About Us

The Summit Area YMCA swim team (SAY) has nearly a century of tradition of swimming excellence and success at the local, state, and national levels. Our year-round (10 month) competitive program offers training and practice groups for swimmers ages 6 to 18. Our philosophy is a cooperative effort of swimmers, coaches, professional YMCA staff, and parents. Each play an important role in maintaining and improving our swim team, for the benefit of all involved. As with all YMCA programs, our objectives are to promote Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

SAY competes in dual meets with other NJ YMCA’s, and in YMCA and USA Swimming invitational and championship meets. SAY has continually represented at the YMCA Short Course and Long Course National Championships each year. On May 19th, 1923, the Summit Y was one of 9 YMCA associations to compete at the first ever YMCA National Championship at the Central Branch Y in Brooklyn, New York.

USA Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in the country. All swim team members must belong to USA Swimming and be members of the Summit YMCA. Most of our swimmers are family members. Team fees for the team include membership dues for both USA Swimming and YMCA swimming.

We encourage all parents to participate in our Summit Seals Parents Organization, known as the SSPO. This group of dedicated and hardworking parents form the backbone of our program. They assist the coaches, other parents, and--most importantly--the swimmers.


Mission Statement

It is the goal of the Summit Area YMCA swim team to offer age specific training and focus on the long-term, progressive development of our athletes. The foundation of our program is comprised of teaching correct stroke technique at every level, offering a challenging training regimen, and to develop each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. Our coaching staff strives to enable our athletes to achieve their goals and to grow as individuals both in and out of the pool. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive space for all athletes to experience the sport of swimming.


You can reach our Head Coach by email at [email protected] 

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Our pool address is 67 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve over 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit in New Jersey. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.