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Swim Teams for Teens



The competitive nature of the Y’s nationally acclaimed swim teams helps kids to develop their endurance, skill, physical ability and mental stamina through a supportive and wholesome social outlet that encourages excellence, teamwork, and camaraderie.

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Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team (Ages 7 years to 18 years)

Somerset Hills YMCA's Swim Team, comprised of 250 swimmers between the ages of 7 and 18, competes year-round in both YMCA and USA-sanctioned swimming events.

  • Each swimmer is placed in one of five progressive practice groups based upon age and coaches’ evaluation.
  • The primary season runs from September through March and gives each swimmer an opportunity to compete on a dual meet team and participate in Championship meets.
  • The spring session runs from April through June and emphasizes technique basics.
  • For the older, more serious swimmer, long course training is offered over the summer months.

For more information about swim team or to download registration materials, please visit www.shyswimteam.org or contact Lori Riegler at 908 766 7898 x531 or email.

  • Swim Team Tryouts
    Somerset Hills YMCA's Swim Team holds open tryouts in the summer to join the winter team. 

    All swimmers much be 7 years old as of December 1. Tryouts are required for all new swimmers and former team members that did not participate in our spring or summer Swim Team programs. Swimmers must demonstrate appropriate practice readiness skills, stroke technique, speed and endurance for team consideration. A numbered swim cap will be provided. Goggles are strongly recommended.

    7 and 8 years old (as of Dec. 1)
    Check-in from 11:30 - 11:45am. Tryout start time: 12:00pm
    Swimmers will be timed for one lap (25 yards) in the competitive strokes of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.

    9 to 12 years old (as of Dec. 1)
    Check-in from 12:45 - 1:00pm. Tryout start time: 1:00pm
    Swimmers will be timed for two laps (50 yards) in the competitive strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

    13 to 18 years old (as of Dec. 1)
    Check-in from 1:45 - 2:00pm. Tryout start time: 2:00pm
    Swimmers will be timed for four laps (100 yards) in the competitive strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Somerset Valley YMCA Swim Team (Ages 6 years to 18 years)
The seven-time NJYMCA State Champion SVY swim team has over 400 swimmers who practice at the Bridgewater, Somerville, and Hillsborough branches. SVY is led by ASCA and USA Swimming certified professional swim coaches, and is a Silver Medal program recognized by USA Swimming as one of the top-100 teams in the nation. The swimmers ages range from 6 to 18 years and the team competes year-round in YMCA and USA-sanctioned meets.

  • Swimmers are placed in practice groups based on age and ability.
  • The primary season runs from September through March and swimmers have the opportunity to compete on a dual meet team and in championship meets.
  • Summer long course season runs from April through July.

  • Swim Team Tryouts

    Tryouts for the fall/winter season are held late July/early August and tryouts for the spring/summer season are held in April. For more information, please contact Head Coach, Dan Roth at 908 526 0688 or email, or visit the SVY Swim Team website to download registration materials.

    August 7 at Bridgewater YMCA
    Please register for the time slot that reflects the swimmer's age range:
    3:00 PM Ages 8/Under
    3:30 PM Ages 9-10
    4:15 PM Ages 11-12
    4:15 PM Ages 13/Over


  • Stroke Clinic (Ages 6 to 12 years)
    Focuses on competitive strokes and skills in preparation for the Winter season. Open to current and prospective Swim Team members.

    5:30 PM Clinic - 6-8 years old
    6:30 PM Clinic - 9-12 years old

  • High School Swim Clinic (Ages 14 to 18 years)

    Jump start your high school swim season by improving on competitive skills and endurance.

  • Winter Swim Team
    Somerset Valley YMCA sponsors a winter swim team.  Our team competes in dual meets with other YMCA’s, and in YMCA and USA Swimming invitational and championship meets.  USA Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in the country.  All winter swim team members must belong to USA Swimming. Team fees for the winter team include membership dues for both USA Swimming and YMCA swimming. 

    The winter swim team program begins in September and runs through March or April.  Meets are run on the weekends, with an occasional Friday for some high level meets.  Swim meets begin October, and for those who qualify, end with YMCA Nationals in April.  A swimmer’s last day is determined by their last meet.  Swimmers wanting to stay in shape and improve their skills between seasons should look for our Stroke Clinics, offered in April and August.

    Sandsharks 1
    Preteam 8/Under
    Register
    Sandsharks 2
    Preteam 9-12 year olds
    Register
    Copper
    8/Under
    Register
    Bronze 1
    9/10 year olds
    Register
    Bronze 2
    9/10 year olds
    Register
    Bronze 3
    9/10 year olds
    Register
    Silver 1
    11/12 year olds
    Register
    Silver 2
    11/12 year olds
    Register
    Silver 3
    11/12 year olds
    Register
    Gold 1
    13/14 year olds
    Register
    Gold 2
    13/14 year olds
    Register
    Gold 3
    13/14 year olds
    Register
    Senior 1
    15/over
    Register
    Senior 2
    15/over
    Register
    Senior 3
    15/over
    Register
Special Olympics Swim Team (Ages 12 years and above)

Our Special Olympics Swim Team competes at the local, county, state and national level. Practices begin in the Fall and go through the Spring.

For more information, please contact Kim de Zutter at 908 766 7898 x507 or email.