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BLUE FINS SWIM TEAM

BLUE FINS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

FALL MEET SCHEDULE

The Schuylkill YMCA believes that competitive swimming develops a great sense of self-esteem and confidence in youth while promoting and instilling a healthy, active lifestyle. We promote goal-setting and achievement through a positive mental attitude. Swimmers are taught to measure success based on self-improvement.

The Y offers a year-round competitive swimming program with many different opportunities for swimmers to participate. Practice groups are broken into different developmentally appropriate levels. More details available when you call or stop by the Y!

The Schuylkill YMCA offers Financial Aid and Scholarships for Blue Fin Swimmers. Applications are available at the front desk. Call us for more information.

Accepting swimmers ages 18 and under, must be able to swim free style one length of a regulation size pool.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer, must submit their clearance to the Schuylkill YMCA.

We require:

Child Abuse History Clearance

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

Blue Fins Mission

The Schuylkill YMCA Blue Fins Swim Team's mission is to provide the opportunity for athletes, from novice to elite, to thrive in a swim program that provides the latest in aquatic theory; in an environment based on core values of the YMCA; which includes honesty, responsibility, respect, and caring.

Blue Fins Philosophy

The Blue Fins swimming program uses United States Swimming's guidelines to develop our program with regards to practice length, intensity, and frequency. When you enroll your child into our program, you can be confident that they are involved in a program that will meet their individual needs to allow them to reach the highest level that their talent and desire can make them. We will always train with the latest in stroke technique and training theory presented at many National Age Group Conferences, and ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Clinics attended past and future. It is our commitment to use only the latest information on swimming theory available. We also focus on each participant being a very important part of the Team, where all are welcome and encouraged to participate. Team spirit, comradely, and a feeling of belonging to a great group of athletes is a main goal of being a member of the Blue Fins swim team. We hope you will consider becoming a part of our swimming program!

Meet the Coaches

Head Coach Linda Jones

Boyertown Area YMCA, Navy Seals USS team, Boyertown Area Senior High

Boyertown, Pa

Linda Jones's legacy (University of Delaware, BA degree in Elementary Education, '69) may well be her skill and versatility in providing training for a wide range of athletic abilities. In 1992 she was hired to develop the Boyertown Area YMCA Navy Seals USS swim team and the Boyertown YMCA swimming program. In 1995 she assumed the duties of coaching a newly approved high school program.

In her 24 years coaching Y, club, high school and summer league she has produced individual and relay Y National champions, state titleists as well as Olympic and World Championship trial qualifiers. Locally she has produced countless District and league champions while being named coach of the year six times. She was inducted into the Berks County Aquatic Hall of Fame in May 2010.

Aquatics Director Shelby Hostetter

Shelby and her family have been an active members and volunteers as part of our YMCA community for over seven years. As an avid swimmer all through college, she easliy stepped into the role of Aquatics Director.

Assistant Coaches

Lauren


I started competitvely swimming at the age of 5. I swam for the Reading YMCA swim team for 11 years and was on their state and national team. I than swam during my college years for Alfred University where I graduated in 2016. My favorite stroke is (distance) freestyle and my favorite event is the 1000 yard freestyle.


Jena


I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years. I started out on the Tunkhannock PA age group swim team as an eight and under. As I grew and learned I helped coach the eight and unders. We moved to Gettysburg when I was 14 years old and I swam one year with the Gettysburg YMCA team. I continued swimming with the Gettysburg High School team for four years and also in Troy PA with their summer league for two seasons. I attended swim camps at Bloomsburg, Clarion and Lock Haven Universities. I have been coaching at the Pottsville Y for two years.

Jill


Although this is my first year as a coach for the Schuylkill County YMCA, I have been around the water almost my entire life. I swam competitively for 10 years, and was a District 11 qualifier for all four years of high school. I have also been a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor for 8 years.

Greg

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Penn State in Kinesiology and education. I received my Master degree from the University of Scranton. I have a teaching certificate in Health & Physical Education and Special Education. I am currently a Special Education teacher in the York City School District. In addition to my career, I have been a PIAA football official for over 15yrs. I enjoy coaching sports at all levels. I have been coaching youth sports for over 16yrs. When I am not working or coaching I enjoy spending time with my wife Tara and my sons, Gavin and Owen who also swim for the YMCA.

Pictures

Having Fun

First Night at Nationals

Nationals Team

Reggie on the Starting Block

Reggie Award

District Team

Blue Fins in the News

Jones leaves Boyertown, will continue to coach

Longtime Boyertown YMCA, high school coach Linda Jones steps away

Schuylkill YMCA hires full time swim team coach


Questions?

Head Coach Linda Jones
skycoachlj@aol.com

Aquatics Director Shelby Hostetter
shelby.grabowski@gmail.com

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