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 will begin on . Registrations can be done both on-line @ www.crmetroymca.org or in person at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA. Please watch this space for further updates concerning practice schedules and swim meet schedules.