DSMY Travel Team & Travel Team Prep

Wellmark YMCA
501 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Travel Team Head Coach
Emma Sougstad  [email protected]

Hey Marlins!

My name is Emma Sougstad and I will be the head coach of the Wellmark Travel Team and Prep Team begninning in June. I have absolutely loved working with you for the past year as the interim head coach and cannot express my gratitude for the opportunity to lead you toward your goals this season with the collaboration of the 6 talented assistant coaches. 

My goal as your coach is to continue and heighten your elite level of training at the YMCA with target objective practices; this means that each practice directly applies to a race strategy. This intentional approach is essential for confidence behind the blocks and optimal performance. It includes but is not limited to: 200/400 IM workouts, pull/kick isolation sets, 200 pace days, distance/power groups, weekly test sets, underwater/dryland work, 100 work, recovery days and anaerobic capacity workouts. There will also be an emphasis on an environment with a growth mindset and focus on teamwork/collaboration.  

I also am passionate about the psychological component to competition. We will have two 'character bootcamps' throughout this season on 'What Drives Winning' and 'Mental Toughness- Breaking Down Barriers with Resilience and Grit'.  

Marlins, let's make it a great season! 


Wellmark Travel Team Assistant Coaches

 

Honorary coach: Trudy Hancock

Bryan Hill, USA
Mollie Sabo, USA
Selena Mufti,  USA
Shaylee Torrence, USA
Aftin Phyte, USA

DSMY Travel Team Eligibility

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

Eligibility for Travel Team:

  • 13+ years old with ISI Champs Q time in current age group
  • One USA Swimming “AA” time standard in a freestyle event (USA Swimming time standards) OR the swimmer is entering the summer season before their freshman year of high school (with no time standards).

Eligibility for Travel Team Prep:

  • Must have approval and communication from site team coach
  • 11+ years old with one USA Swimming “AA” time standard in a freestyle event for current age group, USA Swimming time standards and head practice site coach invitation.
  • Athlete will accomplish the two Wednesday test sets of travel team prep and be competitive with the times of the current team

To be a part of the DSMY swimming team, swimmers must maintain a current YMCA facility membership throughout the season. All swim team members must check-in to the facility with their membership card through the front desk welcome center. A USA Swimming Premium membership is a requirement for Travel Team Prep and Travel Team training groups.

Training Groups and Season Fee*

Fall/Winter 2023 Season Fee
Sept
Season Fee 
Oct Start
Season Fee
Nov-Feb**
Travel Team $1050 $875 $700
Travel Team Prep $930 $775 $620

* Meet fees are seperate and in addition to season fees. They are dependent on events swam and will be billed after meets have been posted. See below
regarding high school in season fees.

** Minimum amount to participate in the season.


Practice Schedule

Practice begins August, 29, 2022. No practices 9/3 or 9/5 due to Labor Day. 

Travel Team

  Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
AM   5:45-7:00 AM 5:45-7:00 AM 5:45-7:00 AM   7:30-9:30 AM  
PM 4:30-6:15 PM 4:30- 6:15 PM 4:30-6:15 PM 4:30-6:15 PM 4:30-6:00 PM    

 

Travel Team Prep

  Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
PM 4:30-6:15 PM 4:30-6:15 PM 4:30-6:15 PM 4:30-6:15 PM 4:30-6:00 PM 7:30-9:30 AM  

 


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
 

Fall/Winter USA Meets


Coming soon


Team Travel Equipment Needed

Your own:


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.

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

 

September

October

Season (Nov-Feb)

Post Season (x/weeks)

TT HS Girls

$15.00

$15.00

$540.00

$175.00

TTP HS Girls

$15.00

$15.00

$480.00

$155.00

PS HS Girls

$15.00

$15.00

$345.00

$110.00

TT HS Boys

$175.00

$175.00

$147.50

$175.00

TTP HS Boys

$155.00

$155.00

$137.50

$155.00

PS HS Boys

$110.00

$110.00

$115.00

$110.00

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


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 YMCA's Financial Assistance Specialist:

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