Founded in 1992, the COUGAR AQUATIC TEAM (CAT) is a year-round USA Swimming competitive swim club located in Montclair, New Jersey. Over the last decade, Cougar Aquatic Team has steadily improved and placed higher at the state, regional, and national level. Our team provides quality instruction to swimmers from age 6 through to college and beyond. The foundation of our program is comprised of teaching correct stroke technique at every level and training to reach each athlete’s full potential. Our unique approach to the sport of swimming optimizes the potential for every swimmer to achieve a feeling of success and happiness. We truly believe a happy swimmer is a fast swimmer!
In 2002, Judy Montalbano took over CAT’s Head Coach and along with her talented and experienced coaching staff she brought the team to a level of international recognition. By 2011, CAT was designated a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club for ranking in the top 100 clubs in the United States that have earned this distinction for demonstrating excellence in their programs. Also that year, CAT achieved a Level 1 designation by USA Swimming in their Club Recognition program. This program was designed to “strengthen the club system in USA Swimming by guiding clubs through a development process that ultimately positions the program and its coaches to better serve athletes.” CAT won the Speedo "Sectionals" Championships and New Jersey Junior Olympic Championships, the first time another team won JO’s in over 30 years. In 2012, CAT won the New Jersey Junior Olympic Championships and was also named a USA Swimming Silver Medal Club for the second year in a row! In 2013, CAT was awarded Bronze Medal Club status and in both 2014 and 2015, CAT was awarded the Silver Medal Club status again.
In the Summer of 2015, longtime Cougar coach Eric Harse took over the reins from Coach Judy and became our team’s new Head Coach! Coach Eric looks to continually build upon the success from the past but to also reach for new heights in his new role leading the team.
Please contact Coach Eric – Eric@cougaraquatic.com – for any inquiries!