DSMY Aqua Stars Artistic "Synchronized" Swimming Team   


The Aqua Stars are a competitive synchronized swimming team open to boys and girls ages 6 to 19 years old. We offer multiple levels with specific training groups.

Swimmers on the team are required to be YMCA facility members.

Practice site location: Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309.

DSMY closed Facebook group
Join, follow and celebrate the DSMY swim team members, moments and events through our closed Facebook group.  Request to join:  DSMY Aqua Stars Members & Families

Tryouts for NEW swimmers:  (returning swimmers from previous seasons do not need to tryout). Meet the coaches, have your training group and swim level assessed (25 yard swim, 1 minute treading water) and basic drills/skills.

Prior to attending a tryout session, please complete this form for our coaches. CLICK HERE

  • Monday, August 24 5:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 1 5:30-6:30pm
  • Saturday, September 19 10:30-11:30am

Parent meeting: TBD via Zoom

2021 Winter/Spring Registration link.   

Fall 2020 Practice Schedule

Aqua Stars Team Store: Elsmore Swim Shop

Training Level Descriptions

Head Coach: Jennifer Ledbury; [email protected]

Assistant Coaches: Mari Mineck, Morgan Spellman

Winter/Spring 2020 Season Information:

  • The Aqua Stars will be registered as a team with USA Synchronized Swimming. Intermediate Plus and Age Group team members will be required to have a USA Synchro membership.
  • Begins Sunday, January 12.
  • Sunday, April 19 Spring Show dress rehearsal for the regional meet.
  • Ends May 2 with the regional meet in Minnesota for the intermediate plus/age group training groups.
  • Goal: Team work and duets.

Fall 2019 Season Information:

  • Practice Schedule  updated 092119
  • Begins Sunday, September 15.
  • Ends Sunday, November 17 with our team Fall Show!
  • Novice/Intermediate 6-12 years old, Intermediate Plus 10-19 years old and Age Group 10-19 years old.
  • Practices are 11am-3pm on Sundays: 11am-1pm Age Group, 12-2pm Intermediate Plus and 1-3pm Novice/Intermediate. (When the pool is not available on Sundays, practices times will be altered. Please see the attached practice schedule link.)
  • Equipment needed: an all black swim suit for the show, suit of choice for practice, nose plugs and goggles (optional).
  • Goal: Team work.