The LTPY Penguins Swim Team was established in 2002 and is a year-round YMCA/USA competitive program offering quality coaching and instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Our swim team’s philosophy and operating guidelines are centered upon the YMCA of Central Ohio’s character development values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We strive to maintain a positive experience, for both swimmers and parents, in order to encourage increased self-esteem, self-motivation, and pride in accomplishments from competing as both an individual and as a team member.
One PB at a Time!
Chris Promenschenkel, Senior Head Coach
Coach Chris is entering her 19th season as the Penguins Head Coach. She started swimming competitively when she was 12 years old and swam through high school for the Alliance YMCA Flyers, her hometown in northeastern Ohio. After helping out with the team during a college break from Kent State University, she caught the coaching bug. The next season, she was named co-coach and the following year she became the head coach of the Y-Flyers. She coached the team for ten years before moving to Columbus in 1995. In September 2002, she married George and several weeks later was encouraged out of retirement (not by George) to become the head coach of the Liberty Township Powell YMCA Penguins during their inaugural season. Chris is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 certified coach and is a member of Ohio Swimming, USA Swimming, ASCA and the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA). Chris is an enthusiastic and dedicated coach who has coached more than 1,000 swimmers over the years including numerous YMCA National Qualifiers, USA and YMCA Top 16 swimmers, and even her sister, a niece and a nephew. Chris is a Client Relations Coordinator for Cass Information Systems and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband, golfing, gardening and traveling. Contact Coach Chris at [email protected].
John Bently, Junior Head Coach
Coach John grew up in Mansfield, Ohio where he started swimming as an eight year old on the Woodland Club summer swim team. He continued to swim in the winter program at Friendly House, which was very similar to a YMCA program, competing in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) meets all over Ohio. The Malabar Falcons High School swim team is where John spent his high school swimming career, qualifying for the Ohio High School State swimming championships three times and serving as the first two-time captain of the team. John spent one year swimming for the Miami University (OH) swim team, before hanging up his goggles in 1984. John’s coaching career began as a summer assistant coach and then head coach at the Woodland Club, the same pool where his swimming career began. Since his time spent swimming and coaching were such a positive experience, John hoped to one day get back into the sport. That opportunity presented itself in 2004 when Coach Chris needed some coaching assistance to help cover the need for the quickly growing Penguin team. John has coached the Penguins on the winter and summer teams since the 2004. John works at CAS in the Facilities Department, and enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Anne and their four adult children and one grandson. John and Anne enjoy looking for new places to go hiking together.
Grace (Bently) Vest, Assistant Coach
Coach Grace grew up in Powell and started swimming during the Penguins' first season in 2002. Her family has been heavily involved with the team since then, with all of her siblings having been on the team at some point and her dad John coaching from early on. Grace swam year-round for the Penguins through high school, then took a break while completing college. She finished her English degree at Ohio State in May, 2016, and joined the Penguins coaching staff that summer. In addition to coaching, Grace works for a startup tech company in Dublin and is finishing her MLIS degree. She and her husband, Luke, live in Dublin with their son Liam, and they enjoy going on walks, playing board games, reading books, and cooking as a family.
Caroline Racke, Assistant Coach
Coach Caroline started her swim career at the Town North YMCA in Dallas, TX. In 2006, she moved to Powell, OH and joined the Penguins and was on the team until she graduated high school in 2015. In high school, Caroline was also a member of the Liberty High School swim team and ran on the cross-country and track teams. Caroline continued her swimming as a Division I swimmer at the George Washington University for four years where she specialized in sprint freestyle and butterfly. Caroline finished her swimming career by competing at the 2019 TYR Pro-Series and 2019 US Open. In 2019, Caroline graduated from the George Washington University with a B.S. in Chemistry and is currently continuing her education in the Masters in Public Health Nutrition program at the same university. Caroline began coaching the Penguins in summer 2016.