Resident Feature

The HOX Swim Team Updates

The HOX swim team has had a great 2021 Fall swim season with over 125 swimmers ages 5-18 improving their strokes every day in the pool and many swimmers attending six swim meets from San Ramon to Novato! Several of our swimmers are aiming to qualify for the USA Swimming Winter Junior Olympics that will be held in Santa Clara in early December. Congratulations to Graham Hodson, Lucas Tsubota, Harlow Heiden and Nathan Kondapalli, who recently qualified for the Winter Junior Olympics. 

The HOX swim team has run a strong and successful swim program in the local and county swim community for over 36 years and is riding high after going undefeated in dual meets over the past three seasons and taking home the championship trophy at the Valley Swim Association league championship two years in a row! Our team is committed to running the best program in the community, not only from a swimming perspective but understanding the importance of foster positive developmental growth in young athletes. The team supports and develops swimmers of all ages starting with its Learn-to-Swim program, the pre-competition Mini-HOX group and the HOX swim team. The swimmers and families create lifelong friendships in and out of the pool through the many practices, competitions, and social events our team attends or sponsors every season. If you’d like to learn more about the swim team please contact Sean Quackenbush, Aquatics Director at Blackhawk Country Club and HOX Head Swim Coach at 

About the Head Coach 

Sean is an accomplished and experienced athlete and coach. During his swimming career he was the Minnesota High School State Champion in the 100-yard butterfly, a three-time Big Ten Champion and record holder at the University of Minnesota. Sean is a 12-time All-American and a University of Minnesota Swimming Hall of Fame inductee. He was named to the USA National Swim Team and swam in the US Olympic Trials, World Cup Games, and the US Open, where he was a Gold and Silver medalist. 

In addition to being a highly decorated swimmer, Sean is also an accomplished coach and leader. Following his competitive career, he was an Assistant Coach for the Division 1 swim program at Michigan State University. He holds a MS in Sport Psychology from MSU and has hosted dozens of swim clinics and taught private lessons for swimmers of all ages. 

2022 will be Sean’s 7th season with the HOX. In 2021 Sean lead the HOX to the team’s second VSA league championship and an undefeated dual meet season for a third consecutive year. Sean is passionate about transforming good swimmers to become great swimmers. Sean also believes that swimming teaches important life lessons like working hard, setting and striving for goals, competing, and forming friendships that last a lifetime.

By Coach Sean Quakenbush | Photos courtesy of Miki Tsubota