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Ygnacio Wood Auction – July 16

We are rapidly approaching our exciting auction…  Come join us for an evening of enjoyment, friendship and some good food.  We also use this time to raise money for our club and team, and we have some fantastic donated items for your pleasure.

  • Kaia F.I.T.

  • ivivva

  • 49er tickets

  • A’s tickets

  • Boundary Oaks Golf Course

  • Club Renaissance

  • Regal Cinema

  • Bay Area Part Company

  • Spa Nails and Waxing

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • Salon Salon

Olympian Jason Lezak Swim Clinic

Jason Lezak swam his whole life in Southern California from the age of 5 until retiring after the last Olympics at 36. He’s best known for his anchor swim on the 2008 4×100 freestyle relay which was voted by Sports Illustrated as the most memorable single performance by an American at the Beijing Games.

The swim clinic will be on July 14 from 3-6pm.  (This may go to 7pm if our registration numbers are high)  This is open to YW swimmers and others swimmers too.  Cost is $50 per Ygnacio Wood swimmer.   Parents are welcome to watch.  Absolutely no recording of the event is allowed.
The clinic will include a motivational talk, Q & A, in the water teaching freestyle, starts, and turns, as well as autographs and pictures with his medals. Your customized clinic will also include for every swimmer a gift bag of a DVD, notebook, autograph card, and a Mutual of Omaha breakout swim clinic t-shirt.
Registration is now open to non-YWST members.  Please register above.  (For YWST members, you must now register here too)
This event is open to swimmers in the area 18 & Under only.
NOTES: While parents are allow to be on the deck during this event, ABSOLUTELY no recording of the event is allowed.  Please respect Jason’s rules.

Swimming (and improving) is what we are about

Swimming is a great part of our community, even beyond our swim team.  Most of you know, but we offer lessons for young kids who can’t yet swim, and we offer lessons for those looking to improve.
This year, we are bringing 4-time gold medal Olympian Jason Lezak in to do a stroke clinic on July 14th.  So, we have a lot going on for our community… most of these events are open to non-team members too.  Read below and see what’s happening!

Sea Pony Swim Lessons Registration is Open
Sign up now for Spring and Summer Sessions! Safe swimming is fun swimming
Sea Pony Information:
Give your 4 to 8 year-old the gift of swimming to use for a lifetime!

Private Lessons for little ones?

One on one private evening lessons will be available this summer, beginning June 13th for non-swim team members. 20 minute sessions.
Watch for sign ups here and at the pool or contact Ari Davis for more information, phone 925-586-0898 and/or email

Stroke Technique, Turns and Dives – Private Coaching

The YW coaching staff will be available after swim team hours for private lessons and help with improvement on stroke technique, turns and dives. This is a great opportunity for one on one time with a coach and your swimmer to work on areas specific to your child’s needs for improvement. Watch for more information posted at pool for sign ups, specific times, coaches and pricing.

Olympian Jason Lezak Swim Clinic

Jason Lezak swam his whole life in Southern California from the age of 5 until retiring after the last Olympics at 36. He’s best known for his anchor swim on the 2008 4×100 freestyle relay ( which was voted by Sports Illustrated as the most memorable single performance by an American at the Beijing Games.
The swim clinic will be on July 14 from 3-6pm.  (This may go to 7pm if our registration numbers are high)  This is open to YW swimmers and others swimmers too.  Stay tuned for details.  Cost is $50 per swimmer.

Our Wonderful Coaches!

Conor Boal – Co-Head Coach

head-shotYgnacio Wood what time is it??? That’s right everyone, the summer of 2017 is upon us! My name is Conor Boal and this will be my third year returning to the decks of Ygnacio as a coach. I have been part of this team since the age of six when I first swam a race as a mighty seahorse. I also continued competitively swimming throughout my years at Ygnacio Valley High School. I currently attend San Diego State University where I am studying Mechanical Engineering. I can’t wait to share my knowledge of this wonderful sport with you all and welcome you into the family of Ygnacio Wood! Goooooo Ygnacio!!!

