At Home At The Y

Posted on March 16, 2016

When Tim and Masami St. George moved their family to Wheaton in 1994, one of the first things they did was join the B.R. Ryall YMCA. “We appreciated the good values of the Y, as well as the value itself,” shared Tim.

As a former competitive swimmer, Tim felt water safety was extremely important for his young children, so he and Masami enrolled Julia and Max in parent/child swim classes. After progressing through swim lessons, both kids joined the B.R. Ryall YMCA Swim Team.

While Julia later moved onto other sports, Max remained in the water and quickly excelled—in backstroke and individual medley (IM)—at a very early age. At just 9 years old, Max won the Illinois age group championships.

“Max was very loyal to the team, he was a coachable kid and he loved swimming,” shares Tim. “He made lifelong friends, but we did as well… it wasn’t just about the kids.”

Tim served on the Swim Team Board of Directors for years, both he and Masami volunteered at countless meets, and the entire family served as cheerleaders throughout Max’s 12 years on the team.

Fast forward to 2015, Max’s senior year of high school, and his sacrifices and dedication to the sport paid off in a few big ways. He broke the state record in the 100-yard backstroke, committed to swim at Duke University (where he is now a freshman) and qualified for the upcoming 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 meter backstroke.

“We’re happy with the Y, and what it has done for Max and the rest of the family,” says Tim. “We all take advantage of our membership because the Y is in our bones—it’s a good fit for our family. We’d encourage others to be a part of the Y and be involved as much as possible with the swim team, because the whole family will get so much out of it.”