Join Tornadoes Swim Team

The Tornadoes Swim Team is a non-profit organization.  We are committed to developing swimmers of all ages by challenging and motivating them to compete like champions in swimming while demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.  We focus on each swimmer’s strengths and areas for development in a supportive environment that includes core body strengthening and conditioning, progressive endurance, and technical skills training including racing starts, strokes and turns.  Our swimmers are empowered to attain their fullest potential in a way never thought possible.

Team Philosophy:  The Tornadoes Swim Team competes year-round while fostering the development of swimmer skills, abilities, confidence and competitive drive.  We encourage valuable life long skills by modeling and rewarding honesty, integrity, hard work, self-discipline, self-esteem, organizational skills, teamwork and excellent sportsmanship. The Tornadoes provide a positive environment in which swimmers of all levels may develop to their fullest potential.

For more information, or if you have questions about the Tornadoes Swim Team, please contact Coach Sophia by clicking on the Contact Us link above.  All swimmers who want to join the Tornadoes Swim Team must try out for the team.  To schedule a tryout, send an email to Coach Sophia.

Swimming age and skill requirements

Your child or adolescent needs to be able to swim on his or her own. It is preferred that swimmers have previously completed at least some swim lessons. Our program is designed for swimmers 6-18 years of age.  We do, however, have swimmers as young as 5 years of age (typically younger siblings of older swimmers).  Our professional coaches work with swimmers to develop the four main swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke).  Ideally, swimmers are capable of completing a length of each stroke with the knowledge of how to do the strokes when they join the team.

Tryouts and Joining the Tornadoes Swim Team 

To join the Tornadoes Swim Team, your swimmer will need to try out with Coach Sophia.  The tryout consists of a 50 yard freestyle, 50 yard backstroke, 25 yard breatstroke, and a 25 yard butterfly. 50 yards is equal to two lengths of the lap pool and 25 yards is equal to one length of the lap pool. Swimmers should feel confident at a minimum, know all four of the strokes. Swimmers should have finished a lesson program or had previous team experience. Tryouts are typically done at 4:15pm by appointment with Coach Sophia. When you arrive for your scheduled tryout, let the front desk at the YMCA know that you are there for a tryout.  They can direct you to the locker room and pool deck access. 

Once our coach has identified the training group your swimmer would join, you can REGISTER HERE to join the team.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us and ask!

For more information, or if you are interested in scheduling a tryout, please contact Coach Sophia at

Why Swim?

Swimming vs. other sports:

  • Good health benefits, great exercise
  • Swimming uses more muscles than any other sport and has fewer injuries.
  • Swimming is among the best for improving fitness levels of heart and lungs.
  • Swimming is easy on the joints.
  • Swimmers do not have to deal with heat stroke.
  • Swimmers develop stroke swimming skills which is a good safety skill.
  • Swimmers also train on land to develop the whole athlete.
  • Swimming is a great exercise for life!

USA Swimming conducted a study which showed swimmers have higher GPA’s and averaged higher paying jobs later in life.

Sports teach life skills

  • Good sportsmanship
  • Respect
  • Work ethic
  • Commitment
  • Setting and accomplishing goals
  • Build self esteem, self confidence
  • Develop good time management skills
  • Friends
  • Create memories