YMCA of Central Ohio
Swim Team Guidelines

Our Team


The LTPY Penguins Swim Team was established in 2002 and is a year-round YMCA/USA competitive program offering quality coaching and instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities.  Our swim team’s philosophy and operating guidelines are centered upon the YMCA of Central Ohio’s character development values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.  We strive to maintain a positive experience, for both swimmers and parents, in order to encourage increased self-esteem, self-motivation, and pride in accomplishments from competing as both an individual and as a team member. 

One PB at a Time! 

SEOWV Winter League Champions -  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
SEOWV Summer League Champions - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


Chris Promenschenkel, Senior Head Coach

Coach Chris is entering her 16th season as the Penguins Head Coach.  She started swimming competitively when she was 12 years old and swam through high school for the Alliance YMCA Flyers, her hometown in northeastern Ohio.  After helping out with the team during a college break from Kent State University, she caught the coaching bug.  The next season, she was named co-coach and the following year she became the head coach of the Y-Flyers.  She coached the team for ten years before moving to Columbus in 1995.  In September 2002, she married George and several weeks later was encouraged out of retirement (not by George) to become the head coach of the Liberty Township Powell YMCA Penguins during their inaugural season.  Chris is an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 2 certified coach and is a member of Ohio Swimming, USA Swimming, ASCA and the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA).  Chris is an enthusiastic and dedicated coach who has coached more than 1,000 swimmers over the years including numerous YMCA National Qualifiers, USA and YMCA Top 16 swimmers, and even her sister, a niece and a nephew.  Several of her swimmers from the earlier decades are now coaching YMCA, USA, summer, high school and college teams.   Chris is a Senior National Account Representative for Cass Information Systems and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband, golfing, gardening and reading.  Contact Coach Chris at penguinscoach@ymcacolumbus.org.


John Bently, Junior Head Coach

Coach John grew up in Mansfield, Ohio where he started swimming as an eight year old on the Woodland Club summer swim team.  He continued to swim in the winter program at Friendly House, which was very similar to a YMCA program, competing in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) meets all over Ohio .  The Malabar Falcons High School swim team is where John spent his high school swimming career, qualifying for the Ohio High School State swimming championships three times and serving as the first two-time captain of the team.  John spent one year swimming for the Miami University (OH) swim team, before hanging up his goggles in 1984.   John’s coaching career began as a summer assistant coach and then head coach at the Woodland Club, the same pool where his swimming career began.  Since his time spent swimming and coaching were such a positive experience, Johnhoped to one day get back into the sport.  That opportunity presented itself in 2004 when Coach Chris needed some coaching assistance to help cover the need for the quickly growing Penguin team.  John has been an assistant coach for the Penguins on the winter and summer teams since the 2004.   John works at Battelle in the Facilities Maintenance and Alterations Group, and enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Anne and their four children.  Liz and Johnny currently swim for the Penguins: Grace and Tom are retired Penguin swimmers.  John and Anne enjoy looking for new places to go hiking together.


Grace (Bently) Vest, Assistant Coach

Coach Grace grew up in Powell and started swimming during the Penguins' first season in 2002. She swam year-round for the Penguins through high school, also lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons at the Powell YMCA--you could find her there most days. Her family was also at the Y a lot: her siblings Liz and Johnny are current Penguins, her brother Tom is a retired Penguin, and her dad John is a coach. Grace continued working for the Y when she started college at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2013. In the fall of 2014, Grace left the Y to be a part-time nanny, but found that she missed both the Y and the swim team. She finished her English degree at Ohio State in May 2016 and accepted a job as  an instructional design writer at an e-learning company in Dublin. Before Grace graduated college, though, thought about returning to the Penguins as a coach if possible. Grace joined the Penguins coaching staff in the summer of 2016.  Grace married Luke on 5/20/17.


