37 years of Swimming


Des Plaines, Niles, Park Ridge Illinois

The team is currently inactive. Here is an historical archive including pictures and results of our 1500 meets since 2013.

Penguin 1500

This meet has been held every June (except in 2014) since 1985. It was originally held in Oakton Pool in Park Ridge under the auspices of the Park Ridge Park District through 2010. Unfortunately that pool was closed in 2011 and the 2011 and later meets have been held in the Woodland Trails Pool in Mt. Prospect IL under the auspices of the River Trails Park District.

Penguin 1500 at Woodland Trails, June 2011

Penguin 1500 Results

2017 Results | 2016 Results
2015 Results | 2013 Results
2011 Results | 2012 Results
2010 results | 2009 results
2007 results | 2008 results
2005 results | 2006 results
2003 Results | 2004 Results

results before 2003 have been found, they are now posted at Old Results

Compare your times in the 1500 with someone in a different age or gender bracket. Or find out your "Quality Points". Use our calculator. We used this to identify our top overall swimmers.

2013 Slideshow (Thanks to Susan Smar)

Pictures from 2011 Meet

Historical Meet Pictures

About the Penguins

The Park Ridge Penguins came together in the Fall of 1982 under the auspices of the now defunct Park Ridge YMCA. After the Y closed we operated as a Park Ridge Park District affiliate organization and swam at Maine East High School Pool. At some point the school district decided we could not use the pool any longer so we moved to Lattof YMCA in Des Plaines as their "evening Masters Team", they already had a team that practiced in the morning and hosted a Meet at the Y every January. We still had our original coach, Jerry Christian. You may still find a few of the old guys in the pool swimming individually but the team is no longer.

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