News & Stories

See What's Happening at the Y

IGHSAU State Swimming & Diving Meet

Y Facility Schedule (Scroll down for Event Schedule)

Friday, November 2nd: Swimming Preliminary Meet 

  • Lap Pool closes at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Y Gymnasium & Rec Pool close at 12:00 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. Linda Bloom Natatorium doors open to the public (general admission seating)
  • 5:30 p.m. Parade of Teams / Start of Meet

Saturday, November 3rd:  State Diving Meet, State Swimming Finals

  • Y Gymnasium closed all day
  • Y Pools closed all day
  • 8:00 a.m. Linda Bloom Natatorium doors open to the public (general admission seating)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. State Diving Meet
  • 3:00 p.m. Linda Bloom Natatorium doors open to the public (general admission seating)
  • 4:00 p.m. State Swimming Finals

Please note the following:

  • There will be no swim lessons or Aqua Body Strong on Saturday, November 3rd.
  • All other programs and activities will meet at their regularly scheduled time and location.
  • There will be limited parking in the Y lot, so please plan accordingly. Y volunteers will be on-hand to assist with parking.

Follow this link for more information about this event:

Event Schedule (per IGHSAU)

2018 State Swimming & Diving Meet Schedule
November 2-3 • Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA

There will be three sessions where tickets will be sold. Tickets for each session are $10.00

Session 1: Friday, November 2nd – Swimming Preliminary Meet
1:15 p.m. - Doors open for swim teams
2:15 p.m. – Coaches Meeting
2:45 p.m. – Swimmers Meeting (in gymnasium)
3:00 p.m. – Warm-ups
4:00 p.m. – Doors Open to GoFan ticket holders (general admission seating)
4:30 p.m. – Doors open to the general public (general admission seating)
5:15 p.m. – Pool Closes to Swimmers
5:30 p.m. – Parade of Teams/Start of prelim meet

Friday Preliminary sessions notes: there will be no event parades before each event. Competitors will need to report to the blocks on their own. We will have personnel in the gymnasium to alert competitors when to report, however it will be the athlete’s responsibility to report to the starting blocks.

Session 2 – Saturday, November 3rd – State Diving Meet
6:00 a.m. – Divers may enter the YMCA
7:00 a.m. – Pool open for warm-ups (divers only)
8:00 a.m. – Doors Open to Public (general admission seating)
8:50 a.m. – Divers Meeting
9:00 a.m. – State Diving Meet

Following Completion of the State Diving Meet, the YMCA pool will be cleared of spectators & teams prior to the start of the Saturday evening finals. Teams may remain in the gymnasium while the pool is closed to prepare for the Saturday evening session.

Session 3 – Saturday, November 3rd – State Swimming Finals
12:30 p.m. - Swim teams may enter the YMCA
1:30 p.m. —Coaches’ meeting
2:00 p.m. – Pool opens for warm-ups
2:30 p.m. - Doors open to GoFan ticket holders (general admission seating)
3:00 p.m. – Doors open to Public (general admission seating)
4:00 p.m. – Swimming Finals

Saturday Evening Session Notes: No parade of teams at the start of the Saturday finals, but Hall of Fame and Golden Plaque recipients will be honored before the start of the finals meet.

There will be a parade of athletes prior to the start of each event of the finals meet. There will also be awards parade of the top six finishers.

Awards: Medals will be given to all state participants. Top six finishers in each event will be awarded medals on the podium.



Healthiest State Walk Oct. 3

We are excited to participate in this year’s Healthiest State Initiative’s Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, in an effort to make Iowa healthier and to promote healthy lifestyles among our residents.
Grab your friends and coworkers and walk to the Y! Light refreshments served outside the Cultural Center at 12:30pm.
#GetYourWalkOn2018 #WalkMoreConnectMore
Register at this link:

Iowa YMCA Month

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Celebrates Iowa YMCA Appreciation Month

[Marshalltown, September 2018]— Governor Kim Reynolds is signing a proclamation this month designating September 2018 as YMCA Appreciation Month, in recognition of more than 150 years of helping build a healthy Iowa. As a result, the Iowa YMCAs initiated a statewide effort to engage community leaders with their local Ys to share the organization’s three focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

“The Marshalltown YMCA has been serving Central Iowa since 1876,” said Carol Hibbs, YMCA-YWCA CEO.  “As an organization we welcome all into our programs, and we support efforts to strengthen our community.”

