Due to coaching shortages the DSMY Marlins have suspended the
Aqua Stars Artistic Team program until further notice. 

DSMY Aqua Stars Artistic "Synchronized" Swimming Team

The Aqua Stars are a competitive synchronized swimming team open to boys and girls ages 6 to 19 years old. We offer multiple levels with specific training groups.

Swimmers on the team are required to be YMCA facility members.

Practice site location: Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309.

New Season begins September 12, 2021

Tryouts for NEW swimmers: (returning swimmers from previous seasons do not need to tryout). Meet the coaches, have your training group and swim level assessed (25 yard swim, 1 minute treading water) and basic drills/skills.

Prior to attending a tryout session, please email Coach Jennifer Ledbury

Fall-Winter-Spring 2021-22 Season Information

  • Fall Session:
  • TWO practices per week
      • ​Age Group levels 1 & 2: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
      • Intermediate Levels 1 & 2: 11:30-12:45 p.m.
      • Novice (New swimmers ages 6-10): 12:45-1:45 p.m.
    • MONDAY or WEDNESDAY: 7:15-8:30 p.m.
  • NEW Beginner class - 4 & 5 year olds
  • Equipment needed: an all black swim suit for the show, suit of choice for practice, multiple nose plugs and goggles (optional).
  • Aqua Stars Team Store: Elsmore Swim Shop
  • Sunday, November 21, 2021 Fall/Winter Show  
  • The Aqua Stars will be registered as a team with USA Synchronized Swimming. Intermediate Plus and Age Group team members will be required to have a USA Synchro membership.
  • Goal: Team work and duets.

Head Coach: Jennifer Ledbury 

Assistant Coaches: Mari Mineck, Morgan Spellman

DSMY closed Facebook group:
Join, follow and celebrate the DSMY swim team members, moments and events through our closed Facebook group.  Request to join:  DSMY Aqua Stars Members & Families.