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



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 meets and the team attends state, regional and national championships. The team, which is also a registered USA Swimming Club, 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

13/over swimmers should contact Ellen Johnston directly.

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

Coaching Staff

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

Sue Remington – Coach

Rich Carter – Coach

Jamie Gremp – Coach

Practice Groups

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

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)

Building 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 the focus of practices.  On Fridays, all JAG swimmers practice together in order to build a stronger team with better friends!

CHALLENGER  (11-12 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 with strength training both in the water and on land. Swimmers focus on improving their times and attend meets frequently.

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

Masters Swimming

The Westport Weston Family YMCA Masters Swim Team competes regularly in both YMCA and U.S. Masters Competitions. Each member has the opportunity to participate in organized workouts and competitive swim meets.

The Masters Swim Team swims on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 5:30-7:00am and Sunday from 7:30-9:00am.  Coach Practices are Monday and Friday with the Swimming Director.

Upcoming Program Registration for Oct 1st – Dec 31st

Cost: Program fee is $160 for members
Drop in fee for members $10, non members $25

For more information please contact:
Brian Ference
(P) 203-226-8981 ext. 121