Greater Burlington YMCA
Dynamo is a three season (fall, winter, spring) competitive swim team for youth and teens. We are an open and balanced team that serves swimmers from first time team members to national competitors. While Dynamos is a competitive team at heart, we want each swimmer to grow at the speed that is right for them. All practices are held at the Pomerleau Family Y in downtown Burlington, Vermont.
We offer clinics during September/October and April/May and short course season from October to March with all meets held in 25-yard pools.
YMCA membership is required to swim with Dynamo. YMCA membership information and fees can be found here or at our Member Engagement desk.
Questions? Please contact Head Coach Maddy Kovacs at [email protected].
Practices for the 2022/2023 season begin October 17 and will take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30-7:30pm. There will also be a Wednesday morning practice (6:00-7:30am) for our oldest swimmers.
A 75% attendance requirement is in place for the season. For example, if your practice group swims 2 times a week, swimmers must attend 10 practices in the October 17 to November 30 time period. We have a finite number of swim team spots available, with some potential swimmers unable to join due to this limitation. Therefore, after December 1, if the attendance requirement is not met, you will lose your spot on the team. No refund will be available.
At this time our Dynamo Swim Team is full. We are keeping a waiting list which you can join with the “register” button below. If slots become available we will be in touch before or on December 1. We will no longer be accepting new swimmers after December 1.
Dynamo Head Coach
Maddy Kovacs was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from UVM in 2021 with a degree in Environmental Studies. At UVM, Maddy was a member of the D1 Swim and Dive program where she predominantly swam freestyle, and raced at the 2019 CSCAA Open Water Championships. Maddy has been involved in Aquatics for over a decade, as a competitive swimmer from age 7-22, as a head summer league coach, and as a swim instructor in both Arizona and Vermont. This is Maddy’s second season with Dynamo, and she is looking forward to the opportunity to continue to work with such resilient athletes and coaching staff!
Dynamo Assistant Coach
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 ninth season coaching Dynamo.
Hilary grew up in Plattsburgh, New York, where she learned to swim at the YMCA. Her first competitive swim meet was in the early 1990s at the old Burlington YMCA! She swam on the Lake Champlain Waves, and for Peru Central High School in NY — setting many district, meet, pool, and school records. Hillary graduated from Amherst College in 2005, where she was a record holder in the 200 Breastroke. In 15 years of swimming, she competed at NCAA Division 3 championships and countless other meets! Flash forward ~ 20 years, Hillary is very excited to start her second season coaching Dynamo. She is passionate about both coaching, and teaching children! Her 3 children are excited to be part of the Dynamo team, along with her supportive, but reluctant, husband.
Sue graduated from Boston College in 1987. She has been working in Aquatics for over 35 years, as a lifeguard, swim instructor, assistant coach, head summer league coach, and head youth development coach in various communities. She fell in love with swimming at her hometown YMCA at the age of 5 and 50 years later still swims and loves watching swimmers develop! She has coached at La Jolla YMCA (CA), Ridgefield Aquatics Club (CT), Ridgefield Community Center (CT), South Shore YMCA (MA), and Ridgewood YMCA (NJ). Sue has been married for over 30 years to her amazing husband, Steve, and they have two incredible kids, MacKenzie, 24 and Nick, 27.
Wren is a student at the University of Vermont studying Exercise Science. 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. She is looking forward to her third season with Dynamo.
Anna-Rose is in her senior year at South Burlington High School. She was on Dynamo as a swimmer for 14 years but had to stop because of an injury. When she was swimming, she specialized in freestyle and butterfly. Since moving on from swim, she runs track at her school and hopes to pursue that in college. She’s excited for her first season as a Dynamo coach!
Team mission and philosophy
Dynamo Swim Team helps create confident swimmers who achieve both individual and team goals through a love of swimming and an environment of excellence.
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
PERSISTENCE and DEDICATION
Practice Suit: Each swimmer should have a practice suit. For younger swimmers this may be your team suit. For older swimmers it should be another suit; the team suit should be saved for meets.
Goggles: Goggles are required. Being able to see underwater helps swimmers to follow the line, see teammates, and watch for specifics of a stroke. It also prevents burning and redness of the eyes. Many styles of goggles are available. Preference is individual. If you need help adjusting your goggles see your coach at practice.
Caps: Caps are required for anyone whose hair covers their ears. Caps help create a more streamlined swimmer and prevent them from getting a mouth full of hair while trying to breathe.
Water Bottle: A water bottle with water is a must for all swimmers. When swimming it is hard to tell that you are sweating and need to replace the lost liquid. The workout time is long enough to dehydrate the swimmer. Swimmers should bring their own water bottles labeled with their names at the beginning of the season and they will be kept in a team locker on the deck so that they are always available. They can be filled at the water fountain at the beginning of practice and emptied at the end.
Race Suit: Race suits are expected for meets. For younger swimmers this can be the same as their practice suit. Race suits decrease drag enabling swimmers to swim faster during meets. There are many different types of racing suits available. Both practice suits and race suits can be ordered through the team in team colors.
Swimmer Nutrition: http://www.usaswimming.org/
New England Swimming LSC: http://www.neswim.com/
USA Swimming: http://usaswimming.org
National YMCA Swimming: http://www.ymcaswimminganddiving.org/
Dynamo Head Coach: Maddy Kovacs, email@example.com
Aquatics Director: Jess Lukas, firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-652-8143