The Manta Rays Swim Team is a competitive swim program of the Muscatine Community YMCA open to youth ages 5-21.
Over the years, the team has gone through many changes and was formerly known as the Muscatine Swim Club.
The Manta Rays Swim Team competes in both YMCA & USA Swimming Leagues.
The YMCA Competitive Season will run from approximately October-March.
The USA Competitive Season will run from approximately May-July.
In addition to our traditional swim team practices and meets, we occasionally will offer stroke clinics, individual or mini group practice sessions, or prep-programs for those already enrolled in swim team or those that do not meet minimum basic requirements. Details on these additional offerings vary each season, and are communicated via email and team app.
Our swimming program is geared toward developing great swimmers to their maximum potential as well as building great self-esteem.
The Mission of the Manta Rays Swim Team is to provide swimmers a safe, healthy and positive opportunity to realize their potential both in and out of the pool, while displaying the YMCA Core Character values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

YMCA Winter Swim Team 2022-2023


YMCA Winter Season (Short Course) 

YMCA Winter Competitive Swim Season is open to swimmers ages 5-21 years of age.

New swimmers (youth that have never participated on a compettiive team before) must complete a New Swimmer Evaluation Request Form before registering.

All Swimmers must be a current Muscatine Community YMCA member.

Dates: Regular Practices begin October 24th (Leader's Academy & Rookie Academy occur prior to regular practice schedule).

Championship Meets begin February 12th.

Last Day of regular pracitce for all swimmers is Monday, Feburuary 13th.

Practice Days: Monday-Friday

Competitions: Saturdays (occasional Sundays).  Dates vary throughout the season

Location: Carver Swim Center (MHS)


Purple Mantas (10 & Under): 5:45-7 pm

Golden Rays (11 & up): 7-8:30 pm


$20 Registration Fee (due at registration)

$50 per month (October-March.  October due at registration).  Monthly payments must be set up for automatic withdraw, or pay in full ($300)

Multiple athlete discount applies for athletes in the same household/family.

Gear Requirements: Please see the Team Handbook for gear requirments. Headsets will be maintained by the Coaching Team.  Gear bags will be stored at Carver.

USA Summer Swim Team 2023

USA Summer 2023 Swim Team

USA Summer Swim team practices and competitions!!

This program will be for veteran Manta Rays Swim Team athletes (or other competitive swim program) that have competed in at least one or more competitive swim seasons.

Participation in at least ONE or more competitions will be required.

Swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming and active Muscatine Community YMCA members.

Dates: May 1st-July 20th (12 weeks)

Practice Days: Monday-Thursday

Practice Times: 

May 1st-June 1st: 5:30-7 pm

June 5th-July 20th:

Mondays & Wednesdays: 5:30-7 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7:30-9 am

Practices will consist of both dry-land and water.  Details TBA

Practice Locations: 

May 1-June 1: Muscatine Community YMCA

Practices will move to Carver Swim Center (MHS) when repairs have been completed.

Fees: $50 join fee plus $60 per month per swimmer for May, June & July.

A USA athlete Membership is also required for each athlete. Registration links will be sent via email.

Gear Requirements: Gold Group Practice Gear (kickboard, fins, pull buoy, hand paddles & snorkel) & headsets will be required for all USA swimmers. 8 & unders will not need hand paddles.

Swimmers will be responsible for bringing their fully charged headsets to practice each day.  Gear bags can be stored at Carver.

Email [email protected] or [email protected] to request USA Team Registration link!


Practice Only Groups-SUMMER 2023

Non-Competition Groups-Practice Only

These practices are open to veteran athletes only (YMCA, USA, middle school, and high school  competitive swimming athletes):

Dates: June 5th-July 20th


Mondays & Wednesdays: 5:30-7 pm*


Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7:30-9 am*

*Space is limited for these groups, please do not register for both until we know we have addional space available*

FEE: $25 join fee plus $40 per month (for June & July).



Dates: May 1st-July 20th

Practice Days & Times: see above

FEE: $30 for entire summer (regardless of start date)-includes a YMCA individual membership through July 20th.

All registrations and fees MUST be paid prior to starting practices



Dates: June 5th-July 20th

Practice Days & Times: see above

FEE: $30 for entire summer (regardless of start date)-includes a YMCA individual membership through July 20th.

All registrations and fees MUST be paid prior to starting practices.


GEAR: YMCA athletes should bring their headsets and gear bags to practices. 

Middle School & High School athletes will use team headsets and gear (unless they have their own-please bring it to practices) for summer.  

Minimum Gear for MS & HS athletes: kickboard, fins, pull buoy, snorkel (nose clip recommended).