February 2020

2020 Iowa YMCA State Swim Meet

On March 7 & 8 the Marshalltown Y hosts more than 750 swimmers from YMCAs across the state, including 33 members of the Blue Wave Swim Team who qualified for the meet!

For more information about the meet - click here to view the Iowa YMCA Swimming Website

Use this link to watch from home: ​

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1YMq4qI4B3FWfIa7eW3WrQ
 

Y Facility Information:
Lap Pool & Rec Pool CLOSED:

  • Saturday, March 7, All day
  • Sunday, March 8, All day

Gym CLOSED

  • Friday March 6, 7:00 P.M. –CLOSE        
  • Saturday March 7, All Day                   
  • Sunday March 8, All day

2020 SWIMMING ALL-STARS

SAMANTHA PROPP & COHEN THATCHER

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Blue Wave Swim Team members Samantha Propp and Cohen Thatcher​ were chosen to the 2020 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. 

 

About Samantha: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, oh wait it’s Samantha in her Wonder Woman onesie!  You can’t miss her beautiful smile and contagious positive attitude on deck! She has never met a stranger and has made many friends on her own team and many other teams as well.  A member of the Bluewave swim team for 8 years, she enjoys mentoring younger swimmers and swimming the backstroke. Her bubbly personality and outgoing spirit are a true inspiration to us all.

About Cohen: Don’t let Cohen’s laid-back fun-loving personality fool you, he is one determined focused young man!  Goals set and mission accomplished as Cohen is a 1st year individual qualifier for the State and Regional meets! His dedication to his teammates makes him a leader and friend to all. 

My Y Story - Amy Pigors

​Amy Pigors 

Amy joined the Y four years ago in order to release energy and stay healthy. She explained she comes from a family with a history of a multitude of different health problems and she is committed to living a long, healthy life despite this. She expressed her love for gardening and said her health was getting in the way of her ability to keep up her garden so she started going to classes at the Y and recently celebrated two years as a fitness instructor at the Y.  

Before joining the Y, Amy did not feel a real sense of community in Marshalltown. Now she heartfully said she “really feels like a part of the town.” She excitedly added she is always “running into her girls” around town, crafting with friends from the gym, singing in the church choir with them and is now in a band with people from the gym. The Y helped Amy focus on her own health and the health of her family, as well as develop a strong sense of community in Marshalltown. 

My Y Story - Chelsea

​Chelsea

Chelsea is now a competitive body builder and a trainer at the Y, but she highlighted that it has not always been this way. When Chelsea was young, she was made fun of for being skinny and was self-conscious about her body. Because of this, her older brother took her to the Y and made her a workout plan - and she has been here even since. Chelsea talked about her time at the Y as a “journey” and said that she has built herself up using the “tips” of people she has met along the way. She said that the people at the gym helped her get motivated and took their time showing her through different exercises. She is now in tremendous shape and recently earned 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in different events at a bodybuilding competition. Nevertheless, as seen in her motivational Instagram posts, she is constantly getting stronger and more fit. 

Chelsea emphasized that the Y was her second home and her second family. She demonstrated her skills as a personal trainer during the interview by giving me, the person supposed to be interviewing her, tips on how to be confident as a female body builder in a world often dominated by men. Her friendly and energizing words made me wish she was my trainer! 

My Y Story - Mia

​Mia 

Mia called in for this interview from Missouri University of Science & Technology, right after she got out of pole-vaulting practice. She is studying Engineering Management and is now in her third year. Last summer, as a part of a Missouri S&T program, she was an intern at Emerson and gained a great amount of valuable work experience in the field she want to work in. During that summer, she was recovering from knee surgery and a Y lifeguard recommended that she try out AquaBody Strong, a class that incorporates Yoga and strength training to help people develop muscle, flexibility, balance and focus. Mia excitedly reported that he class uses inflatable mats on the water, making you have to activate all kinds of muscles to stay afloat.  

More importantly than her experience with the classes at the Y, Mia stressed that it was the people she met who made her experience. Even though she is busy with school and Division II Pole Vaulting, she still stays in touch with the people she met in Marshalltown. She developed an especially strong connection with the AquaBody Strong instructor, Cat, who she said was a “huge part of her story.” Before hanging up, Mia emphasized that her experience at the Y made her feel deeply connected with the community of Marshalltown, so much so that she could picture herself moving to Marshalltown after graduation.

