The YMCA of the Twin Tiers Competitive Swimming Program participates in the Northwestern PA YMCA Swim League.

The Barracudas Swim Team is a great way for swimmers ages 6 -18 to develop strokes and improve skills, while competing and having fun in a team atmosphere. Quality and experienced coaching is the key to this successful program. As a national requirement of YMCA swimming, all swimmers must be Y members.

- Registration Form TBA
- Barracuda Competitive Team Schedule TBA
- Parent Handbook TBA

Key Dates for Bradford Barracuda Swim Team

  • Swim Team Parent Meeting: Thursday, August 26th at 6pm
  • First Day of Practice: Monday, September 11th*
  • New Swimmer Evaluations: Tuesday, September 5th and Thursday, September 7th at 5pm
  • Team Suit Sizing: Tuesday, September 19th from 4:30pm – 6pm
  • Cap Orders Due: Thursday, September 28th

* Silver Group will begin on Tuesday, September 5th


  • Midgets:  Age 8 and under
  • Cadets:  Age 9 – 10
  • Preps:  Age 11 – 12
  • Juniors:  Age 13 – 14
  • Seniors:  Age 15 – 18


In order to provide an effective instructional/competitive swimming practice, swim team members will be organized into three practice groups according to the individual swimmer’s swimming ability. Coaches will assign practice groups for each swimmer. Check bulletin board for assignment.

  • Orange Group – Midget Age Swimmers/ New Swim Team Members/Swim Team members with a lack of overall skill in any of the four competitive swimming strokes – focuses on basic competitive swim skill development and improvement.
  • Yellow Group – All nine and ten year olds, and eleven and up – focuses on refinement of swimming skills, as well as strength and endurance training.
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  • Green Group – Ten and up – While swimmers will still work on stroke improvement, this group focuses primarily on strength and endurance training, as well as sprint and distance workouts depending on the individual’s strengths.
  • Silver Group – Advanced – group will focus on increased intensity, endurance workouts to prepare for YMCA National Goals.

* Swimmers will be assigned to Practice Groups during the first week of practice. The Swim Team Coaching Staff may move a swimmer into a different Practice Group during the season based on skill improvement. The Swim Team Coach has the final say on the assignment of swimmers to Practice Groups at all times.


  • All swimmers MUST be YMCA members upon Swim Team registration.
  • YMCA Team $318 for regular season – 1st child
  • YMCA Team $294 for regular season – Additional Child(ren)
  • YMCA Team $85 for post-season – Post-sectional championships

Note: All participants are encouraged to purchase a team swim suit.


  • YMCA Locker Rental = $36 per year*
  • Warm-up suits = Approx. $60 per swimmer
  • Goggles = $5 – $10 per pair
  • Invitational Entry Fees = $4 – $7 per event
  • Swim Team Banquet Fee = $5 – $15 per person
  • Travel, Food, Lodging, Championships, District and States = Varies

* Lockers are for day use only unless rented; $3 per month on bank draft. Any locks left on non-rented lockers will be cut off.


Caren Barnes, Head Coach 2004-present

Caren Barnes is entering into her 14th season as the Head Coach of the Bradford Family YMCA Barracuda Swim Team. Barnes joined the YMCA staff in 2003 as a volunteer coach when she moved from the Philadelphia area with her family. Since then, she has helped the team find great success in both the Northwest Pennsylvania YMCA Swim League and throughout the 3 Districts in Pennsylvania.

During her time here, Caren has helped the Barracuda Team grow into one of the most successful YMCA teams in the Western PA district. The team presently holds 44 records in the NWPA Swim League which it is a member.  She has coached 9 swimmers to multiple state championships who have also established 3 state records. The swimmers have set 16 Western District records. Two swimmers have been recognized by the National YMCA as being in the top 10 in YMCA swimming for their age group the past 3 seasons in multiple events.  She has also gotten the team involved in USA swimming in which they participate in the Niagara LSC.

Last season, the team had its first swimmer place at the National YMCA Short Course Championships in Greensboro NC, making finals in all 4 events entered along with qualifying and swimming at the USA Junior National Championships.  This season, the team’s first swimmer will attend the USA Senior Swimming Championships in December.

Prior to her coming to Bradford, Caren coached for 15 years at the Brandywine- Coatesville YMCA where her own children swam. All four children swam for the YMCA and then went off to college and competed. Her two oldest are now swim coaches at the collegiate level.

Caren is a physical therapist at BRMC and uses her knowledge to develop appropriate dryland training for the team.