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 the 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 the youth swim team.
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 | Time: 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.
Meet the Coach
Sea Dragons Swim Coach, Paula Kwalick
Paula Kwalick has had a life-long love of swimming. She swam competitively for ten years and has coached swimming for 14 years at the Sewickley Y, where she is also the Aquatic Coordinator. She coaches all levels from beginner to college and is now in her 2nd year as the Sea Dragons’ Head Coach. She began her coaching career as a USA Swimming age group coach for the Montour Marlins Swim Club, where she coached for two seasons.
Paula is a certified swimming coach through USA Swimming and attends yearly Coaches Clinics as part of her on-going training. She holds trainer level certifications for Swim Instructor and Lifeguard and is a certified Water Exerciser Instructor for the Y. She has additional training in Swimmer Nutrition and Water Therapy for Knee and Hip Injuries.
“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 friendships. Swim team reaches far beyond the pool, teaching kids time management, good sportsmanship, and teamwork.”
Sea Dragons Coach, Bill White
Bill White was born in Minnesota, where he started his swimming career with the South East Metro Sharks in the St. Paul area. To this day, he holds every 8 & under team record of the USA club swim team. His former swimming career also included setting national age-group records in breaststroke while living in Mexico. After being an Indiana High School State runner-up breaststroker, Bill attended the University of Louisville to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. At Louisville, he was a team-record holder in breaststroke and IM events as well as a three-time team MVP. Bill took up master's swimming in 2000 shortly after moving to the Pittsburgh area. He soon transitioned to be a master's swimming coach as well as a swimmer and has coached several Masters National Champions. He has been the Sewickley YMCA master's coach for over a decade and has been involved with the Sewickley Y’s youth team for almost as long. He is also a coach for the Team Pitt USMS swim team.
Sea Dragons Coach, Amber Miller
Amber began swimming at the age of 8 for the Woodland Swim Club and soon began swimming year-round for teams, including the Sewickley YMCA Sea Dragons and Pine-Richland Aquatics. A four-year WPIAL qualifier at Quaker Valley High School, Amber went on to swim for NCAA Division III Washington & Jefferson College. For the Presidents, Amber was a team captain and an11-time conference finalist specializing in butterfly and distance freestyle events. Although “retired” from competitive swimming, Amber still swims several miles per week and recently raced an open water 5K.
Amber returns for a third year to the Sea Dragons as an assistant coach. Additionally, she has served as an assistant coach for Quaker Valley High School and was the head coach at Woodland Swim Club. Amber also teaches group and private swim lessons to kids of all ages and abilities at the Y. Outside of swimming and coaching, Amber has always been passionate about mental health and helping others. Amber achieved a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2018 and currently works as a mental health counselor at UPMC.
Sea Dragons Coach, Danica Raichel
Danica began swimming competitively at the age of 10, and swimming has been a large part of her life ever since. She’s been involved with several teams in high school and hopes to swim in college as well. She began swimming for the Northgate Aquatics Club and moved to the Rose E. Schneider YMCA a few years later. Danica is currently a swimmer for Northgate/Avonworth High School swim team, and spends her summers coaching the Avonworth Alligators, as well as assistant coaching Northgate Middle school in the spring. Danica believes swimming is a great sport for all ages, and that it builds a great community and encourages sportsmanship as well as individual growth. She is happy to share her knowledge and interests in the sport with the swimmers, and is excited to join the Sewickley YMCA coaching staff!
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