National Swim Champion Chris Hwang Joins Meadowlands YMCA as Swim Team Coach

Author: Meadowlands YMCA
Date Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Former Swim Team Coach, Jim Semenecz with CEO Jane Egan & Chairman, Ron Simoncini

Former Swim Team Coach, Jim Semenecz being honored by former CEO Jane Egan & Chairman of the Board, Ron Simoncini. 

The Meadowlands YMCA has announced that former Korean National Swim Champion, Chris Hwang, will be the new coach for the Sharks Swim Team. Current coach, Jim Semenecz, will be retiring after a tremendous 11-year tenure in January.

The Sharks Swim Team consists of beginner to advanced swimmers ranging in the age from 6-18. The Sharks compete in dual meets and invitationals throughout the season in both YMCA and US Swim Leagues. Coach Hwang is looking forward to building upon the past successes the team enjoyed under Coach Semenecz.

Chris Hwang has enjoyed a prodigious career as a swimmer, earning an array of accomplishments and accolades that has translated into a 28-year career as a Swim Team coach for various programs. His joining the YMCA is exciting addition as the program continues its growth in a new 9,200 square foot Aquatic Center with a 25-yard, 6-lane competition pool. As a dedicated competitor, Mr. Hwang is looking forward to sharing his deep knowledge of technique and form with all the team’s youth athletes. He said, “This season will be full of learning and character-building challenges that will yield exciting achievements and a positive experience for all of our swimmers.”

Jim Semenecz, who has coached the Meadowlands YMCA Sharks for the last 11 years, will be retiring from his position as of January 2018. Coach Semenecz’s inspiring energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed. His passion for developing aquatic athletes has substantially elevated the swim team over the past decade. Aquatic Director Megan White said, “Our team appreciates his tenure as a long-standing pillar of our swimming community. Coach Semenecz has worked hard to develop this program from its infancy and wish him nothing but the best in this new phase of life.”


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