YMCA of Central Ohio
Swim Team Guidelines

Our Team

We are the Grove City Manta Rays, located in Grove City Ohio.  We swim in the South East Ohio/West Virginia League, comprised of 25 teams.

Read more about our team in our Dive-On-In section.

 

 

Our Coaches

 

USA Coach Bryan Bueter

Bryan is originally from Lima Ohio.  He began swimming at the age of five and swam competitively through college.  He swam for the Lima YMCA, his local community pool, the local U.S.A.. club team (formerly U.S.S.), and at the University of Findlay.

During his YMCA career He qualified for both zones and nationals (1995).  In college he was an eight time NAIA All American, qualifying for nationals all four years.  Bryan was a team captain his Junior and Senior years.  He also spent time as the head coach for the Bluffton city pool.

Bryan graduated the University of Findlay in 1999 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.  He currently works at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

He and his wife Jennifer have three children, Audrey, Brayden, and Jayson who are currently Manta Rays.

 

Head Coach Dave Christie

Dave Christie is from Canton, Ohio.  He began competitive swimming when he was ten years old and swam through high school at Perry High School.  His favorite events were the 100 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle, and 200 Freestyle.  He began his coaching career with Westerville North High School in 2000.  He spent seven years coaching with Westerville North.  He has also coached at Bexley High School and Central Crossing High School.  Outside of high school coaching, he spent two years coaching the Baltimore Sea Lions in Baltimore, Ohio during the summers of 2005 and 2006.

He has managed pools for the past ten summers and currently helps manage the pool at Harrison Ponds.  He is also a certified Lifeguard Instructor for the Red Cross.

He graduated from Kent State University with a BBA in Business Administration in 1996 and attended Ohio Dominican University completing his teaching license in 2004.  He teaches Freshman Social Studies at Westerville Central High School.

 

Assistant Coach Elizabeth (Lizzy) Breckenridge

Lizzy graduated in 2007 from Grove City High School. She swam for the GCHS swim team all four years and made captain the last two. Her Freshman year she was also part of the Grove City YMCA Manta Rays. She attended Muskingum University (1 year) and Ohio Dominican University (2 years) to study middle school education. Currently she is trying to get back in at Columbus State Community College to finish her Associates of Science degree.

Because she is not currently in school, she is a dedicated employee of the YMCA. She started life guarding at age 16 and a year later became a swim instructor. In the past six months she has also become a head lifeguard, a water fitness instructor and has started doing more with special needs swim lessons.

 

Assistant Coach Bryant Smrdel

Bryant started competitively swimming at the age of 5. He spent many years swimming at both, the North YMCA and summer leagues at his local pool. After moving to Cleveland in 2000, he swam for Charles F. Bush High School where he served as team captain his sophomore and junior years. Due to a shoulder injury, Bryant was forced to give up competitive swimming for the remainder of High School. At this point he began helping with coaching of his high school team and was able to stay in the water. 

In 2012, Bryant and his wife Jill moved back to Columbus for a career opportunity at Nationwide Children's Hospital folloiwn gher college graduation. Bryant now works as a processing engineer at Precision Polymers Inc., which is his family's business. They are both avid dog lovers and volunteer their time to A.D.O.P.T. Pet Rescue. 

 

Assistant Coach Kaitlyn Goldsmith

Kaitlyn started swimming at the age of 6 and joined the Hilltop YMCA swim team at the age of 9 under YMCA National Coach of the Year, Amy Miller. At the age of 10  she qualified for her first Zones in the 50 freestyle and 200 medley relay. When she was 13 she qualified for Nationals in the 50 freestyle among other relays. Kaitlyn swam for Hilliard Bradley High School under Brian Dickman, breaking four records her freshman year and qualifying for States all four years making Hilliard History. Kaitlyn then continued her swimming career into college at the University of Mount Union. Before she left for college Kaitlyn coached summers at the Hilltop YMCA. Due to a lower back injury she was not able to swim her senior year in college which made her a huge advocate for healthy minds and bodies in the sport of swimming. Kaitlyn continue to swim with and teach individuals with special needs in her free time
 

Aquatics Director Suzie Damron

Suzie has been involved in YMCA Aquatics for over 40 years. She has worked as the Aquatics Director here at Grove City for the past 10 years and for 12 years before that at the Hilltop YMCA. She has a BS in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University and has taught all levels of swimming.

 

Coaches Contact Information

USA Coach Bryan    (614)813-6865       
Head Coach Dave    (614)725-9399         mantarayscoach@ymcacolumbus.org
Coach Lizzy              (614)738-3439
Coach Bryant            (216)509-4514
Coach Kaitlyn 


Suzie Damron  (614)871-9622       sdamron@ymcacolumbus.org