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The Sunnydale High swim team was an all-male swimming team in Sunnydale High School coached by Carl Marin.[1]


In 1998, Coach Marin, with the help of nurse Ruth Greenliegh, used old Soviet experiments to create a steroid to improve the team's performance. This was administered through the steam in the saunas with each member apparently aware that they were being drugged. However, as they experienced the normal symptoms for steroid abuse such as depression and headaches, prolonged use led the boys transforming into Gill Monsters.[1]

School status[]

Oh, forgive me, your swimteamliness.

Being a member of the swim team was considered prestigious and gained popularity. Because of this, most of the swim team members gained a self-absorbed arrogance, bullying the likes of Xander and Jonathan, the latter of which tried out to make the team but couldn't due to his asthma.[1]

The swimmers were also entitled to several unfair advantages, such as Principal Snyder's insistence that Willow pass Gage regardless of his performance on test scores or general lack of enthusiasm to do school work. Snyder also took Cameron's side of the story when Buffy gave him a broken nose after he sexually harassed her, more interested in winning the State Championship than the welfare of the students.[1]

Members of the swim team were even considered special by their peers, since cheerleader Cordelia was not only impressed by Xander's appearance in a speedo but by the fact he was a qualified member of the swim team, believing it would elevate her status after being rejected by Harmony and the Cordettes for dating the then unpopular Xander.[1]

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