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 at 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, September 27, 5:30 PM

To schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Bob.

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


Ankeny/Wellmark at Wellmark Parent Meeting

Tuesday, September 20, 6:45-7:30 PM - Knapp Conference Room at the Wellmark YMCA - Presentation

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

Starting in November the 5th practices at the Ankeny/Wellmark location will move to Fridays, time TBA.

Fall/Winter 2022-23 YMCA Meet Schedule

   Regular Season Meets Location Hosting Team
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 National Virtual & Intersquad Meet Wellmark YMCA Travel Team
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 Wellmark YMCA Meet Wellmark YMCA Ankeny/Wellmark
Sat, Nov 12, 2022 Waukee YMCA Meet Waukee Family YMCA Waukee
Sat, Dec 3, 2022 YMCA Travel Meet - Nishna Valley Atlantic, IA Nishna Valley
Sat, Dec 10, 2022 Waukee YMCA Meet Waukee Family YMCA Waukee
Sun, Dec 11, 2022 Walnut Creek @ Wellmark YMCA Meet Wellmark YMCA Walnut Creek
Sat, Dec 17, 2022 YMCA Travel Meet- MACR Cedar Rapids, IA  MACR
Sat, Dec 17, 2022 Indianola YMCA Meet Indianola YMCA Indianola
Sat, Jan 7, 2023 Indianola Distance YMCA Meet Indianola YMCA Indianola
Sat, Jan 14, 2023 YMCA Travel Meet - Marshalltown Marshaltown, IA Marshaltown 
Sat, Jan 21, 2023 YMCA Travel Meet - Mahaska Co YMCA Oskaloosa, IA Mahaska Co YMCA
Sat, Jan 28, 2023 Walnut Creek @ Wellmark YMCA Meet Wellmark YMCA Walnut Creek
Sat, Feb 4, 2023 YMCA Last Chance Meet Wellmark YMCA Wellmark
Sun, Feb 12, 2023 YMCA Sectionals Wellmark YMCA Waukee
  Championship Season Meets    
Sat, March 4, 2023 YMCA State Meet (Girls) Marshaltown, IA Marshaltown
Sun, March 5, 2023 YMCA State Meet (Boys) Marshaltown, IA Marshaltown
Fri, March 17, 2023 YMCA Regionals (day 1 of 3) Wellmark YMCA Iowa YMCA Swimming
Sat, March 18, 2023 YMCA Regionals (day 2 of 3) Wellmark YMCA Iowa YMCA Swimming
Sun, March 19, 2023 YMCA Regionals (day 3 of 3) Wellmark YMCA Iowa YMCA Swimming
Mon, April 3, 2023 YMCA Nationals(day 1 of 5) Greensboro, NC YMCA of USA
Tues, April 4, 2023 YMCA Nationals (day 2 of 5) Greensboro, NC YMCA of USA
Wed, April 5, 2023 YMCA Nationals (day 3 of 5) Greensboro, NC YMCA of USA
Thur, April 6, 2023 YMCA Nationals (day 4 of 5) Greensboro, NC YMCA of USA
Fri, April 7, 2023 YMCA Nationals (day 5 of 5) Greensboro, NC YMCA of USA

Click HERE to download a printable copy of this schedule.

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.


High School Participation Fees

High school aged swimmers in grades 9-12 are eligible for a special rate schedule when they choose to participate in their high school swim team. Junior high/middle school team participants are NOT eligible.

ALL high school swim team participants must register for the season by the September start date to ensure their roster spot and maintain their eligibility for competition in USA and YMCA meets as well as DSMY Marlin team functions.

2022 High School Girls Season: August 9, 2022- November 13, 2022
2022-23 High School Boys Season: November 7, 2022- February 10, 2023





Post Season (x/weeks)

TT HS Girls





TTP HS Girls





PS HS Girls





TT HS Boys










PS HS Boys





TT: Travel Team
TTP: Travel Team Prep
PS: Practice Site


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]