Superior Douglas County Family YMCA

Whalers Swim Team

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Whaler's swim team season!

2019 Coaching staff (left to right) Stefan Pagnucci, Shawn Pagnucci, Jodi Johnson, Val Poynter, Max Rubesch

YMCA Staff Contact Information
Head Coach, Stefan Pagnucci:
Assistant Coach & Swim Lesson Coordinator, Max Rubesch:

Youth Activities Coordinator, Shawn Pagnucci:
Aquatic Director, Jess Melander:
Aquatic Coordinator, Danielle Moder:
Activities Director, Jon Reimer:


Interested in the Whalers Swim Team?
Join our Summer Swim Team!

The summer season begins June 25 and runs through August 3. It’s a great chance to learn the four main competitive strokes as well as build swimming endurance. Our summer season always wraps up with an outdoor swim meet. Practices are Tues/Thur between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Specific time determined by team size.

Open to ages 5-18. Must be able to swim front stroke 25 yards.


$40 Y-Member $80 Non-member

We believe this philosophy is perfect for our swim team program. It helps to build confidence in all swimmers regardless of age or experience because we understand that there’s more to being a truly successful swimmer than just finishing first. Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are four core values of our team that we promote through positive coaching techniques, parental involvement, and peer mentoring. Our program focuses on fundamentals, mechanics, and sportsmanship.

Our swim team is more than just another sport for your child to spend time on. We believe that being a Whaler means more than that! Keeping in mind our three areas of focus, the impact this team makes will be seen at home, in the classroom, and in the community that each of us call home! Our belief is that every program we offer must promote Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The Whalers’ Swim Team accomplishes this goal by leaning about teamwork, sportsmanship, and how to properly represent The Y at swim meets, at school, and out in the community.

The Superior YMCA Whalers Swim Team is a part of the Minnesota YMCA Competitive Swim League. The League and our team follow guidelines endorsed by the YMCA and the “Rules that Govern YMCA Competitive Sports.” A copy of these guidelines and rules is available upon request.

Swimmers must be between the ages of 5 and 18, and have started Kindergarten or still in high school. Swimmers ages 8 and under must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and 25 yards of backstroke without stopping or using any flotation aids. Youth ages 9 and older must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and 50 yards of backstroke without stopping or using any flotation aids.