Dunmore Swimmers Look to Make Great Strides This Season

By Steve SvetovichDHS swim team

Dunmore High School second year girls’ swimming coach John Andreoli is looking for his team to increase its roster and make an impact this year. Andreoli, Aquatics Director at the Greater Scranton YMCA, Dunmore, said practice begins this coming Friday, November 16.

“We had 11 girls on the team last year and are hoping for 15 to 20 this season,” said coach Andreoli.

“We’ve taken great strides in gaining some respectability in our league. It’s been a tall task getting the program on its feet, but I think we are looking real strong going forward. We plan to make some waves in the near future.

“I just need to get some more swimmers on board. And we are planning to do that.

swim“We have two of the best swimmers in the area, senior Colleen Brown and sophomore Maddie Healey, on our squad.

Both girls already garnered quite a bit of attention last season as they each broke three school records.

“We have some returning young swimmers who are going to surprise a lot of people this year. We also have some freshmen who look very promising.

“I would like to see more public interest in our team. We want to build the program and get off to a good start. Swimming is not always on the radar, but our story could be a compelling one this year. Our program should be getting a little boost with more girls coming out to swim.”

Coach Andreoli, who was a star swimmer at Valley View High School, said both Brown and Healey broke multiple school records and placed high in districts last season.

He said junior Mia Chiaro just started swimming for Dunmore last year and placed in districts. “We expect big things from her this year. And she never swam until last year.”

Dunmore’s first swim meet will be Dec. 13.

“Dunmore has not been a traditional powerhouse in swimming. We are trying to change all that. We are taking steps to gain relevance in the program.

“We have a lot of returning swimmers and a lot more depth. We are returning more than half of last year’s team and adding more to the roster.”

Andreoli is in his second year as Aquatics Director at the YMCA. He has coached the Greater Scranton Stingrays swimming team for the past seven years.

bucksBrown is in her fourth year as a member of Dunmore’s swimming team. Healey, in her second year, has had lots of success as a swimmer. Both performed well in districts last season. Both came up in local swimming programs and swim at Blue Dolphin Aquatics.

“Both girls are very dedicated.”

Coach Andreoli can’t wait to get started. “We are going to get the community excited about our program this year. This is an upstart year. And we are trying to get the program out there to the public’s attention.

“We will definitely improve this year. This has always been a small program at Dunmore, but with 15 to 20 girls coming out this year it is expanding. We will make a name for ourselves.”

Andreoli has been coaching swimming for various local teams over the past decade. He has served as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

Fundraising events have also started for the Dunmore swimming team. Money needs to be raised for warm up suites and equipment.

YMCA Offers Swim Instruction Scholarships

YMCAAs part of the YMCA’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from under-served communities in the Scranton & Wilkes-Barre regions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years old. In ethnically diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is two to three times higher than the national average, according to a USA Swimming study. Additionally nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts.

“Educating children how to be safe around water is just as important as teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street,” said Diana Dempsey, Senior Aquatics Director, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs. “The Y’s teaches children of all ages and backgrounds that water should be  fun, not feared, and this practice not only saves lives it builds confidence.”

The Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 150 years.  The Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs continue to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including swim lessons for all ages, family swim, competitive swimming, water aerobics and more.

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing—skills that last a lifetime.

To learn how to qualify for financial assistance, visit our websites or call: www.greaterscrantonymca.org, (570) 342-8115, or www.wbymca.org, (570) 823-2191.


Kiwanis Club supports YMCA Learn to Swim program

Kiwanis learn to swim photo

Kiwanis Club of Scranton recently presented the Greater Scranton YMCA with a $1,200 contribution to support the 2016 Learn to Swim Program.

The GS YMCA’s Annual Learn to Swim Program gives children an opportunity to learn new swimming skills and improve skills they already know. These concentrated one-week sessions will incorporate safety around needed water skills.

Due to the Kiwanis Club donation, each one-week session is offered for $25 ($5/lesson). The one-week sessions will run from June 20-24 and June 27-July 1. For registration information, visit: http://greaterscrantonymca.org/Aquatics-323.htm

Shown from left: Mark Lynn, president, Kiwanis Club of Scranton; Trish Fisher, CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA; Meghan Carnevale, Mission Advancement & Marketing Director, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs, and Alexandra Tantorn, vice president, Kiwanis Club of Scranton