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New Swimmers

 The YMCA swim team promotes healthy lifestyles while embracing the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Practices are structured much the same way as any competitive swim team: warm-up, stretching, technique, endurance, and cool-down.  Participants are expected to come to practice to work hard and improve skills.  Expect to be a part of the team by participating in the meets.  While it is not a requirement to participate in the meets, it does showcase the team aspect of swimming: you swim together, you win together. You can find our practice schedule on our calendar or click here. 

Anyone who is between the ages of 5 and 18 can join the YMCA swim team!  All swimmers must be members of the YMCA to participate.

Participants must demonstrate the following skills to be considered for our entry level program:

  • Can swim 25 years freestyle demonstrating breathing to the side and good body position
  • Can swim 25 yard backstroke demonstrating good body position
  • Can swim 25 yards breaststroke or butterfly is a plus
  • Can demonstrate the fundamentals of a forward dive from the edge of the pool

 

Our coaches will evaluate swimmers to determine which practice group is going to be best fit for each swimmer.

 

Meet Information For New Families

We do not require attendance at swim meets, but they are highly recommended to gain experience and gauge progress throughout the season. If you want to swim in the larger meets such as Sections, State, and Regions you must attend a minimum of three regular season meets.

Our meet schedule can be found on the calendar or by clicking here

You will sign-up for meets online through this website. You will get an initial email we sign-up as well as reminder emails as deadline gets closer.  We will need as many volunteers as possible to run our home meets - sign-up to volunteer will also be online through this website. 

You can expect to be at a meet for an average of four hours. Things you should bring are food, water, extra goggles, blankets, clothes to keep warm, etc. At most Y's children will have a crash area in which they can hang out in between events.

If you are unsure of what events to sign your child up for please ask a coach or simply put coach's choice on the entry. There is a notes section that you can write special information is such as can only swim in the first relay. If you would like your swimmer to be in relays this will need to be put in the note section as well. 

A swimmer can swim up to 5 events at a meet three individual and two relays. A relay is a team swim of four people. There are medley relays in which the order is backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle as well as all freestyle relays. These are created by age group and occasionally swimmers will swim up into the next age group. We try our best to fit everyone who would like to compete in relays into relays. 

If you have any questions or would like to set up a time to come try our team for a day, if you weren’t able to make it to our splash day  please feel free to email and we will be happy to help.

Sarah Rae Helms
Aquatics Director 
sarah.helms@ymcamn.org

Laura Nitti 
Swim Team Coordinator
wlcmcmc@gmail.com