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YWCA Sharks Swim Team

IMG_7761The Sharks Swim Team is for children ages 6-18 with strong swimming skills.  Swimmers must be able to swim all four competitive strokes.



During the summer of 2013 we had 27 out of 40 swimmers in Divisionals, 15 (+4 alternates) in All Stars, and 8 (+4 alternates) in Mid-Caps!

In the Summer of 2014 we had:
38 competed in CASL A Division Championships
26 of those qualified for CASL All Star Meet
13 of those qualified for Mid-Cap Championship

In the Fall of 2015:
The Sharks ended the season with a 4-0 record, securing them as CPAL Division 1-A Champions (pictured below)
39 athletes participated in the Division 1-A Championships
Sarah Hardy broke a meet record in 11-12 girls 50 breaststroke
26 of these athletes qualified for CPAL All-Star Championships
15 swimmers attended 9 & Under Mini Championships in mid-March.
12 swimmers qualified for 2015 SunKissed Invitational Junior/Senior Championships in Charlotte, N.C.
3 swimmers qualified for PIAA Swimming & Diving Championships (high school states).
Five Sharks team records were broken this season. Record breakers were Sarah Hardy (3), Logan Hyde, and Hannah Brainard.
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In the Summer of 2015:
our swim team won the CASL Division A Championships


We have an excellent group of coaches who are excited about taking your child’s skills to the next level.
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Visit the Sharks website for more information!

Tryouts for the Sharks Swim Team:
Swimmers must be able to swim the entire length of our pool (25m) doing each of the following strokes: freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke.  They also must show they can swim at least half the length of our pool (about 15m) doing the butterfly.  They must show their skills in diving, flip turns and open turns.  The swimmers do not have to be proficient in these skills.  The coaches will determine whether a swimmer is ready for the Sharks Swim Team or whether the swimmer would benefit from practicing with the Mini Sharks Swim Team.
Try outs are October 19-22 and we encourage all new swimmers to call the Aquatics Director (717-334-9171 ext. 129) to let us know that you will be trying out and which night works best for you.

Shark Swim Team Regular Practice Times: Practice begins October 19th  and ends February 19, 2016
Level 1: Monday-Thursday 5:45-6:30pm
Level 2: Monday-Thursday 6:30-7:45pm; Friday 5:30-6:30pm
Level 3: Monday-Thursday 6:30-8pm; Friday 5:30-6:30
Level 4/USA: Monday-Thursday 6pm-8pm; Friday 5:30-6:30pm

Description of Swim Levels:
Level 1:  Participants with little to no competition swim experience.  This level focuses on competitive strokes and techniques.
Level 2: Focus is 50% stroke technique and 50% endurance training.
Level 3: Focus is on advanced techniques
Level 4: Swimmers who want longer and tougher workouts

USA Swimmers: This is for swimmers who love competition at the pre-Olympic level.  Swimmers must be recommended by their coach to be part of this group or have already been in this group before the fall.  These swimmers will still practice during their scheduled level, but will have an extra 2 weeks of practice before the regular team starts and 2 weeks of practice after the regular team has stopped practicing.  This group will also attend USA meets and league meets, around 12 meets a year.  There is an extra $50 USA membership fee (that is not for the YWCA) to be paid directly to USA Swimming.  The coaches will talk to the families about this.
Practice begins September 14, 2015 for USA swimmers.

The swimmer’s must have a YWCA membership for the whole season paid prior to registering for the swim team.

Fee:                    Rec Pass Member      Basic Member
Level 1                $190                        $230
Level 2                  $285                          $325
Level 2/USA    $295                        $335
Level 3                  $316                         $356
Level 3/USA    $328                        $401
Level 4/USA       $431                          $469

First Time Sharks Swim Team swimmer for Gettysburg High School Students & not a USA swimmer:
Rec Pass Member $105  Basic Member $145

Practices will be Monday – Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm and Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm

Swim Meet Schedule:
Saturday, December 12th @ ACWS w/ EPAC
Saturday, December 19th @ MASC
Saturday, January 16th BSAC @ HOME
Saturday, January 23rd @ MSC
Saturday, January 30th LVO @ HOME

Saturday, February 20th Divisionals @ BSAC (1 session)

Sunday, February 21st All Stars @ TBD (looking in to Dickinson, Mercersburg Academy or ACWS/6lane)


Fall sports conflict ??-  Please do not forget to register your child for winter swimming even if they can’t begin practice until after a fall sport is over (such as football, hockey, soccer, etc.)   Just email the coaches at sharkscoaches@gmail.com with a projected date for your swimmer to start practice. The meets do not typically start until late November or early December, so there is not a real conflict with fall sports.