Welcome to the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA Breakers....Northwest Michigan's dual registered, USA/YMCA competitive swim team.

3700 Silver Lake Road Traverse City, MI 49684

GTBY is a year-round competitive swim team. More than just a swim team, however, GTBY is also focused on the YMCA mission: a community- and family-based commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. GTBY offers high quality coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities, from novice to national competitor, while encouraging a fun and healthy environment for the social, physical and personal growth of each athlete. We build strong kids, and a strong community.

Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Kathleen .Coffin-Sheard Head Coach
Evan Gorgas Assistant Coach
Christine Corrado Lead Assistant Coach-Central YMCA
Tom Ulatowski Assistant Head Coach
Janina Timmer Lead Assistant Coach WEST YMCA

Coach Janina brings her love of swimming and teaching to the TC Breakers team. She has been with the Breakers since 2010. Prior to that she coached for summer and winter recreational teams in her hometown in California. She swam for Miramonte High School, and attended Purdue University where she participated in intramural swimming and played club water polo. She enjoys helping young athletes develop the characteristics needed to become good teammates, as well as develop their love for the competitive sport of swimming . She is currently a second grade teacher at Holy Angels Elementary School. Janina and her husband Steve have a daughter, Leah. Janina enjoys running, swimming, reading, traveling, cooking, water/downhill skiing, and games. She also continues to enjoy competing in local and regional triathlons and marathons.

Emily Maas Assistant Coach
Board of Directors