Coach Jimmy and about 50 Team Santa Monica swimmers, parents, and siblings showed up on the beach in Santa Monica to participate in the TSM Beach Clean-Up Day in conjunction with Heal the Bay on Jan. 24.

The swimmers (from 7 to 16 years of age) enjoyed serving the community with their TSM swim friends. The event began just north of the Santa Monica Pier. All volunteers signed in, received an informational speech on the Heal the Bay “Guidelines for the beach clean-up” and then they were on their way.

Volunteers were hard at work picking up debris from Tower 12 to Tower 15. The event concluded with a group photo, snow cones and popcorn for all and then the volunteers got into a snowball fight — in 80-degree weather. Participants said they wanted to thank the event coordinators: Mark and Julie Sim, Denise Daniels, David Newberg and Bridget Guy.

TSM is designated as a high-performance Silver Medal swim club by USAA Swimming, ranking it among the best swim clubs nationally. For the fourth year in a row, USA Swimming has recognized TSM’s excellence in the development of athletes 18 years and younger by awarding Silver Medal Club status to Team Santa Monica. The 2015 Club Excellence Program has distinguished Team Santa Monica as one of the top 100 clubs in the nation. for moreinformation.

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