Prattville Swim League

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The Prattville Swim League (PSL) starts its competitive summer swimming program on May 13th.  

The team is sponsored by the Prattville Parks and Recreation Department and the Prattville YMCA.  “When it comes to summer league competitive swimming, you’ll not find a much better program than PSL,” said 23-year veteran head coach Joe Reynolds.  Last year’s squad placed second in the state from among 30 teams at the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) state championships.  

 

The team is unlike most teams in the nation, offering competitive USA Swimming, YMCA Swimming, and ARPA swimming all on one team.  PSL competes throughout central Alabama, and some swimmers travel out of state for regional level competitions.  It also provides a “preteam program” with advanced lessons for aspiring competitive swimmers.  “Our preteam program is exceptional,” Reynolds explained.  “We take swimmers who have finished advanced lessons and give them six weeks of training to prepare many of them for competitive swimming.” Last year’s team roster featured over 130 competitive swimmers and 30 “preteamers.”

 

Other than Reynolds, PSL has six assistant coaches with tremendous swimming backgrounds.  “Five of our coaches are USA-Swimming certified, two are also YMCA certified, some with over 20-years coaching experience and participation in programs at the collegiate level,” said Reynolds.  

 

Since the early 90’s, Prattville swimming has produced many State, Southeastern, and YMCA swimming champions, as well as collegiate scholarship athletes. PSL offers multiple practice groups designed to match swimmer’s abilities to appropriate coaching levels, from novice recreation swimmers to national-caliber athletes.  Registration will begin on April 8th at the Don M. Smith Branch Prattville YMCA and will extend to May 31st.  New swimmers must be evaluated on their swimming skills and there will be several opportunities for evaluations. 

 For questions regarding PSL Summer Swimming, contact the Prattville YMCA (365-8852).



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