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The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team offers a year round opportunity for competitive swimming in both Y and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school.
As a YMCA program its goal is to strengthen the foundations of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is supported by the YMCA of the USA.
The focus is, first and foremost, on the development of healthy, confident, values-centered individuals where training and competition are the vehicles by which this development occurs. In addition, as laid out by the Guiding Principles for YMCA Amateur Sports Competition, we strive to produce an atmosphere conducive to competition and opportunity for all. Everyone involved in the delivery of the program plays a critical role in this process. Coaches, YMCA leaders and volunteers assist individuals in their development by building positive relationships, acting with integrity and leading by example.
Our goal is to deliver a program that creates an excellent environment for developing multiple levels of competitive swimmer from beginners to swimmers who are nationally ranked. We believe the process of following the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all aspects of our swim program will inevitably lead to success not only in swimming but in all areas of our swimmers’ lives.
In addition to working toward each individual’s personal success, the program stresses the team concept: each participant is a member of the Montclair YMCA Dolphins Swim Team. Membership on the team carries with it responsibility, loyalty, and dedication to each of the team members. Mutual support during training and competition are valuable assets attributable to the program. Parental support and involvement is required and are major incentives for many swimmers at all levels of competitive swimming.
Meet Our Full-Time Coaching Staff
Roman Sloudnov is a four-time Olympian, winning the bronze medal for 100m breaststroke in 2000 games held in Sydney. Also in 2000, he held world records in the long course 100m, short course 100m, and 200m. Roman is the first person to swim the long course 100m breaststroke in under one minute.
Roman is an ASCA Level 2 coach. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Missouri State University in 2009 with a BS in Finance. Roman has experience coaching in college, club, and professional swimming environments in both the U.S. and Russia. Roman’s coaching experience began with Drury University in Springfield, MO where he volunteered as a coach for this Division II team. After college, Roman coached for the RI Marlins of NYC from 2016-2018 and the Match Point swim team of Brooklyn, NY from 2014-2016. Most recently, he coached in Russia with the Roshchina Swim Team from 2018 until December 2021. Roman came to the YMCA of Montclair as the Head Age Group Coach in January 2022 and has accepted the position of Interim Director of Competitive Swimming.