YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston

Twin Cities Swim Team

The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston has offered competitive swimming programs since the 1920s, with the name Twin Cities Swim Team being established in the 1990s. In 2021, we expanded our program to partner with the YWCA of Central Maine. Currently, there are over 80 swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18 competing on the team.

The purpose of TCST is multi-fold: first, to grow and sustain a high-quality, championship swim program in the greater L/A area, and second, heighten community awareness and education to the importance of water safety.

Twin Cities Swim Team is a TEAM. Each member of the team will have opportunities to contribute to the success of the team. The contributions of each member of the team are valued equally. When your teammates succeed, you succeed.

The objective of the Twin Cities Swim Team is to help its members to develop into competitive swimmers. We realize that all swimmers develop differently. It is our aim to get all swimmers to realize their full athletic potential.

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SAFE SPORT BEST PRACTICES

USA Swimming, Maine Swimming, and the TCST are committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members. We have  formally implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming:

 

YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston Safe Sport Contacts

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The YMCA of  Auburn-Lewiston is a character-building organization dedicated to strengthening Christian principles of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for everyone – regardless of ability to pay.

At the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston, youth desiring to participate will never be turned away for monetary reasons. To download our Financial Assistance Application Form, please click here.

TCST, Maine Swimming, and USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. USA Swimming is committed to reducing the risk of abuse in swimming and increasing awareness of red flag behavior through its Safe Sport program. All adults working with athletes are responsible for creating an abuse-free environment.

Head Coach Matt Reed
Matt started his swimming career with TCST back in 2003 and later swam for Lewiston High School, graduating in 2010. After graduation, Matt began working at the Auburn Y, working as an assistant coach for Twin Cities under Tom Manduca until 2014. After leaving the Auburn Y, he spent 3 years as the Aquatics Director at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville where he oversaw the Mid Maine Dolphins and was head coach for Winslow High School. During this time Matt was also an avid Masters swimmer. Matt is coming back to swimming after spending the 6 years serving in the Air Force and Air National Guard. He is excited to finally come home to TCST and can’t wait to see what the season has in store!

Assistant Coach Vanessa Williamson
Vanessa is a 2001 Edward Little graduate with an undergraduate degree from Bates (2005) and a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University (2014). Growing up in Auburn, she began swimming with the Auburn YMCA Dolphins at age 10 and before transitioning to TCST. While living in California after training for the 2008 Olympic Trials, she coached middle school and high school swimming. Upon returning home to Auburn, she was hired at Bates where she coached for six years, and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in just her fourth season. She is very excited to be working with the coaches, parents, and swimmers from TCST.

The Twin City Swim Team (TCST) expects all coaches to adhere to the following expectations:

  • At all times, adhere to YMCA and USA Swimming’s rules and codes of conduct.
  • Set a good example of respect and sportsmanship for participants and fans to follow.
  • Act and dress with professionalism and dignity in a manner suitable to his/her profession.
  • Respect officials and their judgment and abide by the rules of the event.
  • Treat opposing coaches, participants, and spectators with respect.
  • Instruct participants in sportsmanship and demand that they display good sportsmanship.
  • Coach in a positive manner and do not use derogatory comments or abusive language.
  • Win with humility and lose with dignity.
  • Treat every athlete fairly, justly, impartially, intelligently, and with sensitivity.
  • Always place the well-being, health, and safety of swimmers above all other considerations, including developing performance.
  • Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.
  • Always maintain a professional separation between coach and athlete.


Any complaints of a coach violating this code of conduct will be brought to the attention of his/her supervisors:

Chris Shea, Chief Operating Officer
✉️ cshea@alymca.org

Steven Wallace, Chief Executive Officer
✉️ swallace@alymca.org

Swim Team Contact

Matt Reed
Director of Aquatics Safety and Education
TCST Head Coach

mreed@alymca.org