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2017-2018 Dolphin Swim Team

A competitive swim team for boys and girls ages 6 - 18. The major emphasis is on stroke development, team work and the development of the YMCA's four core values of respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. Swimmers must be YMCA members and must be able to swim one length of the pool with stopping, using crawl stroke. Of in doubt as to what level your swimmer is, contact Dani Mostachetti, Aquatic Coordinator/YMCA Dolphin Swim Team Head Coach, to have them tested. Our team consists of approximately 75 members from all over Warren County. Season runs from September through March. They compete in the following age categories:

• 8 & under (novice)
• 9 & 10 (cadet)
• 11 & 12 (prep)
• 13 & 14 (junior)
• 15 & up (senior)

Age categories are based upon birth date as of Nov. 30.
Registration for 2017-18 Swim Team begins August 9, 2017. Registration is ONLY available in-house due to required waivers/medical information. Parent must sign. Please bring insurance information.
Cost for 2017-18 season: (Due by October 6, 2017)
$145 YMCA Members
$ 80 Each additional child in family
$ 80 WAHS Swimmers (Grade 9-12)
Note: Above fee includes Sectional, District and State meet fees.

Practice Begins:
The first official week of practice will begin September 25, 2017 and will run Monday through Thursday only.
During this week, interested swimmers who would like to experience swim team may come to practice during the week from 4:30-5:00 pm.
Practice time this week for ages 10 & under is at 5:00 pm and for ages 11 & up at 6:00 pm..
No practice on Friday, Sept. 29th.

Season Practices: (Begins week of October 2nd)
Monday-Thursday:
Novice: 4:00-4:30 pm
Cadet: 5:00-6:00 pm
Preps, Juniors, Seniors: 5:30-7:00 pm

Friday:
Cadets, Preps, Juniors, Seniors: 4:00-5:00 pm

Swimsuit Orders:
We will take orders for our team swimsuits on the following practice days/times:
October 2nd-5th from 4:00-7:00 pm
Prices:
$40 female (swim suit and 2 caps)
$35 male (swim suit and 2 caps)
$25 male (suit only)
$10 caps only

NOTE: During this time swimmer may try on the suit to ensure a proper size. All orders are due by the end of practice on Thursday, October 5th. If you miss this deadline, you will have to order yourself. Money is due when placing order. (The swim suits are the same this year as last year's suit.)
Caps: Swimmers will receive 2 caps with LAST name on it. If you want a specific name, please let Coach Dani know. Email dani@warrenymca.org with any questions.

Parent Info:
ALL parents are expected to help during each home swim meet. Jobs consist of: set-up, timing, scoring, selling 50/50, concessions, lining up swimmers, providing judges and referees. Please check the swim team bulleting board (outside of Dani's office) for meet information and/or concession donations during season.

Parent Meetings:
Thursday, October 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm for new parents; 6:30 pm for returning parents. Location: Program Room #4 at the Y
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Warren YMCA Annual Invitational Swim Meet. All swimmers swim. All parent required to work this meet. (This is our biggest fundraiser of the season.)

*Fall 2017 - Upcoming Events/programs

Teen Competitive Swim Skills

WAHS Swim Coach, Russ Beyer will lead current and prospective high school swimmers in this program. Designed for swimmers ages 13-18 who want to work on their competitive strokes for Y swim team or high school swim team. Swimmers must be able to swim front, crawl and back stroke proficiently to participate. All participants must have a swim waiver on file. Registration currently open. Max enrollment = 20

Dates: TBA
Day: Saturdays
Time: 7:15-8:25 am
Ages: 13-18 years
Cost: $20 members / $25 non members

Skills Clinics - 2017

The YMCA, with the guidance of YMCA swim coaches, will hold four (4) – one day clinics to prepare swimmers for our upcoming swim team season. All swimmers MUST have passed at least the Minnow level of the YMCA Progressive Swim Program to participate. Each clinic will focus on different techniques. All clinics will run from 5:30-6:30 pm. Must register prior to clinic date. A minimum of eight (8) participants in each clinic is required to hold clinic. Registration begins August 9th/members & August 14th/non-members

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Cost: $5 members / $10 non members
Dates:
Tuesday, September 12, 2017..........Freestyle & Backstroke Clinic
Thursday, September 14, 2017........Breast Stroke Clinic
Tuesday, September 19, 2017.........Butterfly Clinic
Thursday, September 21, 2017........Starts & Turns

YMCA Senior Lifeguard Course (Ages 16+)- September/October 2017

The YMCA Senior Lifeguard Course will be held beginning Wednesday, September 13, 2017 with a water pre-test from 6:00-7:00 pm. Participants must be able to do the following swimming skills in order to pass the water pre-test: Front Crawl Stroke, Breast Stroke, Side Stroke, Elementary Back Stroke, Front Dive, Surface Dive to bottom of 12 foot and retrieve an object, Treading Water and Underwater Swimming. The course consists of ASHI BLS, ASHI Emergency Oxygen Administration, ASHI First Aid, YMCA Lifeguard e-lessons and the YMCA Lifeguard Course. After successful completion of all these, the participant is eligible for a lifeguard position anywhere in the United States. After the pre-test, all other classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm and will conclude at the end of October. (Participants who successfully completed the YMCA Junior Lifeguard Course are eligible to receive 20% discount off this course. Complete an additional 30 hours of volunteer service in the aquatics department and receive an additional 30% discount)

