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Meredith Griffin

Aaron Heiss is stepping down as the YMCA Swimming Regional Representative for the Central region (IL, WI, MO, KS) so that he may be fully committed to his ever-expanding role in his YMCA and with his family. Aaron has served as regional representative since 2014 and has not only helped local Ys, but has also contributed valuable input and ideas for the advancement of Y Swimming nationally. I extend great appreciation to Aaron for all he has contributed in this volunteer role. We are accepting applications to fill the regional...

Tom Warrick

To all YMCA Long Course athletes, families and coaches: As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) remains focused on supporting YMCAs and our communities through unprecedented and unpredictable circumstances. The pandemic has severely impacted sporting and athletic events for 2020, including the NCAA, NHL, MLB and several others. It has also led to the International Olympic Committee's decision to postpone the Summer Olympic Games for the first time in history, from 2020 until 2021. In light of the current reality, and in order to reduce...

Meredith Griffin

Calling all YMCA swim coaches and competitive aquatic directors! We are launching Online Y Swim Coaches Forums to share information, spark conversation and generate ideas among each other. Each forum will be 30-45 minutes and will be offered on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm EDT. The first half will be presentation by a leading YMCA coach or competitive aquatic director, The second half of each forum will be discussion and Q&A with participants. There will be a variety of topics offered and the first one is "What do I do with...

Tom Warrick

Nationwide efforts to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus include the closure of schools and YMCAs, cancellation of social and community gatherings and the cancellation of the Short Course YMCA National Championship Meet. In recognition that these changes could make completion and submission of Adolph Kiefer YMCA Youth Character Award applications exceedingly difficult, we have extended the deadline to June 1, 2020. Additionally, we are waiving the requirement that applicants compete in the Short Course YMCA National Championship Meet in their senior year. This requirement is no longer possible...

Tom Warrick

The Long Course YMCA National Championship Meet Committee understands that the cancellation of a significant number of short course YMCA championship meets, including the 2020 Short Course YMCA National Championships, has affected the ability of some athletes to achieve and/or meet the qualifying requirements for the 2020 Long Course Meet. In consideration of these lost opportunities, the Committee is examining potential adjustments to the qualification requirements for the meet this summer. After thorough and thoughtful discussion is complete, an announcement will be posted on the YMCA Swimming and Diving website...