March 2017

Sami Brayton


When Sami Brayton turned 25 she was ready to make a change.  She wanted to get healthier, so she joined the Y and began working out on the elliptical machine.  When she became bored of that, she joined a group exercise class.  Sami said, “I got in the back row of my first class, but I kept coming back.  The instructor, Beth, was really nice and helped a lot.”  Sami expected that she would fall off the wagon and discontinue her workouts at some point, but she said, “Everybody at the Y was so nice, and they added accountability by asking where I was if I missed a class.”
In addition to the friendly and helpful staff, Sami also joined the Y for the quality child care.  As a mom of 3 young kids, it was very important that the Y had a place for them to be safely entertained while she had time to work out.  
Now, two years later, Sami has lost more than 75 lbs.  And she’s become an instructor for R.I.P.P.E.D. and Core Class.  She also serves as a mentor and cheerleader for others who are trying to improve their health.   “It’s fun to see new people in my class and I love it when they come back,” she said,  “because they feel welcomed and they belong.”

2017 Regional YMCA Swim Competition

The Blue Wave Swim Team had 14 members qualify for the Regional YMCA Swim Meet in Iowa City on March 25th & 26th.  Let's cheer them on to Nationals!

Swimmers Include: Alexis Crouch, Beckham DeSotel, Noah DeSotel, Bryce Edens, Charlie Gilbertson, Sam Greazel, Elise Imsland, JP Jones, Michael Lechnir, Emily Manis, Reed Swartz, CeCe Waltermire, Lesli Waltermire, Averie Wittkop

​More information about Iowa YMCA Swimming is at this link: