Join Our Swim Team

The IC of Stamford ORCAs swim team program encompasses all ages, levels of ability, and is structured to provide careful development and steady progression through the stages of competitive swimming. The program is composed of athletes and their families from Stamford and communities throughout southwestern Connecticut. The ORCAs swim team is a family-oriented swimming program. The strength of the volunteer parent organization together with the excellence of the coaching staff and the support of the IC have resulted in a highly successful swim program at all levels.

For more information, please contact Head Coach Ausra McKenna at: 203.322.6941 x124 or amckenna@italiancenter.org, or visit the ORCAs website.

Swim Team Levels

The pre-ORCAs is designed for the younger swimmer who has progressed through the IC's instruction program and learned the four basic strokes. The emphasis is on improving the swimming ability and water sense already developed by the child as well as teaching more advanced skills in the four competitive strokes. Conducted by the swim team coaches, the program is ideal for those swimmers who wish to prepare for swim team and competitive swimming and eventually enter the Italian Center ORCAs Swim Team. Children must be able to swim at least 25 yards or one length of the pool and freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and some butterfly to join this program level.
For swimmers 9 year-old and under. Swimmers must be able to is to swim 25 yards (1 length of the pool) using the four basic strokes and be able to perform a racing dive. This group will learn the concept of team and be introduced to instruction in concentrated stroke mechanics, competition starts, turns, and swimming efficiency. The instructions are presented in a relaxed yet exciting manner with an emphasis on the fun and rewards of team and competitive swimming. The overall objective of this level is to provide individual attention and a positive experience in swimming.
The Age Group program level is open primarily to swimmers ages 9 through 13 who have demonstrated to the coaches an enthusiasm toward swimming and who wish to experience the challenge of competitive training and the excitement of participating in swim meets run by CT Swimming. Age Group teams involve a yearlong commitment on the part of the swimmer. The program develops team skills and discipline while refining and honing stroke mechanics, racing starts and turns endurance and swimming efficiency. Age Group swimmers will be assigned according to age and ability to the proper practice group, either Silver for 9 to 11 years old or more advanced Blue for 11 to 13 years old.
Gold Swimmers begin to focus their training on distance and individual medley swimming. Swimmers receive individual attention on advance stroke mechanics and dry land workouts. Competition philosophy, mental training and nutritional awareness are important subjects stressed with this group.
This is the elite of training for the ORCAs Swim Club and requires dedication to the sport. The program is a serious regimen that includes stroke mechanics, endurance work, dry land strength and flexibility conditioning, goal setting and an emphasis on team dynamics and mental conditioning.