The Y has been posting social media messages in September to highlight this month.  For more information about the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, visit or call 641-752-8658.  

2018 YMCA-YWCA Annual Awards

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA 2018 Heritage Club Awards

Presented to Kevin & Kim Swartz and David & Valerie Clark

[September, 2018] –  The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Heritage Club held its annual recognition event, “Sip. Savor. Support.” recently at Elmwood Country Club.  Awards were presented to individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Y. 

The 2018 Martha-Ellen Tye Friend Award was presented to Kevin & Kim Swartz.  The Swartz family has been members and supporters of the Y for over 25 years.  Kim has been active in many of the Y’s programs and served as a volunteer for the annual campaign.  Kevin has provided leadership with the Y Board and the Heritage Club Board.  Presenter Joel Greer stated, “They have been generous with their expertise, time, as well as their financial support.”

The 2018 Ryden Service Award was given to David & Valerie Clark.  Among other things, they have been heavily involved with the Y’s swim program over the years, serving as volunteers and supporting as donors.  Since 2004, Dave has been the ‘voice of state girls swimming & diving’, serving as the announcer.  Val has been Clerk of Course each year, ensuring meets are well-organized and running smoothly.  In addition, Dave has served as annual campaign chair and on the Heritage Club Board of Directors. 

The YMCA-YWCA Heritage Club was established in 1982 is to assure a stable, long-term financial base for the Marshalltown Y so that the missions of both the YMCA and the YWCA can be secured.  Membership is open to anyone who wishes to make a legacy gift to the organization. 

Mike Bloom, Valerie & David Clark

Joel Greer, Kim & Kevin Swartz

September Newsletter

Click here to get the latest news about the Y!
#FallPrograms #AllAges #ForABetterUs

The Y and Disaster Relief in Marshalltown

Community members affected by the disaster may shower at the Y free of charge.  For updates on disaster relief efforts, please visit the Y's Facebook page or the Marshalltown Library's Disaster Relief Information Page.  

May is Water Safety Month

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14, with children from communities of color at greatest risk. With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, now is a great time for parents to remember the importance equipping children with essential water safety skills. The Y offers swim programs that help reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a lifelong love swimming and provide children from underserved communities greater access to water safety programs. 

Before letting your children hit the water this summer, remember these few tips to ensure it’s an enjoyable and safe experience.

1. Never swim alone. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty.

2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.

3. Don’t engage in breath holding activities. Children shouldn’t hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.

4. Wear a Life Jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. 

5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural reaction may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them, pulling them underwater with them. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique children can help their friend without compromising their own safety.

6. Enroll your children in water safety or swim lessons. Just like teaching your children to look both ways before they cross the street, participating in formal water safety lessons teaches them an important life skill. The Y’s swim lessons teach children fundamental water safety skills and what to do if they find themselves in water unexpectedly.

Learning how to swim also has multiple benefits beyond the ability to enjoy water safely. It helps children strive for physical achievement, promotes healthy living and builds their confidence. 

May is Older Americans Month

Healthy Aging Tips for Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA offers the following tips to encourage older adults in Central Iowa live healthier lives.  

1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.       

2. Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.

3. Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.  

4. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.

5. Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!

For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA.

May 2nd is National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day!

Research shows that getting more active and changing our sedentary habits is one of the most effective ways to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. That’s why the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA is joining the American Diabetes Association’s third annual National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on May 2nd. 

This day is all about recognizing the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day as an important part of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the ADA recommends that everyone get up and move at least every 30 minutes.

Click the links below for more ideas:

8 Ways to be More Active

Desk Moves

2018 Iowa YMCA Swimming All-Stars

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Blue Wave Swim Team members Averie Wittkop and Stephen Blom were chosen to the 2018 All-Star Team.

All-Star Team members are committed to YOUTH DEVELOPMENT – positive role model, HEALTHY LIVING – taking an active role in a lifelong sport and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – giving back and supporting others in their community.  They have shown dedication to YMCA Swimming and great sportsmanship to all those around them.