Memphis Tiger YMCA Swimming

The Memphis Tiger Swimming Board of Directors has reached an agreement with YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South to combine both organizations’ competitive and developmental swim teams under one program. This merger will benefit the MTS by allowing them to grow the sport of swimming through a defined and broader progression program, with more convenient training options to attract and retain more swimmers.  

The new program will be named Memphis Tiger YMCA Swimming and will be led by Adam Byars: who is currently the head coach for Memphis Tiger Swimming. He will serve as the YMCA’s new director for competitive swimming programming and guidance duties for developmental swimming, at 14 pools including area YMCA branches and the planned Mike Rose Natatorium at the University of Memphis.

“Our vision is to grow the sport of swimming by making it convenient and rewarding for athletes of all interests and abilities,” said Adam Byars. “Whether you’re a seasonal swimmer who is just getting started or a veteran year-round swimmer, Memphis Tiger YMCA Swimming will have convenient training options and age- appropriate coaching to help every swimmer enjoy the benefits of swimming and more fully develop their potential.”

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Our combined programs currently train more than 600 developmental and competitive swimmers, and our goal is to grow that in the coming years.

YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South is the largest operator of developmental competitive swimming in the Memphis area, with more than 530 year-round and seasonal swimmers across 13 pools and 11 branches. They specialize in providing opportunities for younger and multi-sport swimmers to refine their skills and further their enjoyment of the sport through several programs including Elementary and Summer Swim Leagues.

Aquatics have always been central to our mission; from the lifesaving benefits of swim lessons to the health and recreational benefits of competitive swimming,” said Jerry Martin, president and CEO of YMCA of Memphis & The Mid-South. “We’re excited to welcome Memphis Tiger Swimming to create a structured, fun environment for competitive swimmers to develop skills through a defined progression program; from first-year summer swimmers to nationally-elite high school swimmers.”

Memphis Tiger Swimming

Memphis Tiger Swimming was launched in 1971, making it the oldest competitive team in the city. The club has had 24 of its current or former swimmers to the Olympic Trials in its history, and 5 have qualified for the Olympics, including 5-time Olympic medalist Jon Olsen. The club also counts among its alumni Kris Kubik, who would go on to be the assistant coach for the men’s swimming & diving team at the University of Texas under Eddie Reese, where he was instrumental in a number of NCAA Championship teams. Pace Clark, the University of Georgia school record holder in the 100 and 200 fly, is also a Memphis Tiger alumnus. 

Swim team registration is available on the Memphis Tiger Swimming website.

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