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BARRACUDA
SWIM TEAM

The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley Swim Team is a competitive program that focuses on the development of swimmers of all ages and abilities. Our trained coaches work to improve each swimmer’s skill level, technique, and endurance to promote a healthy lifestyle. Our program embraces the YMCA's core values and promotes progression at an individual level. Practices are organized by ability levels and are designed to help team members improve and refine the four competitive strokes, starts and turns, and finishes. Our Swim Team competes in the Central Wisconsin Swim Conference, Wisconsin YMCA teams, and participate in USA Swimming meets as well. Workouts include endurance, speed, and drill techniques, with a healthy dose of teamwork and sportsmanship.

YMCA of the Chippewa Valley Barracudas

The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley Barracudas Swim Team combines YMCA and USA year-round competitive swimming and diving programs in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and the surrounding area. We promote the long-term development of athletes by offering skill instruction, training focused on improving fitness levels, and appropriate social interaction in a caring, respectful and encouraging environment. More than 200 student-athletes learn and train at multiple locations: Eau Claire YMCA, Chippewa Falls YMCA, Chippewa Falls Middle School, and Eau Claire Memorial High School. The YMCA Swim Team welcomes swimmers ages 5 to 19 and all ability levels!


Team Practice

Our YMCA swim team offers a variety of practice times per week that are typically based on age and ability.

Swim Meets

Meets are scheduled throughout the swim season. Coaches will let you know when your swimmer is “meet ready” and able to compete! There are no meet requirements, however, our swimmers tend to improve faster and have more FUN when they attend meets!

Prerequisites:

  • Ages 5 - 19

  • Ability to swim 25 yards continuously

  • Must be a current member of the YMCA of the Chippewa Valley

Head Coach:

 

SUMMER 2024 SWIM TEAM

Registration for Summer Swim Team:

Members: April 15

Non-Members: April 22

BARRACUDAS LAP/TRI LEAGUE | AGES 18+​

Our Lap/Tri League offers coach and self-guided workouts per lane for different abilities. A coach will facilitate practice, help with time sets, instruct on technique, and offer one-on-one coaching for specific drills to promote swimming efficiency and injury prevention.

  • June 3-August 16, 2024

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursday

  • YMCA MEMBERS: $125 | NON-MEMBERS: $175

BEGINNER BARRACUDAS | AGES 4-8 YEARS (Previously Baby Barracudas)

An introduction to competitive swimming! Emphasis is on instruction and developmental drills teaching the four

competitive strokes. A great way to prepare your young swimmer for YMCA of the Chippewa Valley Swim Team while developing new skills & friendships! Baby Barracudas is primarily taught in the YMCA small wading pool. When the swimmers are ready to swim in the large pool they will spend some of the lesson time in that pool!

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 4-August 1

    • Session 1: 4:15-5:00 PM AT EAU CLAIRE DOWNTOWN YMCA | REGISTER HERE

    • Session 2: 5:00-5:45 PM AT EAU CLAIRE DOWNTOWN YMCA | REGISTER HERE

  • YMCA MEMBERS: $200 | NON-MEMBERS: $300 | Limit to 20 per session

JUNIOR | AGES 10 & UNDER (completed Level 4 of LTS lessons or Baby Barracudas)

Swimmers should be able to complete at least one length of freestyle and backstroke. The Junior group will be taught stroke technique for all of the four strokes. Competitive starts and turns will also be taught and practiced. There will be no practice requirement, however the more practices a swimmer attends the faster they will progress! A great way for your young swimmer to develop swimming skills and confidence while creating new friendships!

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, June 4-August 9

  • YMCA MEMBERS: $250 | NON-MEMBERS: $350

JUNIOR ELITE | AGES 9-11

For entry into this group swimmers should be able to complete at least 50 yards of each of the four strokes. The Junior Elite group is focused on improving stroke technique and endurance. Will be working with qualified coaches focused on giving individual feedback on each stroke. This group will start to understand and learn how to compete and race strategies, as well as get an introduction to competitive training.

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, June 4-August 9

  • YMCA MEMBERS: $300 | NON-MEMBERS: $400

SENIOR | MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE

For entry into this group swimmers should be able to complete at least 50 yards of each of the four strokes. The Junior Elite group is focused on improving stroke technique and endurance. Will be working with qualified coaches focused on giving individual feedback on each stroke. This group will start to understand and learn how to compete and race strategies, as well as get an introduction to competitive training.

  • Mondays-Fridays, June 6-August 9

    • 6:45-9:00 AM at Fairfax Pool | REGISTER HERE

    • YMCA MEMBERS: $550 | NON-MEMBERS: $650

SENIOR ELITE | HIGH SCHOOL AGE (14+)

Training groups will be decided based on previous development and training experience. Swimmers are committed to swimming at a high level, expected to be at practice everyday, and focused on swimming at their best at bigger meets at the end of each competitive season. Swimmers will experience an increased training volume and intensity, and be expected to train at least at a 1:30 per 100 base or faster.

  • Mondays-Fridays, June 6-August 9

  • YMCA MEMBERS: $550 | YMCA NON-MEMBER: $650

 

  • SENIOR ELITE DOUBLES - must be 13 and older to register for double practices

    • If you are looking for a workout in addition to morning practice at Fairfax, we will be offering Doubles twice a week. In addition to the morning at Fairfax you will also practice Monday and Wednesday afternoons at Chippewa Falls YMCA from 3:00-4:30 PM.

    • ADDITIONAL FEE of $100 added to team fee | REGISTER HERE

SPRING 2024 SWIM TEAM CLINICS

Registration for Spring Clinic is CLOSED
 

JUNIOR/JUNIOR ELITE CLINIC | AGES 6-10

Designed for swimmers ages 6-10 who are looking to improve their swimming habits. Concentration will be on working those elusive streamlines and breakouts, as well as competitive finishes! Effective turns, starts, proper stroke technique as well as endurance swimming will be taught and practiced.

 

  • Chippewa Falls YMCA | April 9-May 17, 2024

  • Eau Claire Downtown YMCA | April 9-May 17, 2024

  • COST: Members: $125 | Non-Members: $225

SENIOR/SENIOR ELITE CLINIC | AGES 11 & OLDER

This clinic is designed for swimmers 11 & older who are interested in maintaining and improving their fitness level and stroke technique. We will work to develop fast endurance swimming & sprints, stroke technique, and racing strategies! Improve your swimming conditioning with this clinic! Excellent preparation for Summer Long Course Season!

  • DAYS: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays - April 8-May 17, 2024

    • Chippewa Falls Middle School & Eau Claire Memorial High School from 6:30-8:30 PM

      • Each group alternating by week

    • Senior Clinic | REGISTER HERE

    • Senior Elite Clinic | REGISTER HERE

  • COST: Members: $175 | Non-Members: $275

     

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