COMPETITIVE SWIMMING

The Westport Weston Family YMCA is the home of the Water Rat Swim Team and a Masters Swim Team. Our competitive swimmers enjoy premier aquatic facilities and coaching and have been champions at all age levels, locally, regionally and nationally.

WATER RAT SWIM TEAM

The Water Rat Swim Team is a year-round, nationally recognized competitive swim program, organized and operated by the Aquatics Department of the Westport Weston Family YMCA. 

The Water Rat Swim Team competes against other Connecticut YMCA teams in dual swim meets and as the team attends competes locally state wide, regionally and nationally. The team, which is also a registered USA Swimming Club, and is a member of Connecticut Swimming, Inc., one of 59 Local Swim Committees in the country.  Water Rats compete in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets at the local, regional, state, zone and national level. 

If you would like to learn more about the Water Rat Swim Team click to go the team’s section of this website, or visit wrat.org,  the Water Rats’ website on Team Unify, a swim team management platform. Current members of the Water Rat Swim Team, and their parents, should go to wrat.org to read the latest team news and register for swim meets. 

 

TEAM TRYOUTS/EVALUATIONS

Pre-registration is encouraged. Further details available at Team Unify

 

SWIM COACHES

Ellen Johnston – Director of Competitive Swimming/Head Coach

Rob Urban- Head Developmental Coach

Adam King- Head Junior Coach

Kristen Finnegan – Assistant Age Group Coach

Omar Cruz – Coach

Michelle Koubeck – Coach

Jamie Gremp – Coach

 

SWIM COACH PODCAST

 

PRACTICE GROUPS

WHITE GROUP (8 & Under Pre-Team, Non-Competitive)

Swimmers are evaluated before being placed in the White Group. 

 

BLUE  GROUP (8 & Under Competitive), RED GROUP (8 & Under Competitive)

8 & Under programs are a great way to introduce a young swimmer to a competitive swimming program. Fundamental instruction is the focus, and the goal is to build a foundation that encourages all 8 & Under swimmers to complete the journey through Age Groups and into the Senior level.  Red and Blue Groups will have the opportunity to compete at swim meets. 

 

DISCOVERY I, II & III (9-10 years old)

uilding on what swimmers learned in their 8 & Under program, DISCOVERY swimmers are proficient in the four primary strokes: freestyle, back, breast, and fly.  Stroke and technique development are is the main focus of practices. Introduction to racing “strategies” as the swimmers expand the events for which they race. 

 

CHALLENGER  (11-13 years old)

The highest levels of the Age Group program, CHALLENGER swimmers practice to refine their technique in the four strokes as well as starts and turns. This is a full training program that includes “dryland” which encompasses body weight exercises to help develop balance, flexibility and strength. 

 

SENIOR I, II & III (13 years & older)

ogressional offering for the 13 & Over swimmer.  

Senior III: Desire to learn new training techniques to take their swimming to the next level. 

Senior II: Capable of handling increase in volume and intensive interval training 

Senior I: Extensive competitive swimming experience as well as a daily commitment to a high level of training. 

 

WRAT NEWS

WRAT make the Paralympic Team and is heading to Tokyo this summer!

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