Darke County YMCA swim season to begin this month


GREENVILLE – The YMCA of Darke County staff and coaches are looking forward to the 2015-16 DCY winter short course season beginning Oct. 19 with trial week beginning Oct. 12.

The YMCA’s swim team serves the spirit of competition, keeping physically fit and fostering fellowship among the team. The Y hopes to provide each swimmer the opportunity to grow both socially and emotionally through learning the values of team sportsmanship and team cooperation. Through the program, character traits of caring, responsibility, honesty and respect will not only be learned and practiced but also required.

Swim team is open to all Darke County Y members, ages 6 and older, who can exhibit competency in 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke.

Trial week is an opportunity for interested swimmers and their parents to “get their feet wet” and meet the coaches, other parents and swimmers. It gives them an opportunity to experience the swim team environment and also provides the coaches an opportunity to evaluate the swimmers’ abilities. Coaches also will conduct stroke clinics focusing on breast stroke, butterfly and backstroke.

Returning swimmers also should plan to attend trial week, especially if they have aspirations to be promoted to a new practice level.

The trial week opportunity runs from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12-15.

The Monday, Wednesday and Thursday practice will be held at the Greenville Branch. The Tuesday practice will be held at the Versailles Branch.

The DCY Sharks offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the DCY Sharks to offer ability level-specific training for all of their athletes geared toward challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of their abilities. The three training levels include bronze, silver and gold.

For further information, contact coach Tony Mart at birdhunter888@gmail.com; Shanna Good or Tyler Roberts at the Greenville Y at 548-3777 or Cole De’Nise at the Versailles Y at 937-526-4488.

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