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DSMY Marlins: Child Centered, Coach Driven, Parent Supported!

DSMY swim team is a year round competitive youth and adult swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. We offer training at four of our YMCA branches in the Greater Des Moines area. DSMY is a member of YMCA Swimming, USA Swimming and Masters Swimming.

DSMY Team Announcements

Spring/Summer 2022 Registration is NOW OPEN!

Travel Team and Travel Team Prep

Practice Sites---> Iowa Summer Swim League schedule is now up! Check your practice site page for more details!


DSMY closed Facebook group, Instagram and Twitter account

Join, follow, and celebrate the DSMY swim team members, moments, and events through our closed Facebook group: DSMY Marlins Swim Team.

Follow us on Twitter @DSMYMARLINS.

Instagram: dsmymarlins

Aqua Stars request to join the closed Facebook group: DSMY Aqua Stars Members & Families

Trudy (Henkels) Hancock touched the lives of thousands of athletes, coaches, and family members in the Iowa swimming community. Coach Trudy loved the pool and gave love, time, and energy to motivate and nurture a generation of YMCA Marlins swimmers. Click here to support Coach Trudy’s family.
"Trudy Hancock YMCA Memorial"

"Trudy Hancock Go Fund Me family support"

Synchro Aqua Stars



Travel Team & Travel Team Prep
Hey Marlins!

My name is Emma Sougstad and beginning this summer I am the head coach of the Wellmark Travel Team and Prep Team. I have absolutely loved working with you for the past year as the interim head coach and cannot express my gratitude for the opportunity to lead you toward your goals this season with the collaboration of our six talented assistant coaches.

My goal as your coach is to continue and heighten your elite level of training at the YMCA with target objective practices; this means that each practice directly applies to a race strategy. This intentional approach is essential for confidence behind the blocks and optimal performance. It includes but is not limited to: 200/400 IM workouts, pull/kick isolation sets, 200 pace days, distance/power groups, weekly test sets, underwater/dryland work, 100 work, recovery days and anaerobic capacity workouts. There will also be an emphasis on an environment with a growth mindset and focus on teamwork/collaboration.

I also am passionate about the psychological component to competition. We will have two 'character bootcamps' throughout this season on 'What Drives Winning' and 'Mental Toughness- Breaking Down Barriers with Resilience and Grit'.

Marlins, let's make it a great season!

For ALL tryout/evaluation sessions, please complete the Google document found under each Practice Site tab location prior to attending.

Ankeny/Wellmark (combined at the Wellmark YMCA)
Spring/Summer Tryouts
March 15th at 6:30pm
March 23rd at 6:30pm
To schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Bob at [email protected]
Click here for more info.

Spring/Summer Tryouts (click on the JOIN THE TEAM under the About tab for details)
Contact: [email protected]

Walnut Creek
Spring/Summer Tryouts
March 24 at 7:00 PM
March 28 at 5:30 PM
March 30 at 5:30 PM
Contact: [email protected]

Tryouts for swimmers wishing to join the DSMY Marlins or Marlin Prep (pre swim team) will be offered on the following dates:

Thursday, March 10, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 PM
Monday, March 21, 6:00 PM
Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 PM
Contact: [email protected]
Click here for more info.