Jacob Hegge, Assistant Coach

Coach Jacob grew up in Hokah, Minnesota where he started swimming for the La Crosse Area Family YMCA Wave Swim Team in Wisconsin when he was nine years old. Jacob has two older sisters and a younger brother, but was the only one who swam. Because of the rural area in which he grew up, Jacob competed for the YMCA year round for eleven years and was a five-time YMCA National qualifier.  During that time, he competed at YMCA Nationals five times.  ​   In addition to swim team, Jacob was an active member of his high school FFA group and his local 4-H chapter. During the summer he would train and show cows, sheep, and pigs at the local country fair. In 2011 Jacob graduated from high school and attended Kenyon College in Gambier, OH where he swam for four successful years as a Kenyon Lord. Instead of returning to Minnesota during the summers, Jacob moved to Washington, DC where he trained with Nations Capital Swim Club and had the opportunity to train with Katie Ledecky.  In addition to training, he was also a co-head coach for the Northwest Branch Dolphins swim team in Silver Spring, MD.  At Kenyon, Jacob majored in Economics, Chinese, and Spanish. In the summer of 2013, Jacob worked as an intern at the White House. He worked with the Domestic Policy Council, more specifically with the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation where he worked on economic development initiatives within the United States.  Upon graduation, Jacob accepted at job at JP Morgan in Polaris where he works as a trade analyst. Jacob’s favorite events were the 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly.  Jacob joined the Penguins coaching staff in the fall of 2015.


Adam Johnston, Assistant Coach

Coach Adam started swimming competitively when he was 11 years old in his hometown of Highland, Indiana. He went on to swim for the high school team and eventually won the state title in the 50 free his senior year in 2012. Throughout his time at Highland, Adam was able to break 18 records total which included pool, school, conference, and sectional records. After high school, he went on to swim for Purdue University as a sprint freestyle specialist. In 2016, he earned a bronze medal in the 50 free at the Big Ten Championship meet, achieving the 3rd fastest time in Purdue’s history. Adam graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Selling and Sales Management in the summer of 2016. That same summer, Adam competed at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials in the 50 free. This marked the “last” race of his career. Throughout his time as a swimmer for Highland High School and Purdue University, Adam stayed involved with both teams by volunteering as a guest coach for a number of private sessions, as well as a guest speaker for groups of swimmers before competing in their championship meets. In July of 2017, Adam moved to Lewis Center, Ohio to pursue a career with Abbott Nutrition. Adam joined the Penguins coaching staff in September of 2017.


Nicole Kenny, Assistant Coach

Coach Nicole is from Powell, OH and has been swimming on the Penguin team since she was nine years old.  This is her first season as a Penguin coach and her tenth season swimming for the Penguins.  Nicole graduated from Olentangy Liberty High School in 2016, and is contininuing her education and swimming career at Malone University in Canton, OH. She is pursuing a degree in Chemistry.  She has a twin sister, Justine, who swam for the Penguins until 2016, and her youngest sister Allie is currently on the team.  Nicole qualified for YMCA Zones several seasons and swam on the 800 Meter Free Relay that currently holds the team record.  Nicole is excited to still be part of the Penguin team even after graduating. She joined the Penguins coaching staff in May 2017.


Alyssa LaFrenierre, Assistant Coach

Coach Alyssa grew up in Trumbull, CT with her younger brother Joseph.  She started swimming for a USA team (Shelton Seals) at 5 years old.  She later joined the Wilton Y Wahoos at age 11 and that is when she truly fell in love with the sport.  She was a five-time YMCA National Qualifier and always looked forward to the meet each year.  Alyssa swam with her high school swim team in the fall season and qualified for State Opens all four years.  She later went on to swim at Kenyon College and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  During the summers, Alyssa coached a summer league team as well as a USA team back in CT.  Alyssa currently works for Nationwide Children's Hospital as a Behavioral Intervention Aide.  Coach Alyssa joined the Penguins coaching staff in September 2016.


Caroline Racke, Assistant Coach

Coach Caroline  started her swimming career in 2005 at the Town North YMCA in Dallas, TX. One year later, she moved to Powell, OH where she joined the Penguins in the summer of 2006. During high school, in addition to swimming for the Penguins, Caroline also swam for Olentangy Liberty High School and was a member of the track and cross country teams. Caroline enjoys swimming sprint freestyle and butterfly events. In the fall of 2015, Caroline started school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she is a member of the swimming and diving program. Caroline is studying Chemistry and plans to go to med school after graduation. Swimming has always been an integral part of Caroline's life and she is excited to share her love for swimming with her fellow penguins. Caroline has three younger siblings currently on the Penguins, Michael, Luke, and Nina. Caroline started coaching the Penguins in the Summer of 2016.