Y swim program sees growth

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 1:17 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Penobscot Bay YMCA Aquatics Program had a successful winter and spring season with the Sailfish Swim Team making leaps and bounds with number of participants and placement of swimmers at local, state and national competition. At this time, the Y is welcoming back swimmers and newcomers to another season of competitive swimming. Coming events include:

• Sailfish open house 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the gym. This is for new families are interested in registering their children for the program.

• Pre-season swimming begins Monday, Sept. 26.

• The new Swim Club runs 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a year-round program that follows the YMCA’s session dates.

The Y’s aquatics programming has seen much growth in numbers over the past year, including one of the biggest successes, the Sail Fish swim team. The team went from approximately 40 swimmers to 114 children signed up for the program the past year. Not only has participation increased greatly for this group, its success also has been has included the Maine YMCA State Meet where the team took 8 and under combined team champs, 8 and under boys team champs and 8 and under girls team champs.

The Y has been the McCluskey family’s second home for 14 years. Alyssa, Lianne, Eddie and Mark all have raced with the Sailfish Swim Team, with Lianne reaching the YMCA National Championships. “Through the years we have met many families at the Y, and they work as an extension of our own,” said their mom, Mary McCluskey. “We have created many long-lasting relationships here.” All four children have been involved in the Life Guarding Program as well as the swim team in past years. The two oldest children in the family, Alyssa and Lianne, have taught children in swimming programs and have assisted in coaching the swim team.

For more information, call the Penobscot Bay YMCA at 236-3375.

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