Ankeny/Wellmark YMCA practicing

at the Wellmark YMCA

501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

 Head Practice Site Coach
 Bob Bredice

 [email protected]



Ankeny/Wellmark Assistant Coaches

Joe Cataldo, YMCA
Lisa Lamb, USA & YMCA
Nikki May, YMCA
Greg Moyle, USA & YMCA
Jason Walsh, YMCA
Stacie Webster, USA & YMCA
Ryan Gaumer, YMCA

Joining Our Team

The Ankeny/Wellmark Marlins is a great place for beginning or experienced swimmers. Our program has historically produced many State Champions in both YMCA Swimming and USA Swimming, as well as numerous successful high school and college swimmers.

Registration for Fall/Winter 2022-23 season opens August 7 with practice opportunites starting as early as September 7. 

Ankeny/Wellmark  Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Season Evaluation Nights

During the evaluation process, your child will be expected to swim freestyle and backstroke. They will also be asked to attempt breaststroke and butterfly if they know those strokes. Swimmers will also be offered the chance to attempt diving into the pool. 

Tryout/Evaluation Sessions:

  • Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 13, 11:30 AM
  • Thursday, August 18, 5:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 27, 11:30 AM

To schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Bob.

Please complete the Evaluation/Tryout Sign Up Form before coming to your tryout session.

Marlin Prep Clinics

Designed as a pre-swim team program, Marlin Prep clinics are a great way to explore what it means to be on a swim team, or see if your swim lesson swimmer is ready for the swim team. Open to YMCA Members and non-members alike, we will be offering one Marlin Prep clinic at the Ankeny/Wellmark practice site this summer:

Aug 22-25, 2022 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Session 1 6:00-6:45 PM 6:00-6:45 PM 6:00-6:45 PM 6:00-6:45 PM

Registration is limited to 24 swimmers per session. If you are unable to attend a Marlin Prep Clinic at the practice site you would like to join the team at, please contact the practice site head coach for information about other options. Swimmers taking part in a Marlin Prep clinic will not have to register for an additional tryout.

Pre-Season Mini-Clinic

Open to all returning Marlins from all practice sites, a great way to start the season! Click the link in the schedule to register.

August 22-25, 2022 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Session 2 7:00 - 7:45 PM 7:00 -7:45 PM 7:00 - 7:45 PM 7:00 - 7:45 PM

Ankeny/Wellmark at Wellmark 2022-2023 Fall/Winter Season Practice Schedule 

Practices begin Wednesday, September 7 at all practice sites.

Fall/Winter 2022-23 Practice Schedule
(subject to change)
  Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
White 6:40 - 7:25 PM 6:40 - 7:25 PM 6:40 - 7:25 PM 6:40 - 7:25 PM     12:00 - 1:00 PM
Purple 6:35 - 7:50 PM 6:35 - 7:50 PM 6:35 -7:50 PM 6:35 - 7:50 PM     12:00 - 1:30 PM
B/B 6:30 - 8:00 PM 6:30 - 8:00 PM 6:30 - 8:00 PM 6:30 - 8:00 PM     12:00 - 2:00 PM


Training Groups and Season Fees*

For more information about the DSMY Program model and level descriptions click here

Team registration, regardless of the start date, is for the entirety of the season including championship meets. Installment billing is only offered as a convenience to our families. There is no discount for paying in full.

Fall/Winter 2022-23 Season Fee*
  Early Season 
September Start
Early Season 
October Start
White $495 $412.50 $330
Purple $594 $495 $396
Blue/Bronze $660 $550 $440

All swimmers new to the team must start by October. Due to space and time limitations, some practice sites will fill their available roster spots. Swimmers are encouraged to register early to ensure a roster spot.

A swimmer’s training season is over after their last qualified championship meet. Training fees for championship meets after the YMCA state meet will be prorated for athletes qualified for additional competitions.

Refunds, partial credits, or discounts on registration and meet fees are not available for missed practices and/or meets due to vacations, absence due to temporary illness, voluntarily leaving the team early, lack of attendance, or involuntary separation due to misconduct.

*Season fees do not include YMCA membership, meet, or USA Swimming membership fees. Multi-Swimmer Discounts are available at the Practice Site locations only when registering all family members at the same time: 10% discount for two swimmers, 15% discount for three swimmers and 20% discount for four or more swimmers in the family. (Discount does not apply to or with Travel Team swimmers.) Additionally, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need. Contact your practice site Welcome Center for information.

** This is the MINIMUM amount due to participate in the Marlin swim team program. Swimmers starting after November will still pay this amount to join the team.

Important Links for Families

Parking at Wellmark YMCA

Located at 5th and Grand in downtown Des Moines the Wellmark YMCA does not have a dedicated parking lot or garage. However, it is connected via the skywalk to several parking structures. Please visit our Parking at Wellmark YMCA page for more information.

Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers financial assistance to families making under $50,000 annually. If you would like more information about the financial assistance program please contact the Wellmark Financial Assistance Specialist:

Phone number: 515-471-8561
Email: [email protected]