Programs


Lasers Swim Team & Junior Lasers

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The Lasers swim team offers an exciting opportunity to develop stroke technique and endurance in a supportive team environment. Swimmers learn team building skills while also receiving individual attention from coaches according to their specific needs. Our coaches create a fun atmosphere that promotes self confidence and personal achievement. This competitive swimming program is for children 6 years of age and older.

BENEFITS

Skill Development
• Technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development

Personal Growth & Wellness
• Builds self confidence, personal discipline and teaches goal orientation
• Improves overall fitness by building strong bones and muscles

Social Outlet
• Creates long lasting friendships that share a common goal and likeness

Convenience
• Practices held at multiple locations

COACHES


Dave Steel

Coach Dave is in his 5th year with the Lasers, as Head Coach. His passion for the sport coincides with his experience. Dave was a swimmer for 12 years, a coach for 12 years & a high school official for 10 years. While coaching, Dave has worked with numerous outstanding swimmers, both on the age group level and high school level, including All–Americans, State Champions & Division 1 College swimmers. In Coach Dave’s first year with the Lasers he has helped swimmers qualify for the YMCA Winter Nationals and win the New England Championship in the 100 Free. He loves coaching young athletes & he strives to make them better swimmers.

Contact Dave Steel at winaqua@nwcty.org or (860) 379-0708 x112 for more information.

Michelle Covelli
Assistant Coach

Bill Hatfield
Assistant Coach

Andrea Russo
Assistant Coach

Jen Fantano
Assistant Coach

Allison O'Hara
Assistant Coach

Milan Grant, Jr.
Assistant Coach

Milan Grant III
Assistant Coach

Paul Richards
Assistant Coach

 

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

“We practice, laugh, work, learn, and strive throughout each and every season to compete with ourselves to be better athletes.”
- Katie Morton, Swimmer

“I like swim team because it’s fun and it makes me feel healthy... At meets the big kids help the little kids feel comfortable and get to their events on time. We all cheer for each other to swim fast because we are all part of one big team.”
- Sydney Johnston, Swimmer

“As a parent, I love watching my child learn and grow in a positive setting. The Lasers swim team focuses on all the things I want for my daughter. She learns that she is
important to the team and that what she does...matters. She learns to push herself to be better...This is the kind of positive atmosphere every parent wants their child to be in. This is a happy place for my swimmer.”
- Laura Johnston, Mother

“I have made countless good friends on the Lasers over the years and am still making new friends on the team today. I couldn’t imagine growing up with a different sport or being part of a different team. I’ve had the best time!”
- Eric Traub, Swimmer

2017 Spring/Summer Season
(April 10 - mid-July)

Have fun, make friends, get into shape & improve your individual strokes while becoming a team
player. This is a competitive swimming program for children ages 6-18 years of age, which focuses on
instructional training & competition in YMCA swim meets.

Contact Dave Steel at (860) 379-0708 x112 for more information.

Contact Dave Steel at (860) 379-0708 x112 for more information.
Level Age Groups & Practice Days

Bronze Level:
This level is for first year competitive swimmers and young experienced swimmers. In general, the age range for this group is age 6-11. Starting skill level needed for this group is the ability to swim one length of freestyle (front crawl) with arms exiting the water and one length on the back. This group will focus on skills needed for the 4 competitive strokes, turns and starts. Endurance will be a secondary focus. Practice 3 days per week for 1 hour each.
Practice Mon & Wed (Winsted); Fri (Torrington)

Silver Level:
This level is for younger experienced competitive swimmers and some older inexperience swimmers. In general, the age range for this group is 9-13. Starting skill level needed for this group is the ability to complete a 100 Individual Medley (IM) from a dive and the ability to do a flip turn. This group will work on a combination of stroke refinement, starts, turns, endurance and introduce swimming sets using the pace clock. Practice 4 days per week for 1 hour each
Practice Tue & Wed (Winsted); Thur & Fri (Torrington)

Gold Level:
This level is for older experienced competitive swimmers. In most cases, these swimmers have more than 2 years of competitive experience and are 11 or older. Starting skill level needed for this group is the ability to complete a 200 Individual Medley (IM) from a dive and a 100 yard Freestyle time faster than 1:15 and coach approval, At this level, the focus shifts to training for longer events, while continuing to improve technique and introduce dryland strength training. Gold swimmers are eligible to participate in the optional USA Swim Program. Practice 4 days per week for 1.25 to 2 hours plus x days per week of dryland training.
Practice Mon & Tue (Winsted); Thur & Fri (Torrington)

Senior Level:
This level is for older experienced competitive swimmers. In most cases, these swimmers have more than 3 years of competitive experience and are 13 or older. Starting skill level needed for this group is the ability to complete a 200 Individual Medley (IM) from a dive and a 100 yard Freestyle time faster than 1:10 and coach approval. Senior participation takes advantage of the greater time commitment to master advanced skills, as well as include dryland strength training. Senior swimmers are eligible to participate in the optional USA Swim Program. Practice 5 days per week for 2 hours plus x days per week of dryland training
Practice Mon, Tue, Wed (Winsted); Thur & Fri (Torrington)

**High School Swimmers:
This program is offered to high school swimmers during their high school swim season. This allows the swimmer to get extra practice time occasionally and to attend Lasers meets when allowed by CIAC rules. The swimmer will practice with the practice group that is appropriate to their technique and endurance as outlined above.

A Y Facility membership is required for all swimmers who participate in the Winter or Summer Seasons or HS Swimmers who participate in Y swim meets.

***USS Swim Program
Swimmers will be challenged by the top competition throughout the region in additional meets beyond the Lasers schedule. USS Swim meets are held in the state’s premier swimming facilities. Swim coach approval is required for swimmers below Senior level.
10% Sibling Discount on lower fee program.