Sharks Swim Team

Over 40 years of shark-infested waters.

Sharks Swim Team

Winter 2023-24 Season Information
  • Practice for all swimmers will begin on Monday, October 16, 2023. Emails will be sent to let you know the appropriate level for your swimmer(s).
  • SPECIAL NOTE:  If you register your swimmer as a YWCA Member, the membership must remain current for the entire season.  October 16, 2023-February 24, 2024.

The Sharks Swim Team is for youth between the ages of 5 and 18. The four main goals of our team are sportsmanship, teamwork, fellowship, and fun!

Meet the Sharks – Team Tryouts 

  • If your child is interested in joining the Sharks, please register for this event!
  • New swimmers must demonstrate they can swim 25 meters of the pool, each in freestyle and backstroke. (25 meters is the length of our pool.)
  • Our coaches would love to see any additional skills your swimmer can perform, such as breaststroke, butterfly, dives, or flip turns. However, these skills are not required to join the team.
  • Our coaches will determine if your swimmer is ready to join the team.
  • Tryouts for new swimmers will take place during the “Meet the Sharks” event on Sunday, September 17, 2023, from 3-5 p.m.  If you cannot attend, please contact Beth Raub, Aquatic Director /Sharks Developmental Coach, to schedule an appointment for your child to try out; email gro.grubsyttegacwy@buarb.
  • Click here to register your child for “Meet the Sharks!”

What happens after team tryouts?

  • If your swimmer successfully passes the tryout requirements, they can try the team for two weeks before committing to the entire season. For just $25, your swimmer can practice with the team for two weeks and see how they like it. If you choose to register them for the team at the end of the two weeks,  the $25 will be put toward your team fee.
  • If the coaches feel your child is not ready to join the team, they will recommend you enroll them in swimming lessons at the YWCA. We offer swimming lessons throughout the year that can prepare your child to become a Shark in the future!

Register for the Shark’s Two-Week Trial!

What happens at the end of the Two-Week Trial?

If your child has decided to join the team, and you wish to register them for:

Trial to Mako Sharks, please click here.

Trial to Tiger Sharks, please click here.

Trial to Blue Sharks, please click here.

Practice Groups

All swimmers are required to participate in the Sharks dual meets. Note: Some practices may be canceled due to holidays, special aquatic events, and inclement weather. Swimmers will be notified of practice cancellations in advance.

All swimmers must be registered before attending their first practice. Upon registration, the team fee may be paid in full or set up as a payment plan. If you opt for the payment plan, the first installment is due on or before October 16, 2023, or before the swimmer attends their first practice. The remaining payments will be due on November 16, 2023, December 16, 2023, and January 16, 2024.

USA PRESEASON TRAINING GROUP

Becoming a member of the Sharks’ USA Team is an opportunity to become more involved in competitive swimming. Any swimmer age nine or older is eligible for USA swimming with the approval from Coach Megan or Coach Beth. USA members have the opportunity to attend additional meets throughout the season and compete in events that are not offered in our dual meets. The fee to join USA Swimming is paid directly to USA Swimming and is in addition to the YWCA team fees. USA preseason practices begin on September 18, 2023

Swimmers registered with USA Swimming are expected to participate in USA meets as available.

To register for USA Preseason Training, click here!

If you want to learn more about USA Swimming, please contact the coaches at gro.grubsyttegacwy@skrahSACWY.

MAKO SHARKS 

New and returning 8 and under and new 9-10-year-old swimmers.
This level focuses on the four competitive strokes, starts, turns, and finishes.
The balance of practice will be 80% technique and 20% endurance.
Recommended attendance is 2 -4 times/per week.  

Practice Schedule:

October 16, 2023 – February 23, 2024

Monday-Thursday:  5:45-6:45 p.m.

Register for Mako Sharks here!

