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posted: 4/17/2014 3:32 PM

Taylor Y registering new and returning swimmers for team

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Submitted by Prairie Valley Family YMCA

Registration for new and returning Taylor YMCA Pelicans swim team will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Y, 50 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin.

"All swimmers are welcome to join the Pelicans swim team, but must keep in mind the following," said Head Coach Brigitta Kempken: all swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool freestyle and one length of the pool backstroke and have a positive team attitude; all swim team members must be members of the Prairie Valley Family YMCA -- Taylor Branch. This is a Y-USA Competitive sports rule.

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"The Pelicans compete in both YMCA and ISI/USA Swimming meets. Participation in ISI/USA Swimming is optional. There is an additional fee for ISI/USA Swimming registration and meet entries," Kempken said.

Swimmers will be placed in practice groups and lanes depending on their skill level. New swimmers must be evaluated by the head coach to determine the practice group that will best fit their abilities and provide a challenge.

Swimmers not able to make April 23 registration date must make arrangements with the head coach for evaluation.

Registration forms can be found at or can be completed at registration. Swim team payments can be made in full or partial payments. Discounts are available for families with three or more swimmers.

Practice groupings and corresponding costs are as follows:

Yellow: Practices one hour, three times per week. This group is for all swimmers from beginner to intermediate. Meets are not required, but home meets are recommended.

Green: Practices one hour five times per week. This group is for intermediate swimmers. Swimmers are expected to attend all home meets and all championship meets for which they qualify.

Junior: Practices one and a half hours five times per week. This group is for swimmers from intermediate to advance. Swimmers are expected to attend both dry land training and pool training, all home meets, 50 percent of the away meets, and all championship meets for which they qualify.

Pre-Senior and Senior: Practices two hours five times per week. These groups are for advanced swimmers. Swimmers have competitive experience, are able to swim all 4 competitive strokes efficiently, have the ability to do pace work and interval training and are able to commit to a rigorous workout program. Swimmers are required to attend all home swim meets, 50 percent of the away meets and all championship meets for which they qualify. All swimmers are asked to participate in one to two dry land sessions outside, weather permitting.

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