Badger T-Shirts

Check it out- NEW Badger T-shirts for 2017!

Limited Edition Shirts exclusively online

Over the years Badger has produced more tees than we can count! Some of the more memorable shirts were the original “Speed by Badger” and of course the bright yellow “Bring it Pansies” Tee. (who could forget that one?!) The classic logo tees – a requirement of any Badger fan’s wardrobe!

It’s time for new tees! So in 2017 we are introducing new, custom designed T-shirts and offering them exclusively online, in very limited editions.

How it works

It’s a two step process- The pre-order and the order.

  1. Pre-order form. We need to reach a minimum quantity to process an order, per shirt. Once that minimum is reached, you will receive an email with a link to the order form.
  2. Order form: Once we have reached the minimum, we’ll send you a link to pay for your shirt and your order will then be complete. The shirts will then be produced and delivered to you!


Shirts are $25 – includes FREE shipping.

No extras will be ordered-only those who ordered will receive the shirt. We are not stocking shirts.

About the Shirts

These shirts are made of a poly/cotton/rayon blend to make them tissue soft. These shirts run small so we recommend ordering a size up and taking care when washing them to avoid shrinkage.

Most colors are “heathered” to provide a slightly vintaged look, not visible in the Mock images below.

Shirts are being offered in Mens and Womens styles. Select Men or Women on the pre-order form to see the styles.


Contact Brett Collins for any questions about T-Shirt orders.

Pre-order today!

Congratulations to Coach Ed Collins!

Congratulations to Coach John Collin’s first cousin and first assistant Badger coach, Eddie Collins, on celebrating 50 years of coaching swimming!

Coach Ed celebrated this special occasion with his current swim club in Cape Coral, Florida where they honored him by officially naming the pool on the Cape High campus The Ed Collins Aquatic Center– an incredible honor!

The Collins’ are deep rooted in the world of swim coaching and it all started with John’s father, Jack.  Jack, the first of a long line of Collins’ who would become coaches, was a major influence on his son, John, and nephews, Ed and Tim Collins, who all followed in his footsteps to become swim coaches at one time in their life, or another. Today, Eddie and John remain active, successful swim coaches, while the next generation of coaching continues with Wyatt Collins, who is currently the assistant coach at University of Texas.

Read more about Coach Ed Collins!

Pool Side Chats

Introducing the first in a Pool Side Chat series. Moderated by Columbia University swim coach Jim Bolster, this chat gets inside post grad swimming and the future of swimming for Cody Miller, explores what training at Badger was like for Olympian Cristina Teuscher, and what Coach John Collins thinks is coming next for swimming. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing the 13 part chat series on social media, but we have posted them all here for those of you who can’t wait.

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Lea Loveless-Maurer reaches out to Badger Alumni about #GivingTuesday

November 22, 2016
A letter from Lea to fellow Badger Alumni.

Badger taught me how to hunt down “happily ever after”.

Yesterday – How is it that I woke up at 5 am in the morning and it ended up being the best part of my day, if not my life? I loved, loved, loved going to swim practice. This statement is especially astounding when I catalog the crazy, intense and challenging swim sets that greeted me once we plunged into the pool. Why did I love it so much? The Badger Nation made it not only bearable but enjoyable. We made “the hard” fun together. To everyone who was a part of Badger Nation in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s, every one of you inspired me to work hard, laugh often, read Page 6, chase dreams down and create (and tell) great stories every day.

Today – I am a successful and happy mom with a swimming backstory I am proud to have created with the help of a lot of people. As a swimmer, I earned a scholarship to Stanford, won multiple National titles, won Olympic medals and a World Championship in the 100 backstroke. As a coach, I got to share all I’ve learned with swimmers at all levels from age group to the Olympics. I trace the origins of these accomplishments to Badger. I am incredibly thankful that my parents made the financial stretch to sign me up to swim at Badger when I was 10 years old. I am the 6th of 7 kids who all pursued athletic and academic dreams and our family did not have great financial resources to do “extras”. Badger was worth it. I am not sure how I can pay back John Collins for what he gave me and my family. But, I know I want to try to give other kids like me the opportunities that set my life on a path that has been an amazing journey.

