Woodlands Masters Swim Team

At 167 registered members in 2018, Woodlands Masters Swim Team (WMST) is the largest and one of the longest running teams in the Gulf LMSC. Woodlands Masters Swim Team had its origins in the late 1970’s. Candy Pew, Laura Thomas and Tom Boak, all swimming independently of one another, attended the 1978 national championship meet in San Antonio. Initially Woodlands swimmers competed as part of Texas Gulf Masters and later as part of Lone Star Masters. By 1987, the team had grown substantially and split from Lone Star Masters to become the Woodlands Masters Swim team. Woodlands Masters has given back to the masters swimming community by hosting USMS national championship meets in 1982, 1987, 1990, and 2007. Additionally, Tom and Carolyn Boak, as well as other WMST members, have been deeply involved in the administration of USMS, serving on numerous committees and in leadership positions. In recognition of his extensive history of service, Tom was awarded the Capt. Ransom J. Arthur M.D. Award, USMS’s highest honor, in 1991 and was inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2016. Woodlands Masters welcomes swimmers of all abilities and ages and count fitness swimmers, competitive swimmers, and triathletes among their ranks. Every workout has on-deck coaching from one of their twelve highly qualified coaches. The coaches’ experience and achievements include national and world masters record holders, International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame inductees, NCAA All American and All Conference athletes, an International Junior National Team member, an Olympic Trials qualifier, and a professional triathlete with over 20 Ironman completions. Private lessons are also available. WMST offers prospective new members a free two-week trial period. Swimming out of two great swimming venues, the Conroe ISD Natatorium and the Northampton Center, WMST offers 18 workouts with sessions scheduled every day of the week. With that many workouts, it is easy to find options that will fit any swimmer’s schedule. In addition to hosting the Woodlands Relay Meet for the past 33 years, WMST also hosts the annual November Classic SCM Meet. Additionally, the 2017 South Central Zone SCY Championships will be at Conroe ISD Natatorium in March. No masters team would be complete without an active social aspect, and WMST is no exception. Annual events include a BBQ in the summer and the Christmas party each December. WMST also has fun competing in the Dragon Boat races. And, of course, there are the post-competition gatherings for food, drink, and fun. If you live in the Woodlands area, check out Woodlands Masters at www.wmst.net and find a workout time and group that’s perfect for you. Take advantage of the two-week free trial period and find a new swimming home with WMST Here is a great article from USMS Swimmer Magazine which gives you some more of the background to WMST: http://wmst.net/documents/usms-swimmer-article-oct-2007.pdf

Practice Information

        Su 1:00-2:15 pm
MWF 5:30-6:30 am
MTuWThF 12:00-1:00 pm
TuTh 9:00-10:00 am (fall-spring only)
TuTh 7:00-8:00 pm
Sa 11:00-12:15 am

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  • USMS Certified ALTS Instructor

  • USMS Certified Gold Club

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Club Contact

Tracy Shoemaker



U.S. Meters Swimming Gold Club Designation

Gold Club Designation

The Gold Club logo identifies Masters clubs and workout groups that provide members with the best Masters Swimming experience possible. Gold Clubs have a U.S. Masters Swimming–certified coach on staff, participate in fitness events, and offer a free trial to potential members, among many other benefits.

U.S. Masters Swimming Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructors

USMS Certified Coaches

The U.S. Masters Swimming–Certified Coach logo identifies clubs and workout groups where you can find a USMS-certified coach. These coaches have furthered their Masters coaching education and have passed the certification exam. Note: A certified coach might not be at all locations or workouts.

U.S. Masters Swimming Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructors

USMS Certified Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructors

The Certified Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor logo identifies clubs and workout groups that have a U.S. Masters Swimming–certified ALTS instructor. These instructors have furthered their swim-lessons instruction education and have passed the certification exam. Note: A certified ALTS instructor might not be at all locations or workouts.