Swim Team


The Summit Area YMCA (SAY) Seals Swim Team is celebrating a century of tradition, swimming excellence, and success in 2023 at the local, state, and national levels. Our highly selective, year-round competitive program offers training and practice groups for swimmers ages 6 to 18. Our philosophy is a cooperative effort of swimmers, coaches, professional YMCA staff, and parents. Each play an important role in maintaining and improving our swim team, for the benefit of all involved. As with all YMCA programs, our objectives are to promote Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

SAY competes in dual meets with other NJ YMCA’s, and in YMCA and USA Swimming invitational and championship meets. SAY has continually represented at the YMCA Short Course and Long Course National Championships each year. On May 19th, 1923, the Summit YMCA was one of 9 YMCA associations to compete at the first ever YMCA National Championship at the Central Branch YMCA in Brooklyn, New York. USA Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in the country. All swim team members must belong to USA Swimming and be members of the Summit Area YMCA. Team fees for the team include membership dues for both USA Swimming and YMCA swimming.

We encourage all parents to participate in our Summit Seals Parents Organization, known as the SSPO. This group of dedicated and hardworking parents form the backbone of our program. They assist the coaches, other parents, and--most importantly--the swimmers.

Mission Statement

It is the goal of the Summit Area YMCA swim team to offer age specific training and focus on the long-term, progressive development of our athletes. The foundation of our program is comprised of teaching correct stroke technique at every level, offering a challenging training regimen, and to develop each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. Our coaching staff strives to enable our athletes to achieve their goals and to grow as individuals both in and out of the pool. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive space for all athletes to experience the sport of swimming.

Are you ready to become the next SAY Seal champion? For more information about the Summit Area YMCA Swim Team visit the SAY Swim Team website. You can reach our Head Coach by email at patrick.collins@thesay.org