CLINTON TWP., NJ - The Hunterdon County YMCA has a new Competitive Aquatics Director and Head Coach for the HCY Stingrays Swim Team.

Although Jamie Sobel may be new to the job, she’s not a newcomer to the YMCA. Originally from Randolph, she swam competitively for the West Morris YMCA, and swam four years for Randolph High School and was captain her senior year.

Sobel was a varsity swimmer at Bloomsburg University, where she graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. She also earned Elementary and Special Education Teaching Certifications.

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The Y will hold tryouts for the fall/winter swim team season from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7 and Sunday, August 18. They’ll be held at the Deer Path Branch of the YMCA, 144 West Woodschurch Rd. in Readington.

At the tryout, swimmers must demonstrate appropriate practice readiness skills, stroke technique, speed and endurance for team consideration. (Bring a towel, goggles and a bathing suit to the tryout and arrive 15 minutes early.)

The HCY Stingrays is a year-round competitive swim team offering high-quality, professional coaching and technique instruction for youth ages 6 to 18 years. The Stingrays team competes in both YMCA and USA Swim meets. The goal is to provide every member of the team an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at their level of ability from the novice swimmer and beyond, while instilling the YMCA core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

Team practices focus on all aspects of competitive swimming, including dry land training for the older groups. Y coaches, as members of the American Swimming Coaches Association, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States.

Under Sobel, the HCY Stingrays will have a winning coach. For the past two years, Sobel was the head coach of the Boys and Girls Swim Team at Morristown Beard School.  In her two seasons there, she led the boys’ team to two runner-up team finishes at the Boys Prep B Championships.

Morristown Beard also won the boys 200 Free Relay at the Morris County Meet where they broke the county record. She also had 4 swimmers attend the Meet of Champions, all with top 16 finishes.

Before arriving at Morristown Beard, Sobel was an assistant coach at the Greater Morristown YMCA for four years. There she helped create the largest 12 and Under State team in the history of the program. She also coached numerous 12 and Unders that placed in the top 10 in their age groups.

To register for the tryout or to learn more about the Stingrays, please visit the Stingrays’ website or contact Head Coach Jamie Sobel at mailto:jsobel@hcymca.org or call 908-483-4928. To learn more about the Hunterdon County YMCA visit www.hcymca.org.