The Sharks Swim Team is for children ages 6-18 with strong swimming skills. Swimmers must be able to swim all four competitive strokes.
We have an excellent group of coaches who are excited about taking your child’s skills to the next level.
Tryouts for the Sharks Swim Team:
First time swimmers interested in our swim team must try out with a swim team coach. Try out appointments are made via email: email@example.com. The swimmer will show the coach what they can do. Assessing a swimmer’s skill takes about 20 minutes. 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, a pre-competitive team. After the try out, the swimmer will pay $25 to practice with the team for 2 weeks to determine if this is the sport for them.
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 $75 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.
High School Sharks: This is for members of area high schools who are not part of our USA program, who wish to get a jump on their high school season and build their skills and learn more about the swimming atmosphere. Swimmers will practice with the Sharks pre-high school season and may double periodically to enhance their skill and endurance. High school swimmers must be willing to compete with Sharks at dual meets as their high school swim schedule permits.
Practice begins September 17, 2018 for USA swimmers.
Practice begins October 15th for all levels of the Shark Swim Team.
Shark Swim Team Regular Practice Times:
Practice begins October 15th and ends February 2019.
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 5:30-6:30PM
Level 4/USA: Monday-Thursday 6-8PM; Friday 5:30-6:30PM
Registration opens August 15th.
Swim Team Level Season Fee (Oct. 15, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019):
Level 1: Rec Pass Members: $190 Basic Members $230 Non-Members $245
Level 2: Rec Pass Members: $240 Basic Members $280 Non-Members $295
Level 3: Rec Pass Members: $290 Basic Members $330 Non-Members $345
USA Swim Team Level Season Fee (Sept. 17, 2018 – March 17, 2019):
Level 2 USA: Rec Pass Members: $290 Basic Members $330 Non-Members $345
Level 3 USA: Rec Pass Members: $345 Basic Members $385 Non-Members $395
Level 4 USA: Rec Pass Members: $450 Basic Members $490 Non-Members $510
High School Swim Team Swimmers (non-USA) (Sept. 17, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019)
Practices will be Monday – Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm and Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm
Rec Pass Members: $105 Basic Members $145 Non Member $155
Full Payment can be made online: https://payments.ywcagettysburg.org/
Partial monthly payments can only be done through an EFT. The EFT form is at the front desk in the YWCA. It must be filled out in person.
Swim Meet Schedule:
11/17/18 Tri Meet at Big Spring with Mercersburg
12/15/18 Swim meet at Mechanicsburg
1/5/19 Swim meet at YWCA Gettysburg against Mercersburg
1/12/19 Swim meet at YWCA Gettysburg against EPAC
2/2/19 Swim meet at South Middleton
2/23/19 Divisionals: TBD
2/24/19 All Stars: TBD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
History of Past Winning Seasons:
In the fall/winter of 2016:
The GETY Sharks once again had an undefeated season for the 3rd season in a row.
- Sharks became CPAL Division 1-A Champions in February 2016 during their regular season dual meets.
- 40 Swimmers participated in CPAL Division 1-A Championships in late February. At that meet, 2 Division 1-A meet records were broken by Sarah Hardy in the 13-14 Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke with a 1:12.19 AND by Jared Herr in the 11&Over Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle with a 1:52.25.
- 29 of those swimmers qualified for CPAL All Stars the following day.
- Sharks Team Records were beaten this season. Caroline Dudenhoeffer in 15-18 Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke with a 1:19.33 and Jared Herr in 11&Over Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle with a 2:05.90.
- 8 Sharks Swimmers will be joining their Gettysburg High School team mates as they have qualified and will be competing in 2015-2016 PIAA District 3 Swimming and Diving Championships next week.
- 15 10&Under Sharks will be participating in Mini Champs in early March.
10 Sharks have qualified for SunKissed Invitational Junior/Senior Championships, held in Charlotte, NC in early April.
In the fall/winter of 2015:
The Sharks ended the season with a 4-0 record, securing them as CPAL Division 1-A Champions (pictured below)