Missoula YMCA Swim Team (MYST)
The Missoula YMCA Swim Team (MYST) is our competitive swim program for swimmers of all ages, swim levels, and abilities. Swim meets are held throughout Montana and the Northwest. MYST is led by Head Coach Kirby Beierle, the 2017 YMCA National Swim Coach of the Year.
Our team develops athletes physically, mentally, and emotionally. For more than a decade, our swim team has consistently received the Montana Swimming Spirit Award while also sending countless swimmers on to the collegiate level.
At a Glance:
- Competitive swim options based on age
- A pre-competitive option for young swimmers transitioning from swim lessons to swim team
- Competitive and non-competitive options for swimmers with disabilities
- Previous competitive experience is not required; however, swimmers must be able to swim eight pool lengths of any stroke
- Y membership required—ask about our discounted membership rates for MYST swimmers and families!
USA Swimming Registration
Every swimmer on MYST’s competitive team must be registered through USA Swimming whether they compete or not. An unregistered swimmer, even if they are not participating in swim meets, can result in the entire MYST team being disqualified from competing. Parents and/or guardians must register their swimmer for USA Swimming before the end of their first month on MYST. MYST’s Head Coach will email the registration link and instructions to families.
Please note that USA Swimming adjusts its fees* annually.
*Reduced fees available to swimmers receiving free/reduced lunch through their schools.
Pre-Competitive Team (Ages 5+)
Our pre-competitive swim team offers a fun team atmosphere with an emphasis on helping young swimmers improve their technique and endurance. Practices are 45 minutes. One- and two-day practice options available. Get started today.
Littles Swim Crew (Ages 5–11)
Four practices per week. Competitive swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming. Get started today.
Middles Swim Crew (Ages 11–14)
Eight practices per week. Competitive swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming. Get started today.
Bigs Swim Crew (Ages 14–18)
Ten practices per week. Competitive swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming. Get started today.
Angel Sharks (Ages 5–18)
Our swim crew for swimmers who are neurodivergent and/or who have cognitive disabilities who are interested in coaching and workouts that are customized around the individual swimmer and their abilities. Two practices per week. Competitive swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming. Get started today.