SWIM TEAM IS OLYMPIC SIZE FUN
For Ages 6 to 18 years
Our co-ed competitive swim team emphasizes teamwork, fun, character development and good sportsmanship. The structured, supervised swim team practices will focus on stroke technique, endurance and interval training. Swim practices are tailored to the level of the swimmers and are designed to help them meet their individual goals while still taking part in a team activity. New Swimmers must have completed Jr. Sea Dragon, Stage 5 / Stroke Development or equivalent swimming ability to ensure proper placement within the program.
Like the Y, Clearview Federal Credit Union believes that youth swim team provides the opportunity to experience the health benefits of swimming. Clearview Federal Credit Union has generously sponsored the timing equipment and scoreboard for youth swim team.
Pre-season conditioning, Competitive Stroke
Build endurance, learn stroke techniques and refinement during Competitive Stroke. Swimmers must have completed Jr. Sea Dragons or Stage 5/Stroke Development and be between the ages 6 - 18. Competitive Stroke is 1 hour in length and held in the Large Pool.
SESSION September: 4 - 27 (11 classes)
Swim Team requirements & levels
Please note a swimmer’s age is determined by the age they are on December 1, 2019.
NOVICE (8 & under) must be able to swim 25 yards of proper front crawl and backstroke. It is recommended that they complete stage 5 or Junior Sea Dragons of the Y Swim Program. Recommend 2-3 practice days a week
WHEN: Mondays/Wednesdays/Friday, 5-5:45 p.m.
CADET (9 -10 ) must be able to swim 50 yards continuously of proper front crawl and backstroke, and be relatively competent in breast and fly. It is recommended that they complete stage 5 of the Y Swim Program. Recommend 3-4 practice days a week.
WHEN: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. | Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. (beginning November 7)
PREP, JUNIOR, SENIOR & HIGH SCHOOL (11-12, 13-14 and 15-18) are proficient in all four competitive strokes and can swim 200 continuous yards. Recommend 4-5 practice days a week.
WHEN: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 6-7:30 p.m. | Tuesdays, 6:30-8 pm |Thursdays 5-7 pm (beginning November 7) | Dry-land, Mondays/Wednesdays, 6-6:30 p.m. (beginning November 4)
HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS Start conditioning now while improving your endurance and technique. When the H.S. season begins, you can practice with your team and still be a part of ours. Swimmers will have the opportunity to swim dual meets, invitationals and qualify for Y District and State meets. H.S. swimmers follow the Prep, Junior, Senior schedule.
All swim team participants must have and maintain a Sewickley Y membership and are required to have a team suit and cap for meets. All new swimmers must attend a try-out day for proper placement in the program.
A parent is required to attend an informational registration meeting. Registration is in-person only. A $50 late fee will apply for registrations after October 2. Registration meetings are as follows
- Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, September 23, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 1, 6 p.m.
Swimsuit try-on night
It is highly recommended that your swimmer is fitted for a suit before purchase. There will also be a limited number of suits and other items for sale that evening.
- Thursday, October 3, 5-7 p.m.
- Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 18, 5 p.m.
- Monday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
Meet the Coach
Sea Dragons Swim Coach, Paula Kwalick
Paula Kwalick began competitive swimming at the age of 6 for the Bellevue Barracudas and the Community House Swim Clubs. She continued swimming for Bellevue, becoming a lifeguard and teaching swimming lessons through high school. She began her coaching career as an age group coach for the Montour Marlins Swim Club for 2 seasons.
Paula left the Marlins to accept the Novice (8 & under), coaching position here at the Y where she is going on her 13th year. During her tenure, our Novice Team has consistently placed in the top 4 in our league of 18 teams. The girls have placed 1st at Novice Champs and the boys boast a second-place finish. Paula is a certified swim coach through USA Swimming and attends yearly Coaches Clinics as part of her on-going training.
“My goal is to instill a love of the sport by helping each swimmer set and work toward goals while having fun and building lasting relationships. Swim team reaches far beyond the pool, teaching kids time management, good sportsmanship, and teamwork.”
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