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Mission of the Torigian Family YMCA Competitive Swim Program

The Piranhas Swim Team participates in the Eastern MA YMCA swim league. We compete in the Division III section of the league. Our team sends swimmers to Districts and New England Championships. Our mission is to offer a high quality age group swimming program that enables team members to develop their full potential as individuals and as athletes, by promoting character development, good sportsmanship, and competitive success in a constructive team environment. The Piranha program will: improve each swimmer's quality of life through healthy activity, group affiliation, and improved self-confidence; instill
the core values of the YMCA: respect, responsibility, caring and honesty, and prepare swimmers for life after swimming through character development and life skill training; inspire excellence in swimming through superior teaching, training, and coaching in supportive team environment.

Our novice and age group levels expose swimmers to the fun side of swimming and team membership while laying a firm foundation of technical proficiency. Practices and competitions are designed to give swimmers reasonable flexibility in their level of participation while helping swimmers learn about commitment and what it means to be a team player. As swimmers gain experience and maturity, they are exposed to more advanced training concepts and continued stroke improvement.

The Piranhas' staff is experienced, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. All coaches are certified by the YMCA of the USA, USA Swimming, the American Red Cross, and the American Swimming Coaches Association. The staff has many years of experience developing young swimmers into good swimmers and good swimmers into great ones.

The Piranhas value growth, self-discipline, and independence that competitive swimming promotes. The family is an integral part in making the competitive experience a positive one. Swimmers benefit most from the competitive swimming experience when their parents can be supportive of their swimmer and the program, while still allowing the swimmer to have ownership over his/her experience.