Join the Rays! Schedule an Evaluation Swim

Jul 1, 2018 - Aug 1, 2019
July, 22 2019


Any families interested in joining the Rays??


My name is Preston Parrish and I am the Head Coach of the YMCA Swim team (RAYS) and the branch Manager of the Rock Hill Aquatics Center. With the RAYS we offer a level for everyone! From beginner to national level, we have a spot for your swimmer! This season we will have multiple sites for the RAYS swim team. The Rays Program will be training out of the Fort Mill YMCA @ Baxter (Starting in late October 2018), Rock Hill Aquatics Center, Gregory Family YMCA in Lancaster, and the Clover Aquatic Center. We have not yet determined what if any groups we will run at the Fort Mill YMCA @ the Complex in the Fall of 2018.

The easiest and best way to get started with the team is to schedule a low key assessment/evaluation swim, where I or one of the other Rays coaches can watch your swimmer swim a few laps of the strokes. At this placement swim we discuss whatever other questions you have about swimming year round, schedules cost, or just swimming in general. There are about 12 different levels that your swimmer can be placed in ranging from swim lessons to national level swimmer. It is much easier to discuss practice times and costs once we know what level your swimmer will be placed in.

We will run these placement swims through our Placement Coordinator Coach Lynn Williams. If interested please contact her at *Coach Lynn will be at YMCA Nationals from July 30th to August 5th. 

Update on the UPYMCA Programs that will be offered at various branches throughout York and Lancaster Counties:

Rock Hill Aquatics Center;

The RHAC is the main location of the Rays program and we offer everything from swim lessons, to the Mini Rays Program, to year round competitive swimming.

Fort Mill YMCA @ Baxter:

We will have the Mini Rays Program running at the Fort Mill YMCA which is a great low key "stroke clinic" type program for all developmental swimmers looking to gain the fundamentals and skills for the sport of swimming. The program will be offered 2 to 3x a week and there will be swim meets offered monthly at the Rock Hill Aquatic Center where the Mini Ray Programs of all the sites will compete with each other. This program is a great stepping stone into the world of year round competitive swimming. The Mini Rays Program at the Fort Mill YMCA will start at the conclusion of the High School Swim Season which is normally around Mid-October. More info to come!

Gregory Family YMCA in Lancaster SC: 

Coach Ann Small and the Rays joined together in the 2015-2016 season and it was a tremendous success. For more information please contact Coach Ann Small at USC-L branch of the Rays program offers programs with all ages as well. These swimmers will train/practice at the USC-L campus pool and can compete in meets with the Rays Swim Team at the Aquatic Center and other pools that the team travels to.

CSD Community YMCA in Clover/Lake Wylie:

Opening in October of 2016 is the new CSD Community YMCA off Hwy 274 in Lake Wylie, SC. This facility will have 3 pools and a water park. The facility will house a branch of the Rays Program. We will offer all levels from swim lessons, to the Mini Rays Pre-team program, to a year round competitive team. The first 2 years were a tremendous success and we are looking forward to many more!