Aquianas Synchronized Swimming Team

Aquianas Coaches Bios

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Jennifer Muzyk

Director of Synchronized Swimming

Phone: 203-966-4528 x183
Email: jmuzyk@newcanaanymca.org

Jen was a synchronized swimmer at the New Canaan YMCA throughout high school. After college graduation in 2000, she started coaching first part-time, then as the Assistant Director and now as the Director and head coach of the Aquianas. Since joining the coaching staff, Jen has earned the National Coaching Merit Award in 2004, the East Zone Coach of the Year in 2010 and was added to the National Team Pool of Coaches in 2011.

Petra Cacic

Assistant Synchronized Swimming Director
Phone: 203-966-4528 x153
Email: pcacic@newcanaanymca.org

Petra was a synchronized swimmer in Croatia with the Spoljaric Synchro Club and Croatian National Team. She graduated from the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, Croatia in 2008, majoring in geography and history. Petra then attended the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb, Croatia graduating in 2013 with a degree in physical education. She became a part-time coach with a synchro club in 2003. In 2007, she became a coach with the Croatian National Team and, in 2010, she became the head coach. Other achievements include coaching for NCA in 2006 and participating in NCA Camp of Champions in 2010 and 2014.

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Krista Bessinger

Part-Time Assistant Coach

Krista was a synchronized swimmer on the Hamden Heronettes before transferring to the Aquianas her senior year of high school. After graduation, Krista began coaching in Hamden and continued there for seven years. In 2004 Krista joined the Aquianas coaching staff. She served as the Assistant Coach and then became the Assistant Director in December of 2009. Krista has been the East Zone All-Star coach for the past three summers and has also acquired her national rating as a judge.

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Laura Mase

Part-Time Assistant Coach

Laura has been involved in synchronized swimming since 1993. As a swimmer, Laura swam for the New Canaan Aquianas from 1993-2001, then for the University of Richmond from 2001-2005. From 2005-2007, Laura worked as the Education Director for United States Synchronized Swimming. She attended graduate school at New York University for Speech and Language Pathology from 2008-2011. Laura has been back with the Aquianas as an assistant coach since 2008.

Valerie Jolibois

Full-Time Coach

Valerie joins the coaching staff of the New Canaan Aquianas from Los Angeles, where she was working in the entertainment industry and coaching the synchro team, LA Splash. Valerie swam with the Santa Clara Aquamaids at the junior and senior levels before and after college. In college, Valerie swam for and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in economics. After college, Valerie went on to earn her MBA with a dual emphasis in marketing and finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Liz Hogan

Part-Time Assistant Coach

Elizabeth joined our Y in October 2012 as a Synchro coach. She is a psychology major at Sacred Heart University and wants to go into psychiatric medicine. She swam for Hamden and coached there before coming to New Canaan.