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2018-2019 Dolphin Swim Team

A competitive swim team for boys and girls ages 6 - 18. The major emphasis is on stroke development, team work and the development of the YMCA's four core values of respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. Swimmers must be YMCA members and must be able to swim one length of the pool with stopping, using crawl stroke. Of in doubt as to what level your swimmer is, contact Dani Mostachetti, Aquatic Coordinator/YMCA Dolphin Swim Team Head Coach, to have them tested. Our team consists of approximately 75 members from all over Warren County. Season runs from September through March. They compete in the following age categories:

• 8 & under (novice)
• 9 & 10 (cadet)
• 11 & 12 (prep)
• 13 & 14 (junior)
• 15 & up (senior)

Age categories are based upon birth date as of Nov. 30.
Registration for 2018-19 Swim Team begins August 8, 2018. Registration is ONLY available in-house due to required waivers/medical information. Parent must sign. Please bring insurance information.
Cost for 2018-19 season: (Due by October 5, 2018)
$145 YMCA Members
$ 80 Each additional child in family
$ 80 WAHS Swimmers (Grade 9-12)
Note: Above fee includes Sectional, District and State meet fees.

Practices 2018:

1st week: Monday, September 24th thru Thursday, September 27th:
New swimmers: 4:30-5:00 pm
Novice & Cadet: 5:00-6:00 pm
Prep, Junior, Senior - 6:00-7:00 pm
*No practice Friday, September 28th

After the 1st week: Begins Monday, October 1st:
Novice: Monday-Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm / (No Friday)
Cadet: Monday-Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm / Friday 4:00-5:00 pm
Prep: Monday-Thursday 5:30-7:00 pm / Friday 4:00-5:00 pm
Junior&Senior: Monday-Thursday 5:30-7:00 pm / Friday 4:00-5:00 pm


Home swim meets will begin at 11:00 am. Swimmers need to be on deck for warm-ups at 10:00 am.
Away meet details will be provided prior to meet date.
*For swimmers riding to/from meets with parents, a note must be provided to Coach Dani in advance.

Parent Info:
ALL parents are expected to help during each home swim meet. Jobs consist of: set-up, timing, scoring, selling 50/50, concessions, lining up swimmers, providing judges and referees. Please check the swim team bulleting board (outside of Dani's office) for meet information and/or concession donations during season.

Parent Meetings:
Thursday, October 4, 2018: Season informational meeting. Time: 6:00 pm for new swimmer parents / 6:30 pm for returning
Thursday, October 25, 2018: This is a mandatory meeting for all parents for the November Invitational meet. Time: 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018: Annual Invitational Meet. ALL swimmers will need to sign-up to swim this meet. ALL parents are required to work the meet.

Upcoming Events/programs

Teen Competitive Swm Skills with WAHS Swim Coach Russ Beyer -Saturdays during the summer

WAHS Swim Coach Russ Beyer will lead a skills class to develop and work on competitive swim skills for ages 13-18. Condition, improve swim techniques and get ready for the 2018-19 swim season. Sign up for the summer and attend as often as possible. Registration now open.

Date: Saturdays - June 2nd thru August 18, 2018
Time: 7:15 am - 8:25 am
Ages: 13-18
Cost: $25.00 YMCA Members / $35.00 Non-members
Registration: Currently open

Summer Swim Training League

YMCA Head Coach, Dani Mostachetti will be holding a 6-week summer swim training league for ages 6-18. Swimmers must have attained a YMCA Minnow patch or Stage 4 of YMCA Progressive Swim level.(or be tested) Emphasis will be on stroke techniques. Included will be work on starts and turns. This is a great opportunity to try swim team training and/or condition for the swim season before the Dolphin Swim Team begins in September. League rund Monday, July 9th through Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Dates: July 9th through August 16th
Days: Monday thru Thursdays
Time: 8:00-9:00 am
Ages: Minnow Patch/Stage 4/or test out
Cost: $40 members / $100 non members
Registration: Begins May 1st

Summer Diving Class - Learn to Dive

This 5-week program will run Tuesday & Thursday evening from July 17th through August 16, 2018 for youth ages 11-18. Participants must have attained a YMCA Minnow patch or Stage 4 of YMCA Progressive Swim level. This class is recommended for those who have gymnastics and/or dance experience, or a strong desire to learn how to dive. Emily Frederick will lead this program

Dates: July 17th through August 16th
Days: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Ages: 11-18
Cost: $30 members / $60 non members
Registration: Begins May 1st

