What is Masters Swim?
Masters swim invites swimmers 18 and older from all backgrounds: competitive swimming, triathlons, swimming for fitness, lap swimming, etc. Each session of Masters Swim training will be a structured workout that may include: stroke drills, technique work, interval training, distance training, sprint training, and tips on competition in the pool and in open water. You may use these workouts to train for a triathlon, become a more efficient lap swimmer, or to add variety to your weekly fitness regimen.
Recommended equipment includes goggles, cap, fins, and paddles.
Dates and Times:
Through our partnership with Tennessee Aquatics, the Y will continue to offer a Masters Swim class on Saturdays at the West Side Y. Registrants at the West Side Y are welcome to join any Tennessee Aquatics Masters practice listed below:
- Saturdays: 7:30-8:30am @ West Side Y
- Mon/Wed/Fri: 5:30-6:45am @ UT Allan Jones Aquatic Center
- Mon-Fri: 11:30am-12:45pm @ UT Allan Jones Aquatic Center
- Mon/Wed/Thurs: 7:15-8:15pm @ UT Allan Jones Aquatic Center
Registration includes unlimited practices per month.
- $55/month for Y members
- $65/month for non-members
To register for this or other Y programs, visit our online registration page. You may also register over the phone at 690-9622 or in person at the Member Services desk at any Y.
Tennessee Aquatics Coach Laura Shuford will lead the Saturday sessions at our West Side Y.
Laura started swimming when she was 5 years old all the way through college at Auburn University. Her strengths were the IM and breaststroke. After having children, Laura wanted a quick and easy way to get back into shape, so she started running. She enjoyed the endurance part of running which led to trying out a marathon and was instantly hooked. The history of the Boston Marathon was an exciting goal that she was able to experience. After wanting to put all three sports together, she decided to try Ironman events. Laura feels that her working knowledge of multiple sports and their individual demands on the body enable her to help people work through issues and meet their goals. She hopes that her experience and enthusiasm for sports and team environments can help athletes achieve new levels in their performance.
- Swimming Accomplishments: 1992 Olympic Trials qualifier in 400IM, 200IM, 200 Breast Stroke. Auburn University Varsity Swimmer, 3 Time All American, All SEC Team in 1993 and 1994 and SEC Champion in 400 IM
- Bicycling Accomplishments: 1998 Tennessee Bike Racing Association Women’s Champion, Category 1 Professional Cyclist, Cox Atlanta Velo, Autotrader.com, and Trek Women’s Team. 2000 Olympic Trials qualifier for Road Cycling – Autotrader.com team was 2nd Place in World Rankings.
- Running Accomplishments: Burlington VT Marathon – qualified for Boston Marathon Multiple Boston Marathon, 1st Place Half Marathon Snow Shoe Race.
- Triathlon Accomplishments: 70.3 Rhode Island 9th, 70.3 Timberman 8th, Lake Placid Ironman 9th, Challenge Knoxville – 1st Age Group & 4th Overall Woman, Louisville Ironman – 17th Age Group, Rev3 70.3 Knoxville -1st Place Woman, Ironman Chattanooga – 5th Place Woman.
United States Masters Swimming
Although our YMCA Masters Swim participants are not required to join U.S. Masters Swimming, you are welcome to become a part of this national organization with more than 60,000 members, which helps to promote lifelong fitness through the sport of swimming.
Our partner organization, Tennessee Aquatics, is a registered club with U.S. Masters Swimming, and currently includes members from 20-80 years of age. Tennessee Aquatics hosts meets at UT, which allows local USMS swimmers to volunteer and compete. To learn about becoming a registered USMS swimmer, click here.