EDISON, NJ - It’s summertime! It is the best time of the year to explore new activities, pursue a hobby, and get outdoorsy. It is also the best time to cool off with swimming.

Ryan Carlucci is a competitive swim coach for the Metuchen Edison YMCA for the levels Junior 1, 2, 3. He also coaches at the Summer League Team at the Edison Community Pool, a beginner training experience for children.

Carlucci developed a love for swimming at the age of 8, and has been swimming at a competitive level for 5 years. He believes that swimming is a great sport to exercise both your mind and your body. In addition, swimming is both an individual and team sport. Individuals are representing both themselves and their team at competitions.

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“Swimming is not just a physical sport, but it’s also mental,  Ryan Carlucci explained. “You have to be both strong mentally and physically in order to be successful at competitions.”

While coaching the YMCA competitive swim team, Carlucci focuses on more advanced training methods in order to prepare the team for their competitions. These fine tuned techniques will be handy when the team will be assessed at the tournaments. The MEY swim team compete at “duel meets” where the swim teams compete against one another. They also compete at “invitational meets” where the competition gets tougher.

Carlucci is going to be coaching a “zone meet” where the entire East coast of the U.S will be competing in Virginia. However, only individuals who make the qualifying time for the competition will be attending. In fact, Carlucci is one of the swim coaches from New Jersey who will be coaching the qualified players for this zone meet.

The MEY swim team has progressed well as a team, and continues to do so.

“We have built up a strong team of swimmers, and have done very well at certain competitions,” Carlucci commented.

The MEY swim team has had plenty of achievements so far, and are still counting. In fact, they have had several players who have come in the “Top 10” nationally. Recently, the “Girl’s Relays” team at the MEY was nationally ranked. They received 3rd National Rank in the 200 Medley Relay, 8th National Rank in the 400 Medley Relay, and 12th National Rank in the 400 Free Relay.

Ryan Carlucci and his MEY swim team are competing at s meet in Virginia in the future.