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Bellingham and Lynden Program Centers

Ages 6-18 years

Our youth swim team is designed for advanced swimmers who wish to pursue competitive swimming in a fun and positive environment. Swimmers must have Y membership and have passed Level 5 & 6 or equivalent to participate. For more information contact Head Coach/Team Coordinator David Millican at Bellingham, 360-733-8630 x122 or at Lynden, 360-354-5000 or email dmillican@whatcomymca.org.

The WYD Dolphins swim in the Puget Sound Swim Association (PSSA). The PSSA is made up primarily of YMCA sponsored teams. The league is split into a northern section and a southern section. The Dolphins swim mainly against teams from teams located in Seattle and north. The swim season splashes off each year in September.

The first meet each year is the Fall Fest. This is a multi team meet held generally in the Seattle area. After that we will have approximately 5 dual (two team) meets. Some of these will be "home meets" and some will be "away meets."

The league concludes each year in January with the YMCA Statewide Championship. This meet is held at the King County - Weyerhauser Pool in Federal Way. This is an Olympic quality pool.

After this the swimmers with qualifying times travel to the Regional meet in Boise ID.

Then swimmers that have qualifying times will have the chance to compete in the YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, NC.



My Y Story

"My name is Andrea. Growing up, I started swim lessons at the Y when I was in 2nd grade. After that, I took a break from swimming at the Y. I joined another team, but quit 3 years later and took a break from swimming. I then decided that I would try the Y swim team, to see if I would have a better experience with this team. Right away, I felt very included in the team. The coaches were very supportive and I had a good time. Competing with this team was also very enjoyable and exciting. I really enjoy the environment at the Y; everyone is very friendly. Hopefully in the future I can start lifeguarding at the Y, and teaching swim lessons. Being part of the Y means a lot to me, and am very grateful that I have this wonderful opportunity!"


"My name is Sara and I started swimming when I was about 5 years old with lessons from the Y.  When I first learned to swim I couldn't put my face in the water so I just swam backstroke. When I finally put my face in the water I started learning the rest of the strokes and loved it. I decided to try out for the Whatcom Y Dolphins swim team and made it. A year later I wanted to compete, and in my first year I qualified for regionals and had a great time. For me, swimming is about personal accomplishment and persona growth. I plan to stay with the YMCA for years to come. I am in 7th grade and also love track, volleyball and cross country. That is my Y story."