My Y Story - Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson 

For Michelle, child care at the Y has been a great resource for her family. Michelle was worried about her daughter starting preschool and transitioning from the comfortable home environment to the “increasingly technical world.” Michelle was incredibly relieved to find that her daughter integrated quickly into the Y pre-school program and now loves going. Her son is in baseball and swim lessons, and her daughter does dance. Michelle highlighted how happy, open and informative the staff at the Y is, and emphasized that all the programs her kids have been part of have stimulated their creativity. She said that the Y has provided her children opportunities to travel outside of Marshalltown and is tremendously grateful for the Y’s extensive resources.  

My Y Story - Ashley Burgess

​Ashley Burgess 

Ashley started going to the Y over a year ago when her friend recommended a strength training class to her. Ashley had been doing at home workouts but highlighted that “something is always crawling over you and wanting to join in.” At this class, she could enjoy having her own space and self-care time while feeling assured that her kids where having a blast at daycare. Ashley quickly made great friends in the class, and saw her body getting stronger and leaner. 

Ashley's children have their Y stories to share, as well. Her 8 year old son took part of the Youth Powerlifting program last summer and loved it.  He learned how to use the machines and even taught Ashley how they work. 

Ashley highlighted how generous the Y has been to her, in specific, and to the community, at large. The tornado affected their family's source of income, but the Y was able to offer membership assistance.  Ashley also appreciated that the Y organized a Cleaning Day to help restore the community after the tornado.  She added that the Y has always provided great resources and information to her. 

For Ashley, the Y is a place that connects her to the community and creates a space for her to achieve her fitness goals. 

My Y Story - John Dresser

John Dresser has been a Y member for more than 55 years.  He joined his first Y in New Mexico, then later moved to Marshalltown to work at Fisher Controls.  

For his 37 years working as an engineer at Fisher, John had as many years of unwinding at the Y after work.  John has seen firsthand the impact of the Y on people of different ages and demographics.  Now that he is retired, he appreciates the sense of community at the Y and continues to exercise regularly. 

John stated that the Y supports people in both of these stages of life while helping them adapt to the changes that come with approaching the next stage of life, whether it be kindergarten or retirement. He noted, “some grow up while some grow old.”

2020 Swimming All-Stars

Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Blue Wave Swim Team members Samantha Propp and Cohen Thatcher​ were chosen to the 2020 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. 

 

About Samantha: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, oh wait it’s Samantha in her Wonder Woman onesie!  You can’t miss her beautiful smile and contagious positive attitude on deck! She has never met a stranger and has made many friends on her own team and many other teams as well.  A member of the Bluewave swim team for 8 years, she enjoys mentoring younger swimmers and swimming the backstroke. Her bubbly personality and outgoing spirit are a true inspiration to us all.

About Cohen: Don’t let Cohen’s laid-back fun-loving personality fool you, he is one determined focused young man!  Goals set and mission accomplished as Cohen is a 1st year individual qualifier for the State and Regional meets! His dedication to his teammates makes him a leader and friend to all. 

My Y Story - Gabi Zavala

Gabi Zavala 

Gabi joined the Y when she was looking for a Daycare for her third daughter and had heard the Y does a good job getting kids ready for preschool.  Since joining, the Y has touched the lives of the members of her family in different and meaningful ways. Her, third daughter, Merrily, attended the Fitkids program and her oldest daughter, Shelly, began by volunteering at the Y and eventually got hired through the Y to help facilitate the Fitkids program at Woodberry Elementary School. Her kids have done indoor soccer, softball, swimming and other sports at the Y. She explained the Y is a safe and friendly place for her children to come play with her friends. 

Gabi and her husband started going to the Y after her husband got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. That propelled them to go to the gym 4 or 5 days out of the week. Gabi explained that without the help of the Y daycare, they would have no one to look after their 4-year-old son while they exercised. Gabi praised the support and kindness of the Y as she and her husband work to improve their personal health and that of their family.