Dates: September 13 thru end of October 2017
Days: Wednesday/Thursday
Ages: 16 & up
Cost: $180 members / $210 non members


Coaches' Bios:

Dani Mostachetti

I am your new Head Coach and YMCA Aquatics Coordinator. I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh. My passion for swimming started at a young age when I would lap swim with my mom and pretend I was in the Olympics. Although I never swam competitively in school, my aquatics passion never went away. I was a lifeguard, swim instructor, and camp counselor every summer in high school and college. I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Aquatics. I also ran for their Cross Country and Track/Field program. Since then I have been a teacher and coach in Miami, FL and Cleveland, OH. My coaching experience includes being the assistant coach for the schools’ cross country, track and field, swimming, and youth soccer teams. Sports have always been a big part of my life and have shaped who I am today. I want to help children grow and become best athlete and person they can be through the lessons and excitement of sports participation.

I look forward to coaching the YMCA Dolphins Swim Team and meeting all the great families involved in the program.

Lindsey Vavala

This is my second season as a swim coach. I have worked for the YMCA in the aquatics department as a swim instructor, lifeguard, and a coach for 11 years. I have a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Edinboro University. I work full time for Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems as a Blended Case Manager. I started swimming for the Dolphins when I was 9 years old and continued through high school. What keeps me connected to the swim team is my love for swimming and the ability that I am able to share that passion with swimmers and fellow coaches. I enjoy working with the swimmers and to watch them grow and achieve their goals. The YMCA and the swim program have always been a constant in my life and I consider it a second "home." I am looking forward to seeing what this upcoming season has in store for us all.

Susan Wilson

My name is Susan Wilson. I am a special education teacher for the Warren County School District. I'm going into my 12th year. I am a Long Distance Running and Walking coach for the Warren County Special Olympics. I have always been a lover of swimming. I worked my way through the swim system with earning all the patches and finally then branching out to join the high school swim team. I loved the thrill of being a team member and the sheer excitement of the meet atmosphere. Long distance swim events were by far where my heart loved being. I continued to swim through college. Even though I did not swim competitively for Clarion University of Pennsylvania, I did coach Special Olympics swimming for Clarion County. Thanks goes to Dr. Brooks for getting me back to my roots of swimming.

Phil Hampson

My swimming career started at age 7 with the Warren Y swim team. I swam for the Y and the Warren High School team through grade twelve. The pool took me to Allegheny College for several years until I transferred to West Virginia University. Upon graduation from WVU, I returned to Warren and helped coach the High School team for a year under head coach Mike Phillips. Mike was my coach from age 7 through high school. It was an honor to return and join him on the deck. The twists and turns of life took me in several different directions. My parents and my wonderful wife Becky are very understanding. I am a Professional Land Surveyor, and I have a B.S. in Secondary Education. Currently I am the Operations Manager of an oil company, I do a little surveying on the side, and my partner and I have our own oil company.

Eight years ago, our daughter Callie and our son Ben said they would like to join the swim team. The head coach at that time was Chris Snyder. The kids joined and I asked Chris if he needed any help. That was the start of my second round of coaching. It was a wonderful opportunity to take a break from work, have some kid time, and possibly help some kids navigate their way through life, as Mike Phillips did for me. "Swim Team Therapy" has helped me through many long cold winters. My thanks to the kids and their parents for their help and support.

Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson was born and raised in Warren, PA and a 1997 graduate of WAHS. He started swimming competitively as a Cadet for the summer swim team and continued swimming on the YMCA teams as well as High School. His main events were the freestyle and backstroke sprints and occasionally Coach Phillips and Coach Bimber were able to convince him to swim the 200 IM. Jeff moved back to Warren in 2012 having previously lived in various locations for his former employer, such as Vancouver, Brazil, Los Angeles and Miami. He is enjoying being able to volunteer more of his time now and along with being a coach for the YMCA swim team, he is also an active member in his church.

Russ Beyer

Russ Beyer started swimming at a young age for his local YMCA team. He also was a record holding swimmer in high school and for Gannon University. While at Gannon he taught swim lessons and lifeguarded in the area’s indoor pool and at Presque Isle State Park. He has volunteer coaching experience at the youth sports and collegiate level, and is currently entering his third year as Warren High School’s Varsity head Coach. Russ currently has three children on the Dolphin Swim Team. The reason he loves to coach is to give back to sports. He loves all sports and is very competitive. He grew up with a father that was a youth coach and saw how those kids were impacted on and off the field. Sports are a major part of his and his family’s life. He hopes to give his athletes the competitive drive and passion for swimming to help them be the best athletes they can be.


Results

Warren @ Jamestown

Meadville @ Warren

Warren Invitational

Corry @ Warren

Eastside @ Warren

Bradford @ Warren

Eastside Invitational

County @ Warren

Franklin Invitational

Franklin @ Warren

Warren @ Titusville

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