DSMY Travel Team & Travel Team Prep (TT/TTP)

Wellmark YMCA
501 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Travel Team Head Coach
Emma Ashman [email protected]

Travel Team Assistant Coaches

Honorary coach: Trudy Hancock

Selena Mufti, YMCA & USA
Shalee Torrence, USA
Aftin Riggs, USA
David Merriman, YMCA & USA

Nick Fox, USA
Sammy Pose, USA

Tyson Wieland

DSMY Travel Team/Travel Team Prep 

The DSMY Marlin Travel and Travel Team Prep program is intended to help intrinsically motivated athletes pursue their swimming goals. Travel Team and Travel Team Prep athletes will attend 5 or more practices a week and attend a minimum of 3 USA Swimming sanctioned events per season. 

Minimum Eligibility for Travel Team:

  • 13+ years old with ISI Champs Q time in current age group
  • One USA Swimming “AA” time standard in a freestyle event (USA Swimming time standards) OR the swimmer is entering the summer season before their freshman year of high school (with no time standards).

Eligibility for Travel Team Prep:

  • Must have approval and communication from site team coach
  • 12+ years old with one USA Swimming “AA” time standard in a freestyle event for current age group, USA Swimming time standards and head practice site coach invitation.
  • Athlete will accomplish the two Wednesday test sets of travel team prep and be competitive with the times of the current team

To be a part of the DSMY swimming team, swimmers must maintain a current YMCA facility membership throughout the season. All swim team members must check-in to the facility with their membership card through the front desk welcome center. A USA Swimming Premium membership is a requirement for Travel Team Prep and Travel Team training groups.

TT/TTP Equipment Needed

Your own:

TT/TTP Practice Schedule 

Early Season Start Date: Monday, April 8
Season Start Date: Monday, May 6
NO Practice: May 27, July 4
Summer Practice Schedule Start Date: Monday, June 3

Spring 2024 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
AM   5:30 - 7:00 AM   5:30 - 7:00 AM   7:00 - 9:30 AM
PM 4:30 - 6:20 PM 4:30 - 6:20 PM 4:30 - 6:20 PM 4:30 - 6:20 PM 4:30 - 6:20 PM  


Summer 2024 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
AM 5:30 - 7:00 AM
7:15 - 9:15 AM
5:30 - 7:00 AM
7:15 - 9:15 AM
5:30 - 7:00 AM
7:15 - 9:15 AM
5:30 - 7:00 AM
7:15 -9:15 AM
5:30 - 7:00 AM
7:15 - 9:15 AM
7:00 - 9:30 AM
PM   4:15 - 5:45 PM   4:15- 5:45 PM    

Spring/Summer 2024 Meet Schedules

All meets are listed under the Event Registration tab.

Printable Meet Calendars


 Season* Fees

Spring/Summer 2024 Minimum** Season Fee
(May & later starts)
Early Season
(April start)
Travel Team Prep $510.00 $680.00
Travel Team  $577.50 $770.00

Due to space and time limitations, some rosters will fill their available roster spots. Swimmers are encouraged to register early to ensure a roster spot.

A swimmer’s training season is over after their last qualified championship meet. Training fees after the season championship meet will be prorated for athletes qualified for additional competitions.

The Marlin Swim Team is NOT a monthly program. Installment billing is available as a convenience to our families only. The entire season minimum fee will be collected regardless of start date. Installment billing is not available for registrations after May 31, 2024.

Refunds, partial credits, or discounts on registration and meet fees are not available for missed practices and/or meets due to vacations, absence due to temporary illness, voluntarily leaving the team early, lack of attendance, or involuntary separation due to misconduct.

Membership in the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is required for all DSMY Marlin members during their season. Athletes must be current on both their YMCA and Marlin fees to participate in meets.

*Season fees do not include YMCA memberships, USA Swimming membership, or meet fees. Multi-Swimmer Discounts are available at the Practice Site locations only when registering all family members at the same time. 10% discount for two swimmers, 15% discount for three swimmers and 20% discount for four or more swimmers in the family. (Discount does not apply to or with Travel Team swimmers.) Additionally, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need. Contact your practice site Welcome Center for information.            

** This is the minimum fee to participate in the Marlin swim team program. Swimmers starting after May will still pay this entire amount.

High School Participation Fees (Fall/Winter season only)

High school aged swimmers in grades 9-12 are eligible for a special rate schedule when they choose to participate in their high school swim team. Junior high/middle school team participants are NOT eligible.

ALL high school swim team participants must register for the season by September 1st to ensure their roster spot and maintain their eligibility for competition in USA and YMCA meets as well as DSMY Marlin team functions.

2023 High School Girls Season: August 7, 2023- November 11, 2023
2023-24 High School Boys Season: November 6, 2023- February 10, 2024

 High School Team Participants
(no middle/junior high)





 Post Season

Travel Team Prep Girls
Travel Team Prep Boys






Travel Team Girls
Travel Team Boys






2024 USA Swimming Membership Fees  
Premium Athlete (year-round) DSMY RECOMMENDED $84
Seasonal Athlete (150 days) $50


Financial Assistance 

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers financial assistance to families making under $50,000 annually. If you would like more information about the financial assistance program please contact the Wellmark YMCA's Financial Assistance Specialist:

Phone number 515-471-8561
Email [email protected]