(Iron Mountain - November 30, 2017) - A program-record 68 swimmers are
on the roster for the 2017-18 Northern Lights YMCA – Dickinson Center Swim Team,
a 50 percent increase from a year ago.
“It’s very exciting to see so
many new athletes to the sport,” NLY head coach John Leech said. “And it’s
rewarding to see the work that the new swimmers have been putting in to learn
the strokes and the ins and outs of competition.”
This season’s 68
swimmers is 23 more than 2016-17. In 2015, the program showed a roster of 31
“It’s really fantastic to see this program take off and grow
like it has,” Leech said. “I think it shows that our kids are learning, having
fun and encouraging their friends to try a new sport and get engaged in the
The NLY Swim Team is open to new and experienced swimmers ages
6-18. The season begins in October and concludes in March. Swim team
participants must be YMCA members. The team competes against teams in the U.P.
and northern Wisconsin.
This year’s team has already competed in three
“I’ve seen many time drops from our new swimmers already,” Leech
said. “Our returning swimmers have been putting in a lot of work too. Many of
them are challenging themselves with longer, harder events like the 1,000-yard
freestyle and the 200 butterfly. The veterans have seen excellent success, with
many swimming in new events. We’ve had swimmers already qualify for states and
we’ve broken several pool records.”
Swimmers compete in four different
strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle) and tackle multiple
distances ranging from short sprint races of 25 and 50 yards up to the
challenging 1,650 freestyle.
NLY swimmers practice Sunday, Tuesday and
Thursday from 4:45-6 p.m. and competitions are typically on the weekends. New
swimmers are welcome to join at any time during the season. For more information
or to find out how to join, please contact the YMCA at (906) 774-4076.
Myah Gilroy of
Norway, age 9, competes in the breaststroke at a recent NLY swim meet.