Intro to Swim Team & Conditioning

Prior to the start of the 2018-19 Dolphin Swim Team season, the swim team coaches will hold conditioning practices to prepare swimmers for the upcoming Dolphin Swim Team season. Swimmers can attend 1 practice or all four! These sessions are also open to any interested swimmers who would like to experience what it is like to be a part of swim team. All swimmers must have experience as a Level 4 Stroke Introduction in the YMCA Progressive Swim Lessons program. Email dani@warrenymca.org with any questions.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Cost: $5.00 members / $10.00 non-members
Registration: Now Open

Coaches' Bios:

Dani Mostachetti

I have been the Head Coach and YMCA Aquatics Coordinator for two years. I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh. My passion for swimming started at a young age when I would lap swim with my mom and pretend I was in the Olympics. Although I never swam competitively in school, my aquatics passion never went away. I was a lifeguard, swim instructor, and camp counselor every summer in high school and college. I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Aquatics. I also ran for their Cross Country and Track/Field program. Since then I have been a teacher and coach in Miami, FL and Cleveland, OH. My coaching experience includes being the assistant coach for the schools’ cross country, track and field, swimming, and youth soccer teams. Sports have always been a big part of my life and have shaped who I am today. I want to help children grow and become best athlete and person they can be through the lessons and excitement of sports participation.

I look forward to coaching the YMCA Dolphins Swim Team and meeting all the great families involved in the program.

Lindsey Vavala

This is my third season as a swim coach. I have worked for the YMCA in the aquatics department as a swim instructor, lifeguard, and a coach for 11 years. I have a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Edinboro University. I work full time for Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems as a Blended Case Manager. I started swimming for the Dolphins when I was 9 years old and continued through high school. What keeps me connected to the swim team is my love for swimming and the ability that I am able to share that passion with swimmers and fellow coaches. I enjoy working with the swimmers and to watch them grow and achieve their goals. The YMCA and the swim program have always been a constant in my life and I consider it a second "home." I am looking forward to seeing what this upcoming season has in store for us all.

Susan Wilson

My name is Susan Wilson. I am a special education teacher for the Warren County School District. I'm going into my 12th year. I am a Long Distance Running and Walking coach for the Warren County Special Olympics. I have always been a lover of swimming. I worked my way through the swim system with earning all the patches and finally then branching out to join the high school swim team. I loved the thrill of being a team member and the sheer excitement of the meet atmosphere. Long distance swim events were by far where my heart loved being. I continued to swim through college. Even though I did not swim competitively for Clarion University of Pennsylvania, I did coach Special Olympics swimming for Clarion County. Thanks goes to Dr. Brooks for getting me back to my roots of swimming.

Phil Hampson

My swimming career started at age 7 with the Warren Y swim team. I swam for the Y and the Warren High School team through grade twelve. The pool took me to Allegheny College for several years until I transferred to West Virginia University. Upon graduation from WVU, I returned to Warren and helped coach the High School team for a year under head coach Mike Phillips. Mike was my coach from age 7 through high school. It was an honor to return and join him on the deck. The twists and turns of life took me in several different directions. My parents and my wonderful wife Becky are very understanding. I am a Professional Land Surveyor, and I have a B.S. in Secondary Education. Currently I am the Operations Manager of an oil company, I do a little surveying on the side, and my partner and I have our own oil company.

Eight years ago, our daughter Callie and our son Ben said they would like to join the swim team. The head coach at that time was Chris Snyder. The kids joined and I asked Chris if he needed any help. That was the start of my second round of coaching. It was a wonderful opportunity to take a break from work, have some kid time, and possibly help some kids navigate their way through life, as Mike Phillips did for me. "Swim Team Therapy" has helped me through many long cold winters. My thanks to the kids and their parents for their help and support.

Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson was born and raised in Warren, PA and a 1997 graduate of WAHS. He started swimming competitively as a Cadet for the summer swim team and continued swimming on the YMCA teams as well as High School. His main events were the freestyle and backstroke sprints and occasionally Coach Phillips and Coach Bimber were able to convince him to swim the 200 IM. Jeff moved back to Warren in 2012 having previously lived in various locations for his former employer, such as Vancouver, Brazil, Los Angeles and Miami. He is enjoying being able to volunteer more of his time now and along with being a coach for the YMCA swim team, he is also an active member in his church.


11/27/2018 - County Vs Warren