Team Info & Overview
What is the MYB Swim Team?
The Montgomery Barracdua Swim Team was formed in 1978, as a member of USA swimming. In 1984, the team affiliated with the YMCA, becoming the Montgomery YMCA Barracudas. We are the area's only year-round swim program that offers training to beginners as well as those swimmers on the national competition level. Swimmers are eligible for YMCA and USA Swimming competitions on the local, state, regional and national level. The primary purpose of the Barracuda swim team is to provide each of its swimmers an opportunity to attain his/her maximum potential in competitive swimming.
Who swims for the Barracudas?
Swimmers ages 5 - 22 are eligible to participate in the Barracuda year-round competitve swim team. Swimmers must have knowledge of the freestyle stroke and be able to swim 25 yards (1 length) of the pool.
What are the swim levels?
Bronze: (Ages 6-12) This is our STROKE INSTRUCTIONAL program. Bronze swimmers are those that are just coming out of our Novice program (swim lessons). There is a major emphasis on stroke technique, turns, starts, and fun. Swimmers should be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke. This is the beginning to the world of competitive swimming. Bronze swimmers are encouraged to attend and participate in at least one meet per season.
Silver: (Ages 7-14) This group of swimmers know of all 4 strokes fairly well. Each swimmer must be able to demonstrate the ability to handle regular practice routines. Emphasis is on drills, stroke technique, turns, starts, interval training, and fun. Most Silver swimmers train three or four practices each week. Swimmers in this group are encouraged to attend more swim meets and learn to have fun in a competitive environment.
Senior Prep: (Ages 11-18) This group of swimmers is where refinement of turns, starts and stroke technique are continually taught. There is an introduction on pace, race strategies and endurance training which is practiced on a daily basis. Senior prep swimmers are dedicated towards achieving goals at the Local and Regional levels. Most senior prep swimmers attend four or five practices per week and attend several swim meets each year.
Senior: (Ages 13-18) At the Head Coach’s discretion, swimmers are invited to make a commitment to the Senior Team where the athletes are training at a very high level. The physiological, psychological, and biomechanical areas of swimming are taught and refined. Senior Team members are dedicated towards achieving goals at the local, Regional and National levels. Senior swimmers will train six days per week (up to 8 practices per week during doubles) and are expected to attend designated swim meets each year. An 85% practice attendance must be maintained to fulfill the Senior level commitment.
How do I join MYB?
Parents need to contact coach, Mike Rinde, at the East YMCA to set up an evaluation of swimmer's ability. Registration materials and a complete handbook will be made available after your child has been evaluated.
Why swim on the competitive team?
The YMCA Barracudas excel because of the commitment of trained coaches plus the enthusiasm and dedication of its young people. Each year swimmers, ages 5 to 22, compete on a local, state, regional and national level. If you love to swim, want to make new friends, and travel, then you need to join the MYB swim team.
Barracuda swimmers have received scholarships to such school as the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Texas, College of Charleston, University of Arizona, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri, Georgia Tech, Colorado State University, University of Indiana, St. Johns University, Richmond College, Delta State University and Cleveland State University.
These Barracuda swimmers have acheived 2012-2013 Southeastern Qualifying times:
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What should I bring to practice?
Bronze: Swimmers in the bronze group will need to bring a swimsuit and goggles to every practice. Girls may also want to bring a swim cap.
Silver: Swimmers in the silver group will need to bring a swimsuit, cap and goggles to every practice. This group will also need running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt for dryland workouts.
Senior&Prep: swimmers in the senior group will need to bring a swimsuit, cap, goggles, pull buoy, fins, paddles and a snorkel every day. They will also need running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt for dryland workouts.
Each group needs to bring the required equipment every day to practice. They may keep it here in their bags which can hang on hooks on the pool deck. Please label all your child's equipment with their name.
Where can I buy my swim supplies?
You can purchase your swim supplies on the All American Swim Supply website, allamericanswim.com. Any equipment that you need for practice can be found in the MYB team store. Our team code is MYB21.
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What should I bring to meets?
Each swimmer needs to have the Barracuda uniform at every swim meet. Our uniform is a solid black Speedo swimsuit, the Barracuda cap and goggles. We recommend that you bring two towels, snacks and plenty of water and Powerade. Please remember to order swimsuits from All American Swim Supply, allamericanswim.com. You will be able to buy swim caps from the front desk as soon as they arrive.
Alabama High School State Meet Reults
The Barracudas had four swimmers compete in the Alabama High School State Swim Meet November 30 and December 1. Bryful Sun competed in the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. He finished with a time of 22.49 in 6th place and 1:00.18 in 3rd place respectively. Katie Heacock competed in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. She finished with a time of 2:20.98 in 23rd place and 1:03.78 in 26th place respectively. Catharine del Carmen competed in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. She finished with a time of 2:27.38 in 38th place and 1:04.73 in 29th place respectively. Emily Columbia competed in the 200 free and 100 back. She finished with a time of2:11.22 in 34th place and 1:06.63 in 23rd place respectively.
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