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The Melrose YMCA Sharks swim team is dedicated to help swimmers improve their times and achieve their goals while instilling in them the core values of the YMCA. The Sharks teach that swimming can not only help you physically, but will also be your teammate in life giving you the motivation and dedication to tackle any obstacle in your path. The friends and accomplishments you make on the Sharks will be with you for a lifetime.
We participate in YMCA Swimming as the Melrose Sharks (MELY). As members of the Eastern MA YMCA Swim League we compete in Division 1 Dual Meets, YMCA Invitational Meets in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, Eastern MA YMCA Swim League Districts, YMCA New England Championships and YMCA National Championships.
The SCY (Short Course Yards) Fall/Winter Season runs from September through January (for non-Districts Qualifiers); through March (for YMCA New Englands Qualifiers); through April (for Nationals Qualifiers). The LCM (Long Course Meter) Spring/Summer Season runs from May through the end of July.
All participants must be members in good standing of the Melrose YMCA and their membership's current for 30 days prior to participating in Dual Meets (per the rules of the Eastern MA YMCA Swim League). Each swimmer is required to participate in three closed YMCA meets (Dual, Invitational or any combination of the two) in order to swim in post-season competitions.
YMCA Swimmers swim their age as of December 1st of the current season with the exception of National Meets where they swim their age as of the first day of the meet. As of September 2011, all swimmers will compete as their actual age on the first day of a meet. Swimmers compete against their own gender and age group (Class) as below:
Class E: 8 & Under
Class D: 9-10
Class C: 11-12
Class B: 13-14
Class A: 15 - 18 (or older if in their senior year of High School for the first time)
Our regular season includes Dual and Invitational Meets and is followed by three levels of post-season meets, with progressively challenging qualifying times for each event. Your swimmer's season will end upon completion of their highest level of post-season meets with the exception of athletes asked to participate in relays. The first level is Eastern MA YMCA Swim League Districts held at the end of January, where we compete against qualifying swimmers from 35 teams. The meet takes places over two weekends and each swimmer competes in just one 1/2 day session scheduled by Class (age/gender). The second level is YMCA New Englands which typically takes place in March. Past New England Meets have been held at Brown University, Boston University and Harvard University. Districts and New Englands only take place during the Fall/Winter Short Course Yard season. The final level is YMCA National Championships (Short Course Yards held in Fort Lauderdale in April, Long Course Meters held in Georgia in July).