TIGER  SHARKS

Advanced 8 and under, 9-10, and new 11-12-year-old swimmers.
This level focuses on the four competitive strokes plus the Individual Medley, starts, turns, and finishes.
The balance of practice will be 70% technique and 30% endurance.
Recommended attendance is 3-5 times/per week.

Practice Schedule:

October 16, 2023 – February 23, 2024

Monday-Thursday:  5:45-6:45 p.m.
Friday:  5:30-6:30 pm

Register for Tiger Sharks here!

BLUE SHARKS

Advanced 9-10, 11-12, and new 13-14-year-old-swimmers.
This level focuses on advanced technique for the four competitive strokes plus the Individual Medley, starts, turns, and finishes.
Dryland training will be an element of this practice group Monday-Thursday from 6:30-6:45 p.m.
The balance of practice will be 40% technique and 60% endurance.
Recommended attendance is 3-5 times/per week.

Practice Schedule:

October 16, 2023 – February 23, 2024

Monday-Thursday:  6:30-8 p.m.
Friday:  5:30-7 pm

Register for Blue Sharks here!

WHITE SHARKS

Advanced 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18-year-old-swimmers.
This level focuses on advanced technique for the four competitive strokes plus the Individual Medley, starts, turns, and finishes.
Dryland training will be an element of this practice group Monday-Thursday from 6:30-6:45 p.m.
The balance of practice will be 40% technique and 60% endurance.
Recommended attendance is 4-5 times/per week.

Practice Schedule:

October 16, 2023 – February 23, 2024

Monday-Thursday:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday:  5:30-7 pm

Register for White Sharks here!

HIGH SCHOOL/USA SHARKS

14-18 year-old-swimmers who are members of their high school team.
This group is for swimmers who will practice with the Sharks on a regular basis from October 16 through the beginning of their high school season.  Once high school practices and meets begin, these swimmers will occasionally practice with the Sharks but will mostly practice with their high school team.

These swimmers will be expected to compete in Shark’s dual meets and USA meets.  Any swimmer in this group who wants to start practicing in September must register for Preseason USA Sharks.

The first 15 minutes of practice Monday-Thursday will be designated to dryland.

Practice Schedule:

October 16, 2023 – February 23, 2024

Monday-Thursday:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday:  5:30-7 pm

Register for High School/USA Sharks here!

HIGH SCHOOL/NON-USA SHARKS

14-18 year-old-swimmers who are members of their high school team.
This group is for swimmers who will practice with the Sharks on a regular basis from October 16 through the beginning of their high school season.  Once high school practices and meets begin, these swimmers will occasionally practice with the Sharks but will mostly practice with their high school team.

These swimmers will be expected to compete in Shark’s dual meets.  

The first 15 minutes of practice Monday-Thursday will be designated to dryland.

Practice Schedule:

October 16, 2023 – February 23, 2024

Monday-Thursday:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday:  5:30-7 pm

Register for High School/NON-USA Sharks here!

 

Swim Meet Schedule

All Sharks are required to participate in dual meets!  

Winter 2023-24 Meet Schedule

12/9          Mechanicsburg Swim Club @ Home
1/6            @ South Middleton Swim Club
1/13          Big Spring Aquatic Club @ Home
1/20         Shippensburg & Mercersburg @ Home
2/3           Aquatic Club of the West Shore @ Home

Dual meets occur on Saturday mornings/early afternoons. Plan for 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. as the earliest start and latest finish times. All facilities, including ours, will have their own restrictions/policies regarding spectators, food and drink, etc. We will share them with you as we receive them.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Program Highlights

 

  • The Sharks Swim Team is a well-rounded program that is instructional, inclusive, competitive, and fun!
  • Our coaching staff has many years of experience and has several members who started their swimming careers as Sharks themselves!  Coach Megan Maslowski has led the Sharks for over 20 years!
  • The Sharks have a Winter and Summer season, and most team members swim year-round.
  • Financial Aid is available to assist families who qualify.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. 

We are currently revising our financial aid guidelines.  

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please email the Aquatic Director, Beth Raub.

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