Former Summit Area YMCA swim team member Ben Lin recently competed at the 2016 Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Ben, who currently attends Williams College in Williamstown, MA, qualified to swim the 100 backstroke. Ben, a rising Senior, began swimming at the Summit YMCA when he was 5 years old and progressed through the Y’s swim program until he graduated high school. This Olympic trials and qualifiers determine who will represent the US when the nation competes in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
Summit Area YMCA head coach Laura Riddell accompanied Ben as he swam under the Summit YMCA banner. “Ben is the youngest swimmer to ever make the Summit YMCA swim team” remarked head Coach Laura Riddell. “His passion to compete was evident at a young age and we are honored that he chose to compete under our banner. Our entire swim team is so proud of him, as are his parents who drove the 16 hours to Nebraska to watch him participate in a milestone event!”
The Summit Area YMCA Swim team is a close knit community focused on developing not only the athletic skills of each swimmer, but also on instilling values like commitment, responsibility, perseverance and more that remain with each member well throughout their lives in and out of the pool. The low Coach-to-Swimmer ratio allows coaches to customize training techniques to best suit each swimmer, and the youth swim team participates as a team in YMCA dual meets, YMCA Championships, and additional competitive meets as a registered USA Swimming Team.
“Being on the swim team has taught me a lot about self-confidence.” said Summit Area YMCA swim team captain, Lucia. “Going to these big meets, sometimes we do really great and you just have to be humble about it, but at the same time know that you worked really hard to get there and you did a great job—and sometimes you might have a really bad race and you have to know that it’s just one race and that one race doesn’t define you, so you have to keep up your confidence and keep going. The swim team and the Summit Area YMCA community is incredibly supportive and it has become a true family to me.”
The welcoming, family friendly environment of the Y is an accessible space that provides opportunities for growth and development in not only swimming, but for all ages and areas of interest from infancy to adulthood. The Y offers safe and secure child care, engaging early education and youth programs, fun events and groups for teens, expansive wellness programs for all fitness levels, community volunteer initiatives and much more.
“The Y is the perfect place for a growing child, teen, adult, senior—everyone really. There are so many programs that are designed to help your child discover their talents and passions, plenty of role models that are caring and are great mentors for college and career prep,” said a member of the Summit Area YMCA. “Caring staff that help you reach your fitness goals, programs that help with anything from muscle pains to Parkinson’s to cancer recovery—there just aren’t a lot of places out there that serve the community so genuinely and holistically.”
The Summit Area YMCA will be hosting tryouts on July 18. Please visit the team website at www.sayswimteam.org or call 908-273-3330 to speak with Head Coach Laura Riddell for tryout information.
Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501©3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.