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 seventh season as the Dynamo Head Coach.



Patrick Desmond- Assistant Coach

Patrick is entering his senior 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 second 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 Senior. Along with coaching she teaches swim lessons and guards at the YMCA and this will be her third season with Dynamo as a coach.



Lauren Lepeak

Lauren Lepeak is excited to start her second season at Dynamo! She is a graduate student 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.



Rob Mangan- Assistant Coach

I’m a junior 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 for the third season with the team!



Kendra Miller- Assistant Coach

A native of Scituate, Mass., Kendra Miller is a graduate student at UVM studying pharmacology. She swim all 4 years at UVM, specializing in backstroke and sprint freestyle. This is her third 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 for a second 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 four years.




Rachel Petrone- Assistant Coach

Rachel is a former swimmer from southern Rhode Island. A major part of her life has been swimming for her local year-round team. She also spent some of her summers lifeguarding at the beach and leading her team in open-water swims. Now, a junior at UVM studying neuroscience, Rachel is excited to start her first full season with Dynamo!



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 third season as a coach for Dynamo!



Wren Pyle- Assistant Coach

Wren is a student at the University of Vermont studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. Wren was a swimmer for over 13 years and enjoyed the 100 butterfly the most. After retiring from swimming Wren has moved on to competing in Ultra-Marathons and alpine adventures. Wren is looking forward to working with the Dynamos throughout this upcoming season!!



Blair Shields- Assistant Coach

Blair is excited for her first season with Dynamo! She is a senior at UVM and is studying sociology and philosophy. She has been competitively swimming since she was 9 and coaching since she was 16.

Questions? Contact Head Coach, Jacsen Callanan, by email at jcallanan@gbymca.org or phone at 802-652-8143.



Pomerleau Family Y
298 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

Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties