Jul 15, 2016

USA/YMCA Swim Team

The Tri-Cities Family YMCA in collaboration with the Spring Lake Community Fitness & Aquatic Center (SLCFAC) is pleased to announce that we will be offering a YMCA/USA swim team for the 2016-17 season.

Dave Carson has been hired to serve as the Head Coach  of the “Tri-Cities Guardians” swim team.  Dave previously served as age group coach for the Rockford Riptide and as lead assistant coach for the East Grand Rapids Waves.  He is the Varsity coach for the Grand Rapids Catholic Central women’s team.  Dave is an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) recognized Level 2 coach and has had the privilege of representing Michigan Swimming as a Zone coach in 2013 & 2014 and a Quad coach in 2014.

Our goal is to give swimmers of all levels – from beginners to national-caliber athletes – an opportunity to grow and achieve personal excellence in swimming. We will also promote the values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility for the program, coaches, parents, other teams and teammates.  The leadership from both organizations is very excited about this joint venture and we see the recruitment of Coach Dave as a key factor in ensuring the success of our swim team!  Coach Dave will have an office at the YMCA, his email address is

An informational meeting for parents interested in learning more about competitive swim and our team structure will be held on July 19th at 6:30pm at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.   Registration for the program will begin August 15th.

Michelle Bailey-Mesler                                       Jason P. Epplett

CEO    Tri-Cities Family YMCA                      SLCFAC Director