Our philosphy is to develop and promote swimming for all ages and abilities. We encourage health, fitness and well-being in order to produce athletes who are a credit to their sport and community. We are offered through the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA.
Come Swim With The Dolphins!
Sunbury YMCA Winter Swim Team!
Practice starts in October
Swimmers are devided into four levels depending upon their age and ability....as determined by coaches.
Both YMCA and USA swimming competitions are available.
Ages 6 - 10
Swimmers in this group are at the novice level. They must be able to swim one of the competitive strokes 25 yards. Focus is on learning all four strokes by teaching technique in a fun environment.
Ages 10 - 12
Swimmers in this group can already swim 25 yards of most competitive strokes. Skill development and proper technique of the four competitive strokes are the top priorities. The emphasis is on stroke and skill refinement.
Ages 12 - 14
Swimmers in this group have shown proficiency in all four strokes. They are capable of following workouts and instructions. Proper technique and skill refinement are emphasized while more practices and endurance training are offered. Attendance is expected.
Ages 13 and up
Swimmers must be able to compete in all four strokes and 200 IM. These swimmers are committed to intense training and senior-level competition. Regular attendance at practices is required of individuals in this group.
The Sunbury Dolphins make use of two seperate swimming facilities. They are Susquehanna University and the Sunbury YMCA swimming pools. With two facilities at out disposal there are more options for available swim times and fewer swimmers in each lane.
The season begins in early October and extends until early April for those going to nationals. Fees vary depending upon swimming level of the student-athlete based on their practice group placement.
Swimmers must compete in at least three YMCA meets during the season to be eligible for additional competition. At meets we measure progress, experience competition and strive for individual and team accomlishments.
Our competitions include dual meets, invitational and championship meets. The goal is to be a team that supports all swimmers through different tracks that swimmers and families choose to compete at based on their inclination, desire and athletic ability.
The Sunbury Dolphins have had great success in training swimmers to compete at the highest levels. Last year the Dolphins sent 54 swimmers to the East Field District Championships, 32 swimmers to PA State Championships with the 11 - 12 and 15 - 19 women winning the state title. We sent 16 swimmers to the YMCA National Championship in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The Sunbury YMCA team placed 28th at the National YMCA short-course championships, while the boys' placed 27 and girls' squad placed 45th.
YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving emphasizes the overall development of the athlete. It promotes not only physical achievement, but also mental and spiritual growth. The National YMCA Competitive Swimming and Diving Committee govern YMCA swimming and conduct the YMCA National Championship Meets. Individual swimmers must be a member of teh YMCA in order to participate.
USA Swimming is the National governing body for amateur competitive swimming. It sets rules for competitions, implements policies, conducts national championship meets and selects athletes to represent the U.S. in international competitions. USA Swimming is devided into Local Swimming Committees (LSC) which administers USA Swimmings activities in smaller geographical areas. Our LSC is "Middle Atlantic Swimming". MA. Additional fees are required in order to be eligible to swim in USA swimming meets for which they have qualifying times.
Coaches and officials are trained and certified to meet national standards.
Jerry Foley is currently out Head Coach and he is the Men's & Women's Head Swimming Coach at Susquehanna University. HE has over 26 years experience as a successful "teacher coach" who has developed national caiber athletes and won team championships at every level. During his 8 year tenure as the Head Coach at Bucknell University he was named Patriot League Coach of the Year on five occasions. He was recently named 2009-2010 Women's and 2010 - 2011 Men's Coaching Staff of the Year for the Landmarks Conference and lead the SU women's team to winning their first ever conference title in 2011.
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and a Master of Arts degree in physical education and health. Herry is a lifelong activist of fitness, wellness and physical education with a passion for coaching swimming.
We emply additional assistance coaches with years of experience who are certified, trained and embrace out coaching / teaching philosophy.
For More Information:
Coach: Jerry Foley: 570-412-1458
Coordinator of Competitive Swimming: Beth Foley
YMCA Phone Number: 570-286-5636
Team Website: https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=ymca-5944