Did you know that Badger is starting a scholarship program this year to provide opportunities for swimmers with particular talent as well as those based on need? It costs about $7,500 for a swimmer to be able to swim at Badger for a year – dues, entry fees and travel. My family and the other members of the Board are going to donate on #GivingTuesday because we want to sponsor these scholarships for future generations of swimmers. I believe that if an athlete swims on Badger Swim Club their chances of reaching their potential goes up dramatically and are as high as any other program in the country. I can’t wait to see what the Badgers can do over the next 4 years and beyond.

Tomorrow – If we asked John, “What are we doing today?” then we got a reply that really tells a lot about what Badger Swim Club is trying to accomplish with its program. John’s answer – “The same thing we do every day – try to be the best in the world!” That mindset has help Badger’s like Rick Carey, Tobie Smith, Mimosa McNerney, Jenny Thompson, Christina Teuscher, Cody Miller and so many more reach their potential. It will guide future Badgers to greatness.

We are reaching out to Badger Nation because as John so aptly stated in a team meeting years ago, Badger Swim Club is like The Hotel California – “You can check out anytime- but you can never leave!”

Badger Swim Club and John Collins gave all of us so much that help shape who we were as swimmers and as people – LET’S GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO BADGER – and make him smile!

$33 in honor of 3300
$50 in honor of 50×100
$400 in honor of 10×400
$1,650 in honor of the 1650
$9,500 – Grand Prix anyone?
You get the idea ….

Happy Holidays and Go Badger!
Lea Loveless-Maurer

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Zane Grothe snags 1st in two events at USA College Challenge

The USA Swimming College Challenge is an event where select swimmers make up the USA National team and compete against the top level swimmers from the Big Ten. This year, the event took place on Saturday, Nov 12 – Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 at Indiana University and the rosters were certainly stacked.

2 Badger representatives were on the National team, Cody Miller and Zane Grothe, who both had impressive swims.

Zane Grothe placed first in the 500 free with a time of 4:15.87, first in the 100o yard free with a time of 8:46.22,  second in the 200 yard free with a time of 1:34.83 and also joined the 400 free relay team which placed fourth.

Cody Miller placed second in the 200 yard breast with a time of 1:54.12, second in the 100 yard breast with a time of 52.04, and 5th in the 200 yard IM.

View Meet Results here.

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View Day 1 recap on SwimSwam

View Day 2 recap on SwimSwam

Cody Miller and Zane Grothe make the National Team Roster to compete in the USA College Challenge

As Swim Swam Reports:

“Full rosters have now been announced for the USA College Challenge, the highly anticipated duel featuring members of the USA Swimming National Team and stars from the Big Ten Conference. With the stacked fields now slated to compete, there will be no lack of talent for the event, scheduled for November 12-13th at the famed Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.” Read More and see full National and Big Ten Rosters.

Congratulations to Cody Miller and Zane Grothe!

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Badger Swimmer Spencer LaFata Verbally Commits to Duke University

Congratulations to Spencer LaFata on making a verbal commitment to Duke University!

As SwimSwam Reports:

“Spencer LaFata, a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier and product of the Badger Swim Club in New York, has verbally committed to the Duke Blue Devils.

Duke historically hasn’t had much success in men’s distance swimming, but they did make a lot of progress last season when then-sophomore Matt Johnson (15:08.84) and then-freshman Riley Hickman (15:09.94) moved into the top two spots of all-time in program history. Before Johnson arrived, the fastest time ever record by a Duke miler was a 15:23 from 2011.

With LaFata’s addition, though, the three fastest milers in program history will all be training together for the 2017-2018 season.”Read more.