Lake County Outdoor Y Starts Competitive Swim Team

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The Lake County YMCA Outdoor Family Center in Perry will offer a full summer competitive swim program for youth ages 10 – 17 that will improve individual swimming techniques, sportsmanship and foster friendships. The competitive swim program will run June 1 thru August 31.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for youth swim team competitors to take their skills to the next level by improving stoke technique, endurance and speed as well as build their confidence. While it will be competitive, we want the kids to have fun too, as they’re mastering a sport they’re passionate about,” said Kathy Steinmetz, Program and Marketing Director, Lake County Outdoor Y.

Competitive swimming not only builds interest in a healthy lifetime activity, it teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship while working with officials, teammates and coaches. Competitive sports also motivate youth to strive for self-improvement and teach goal orientation.

Lake County Outdoor Y has enlisted Amy Bush as the competitive swim program coach. In the past 16 years, she has worked at various levels of competitive swimming since starting her coaching career at the Lake County Central Y in Painesville. She has also coached youth on the Suburban Swim League, Mentor Swim Team, Lake Catholic High School and, most recently, the Beachwood Bison Swim Club.

In a statement, Ms. Bush commented that she is proud to coach in a style that challenges swimmers while still keeping those core Y values at the center of her work. She is also looking forward to working with swimmers who want to take a step up in their swimming experience.

Youth ages 10-17 can participate in the program – $100 Y members and $130 program members. Registration will be accepted through June 1. It is encouraged to have at least one season of competitive swimming experience before joining the team.

For more information and to register, contact the Lake County Outdoor Y at 440-259-2724 or online

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold