The Three-Year Swim Club

The Three-Year Swim Club

In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. They were the Three-Year Swim Club. This is their story.

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Diving in, Camp 5 Pool, courtesy of the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum

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“A brightly told story of the triumph of underdogs … exuberant, well-researched … tense, vivid, and inspiring.”

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“Captivating…engaging individuals … a tumultuous time in history”

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“…could take the place of The Boys in the Boat

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