About Dynamo Swim Team

General Information

Dynamo is a three season (fall, winter, spring) competitive swim team for youth, teens and adults. We offer clinics during September and May, swim camp during April and August and short course season from October to March with all meets held in 25-yard pools. We are an open and balanced team that serves swimmers from first time team members to national competitors. We are a competitive team at heart; but want each swimmer to grow at the speed that is right for them regarding the amount of practice and competition. All practices are held at the Pomerleau Family Y in downtown Burlington, Vermont.

Team Mission and Philosophy

Team Mission

Dynamo Swim Team helps create confident swimmers who achieve both individual and team goals through a love of swimming and an environment of excellence.

Y Mission

To build a strong community by involving youth, adults and families in programs and activities that develops spirit, mind and body.

Team Philosophy: PERC UP


  • We will recognize and celebrate the talents each swimmer inherently possesses.
  • We will show pride in our individual and team achievements.


  • We are committed to excellence. We can do the things we set our minds to through commitment, self-discipline and hard work.
  • Swimming fast is awesome, but swimming with fast with excellent strokes is the best!


  • We will challenge ourselves and each other to grow and learn every day.
  • We will take responsibility for our actions. We don’t look for someone else to blame.
  • We will face every challenge or race with the knowledge that we have put in the work needed to achieve our goal.


  • To succeed we will have to take risks.
  • We will not be afraid to try and not succeed because we know that we will learn more each time and get close to our goals.


  • We will take opportunities to remind each other when we notice achievements and support each other when we are feeling frustrated or discouraged.
  • Every swimmer is a critical part of the team’s whole.


  • We will be improving everyday and we will have to put in the work every day to reach our small and large goals.
  • If we do not achieve our goals we will allow ourselves time for disappointment but later we will take a chance to reflect and +develop a plan to work towards our goal again.

Jacsen Callanan- Head Coach

Jacsen Winooski 2016

Jacsen graduated from UVM in 2005. He grew up as a competitive swimmer on the south side of Chicago and had the opportunity to swim each summer at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor under the direction of Jon Urbanchek. He has been working in aquatics as a guard, instructor and coach for 15 years. He has been the head swim coach for the Northeast Philadelphia YMCA and an assistant coach for the Philadelphia FINS master swimming team. He is excited for his sixth season as the Dynamo Head Coach.



Chandler Brandes- Assistant Coach

Chandler is a senior at UVM where she is majoring in public communication and double minoring in coaching and sports management. She swam as part of the Catamounts at UVM for three seasons. A native Vermonter, she has been swimming competitively since she was 8 and has been coaching since she was 16. She's extremely excited for her second season with Dynamo!



Patrick Desmond- Assistant Coach

Patrick is entering his junior year at UVM, where he is majoring in business. He is a former member of the Winooski Swim Team and currently works as a Lifeguard for the YMCA. He is excited for his first year with the team.





Ellyse Fredericks - Assistant Coach

A former swimmer of Dynamo and Winooski teams. Currently studying at the University of Vermont as a Junior. Along with coaching she teaches swim lessons and guards at the YMCA and this will be her second season with Dynamo as a coach.



Lauren Lepeak

Lauren Lepeak is excited to start her first season at Dynamo! She is a senior at UVM where she is part of Club Swim Team & Club Water Polo. She has been competitively swimming since she was 10 and coaching since she was 16.



Reiko Maeda- Assistant Coach

ReikoA former Dynamo and Winooski swimmer who has been swimming since she was little. She loves to swim and participates in Masters Swimming at the YMCA. This will be her third year with Dynamo.





Rob Mangan- Assistant Coach

I’m a sophomore at Champlain College, and am majoring in Filmmaking with a minor in Motion Design. I first started swimming when I was 6 years old and never took a break, graduating high school after completing 4 varsity seasons in Ithaca NY. Since starting college, I haven’t had enough time to continue my commitment to swimming, but have always missed the pool. I joined Dynamo’s coaching team towards the end of last season and loved the experience. I can’t wait to continue working with the team this season and watch the kids improve!



Kendra Miller- Assistant Coach

A native of Scituate, Mass., Kendra Miller is a senior at UVM majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in pharmacology, dually enrolled as an accelerated masters student of pharmacology. She swims for the Catamounts, specializing in backstroke and sprint freestyle. This is her second year on board with Dynamo and she’s excited for another fun season!



Amer Mujezinovic - Assistant Coach

Amer Mujezinovic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He swam, did track and field, played volleyball, handball and basketball for his High School. Amer moved to the US and finally settled in Burlington VT in 2009. He has two boys (6 and 8) that are part of Dynamo Swim team and decided to help out this season.


Tom Nececkas - Assistant Coach

A former Division 1 swimmer at Boston College and current member of the YMCA’s master team, Tom brought his love of swimming to the Dynamo swim team for the past three years.



Alexy Novelli- Assistant Coach

Alexy graduated from UVM in May 2018 with a degree in Exercise Science. She has been swimming since age seven and swam as part of the Catamounts at UVM for four seasons. She is excited for her first season with the Dynamos!




Cecilia Pohlar - Assistant Coach

Cecilia grew up in central Indiana and spent a large part of her childhood swimming competitively, before studying abroad in Denmark. Now attending Champlain College, she is excited for her second season as a coach for Dynamo!


Questions? Contact Head Coach, Jacsen Callanan, by email at jcallanan@gbymca.org or phone at 802-652-8154.



Pomerleau Family Y
266 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties