The North Coast Swim Club hosted its annual “Beat the Summer Heat” swim meet at the Astoria Aquatic Center last weekend.

Over 170 swimmers participated in the event, with swim teams from Oregon and Washington state and one swimmer from California.

The swim club hosts two swim meets a year, including “Beat the Summer Heat” in August and “Fall Chinook” in November.

Based in Astoria for over 40 years, NCSC is a year-round competitive swim club, which provides education in the sport of swimming to athletes ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old.

The club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and employs one head coach (Kathryn Zacher) and one assistant coach (Mike Gwaltney).

Parent volunteers run the rest of the organization. The majority of the club funding comes from swimmer membership dues, local corporate sponsorships and club activities like the annual Dolphin Splash.

For athletes looking to get involved in swimming, the NCSC offers a trial membership to the team. For more information, see the club’s website,