Regular Season

  • Try-it-Out Week September 5-7, 2017
  • Season Start September 11, 2017
  • Season End March 29th,  2018
  • Swim Meets Dates TBD
    • Saturdays or Sundays (minimum of 2 between October 2017 – March 2018)
    • Local YMCA Branch Opponents
    • Officials for Stroke Judging, Timers for official record keeping
    • Championship meets will be held for qualifying swimmers

Spring Season

  • May 2018 – June 2018: Specific Dates TBD

Summer Season

  • June 2018 – August 2018: Specific Dates TBD

About the Team

The YMCA Competitive swimming programs are for swimmers who have the basic swimming skills (floating, freestyle/front crawl technique, ability to swim 2 lengths without stopping or touching the wall, breath holding for 10 seconds, treading water for 30 seconds), and wish to learn additional strokes, improve techniques and/or swim competitively as part of a team. 

Swimming here at the Oak Square YMCA is more than just an individual activity and the swim team helps build team relationships and prepare swimmers for future competitive swimming careers. The Oak Square Dolphins are revitalizing the team to place more emphasis on the team, increase our presence in the competitive swimming community and set our swimmers up for success. In order to do this, our team will: 

  • Participate in Weekly Practices and formal Swim Meets (at least 2)
  • Host team building events (at least 2)
  • We practice up to 4 days per week, including focusing on “Dryland” exercises to build overall body strength. We reserve several lanes and teach general lap swimming etiquette, such as circle swimming, personal space, lane passing, diving from the block, flip turns and use of the flags and lane markings. We have a strong team focus and are constantly working to keep communication flowing freely, with team emails and newsletters and to foster team building with buddy kick, swim meet buddies, team parties, and fundraisers. 

Mission and Objectives:

  • Health of Mind, Body, Spirit
    We focus on building the whole person. Swimming is a great way to build mental and physical toughness while enriching the spirit with team bonds and a sense of accomplishment. 

  • Building Community
    Although swimming can feel like an individual sport, we focus on growing the team and helping the community. 
  • Goal Setting
    The fall season is for goal setting! We meet with each swimmer and help them reach their short and long term goals. 
  • Discipline and Respect
    As coaches, we place focus on respect between the swimmers and coaches, as well as other swimmers on the team. Discipline and respect goes a long way in life, and swimming!

Swim Team Groups: 

  • Super Squad

    • Ages (Approximate – based on ability) 6 – 8 Years Old
    • Practices Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 7:00
    • Must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and 25 yards of backstroke and demonstrate competent butterfly and breaststroke kicks.
  • Age Group

    • Ages (Approximate – based on ability) 9 – 12 Years Old
    • Practices:
      • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 7:30
      • Wednesday 6:00 -6:30 Drylands, 6:30 – 7:30 Swimming
    • Required to bring Athletic clothing and sneakers on Wednesday’s for Drylands
    • Must be able to swim 100 yards of freestyle and 50 yards of backstroke, demonstrate locomotive butterfly and breaststroke and competent rotary breathing.
  • Advanced

    • Ages (Approximate – based on ability) 13 – 18 Years Old
    • Practices:
      • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 7:30
      • Wednesday 6:00 -6:30 Drylands, 6:30 – 7:30 Swimming
    • Required to bring Athletic clothing and sneakers on Wednesday’s for Drylands
    • Must be able to swim 200 yards each of freestyle and backstroke, and 50 yards each of breaststroke and butterfly

For More Information:

Contact Danika Coaplin, Head Coach at Coaplin@ymcaboston.org 
More about Danika:
Danika is the head coach and has been working with the program since 2014. She swam competitively through high school, including swimming Breaststroke at the State meet for 3 years, in the same pool as Michael Phelps! She hopes to help bring as much joy to the swimmers on the team as she got from swimming during her career.