The New Canaan YMCA Caimans Swim Team provides a supportive, instructive, and fun environment for swimmers of all abilities to grow. Under an experienced and dedicated coaching staff, we provide competitive and non-competitive programs for all ages, from developing strokes to competing nationally—all while gaining confidence and learning the importance of teamwork.
Caimans Coaching Staff
Suzanne Lancey: Competitive Swimming Director/ Head Age Group Coach
John Weitz: Associate Competitive Swimming Director/ Head Senior Coach
Melissa Trail: Assistant Coach
Developmental (12-Week Sessions, Sept. – June)
Age Group program
PRIDE (Ages 8 & under)
An introduction to competitive swimming. Swimmers must be able to complete 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke. Breaststroke and butterfly must have a minimum of technical flaws. The pride group focuses on developing stroke technique in all four strokes, learning competitive starts and turns, as well as developing a competitive underwater dolphin kick. Practices are offered four times a week so that swimmers can attend at least three.
STARS (Ages 9-10)
The second level of the competitive program, Stars practices focus on perfecting starts, turns, and technique for all four strokes, as well as underwater dolphin kick. In addition, swimmers are introduced to practice sets and the use of the pace clock. Practices are offered five times a week so that swimmers can make at least four.
JUNIOR OLYMPIANS 1 (Ages 11+)
The third tier of the competitive program JO practices begin the transition from technique to training. Practices focus on continuing to perfect stroke, turn, and start techniques while learning how to train their bodies to excel in competition. Practices are offered six times a week so that swimmer can attend at least five.
HIGH SCHOOL PREP
For swimmer who are looking to continue their swimming career, but do not want the level of commitment associated with the senior competitive program. Aimed at being prepared for the high school swimming season, practices are 45 minutes of dry-land exercises combined with 45 minutes of training and technique in the water. Practices are offered three days a week.
Swimmers in the senior program concentrate on training for competition. In addition to acquiring advanced workout skills and experience, swimmer learn advanced methods of race training with the goal of qualifying for national level meets. Swimmers are expected to attend practice six days a week, including two practices on Monday and Wednesday.
The highest level of training and commitment in the Caiman program, this squad is filled with swimmers who have achieved qualification times for YMCA National Championships. Commitment expectations for this group are the pinnacle of the Caiman program.
To schedule an evaluation, please contact Suzanne Lancey at 203-920-1645 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.