JBarracudas Swim Team


Barracudas Swimming Team aims to create an environment where individuals of all ages and abilities can experience the enjoyment of, and can reach personal excellence in, the sport of swimming. Barracudas' vision is to develop and maintain a program that will produce elite swimmers, who will represent our team in all levels of swimming competitions.

We offer five different groups to best suit your swimmer’s needs.

  • Pre-comp I

    • Pre-competitive group

    • Ages: 5-8 years old

    • Times & days: M-Th 4:00 pm -4:45 pm (45 min)

    • Focus: Learning correct breaststroke, butterfly, side breathing for freestyle, freestyle and backstroke flipturns, refining freestyle and backstroke, becoming familiar with team swimming, listening, and having fun.

  • Pre-comp II

    • Pre-competitive group

    • Ages: 7-10 years old

    • Times & days: M-Th 5:00-6:00 pm (1 hour)

    • Focus: Learning swim legal strokes, all turns, IM order, dives, refining all stokes, increasing endurance, becoming familiar with competitive swimming, having fun and enjoying swimming.

  • Barracudas 

    • Competitive group

    • Ages: 8 & up

    • Times & Days: Mon-Thur 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (first 30 minutes is dry land training -- total time is 1 hour and 15 min)

    • Focus: Swimming legal strokes, refining starts, turns, and finishes, adding endurance, increasing speed and stamina, and enjoying the team environment.

Unique to swimming at the JCC is our kids swim alongside with the Elite Swim team, made up of Olympic medalists and future medalists training for 2021 in Tokyo. J Barracudas Swim Team is member a USA Swim Club. This gives our athletes the opportunity to compete in USA Swimming sanctioned swim meets and score at swim meets as a team where our athletes can be recognized as a whole. 

If you are interested in USA Swimming and participating in sanctioned meets please check out the San Diego-Imperial Swimming Website. Read the USA Swimming rules, check out other USA Swim teams, time standards for Junior Olympics as well as other meets. 

The first step in the process is to register your athlete as a USA Swimming Member. Registration now will cover through the end of 2020. This will allow you to participate in any swim meet from now through December 31, 2020. This does not include meet registration fees. If you have difficulties registering and need assistance or have any questions please email Coach Sergii.


New Swimmers Evaluation are required for those who would like to join us Swim Team. This evaluation will provide the information needed to correctly place your child in the group where they will prosper the most. Sign up now so your children can enjoy Swim Team with their friends!  To set up an evaluation, please email Coach Sergii.


Weather Policy

We practice rain or shine, but we do cancel due to extreme wind or thunderstorms. If there is ever any danger to our swimmers, we will send an email out before practice to inform you of the cancellation. We only cancel when it becomes unsafe conditions to practice in.

There will be no dry-land practice held if it is raining.

Payment Policies

Barracuda swim team membership will automatically be billed monthly and will continue to be billed monthly until notification of cancellation is received. Members who wish to terminate must submit a 30- day written notice prior to the 1st of the month. 

Please complete the monthly credit card draft authorization below. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Spencer Lynch or JCC Guest Services. 

Trial Period

The Barracudas are happy to offer a one week free trial period for our team.

Coaching Staff

Our well-qualified staff is dedicated to providing the best possible training for your swimmer. We seek to provide efficient learning and endless enjoyment for all swimmers at all levels.

Head Coach JBarracudas Swim Team
Sergii Kukharskyi

Sergii is a former All-American swimmer and member of the Ukranian National Swimming Team having earned bronze and silver medals. He is also a UANA Pan America Masters 2018 record holder 100br. Additionally, he is a level 1 ASCA (American swimming coaches association)Instructor as well as being certified in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED and Water Safety.

Elijah Goldman


Elijah has been working at LFJCC since June of 2018 as an Assistant Barracuda’s and Masters Swim coach. His background before joining the team is extensive. In high school, he taught swimming as an instructor while swimming himself for Eagle Swim Team in their National Training Group. He also swam competitively in college.

For 5 years Elijah worked in the summer as an ocean rescue lifeguard in Beach Haven, NJ. He also helped to teach junior lifeguards ocean safety and swimming techniques. Through ocean lifeguarding, Elijah has participated in competitions on both the east and west coast. The ocean rescue competitions have many aspects including running, swimming & prone paddling to rowing. The competitions have a lot to offer so cross training is a must. These experiences have helped Elijah gain a broader perspective on swimming and triathlon sports training which he uses in various ways within coaching.

Grace Thrasher

Grace Thrasher is a lifelong competitive swimmer with a passion for coaching all ages. Prior to coaching at the JCC, she coached the 10 and under group at her club team in Minnesota for two years. During that time she also worked as a certified lifeguard and swim instructor. During her time at the JCC, Grace has provided quality workouts for both masters swimmers and youth swimmers alike. She believes strong technique and a passion for swimming are essential to success in the water at any age. Grace still competes as a backstroke and freestyle swimmer for San Diego Swim Masters. In 2019 she helped her team to a first place finish at US Masters Nationals. 


For any other inquiries please contact Assistant Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Director Spencer Lynch at spencerl@lfjcc.org