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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Tina Swanton at tmswanton@saginawymca.org.

Coaching Staff

Chet Swanton

Head Coach

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Chet started his swimming career right here at the YMCA of Saginaw in 1973 at age 5. He continued swimming for the Sharks for 13 years. Chet swam for Arthur Hill High School 4 years, finishing 6th in the state in the 500 freestyle his senior year. He was the school record holder in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle. In 1986 Chet went on to swim at Oakland University, 4 year letter winner, 1650 GLIAC champion in 1990.

Chet started coaching in 1989: 2 years with OLY (8 and under coach), in 1991 Chet returned to the Saginaw area to coach the Saginaw YMCA Sharks. During this time he coached Arthur Hill High School Boys for 11 years, as well as Nouvel Catholic Central Girls for 3 years. The Sharks swim team only had an average of 60 kids and now has over 150. The Sharks continually finish in the top 5 in the state and top 10 in the Great Lakes Zones. The team has been as high as 30 in the nation. The team has had National Qualifiers while Chet has been coach. He has also had 2 Olympic Trial Qualifiers from the Saginaw Sharks.

Jacquie Swanton

Assistant Coach

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Beno Sharper

Assistant Coach

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Beno began swimming with Saginaw YMCA Sharks summer of 1993. He has participated in many programs at the YMCA of Saginaw during his youth before coming on as an employee.

Beno held the 2000 Saginaw City Junior High Outstanding Male Swimmer during his swimming career.

Began coaching in 2005 at SASA Middle School, in 2006 he became an assistant coach to the YMCA Sharks for ages 7-12 year olds. In 2011 Beno was the Had Coach for Nouvel and SASA joining the schools to start a new swimming program for the girls.

Dallas Vermeersch

Assistant Coach

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Parent Committee

Samantha Beal

YMCA Aquatic Director

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Tina M Swanton

YMCA Lead Program Director

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Chet Swanton

Head Coach

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Brenda Stajdl

Chairperson

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Kacy Banning

Member at Large

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