Maggie Yamamoto – Co-Head Coach

Hey Seahorses! My name is Maggie Yamamoto and I am beyond excited to be joining Ygnacio Wood this summer! I grew up swimming for Valley Vista Swim Team for 13 years, Carondelet High School for one season, and I currently compete with the Walnut Creek Masters Swim Team. I was involved in the Cuda program and was a swimmer coach at Valley Vista Swim Team for a number of summers, I was an assistant coach at Valley Vista last summer, and I coached the YWST/VVST combined fall program. Swimming and coaching have been lifelong passions of mine. My philosophy focuses on proper stroke technique and racing hard while having lots of fun mixed in with everything. I am a graduate of Gonzaga University where I received a Bachelors of Science in Human Physiology and I will be attending University of Southern California in the fall where I will be pursuing a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. I am thrilled to be apart of such a magnetic team and I can’t wait for all the fun we will have together this summer!  

Maddie King – Assistant Coach

Hi seahorses!  My name is Maddie King and I go to school at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in human development and family studies.  I’m an assistant coach this year for my second home, Ygnacio Wood.  This will be my third year coaching but my 16th year being a part of this amazing team.  This team has been a huge part of my life ever since I was 3 years old and I hope to fuel the teams energy with my love for this team!  I hope I can give the lifelong memories that I’ve received to the children that I get to coach!  I’m counting down the days until I see all the smiling faces of our seahorses!!  Gooooooo Ygnacio!!

Alex Humann – Assistant Coach


Hello! My name is Alex Humann and I am beyond excited to come back to the pool for my second year coaching. I became a seahorse when I was four years old and have been loving it ever since. I have continued competitively swimming at Santa Barbara City College where I have been voted team captain. I am eager to give back to the team that has fueled my love and enthusiasm for the sport. This team has been more of a family to me and I love having the opportunity to give back all that I’ve gotten over the years. I am looking forward to another great season! Go seahorses! 

Haley Darr – Swimmer Coach

Hello! My name is Haley Darr and I will be swimming as an 18 year old this year.  I joined Ygnacio when I was five years old and have been a seahorse ever since.  This team has always been a family to me and I am so happy to be a part of the coaching staff this season.  My favorite stroke is breaststroke and I have also been swimming and playing water polo for Clayton Valley and I will continue to do both throughout college.  I am beyond excited for this season! GOOOoooooooOOOOO Ygnacio!

 Katie O’Sullivan – Swimmer Coach

Hi everyone!  My name is Katie O’Sullivan and I am very excited to be a swimmer coach this season!  I have been swimming since I was six years old and have grown up competing for YWST, USA year round teams, and Carondelet High School.  I have also participated in the Junior Olympics. In addition, you might recognize me as a coach from the fall YWST/VVST clinic.  This fall, I will be attending the School of Nursing at University of Michigan.  I can’t wait to share all that Ygnacio has to offer with you this summer!

Polar Bear Plunge

A huge thanks to Tricia McCann and Angie Elgazzar for organizing our polar bear plunge on Dec 31, 2015!  The water was cold (there was ice on the baby pool), and the hot chocolate was hot, and the swimmers were all a little crazy!

Thanks everyone for showing your seahorse pride!!!

Auction 2015

Our always fun and amazing auction is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th at 5pm.  Come and join us… and see the full list of items at

This is a major fund raiser for our team… invite your friends… and buy your golden ticket… and have fun!  A lot of fun!!!

DISCOUNTED Team Fees – mid-season

We are very pleased to be able to offer discounted fees for Ygnacio Wood Swim Team members joining between June 27th and July 6th.

If you join after June 27th, you can take a 50% discount off the team fees (under 15 only) AND the associate membership fee.

These discounts would apply to CLUB ASSOCIATE membership and team memberships ONLY.  (Not including team teen $125 membership, as teen memberships include all meet splash fees)

Fundraising and Club Jobs requirements will remain unchanged.  (See details on our Fees page)

There is no discount for full club memberships or retired club memberships.

This promotion is available only by contacting Gareth Patterson at prior to registering.

*There are league requirements for swimming at meets in order to swim at league and the “big meets” at the end of the year.  You MUST meet these requirements by swimming in our dual meets prior to the big meets.


Golden Ticket 2015

The golden ticket draw happened on Saturday, Aug 29th at 5pm.  The winner is Brian Cushing, a friend of a pool member.

Congratulations Brian and enjoy your awesome prize!

Have you ever wanted to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade from the VIP section?  Or have a behind the scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center?  Or just spent some time in your beach front room in Cabo San Lucas?

Well, you can choose which of these once-in-a-lifetime adventures as the winner of YWST’s 2015 “Golden Ticket” drawing.

Check out our Golden Ticket page for full details.