Prescott High School Swim Team practices for the 21st year at the James Family Prescott YMCA

Prescott High School Swim Team has begun its 21st year. The YMCA opened their indoor pool in spring of 1998 and for the 1999 school year PHS had a competitive swim team. The team practices Monday through Friday at the YMCA and will have 4 meets this season.

There are 38 students on the team with 7 of them competing their last year as Seniors. The team does not turn away any students wanting to swim, regardless of ability. Every year there are beginners to very experienced swimmers who have competed for years and this year is no different. Some of the students even learned to swim at the YMCA which makes it easy for them to swim in their home pool.

This season the meets will be virtual. Each school team will swim on meet days at their own pool, submit times to AIA and then results will be posted. You can find the results each week on the PHS website under Sports. The first meet was held Thursday, September 17th. Top swimmers competing were: Emma Jarnagin, Juliana de Kort, Kade Roberts and Bryson Smith.

“This year’s meets will definitely look different than prior years,” said Bill Riviere, head coach. “It has been interesting, challenging and at times difficult following all of the Covid-19 procedures and practices, but we are doing it!” “We are very thankful to the AIA, Prescott Unified School District and especially the Prescott YMCA for allowing the kids to swim this season,” said Bill. “Without this great community and school support, these students would have missed this year.”  “We are a proud partner of the Prescott Unified School District and have cooperated with the schools on many programs and are happy the kids get to continue to get healthy and compete in swimming meets at our YMCA”, said Damon Olsen the CEO of the YMCA of Yavapai County.

Consistency for the swimmers is one of the key ingredients to coaching the team along with teamwork, competition, and fun according to Coach Bill Riviere. Bill has been coaching the PHS team for 9 years, being head coach for 5 years along with Mark Polan. Bill has been around competitive swimming for 16 years even watching his two oldest Girls swim for four years for PHS in the YMCA pool. Bill said “The YMCA has been very easy to work with over the years and we realize there would be no Badger Swim Team without the Y.”

Did you know that the Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons in 1909?  Now, each year in more than 2,000 pools across the country, the Y teaches more than a million children from all backgrounds invaluable water safety and swim skills. Here in Prescott, the Y teaches over 4,000 swim lessons each year including youth group lessons, private lessons, parent child lessons, PUSD lessons, summer day camp and preschool lessons along with hosting their favorite Prescott High School Badger Swim Team for practice and meets.

For more information about the James Family Prescott YMCA aquatics and their mission, visit www.prescottymca.org or call Austin Olsen, Aquatics Coordinator, 928-445-7221 or austin.olsen@prescottymca.org.

About James Family Prescott YMCA

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA has served the local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt since 1974; offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.

The YMCA is dedicated to providing affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance.

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit www.prescottymca.org.

 About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

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