Competitive Swimming has been an integral part of the YMCA movement both nationally and locally for many years. Competitive Swimming at the Cedar Rapids YMCA can be traced back to its beginnings in the 1940’s. The sport and the teams have undergone many changes and evolutions over the years, but there remains one constant – swimming is a terrific way to deliver the mission of the YMCA. From skill development to social development and competitive opportunities to volunteer opportunities, swimming is a sport that offers individual and team growth as well as an activity that the entire family can be involved in.
The current version of this swim team, the MACR Sharks, is now just one of three local YMCA teams. Competitive programs are offered at all three of the area YMCA’s. Just ten years ago the MACR Sharks were the only YMCA swimming team in the metro Cedar Rapids area with around 140 total swimmers participating in winter program and fewer than 40 in the summer program. Now there are three teams with close to 275 total participants enjoying the benefits of America’s number one Olympic sport. Additional programs include developmental teams, swimming “camps”, and competitive stroke clinics. Private swim training is also available with extremely knowledgeable and experienced staff.
So, if you are interested in participating in a terrific sport both for its physical benefits and unique way of developing important life skills, then swimming is worth your consideration. The YMCA is proud of its role in developing young athletes and young community members. Enjoy the web site and we look forward to hearing from you soon. We encourage new swimmers to call the head coach and set up a stroke analysis appointment. Please call the Helen G. Nassif YMCA at 319-366-6421 and ask for Paul Brown at extension 310.
Winter Team Registration opens:
Winter Season Practices begin:
Other Programs Available:
Rookie Swim Camp: – – Free program for swimmers new to competitive swimming
Developmental Swim Team: Session 1 begins ; Session 2 begins
Stroke Development Clinics: Two Levels, Session 1 begins ; Session 2 begins ,
Competitive Swim Camps: Week 1, Freestyle Camp, ; Week 2, Stroke Camp, – Friday, Oct 18
Please see YMCA Fall Program Guide for further information on class descriptions and times. Program Guides available at all of the YMCA’s or can be found on-line at: www.crmetroymca.org
New to the MACR Sharks? Please call Paul Brown at 319-366-6421 ext. 310 to schedule a swim evaluation. Evaluations will help place swimmers at the best level of the program for them to achieve the greatest amount of success.