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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact Shelley Twigg - Waukee YMCA  Competitive Swim Coordinator/Head Coach. 
 

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Shelley Twigg

Waukee YMCA Head Swim Team Coach

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Shelley Twigg grew up in West Des Moines and attended Valley High School. She was on the varsity swim team for 4 years. In those 4 years Shelley helped lead Valley to multiple undefeated dual seasons and was a state qualifier for 3 of her 4 years. In ’95 she was a proud member and leader of the Valley Tigers Swim Team that finished Runner Up at the State Meet.

After making the tough decision not to swim at the college level, she chose to attend Northwestern College in Orange City, IA where she was captain of the women’s soccer team and double majored in elementary education and physical education/health (K-12).

Upon graduating in 2001, Shelley started her coaching career with the Urbandale School District for three years. She was an assistant with the girls swim team, an assistant with the Urbandale Shark Swim Club, and head middle school swim coach.

After the completion of a brand new pool in the Johnston Community School District Shelley became the head age group coach for the new Johnston Blaze Swim Club in 2005. She also became the assistant girls swim coach at Johnston High School in 2007. In 2010, she became the High School Girls Head Swim Team Coach.   She joined the Waukee YCMA Rays program in 2011.  Shelley is a member of ASCA and USA Swimming and is educationally certified as a Level 3 coach.

Shelley lives in Waukee with her husband Ben and her three girls, Emma, Lily and Maya.

 

Karyl Palmer

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I started my coaching career with the Waukee Rays in 2006 as an assistant coach under Dan Briggs. I swam for Valley High School, and lettered all 4 years in swimming.  I was a member of the VHS swim team that won state in 1974-75 and 1975-76, in fact our team lost no meets from first meet freshman year until Districts my junior year.  I went on to swim for Winona State University and garnered 7 school records and was voted MVP my freshman year.  My sophomore year I swam for Mankato State University, I graduated from University of Iowa with a BA in Business. I previously worked as an Account Manager for Xerox until we started our family.

Outside of swimming I am a substitute teacher for Dallas Center Grimes Middle School and High School and also do associate substituting for all 5 schools.  I volunteer for PTO, Dallas Center fall festival and serve on the Library Board of Trustee’s as President.  When I am not at the pool I love to read, ride my bike, occasionally do some scrapbooking, and travel.

I am married to Gayle, and have 2 sons, Jared, 12 who swims for the Waukee Rays and Bryce, 10 who participates in Special Olympics Swimming.  We live in Dallas Center with a cat named Oreo.

 

Rena Skoog

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Rena Skoog grew up in Rock Island Il. She competed for East Moline Swim Club and Rock Island High School. While competing for her hish school swim team she swam her way to 4 state trips.

After a successful 11 years of age group and high school swimming, Rena swam for Iowa State University. At ISU, Rena had a record setting career swimming on numerous school record holding relays and even set the school 50 freestlye record. Rena earned NCAA B cuts in the 50 free, 200 free, as well as medley and freestlye relays. Rena was named Cyclone Relay Swimmer for 4 consecutive years. She was also a four year letter winner, captain her senior year, and a Big 12 finalist.

Rena started coaching in 2003 for the Walnut Creek YMCA and ACAC in Ames Ia. Rena lives in Waukee with her husband Peder, her two children Cora and Erik, and her two crazy beagles.

Peggy Tippin

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Peggy Tippin grew up swimming on YMCA swim teams in both Ohio and Kansas.  Her Dad was a YMCA Executive Director so she was always around the pool!  Peggy started teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding when she was 16 years old and never completely stopped.  She received her Bachelors Degree from Kansas State University in Recreation Administration and was the Recreation Director in Lyons, KS until moving to Iowa.  She began working part-time at the Walnut Creek YMCA in 1995 and coached there from 1999-2010.  After taking a year off, she decided she missed being involved with swim team and is going to help coach part-time this summer.

Peggy and her husband Wally have lived in Waukee 17 years and have 3 children - Andrew (25), Krista (21), and Kaytlin (17). Andrew lives in Overland Park, KS and works in the marketing field, Krista will be a senior and is a swimmer at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and Kaytlin will be a senior at Waukee High School this fall and swims for Waukee High School and began swimming for the Waukee Rays in 2010.

Lindsay Boehm

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Lindsay started swimming at the age of 5 on Urbandale's USA swim team.  She attended Urbandale High School where she continued swimming and represented her team at state all four years.  During her senior year Lindsay was voted team captain and helped lead her team to an undefeated dual season .

After making the hard decision not to swim she want to Grand View College to play softball but after an injury she transferred to Iowa State University where she graduated with her BA in English Education.  Lindsay spent her summers throughout high school and college teaching swim lessons.  In 2009 Lindsay coached for Norris Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska where the girls swim team won the city finals for the first time ever.  She joined the Waukee YMCA in November and has enjoyed getting to know the kids and families.  

Lindsay currently lives in Waukee with her husband Bryce and their five month old daughter Lahna.

Margaret Hales

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