About Us


Developing Character One Lap at a Time.



The YOTA swim team instills character development while preparing our athletes to compete at the highest levels within USA and YMCA swimming. We are a family that supports each individual in pursuit of excellence in the sport of swimming to the best of their ability. We build upon our long tradition of success in and out of the pool.

We support SafeSport policies and have expectations of complete compliance which is in line with our values and cultural norms.  We provide for a safe and supportive environment through a positive team culture; one that promotes Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring for all. 

Our team's combined success is dependent on each individual's (Coaches, Swimmers and Parents) commitment and determination to execute their best effort(s), and focus on the process of long-term development while embracing our team’s standards.


Cultural Norms

Nurturing – we support all swimmers and teammate’s development through encouragement and good sportsmanship.

Genuine – we intentionally build positive relationships amongst coaches, swimmers, parents, and teammates.  

Hopeful – we expect our swimmers and teammates to grow, learn, and develop to reach their desired potential.

Determined – we devote our efforts and energy to serve the team and our community.

Welcoming – we accept people eagerly, warmly, hospitably, and value each individual.  

Communication is vital to the success of our team and everyone participates in a respectful and timely manner.   


Group Standards

For each of our age group and senior programs we have standards to help us define success.

Age Group: The standards for success at the age group level are:

  • Develop each swimmer in the fundamentals of all strokes, skills, and race strategies. 
  • Learn and live the four core YMCA character values.
  • Instill a passion for swimming – one that becomes a lifetime habit.
  • Active family participation within the branch through participation and volunteerism.
  • Prepare swimmers for long -term growth to experience senior level opportunities.
  • Enjoy their achievements as well as their teammates and YOTA Experience. 
  • Have 85 Swimmers compete at SC North Carolina Age Championships.
  • Consistently Place in the top 3 at North Carolina Age Championships.

Senior: The standards for success in the senior program are:

  • Develop each swimmer to reach their potential and to pursue their desired level of achievement – including the highest levels within USA and YMCA swimming.   
  • Swimmers embracing ownership of their personal pursuit of success and utilizing the opportunities and resources to their fullest. 
  • Refine character values and develop swimmers into leaders.
  • Celebrate the achievements of the team and teammates success.
  • Provide the skills and experiences that enable swimmers to pursue swimming in college.   
  • Have 40 Swimmers compete at YMCA  Short Course National Championship
  • Consistently Place in the Top 5 at YMCA National Championship