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New Swimmers

Thank you for your interest in our team! 
We’re always excited to have new swimmers join our family.

What is the Southside Thunderbolts Swim Team?

The Southside Thunderbolts is a developmental swim program run by trained coaches to improve swimmers' competitive skills and endurance through progression rather than intense competition. The YMCA swim team promotes healthy lifestyles while embracing the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. The Southside Thunderbolts team is a collaboration between the YMCA in Eagan, West St. Paul, and Woodbury.

What Can I Expect?

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.

Our practice schedules can be found in the HERE.

Who Can Join?

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

How Can I Join?

We recommend all new swimmers try out before registering. Our coaches will help you determine which level is the best fit. Once swimmers have been evaluated, the coaches will assign which practice group is going to be the best place. Once swimmers have been assessed, you can register at our Member Services Desk or online HERE.

What is the Cost?

Fees and registration information can be found HERE.

Additional Questions?

Did you miss Splash Week? No problem! Contact us directly and we’ll be happy to set up a time for you to come give practice a try.

Joining a competitive team can be a big change; we welcome you to look around our website to get an idea of what we’re all about.

For questions or help getting started, please contact:

Jordyn Antl
Aquatics Director
YMCA in Eagan
P: 651-683-4707
E: Jordyn.Antl@ymcamn.org


OR

Brooklyne Birk
Aquatics Director

YMCA in Woodbury
P: 651-747-0877
E: Brooklyne.Birk@ymcamn.org