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Since 1971, the UMLY Swimming tradition has always been to develop "Good Swimmers and Great Kids".

The lessons learned through competitive swimming will last a lifetime. Over the last 45+ years, UMLY swimmers have achieved great success at all ages and in many different levels of competition. The goal of our program is to develop in our athletes a foundation of life skills, and provide them the opportunity to compete and excel based on their talent and dedication, while building healthy and positive relationships with their coaches and teammates.

Swimmers compete locally in dual meets and YMCA invitationals - and if qualified - YMCA National Meets, where UMLY consistently ranks in the Top-10 of all YMCA programs in the United States. UMLY also participates in USA Swimming meets, on a local, regional, and national level. Swimmers have competed in the Eastern Zone, Junior National, Senior National championships, and Olympic Trials. Over the years, UMLY swimmers have also been invited to train at USA Swimming's Zone Select Camp, Diversity Camp, National Select Camp, and compete with the Junior National team. USA Swimming's Olympic Trials meet, held every four years before the Olympic Games is the fastest level of competition for swimmers. UMLY has a storied tradition of competing in the meet. Since 1984, UMLY has had swimmers qualify for and compete at 9 of the last 10 Olympic Trials, including the last 8 (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020). Internationally, UMLY is known throughout the world. Since 2002, UMLY has had seven athletes represent the United States in international competition, including a 2014 German National champion, a 2017 Deaflympics Swimmer, and a 2019 Junior National Teamer.

Lou Petto, UMLY's head coach, is part of the USA Paralympic coaching staff. Since 2013, Lou has represented the United States at various international Paralympic swim meets, including the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio, Brazil. Lou has also helped train the United States Paralympic Swim Team at its headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO.

To help kids reach to their goals, there are a wide variety of different training groups that fit nearly every level of competitive swimmer. The program is led by a coaching staff with a unique blend of skills, passion, and experience. Our coaching staff has well over 100 combined years of experience in the sport!
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT?
We are constantly growing and training young swimmers to maintain a well-rounded competitive swim team!
If you would like further information or would like to schedule a tryout, please contact Louis Petto at 610-647-9622 Ext. 2020 or by email at: lpetto@ymcagbw.org

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Added procedure to our practice routine for safety precautions

As we head into the winter season, we continue to reevaluate our safety measures to minimize potential exposure of the swimmers to covid. With...

By Louis Petto

Where to Park when picking up you kids for swimming:

Swim families are asked to park in the main parking lot when dropping off/picking up their swimmers and escort their child into the building...

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UMLY has two swimmers earn USA Swimming Scholastic All American!!!

Congratulations Jack Christian and Alexa Fulton on earning this accomplishment. 2019-2020 Scholastic All American Roster ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS Grade completion requirement – applicant must have...

By Louis Petto

UMLY Head Coach Lou Petto's Interview on the Fluid Mechanics Podcast

UMLY Head Coach Lou Petto was interviewed on the Fluid Mechanics podcast. During the interview he talked about his experiences in the sport of...

By Louis Petto

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