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Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24


On Tuesday, July 24, the Summit Area YMCA will hold tryouts for its 2018-2019 Swim Team. The tryouts are open to children of all ages, from the surrounding towns of Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn, Short Hills, Watchung, Long Hill, Mountainside and Springfield.



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  • Children age 8 & under will tryout at 5:30 p.m. and are required to swim 25 yards of all four competitive strokes.
  • Children age 9 and 10 will tryout at 6:30 p.m. and are required to swim 50 yards of all four competitive strokes.
  • Children age 11 and 12 will tryout at 7:30 pm and are required to swim 50 yards of all four competitive strokes.
  • Children age 13 - 18 will tryout at 7:30 pm and are required to swim 100 yards of all four competitive strokes.


The Summit Area YMCA swim team functions not only as a team but a family of supportive members that encourage and guide each other. The team runs as a cooperative effort of swimmers, coaches, professional Y staff, and parents. “As a competitive swim program, our goal is to offer a high quality program that enables team members to develop their full potential as individuals and athletes. We promote character development, good sportsmanship and competitive success in a constructive team environment,” commented Laura Riddell, Summit YMCA Director of Competitive Aquatics. 

The team has year-round training at the Summit YMCA’s 6-lane, 25-yard pool, complete with state-of-the-art Colorado Timing System. Training moves outdoors in the summer to a 50 meter long course Olympic size pool. Swimmers participate in dual meets, YMCA championships, as well as USA Swim meets.

The Summit Area YMCA swim team embodies the YMCA’s philosophy of building a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Swimmers are encouraged to maximize their potential. Participation will build confidence, develop leadership skills, and help athletes set and achieve goals.

“The support I get from being a part of the Summit Area YMCA swim team is incredible. They’re always there for you no matter what—whether if you do bad in a race, or if you did well in a race, they’ve always had my back." said Margie, Summit Area YMCA swim team alumni. "I've learned a lot about the importance of setting goals and working hard to accomplish them, but also that it’s okay to fail because not only did I have a lot of support, I just needed to work harder next time. Through the Summit Area YMCA Swim Team, I’ve gained the confidence and respect for myself that I’ve always wanted to achieve.”

As a nonprofit, the YMCA offers financial assistance to qualifying families. For financial assistance to participate on the swim team, please contact Patty Facchinei at 908.273.3330 x 1174 to obtain an application and further information.

The Summit Area YMCA Swim Team is affiliated with the Summit YMCA, located in the heart of downtown Summit, NJ. The address is 67 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901. 

For more information, please contact the Head Coach by email at or by telephone at (908) 273-3330 x 1150. More information about the swim team and the tryouts can be found online at

Follow the swim team on twitter @SAYswimteam!


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