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YOUTH SWIMMING

South Shore Strypers hosting Bob McGillicuddy Invitational

The South Shore YMCA Strypers swim team is hosting the inaugural Bob McGillicuddy Invitational this weekend at the Lincoln-Hancock Pool in Quincy.

Approximately 460 swimmers, ages 6-18, will participate in the three-day USA Invitational.

The meet honors the late Bob McGillicuddy, whose untimely death on Jan. 31, 2017 to a rare disease, Amyloidosis, stunned both the Quincy and Hanover communities, his family, and friends.

A beloved science teacher at Sterling Middle School in Quincy for 22 years, McGillicuddy also reinvigorated the Quincy/North Quincy swimming and diving high school programs as coach.

In 2014, the Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swim Coaches Academy awarded McGillicuddy its meritorious service award and then bestowed its highest honor, the Jack McDonald Award, posthumously, for his qualities of fairness, dedication, and respect for high school swimming.

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In 2008, as an assistant swim coach at the South Shore YMCA, he tried to serve as ambassador for both Hanover, where he lived, and Quincy, where he taught. McGillicuddy believed that all children who live in coastal cities should know how to swim so he forged a partnership between the Quincy Public Schools and the South Shore YMCA, starting a Learn to Swim program for both Lincoln-Hancock and Clifford H. Marshall elementary schools (2013-14).

Participants in the intivitational include Hamilton Dynasty Swim Club, Hockomock Area YMCA, Inner City Marine Swim Club, JCC Sea Serpents, Marshfield Area Swim Klub, Metro West YMCA, Sailfish Swim Club, Taunton Tigers, Team New England, and Webbs Tornado Swim Team.

Proceeds from meet T-shirt sales at the meet will go to the SSYMCA annual campaign in McGillicuddy’s honor, a fund that provides scholarships for its swimmers. A Bits of Good for Bob Character Award will presented to a male and female swimmer on Sunday afternoon.