Charlottesville YMCA Aquatics Club, Cavalier Aquatics Will Merge

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 45

August 01st, 2020 Club, News

The Charlottesville YMCA Aquatics Club and Cavalier Aquatics will merge operations ahead of the upcoming short course season, beginning September 8, 2020. The teams represent 2 of the 3 primary USA Swimming clubs in the area – the Virginia Gators also have a site in Charlottesville.

The emerging program, which will compete under the name Cavalier Aquatics, will remain dual registered as both a YMCA swim team and a USA swim team.

Among the changes is that University of Virginia head coach Todd DeSorbo, who previously led the standalone Cavalier Aquatics, will become the Director of High Performance for the combined club.

DeSorbo’s women’s team at the University of Virginia was seeded to score the most points at the 2020 NCAA Championship meet before that meet was eventually canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

While Cavalier Aquatics served a primary purpose of providing a USA Swimming representation for college and professional swimmers affiliated with UVA, CYAC was primarily an age group program previously.

There is some overlap in the two groups. For example, August Lamb, who holds 8 CYAC team records, is now a rising sophomore at Virginia.

Among other high-profile swimmers to come through the CYAC in recent years is Virginia high school state champion and Virginia Tech commit Athena Vanyo. The club is also home to National Age Group Record breaker Thomas Heilman.

The Brooks Family YMCA has a 10-lane, 25-yard pool that serves as the CYAC’s primary training facility. The new $19 million Brooks YMCA facility opened in June of 2017.

Among other benefits of the merger, this will give University of Virginia-based swimmers and pros access to water during the uncertain months ahead where there will be ongoing uncertainty about who will be able to access University facilities.

“We are extremely excited about the addition of Todd DeSorbo to our coaching staff,” says current CYAC Head Coach, Mike Wenert. “Todd has one of the best minds in the swimming world today. Working side-by-side with Todd will help bring our joint programs to the next level and will be an exciting addition for the swimming community of Charlottesville/Albemarle.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to partner with Mike and the YMCA on this venture to provide a premier age-group and senior club swimming program in the Charlottesville area,” said Todd DeSorbo. “I’m looking forward to working with all the athletes, of all levels, and building on the Y’s mission to develop great young people as well as great swimmers. I believe Charlottesville can be a booming swimming town, from age groupers to elite level Olympic Contenders and this collaboration will provide Charlottesville the opportunity to not only thrive in the area, but also in the state and nationally.”

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West Coast Swammer

Great move on both teams’ part. The teams (club and college) that will weather this best are the ones that can pivot and manage the business of swimming as well as the coaching – often times two totally different skill sets.


Hmm… Is this how it works in other college towns? Definitely not the case with Longhorn Aquatics. How is DeSorbo going to coach in both places? This to me does not sound right. Eh, what do I know?


Every city and university is unique in its choices to partner with other organizations. Care to expand on what you fee isn’t right here?


I think the weird thing to many is that the partnership is with a YMCA rather than a club team run out of the University pool. Other than Salo with NOVA, I can’t think of another college coach owning/running a club team that doesn’t train in the university’s pools (although I am sure there are more out there).

New Cav

There is no club at the University pool (other than the one we’re merging with, of course). We already have a great pool that UVA will have access to until theirs reopens.

New Cav

Can’t wait to officially be a Cavalier this fall!! We’re all so excited for this amazing opportunity.

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