Superior Douglas County Family YMCA


Welcome to the 2020-2021 Whaler's swim team season!

Monthly Event Calendar (coming soon)

2019-2020 Coaching staff (left to right)
(former) Swim Program Coordinator: Max Rubesch. Assistant Coaches: Val Poynter, Jodi Johnson, Crystal Jonns, and Amy Raisanen. Youth Activities Coordinator: Shawn Pagnucci, Head Coach: Stefan Pagnucci

YMCA Contact Information
Whalers Team Page:

Head Coach, Stefan Pagnucci:
Youth Activities Coordinator, Shawn Pagnucci:
Activities Director, Jon Reimer:
Aquatic Director, Jess Melander:

2020-2021 Swim Team information

After much consideration and careful planning, the Superior YMCA is excited to announce plans for the 2020-2021 season! Please CLICK HERE to read through the updated policies and procedures for this upcoming season.

  • Season begins Monday, September 28, 2020
  • Season will conclude mid-February, 2021
  • Practice days and times are based upon number of swimmers in each age group / level of experience
  • $250 registration fee PLUS active YMCA membership

Two payment options: 1.) Pay-In-Full or 2.) $50 monthly bank draft


**we strongly caution families to choose the BANK DRAFT option this year. In the event of program cancellation, the Superior YMCA cannot offer refunds.

We are excited to announce the official partnership with TYR for the 2020-2021 season! As the brand of choice for the official swim team swimsuit, we already knew that the quality of products they make are second to none. When we were approached with this opportunity, the decision was easy!

Coach Stefan and Shawn Pagnucci will work with Northwest Outlet, the local TYR provider in creating a team catalog for families to use. Because each swimmer will need to bring their own equipment to each practice this season, we are excited that part of this agreement includes a 20% discount on select team apparel at Northwest Outlet! And remember; the swim team will provide each swimmer with a swim cap to start the season. Additional caps will be available at-cost throughout the year.

Please watch for an email for more information as it becomes available.

The Official provider of all swim team apparel and equipment for the Superior YMCA Whalers swim team!


We believe this philosophy is perfect for our swim team program. It helps to build confidence in all swimmers regardless of age or experience because we understand that there’s more to being a truly successful swimmer than just finishing first. Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are four core values of our team that we promote through positive coaching techniques, parental involvement, and peer mentoring. Our program focuses on fundamentals, mechanics, and sportsmanship.

Our swim team is more than just another sport for your child to spend time on. We believe that being a Whaler means more than that! Keeping in mind our three areas of focus, the impact this team makes will be seen at home, in the classroom, and in the community that each of us call home! Our belief is that every program we offer must promote Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The Whalers’ Swim Team accomplishes this goal by leaning about teamwork, sportsmanship, and how to properly represent The Y at swim meets, at school, and out in the community.

Swimmers enjoy some cookie decorating after the Chase For The Cane relay meet every December!

The Superior YMCA Whalers Swim Team is a part of the Minnesota YMCA Competitive Swim League. The League and our team follow guidelines endorsed by the YMCA and the “Rules that Govern YMCA Competitive Sports.” A copy of these guidelines and rules is available upon request.

Swimmers must be between the ages of 5 and 18, and have started Kindergarten or still in high school. Swimmers ages 8 and under must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and 25 yards of backstroke without stopping or using any flotation aids. Youth ages 9 and older must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing and 50 yards of backstroke without stopping or using any flotation aids.