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 Coach
Brian Fazzino: Associate Director of Competitive Swimming / Head Senior Coach
Ashley Lancey: Lead Development Coach
Developmental (10-Week Session/Fall, 12-Week Sessions/Winter & Spring)
Age Group Programs
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 (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 swimmers can attend at least five.
SENIOR (Ages 13+)*
Swimmers in the senior program concentrate on training for competition. In addition to acquiring advanced workout skills and experience, swimmers 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.
*Age ranges are the average per group; however, group placement is not based on age alone.
2020-2021 Try-Outs: Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27; 3:00-4:30 PM. Swimmers must meet additional criteria for placement in all the above competitive levels. To schedule a try-out, please contact Deb Isidro at 203-966-4528 ext. 133.