni! We welcome former swimmers to come by the pool before or after meets to introduce themselves to Coach Tim and meet our current team.
Hart Swim & Dive - Alive With Pride
Head Coach Tim Lim
Learning to swim at the age of 10, Coach Tim has always had strong ties to swimming in this valley. Tim swam for Canyons Aquatics and for Saugus High School’s varsity team for four years. One of his most memorable achievements from his swimming days was being a part of the CIF Div 1 runner-up teams in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle relays next to his Canyons teammates. After that, Tim would swim for Colorado Mesa University before transferring back to the Santa Clarita Valley to pursue a career in education at CSUN.
Upon hanging up the cap and goggles, Tim decided that he wanted to give back to the sport that gave him so much. In 2019, he would start his first coaching stint as an assistant coach at Saugus High School. After his first high school season, Tim came back to Canyons Aquatics first as a swim school instructor and eventually moved up to coaching the Pre-Team and AG1 groups--the place where it all started for him. Through the years, Tim has had experience coaching athletes from the development level, to senior level swimmers, and currently coaches at the Junior Olympic level. Tim is very excited to continue to long-standing traditions and swimming excellence at Hart High School as the head coach.
Currently, Tim is continuing his education at CSUN in English while hoping to attend the credential program upon graduation. His hobbies include reading, writing, bowling, and anything that involves being outside. Education is very important to Tim as he considers himself a lifelong learner, both in and out of the pool. He hopes to cultivate a culture within his groups and the team that promotes hard work, discipline, and a passion not just for swimming--but for life as well.
For questions about the Hart Swim Team, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com
Hart Swim Assistant Coaches
HART HIGH SCHOOL:
24825 N. NEWHALL AVE
SANTA CLARITA, CA 91321
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Coach Steve Neale Retires in 2019 -
Following a coaching career of nearly 50 years within Santa Clarita Valley, CA, Hart High School head coach Steve Neale has recently announced his plans to retire after the completion of the 2019 season.
Coach Neale’s investment into Hart High School swimming is unmatched. In 1970, Hart kicked off its first season of boys swimming – the captain of the landmark team being Steve Neale himself during his senior year.
After graduating high school, Neale competed on both the varsity swim and water polo teams at California State University, Northridge. He was a three-time qualifier for the NCAA Division II Championships – his highest recorded finish being 13th place in the 100 breaststroke finals of 1974.
Upon graduating college, Neale returned to Hart High where he would serve as an assistant coach for four years. After fulfilling coaching stints at Saugus High School and Simi High School, he eventually returned back to Hart in 1984 to fill the head coaching position, which he has occupied ever since.
The Hart High swim team has a long-standing tradition of excellence within California state swimming. The girl's team was the CIF Division-II State Champions in 2008 and earned runner-up state finishes in both 1995 and 2009. The boy's team won state in 2002, and also boast runner-up finishes from 1998 and 1999. Hart currently competes within the Division-I section of the CIF.
One member of the Hart boys’ 1999 state runner-up team was Olympian Anthony Ervin, who still owns the CIF Division-II records in both the 50 free (20.21) and 100 free (44.11) from that same year.
Ervin was coached by Neale throughout his four years of swimming for the Hart High School swim team. In an interview with SCV News, Ervin attributes much of his long-term commitment to the sport of swimming to Coach Neale, which at the time he admittedly struggled with.
“High school had a new life because of Coach Steve Neale,” said Ervin. “If it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have made it to college swimming at all. I revere and respect that man because he made swimming fun and enjoyable for me.”