Ankeny/Wellmark YMCAs

Ankeny/Wellmark YMCAs

at the Wellmark YMCA

501 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Parking at Wellmark YMCA

Head Practice Site Coach
Bob Bredice

[email protected]

*Please direct all site specific inquiries to your head practice site coach.


Ankeny/Wellmark Assistant Coaches

Crystal Brugman, Joe Cataldo, Ryan Gaumer, Lisa Lamb, Nikki May, Greg Moyle, and Jason Walsh

Joining Our Team

The Ankeny/Wellmark Marlins is a great place for beginning or experienced swimmers. Our program has historically produced many State Champions in both YMCA Swimming and USA Swimming, as well as numerous successful high school and college swimmers.

Our Fall/Winter Season is just around the corner. The season runs from September 7th to mid-February and beyond for championship qualifiers. We have optional start dates in September (the 7th) and October(the 4st). We will have YMCA swim meets beginning in November as well as a full slate of USA Swimming swim meets throughout the fall and winter. 

Ankeny/Wellmark Practice Site Fall/Winter Season Evaluation Nights

During the evaluation process, your child will be expected to swim freestyle and backstroke. They will also be asked to attempt breaststroke and butterfly if they know those strokes. Swimmers will also be offered the chance to attempt diving into the pool. 

Tryout/Evaluation Sessions:‚Äč

  • August 9th - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • August 12th - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • August 23rd - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • August 26th - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • September 15th - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • September 22nd - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • September 28th - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • To schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Bob (contact info above)

Evaluation/Tryout Sign Up Form

**************Pre-Season Clinics******************

During the month of August the Marlins will be providing clinics for both returning swimmers and swimmers interested in joining the team. 
Ankeny/Wellmark Returning Swimmer Clinic 
  • This clinic is intended for returning swimmers that swam in the Purple, Blue and Bronze groups last summer or winter, or are moving up to Purple or above this coming season.
  • We will work on the fundamentals of all four strokes during the one-week clinic.
  • Dates: August 16th-19th (Monday-Thursday)
  • Times: 6:45-7:45p
  • This clinic is open to all returning Marlins regardless of practice site.
  • The price of this clinic will be $25 for members/$50 for non-members.
  • Register Here

Ankeny/Wellmark Marlins Prep Clinic

  • This clinic is intended for new swimmers looking to join the Marlins in the Fall and returning white group swimmers looking to sharpen their skills for the fall.
  • White swimmers who took the summer off are recommended to sign up for this as well.
  • Dates: August 16th-19th (Monday-Thursday)
  • Times: 5:30-6:30p
  • The price of this clinic will be $25 for members/$50 for non-members.
  • Register Here

DSMY Marlins Start and Turn Clinics

These clinics will offer your swimmer technique work in starts, turns, and finishes. We will work with and improve all aspects of starts and turns. This clinic is intended for any experience level from non-divers to blue/bronze swimmers. Each clinic and clinic site will follow the same curriculum.

Ankeny/Wellmark Start and Turn Clinic

  • August 14th 2-4p
  • Open to all DSMY Marlins regardless of practice site
  • Register Here

Waukee Start and Turn Clinics

  • August 19th 6-8p, August 21st 2-4p, August 28th 2-4p
  • Open to all DSMY Marlins regardless of practice site
  • Register Here

2021/2022 Fall/Winter Season Practice Schedule

Ankeny/Wellmark Practice Schedule

(subject to change if needed)  updated 7/25/2021

Parent Meetings:

Fall 2021 - September 9th via Zoom - 7:30pm (the meeting will then be posted to YouTube)

Fall/Winter 2021-22 YMCA Meet Schedule - TBD

YMCA Meets are determined at a meeting at the end of August.

Meet schedule (click on the Meet Name/Location to be redirected to the event page for each meet)

Date Meet Name/Location Warmups Meet Start Meet Invite


Important Links for Families

Training Groups At This Location (prices reflect 2021 Spring/Summer Season)

DSMY Program Model and Levels

White (beginners) pricing TBD

Purple (age-group swimmers) pricing TBD

Blue (pre-senior group) pricing TBD

Bronze (senior swimmers) pricing TBD

***Multi-Swimmer Discounts are available at the Practice Site locations when registering all family members at the same time. 10% discount for two swimmers, 15% discount for three swimmers and 20% discount for four or more swimmers in the family. (Discount does not apply to or with Travel Team swimmers.)

Financial Assistance is available. Contact:

Financial Assistance Specialist

Phone number 515-471-8561

Email [email protected]