Walnut Creek Family YMCA
948 73rd Street
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
(515) 224-1888

Head Practice Site Coach
Alyssa Jensen
[email protected] 

Walnut Creek Assistant Coaches

Sara Crane, YMCA
Josh Doolittle YMCA, USA

Laura Glas YMCA
Angie Harrington YMCA, USA

Rebecca Kush YMCA
Mark Wachendorf YMCA

Walnut Creek Tryouts & Evaluations

No further group tryouts are scheduled for this season but Purple and Blue/Bronze roster spots are still available. Please contact Coach Jensen to schedule an evaluation

Contact Coach Jensen for more information.

Please fill out the Tryout Form before attending your tryout session.


Booster Club 

Open to all parents of active team members, the Walnut Creek booster club welcomes you to attend their regular monthly meetings. All meetings are from 5-6 PM in the social area off the lobby:

Monday, December 5, 2022
Monday, January 9, 2023
Monday, February 6, 2023
Monday, March 6, 2023


Practice Site Schedule

Fall/Winter 2022-2023 (revised 8-23-22)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

4:00-4:45 PM 
5:30-6:15 PM

4:00-4:45 PM
7:00-7:45 PM
4:00- 4:45 PM
5:30 - 6:15 PM
4:00 - 4:45 PM
7:00 - 7:45 PM
4:00-5:00 PM
Purple 4:00-5:15 PM
5:30 - 6:45 PM
4:00-5:15 PM
7:00-8:15 PM
4:00-5:15 PM
5:30 - 6:45 PM
4:00-5:15 PM
7:00-8:15 PM
4:00-5:30 PM

4:00-5:30 PM
5:30 - 7:00 PM

4:00-5:30 PM
7:00-8:30 PM
4:00-5:30 PM
5:30 - 7:00 PM
4:00-5:30 PM
7:00-8:30 PM
4:00-6:00 PM

Swimmers go to ONE practice time per day.
White group practice: 45 minutes.
Purple group practice: 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Blue/Bronze group practice: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

THANKSGIVING WEEK Practice Site schedule:

Monday 11/21- Wednesday 11/23 Normal Practice Times
Thursday 11/24 - Sunday 11/27 No Practice



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 YMCA @ TBA Meet TBA 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 for a downloadable copy of this schedule.


Fall/Winter 2022-23 USA Meet Schedule


Dates USA: Regular Season Meets Location Hosting Team Notes
Oct 22-23, 2022 DSMY Spooktacular Wellmark YMCA DSMY Marlins  
Nov 5-6, 2022 MAC A3 Performance Invite  Pleasant Prairie, WI MAC TT &TTP ONLY
Nov 13, 2022 DSMY Salute to Veterans Wellmark YMCA DSMY Marlins  
Nov 18-29, 2022 DASH Giving Thanks Invitational Dubuque, IA DASH  
Dec 2-4, 2022 DSMY Snow Globe Classic Wellmark YMCA DSMY Marlins  
Dec 6-9, 2022 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals Austin, TX Speedo Q-Times Needed
Jan 8, 2023 Rams Blizzard Blast Wellmark YMCA Rams Swim Club Sunday Only
Jan 13-15, 2023 FoxJet Invitational University of MN FoxJet TT & TTP ONLY
Jan 13-15, 2023 All-Stars Wellmark YMCA IASI Application Only
Jan 20-22, 2023 DSMY Skywalk Open Wellmark YMCA DSMY Marlins  
Jan 28-29, 2023 CIA Blues Buster Wellmark YMCA CIA Sunday Only
Feb 5, 2023 DSMY Last Chance Meet Wellmark YMCA DSMY Marlins  
  USA: Championship Season Meets      
Feb 11-12, 2023 IASI Winter Regional Championship Wellmark YMCA DSMY Q-Times Needed
Feb 17-19, 2023 2023 Age Group Champs Wellmark YMCA Rams Swim Club Q-Times Needed
Feb 23-26, 2023 2023 Short Course Champs CRWC, Iowa CIty, IA BLST & PSC Q-Times Needed

Click HERE to download a printable copy of this schedule.

Training Groups and Season Fee

Walnut Creek offers practice group options based on age and experience. The DSMY Program Model and Levels PDF details the difference between these groups. 

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




Season (Nov-Feb)

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


Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines and USA Swimming offer financial assistance to families making under $50,000 annually. For more information contact the Walnut Creek Welcome Center and the Swim Team Admin.