Swim Team

Swim Team

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Mako Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It is the goal of the RYWC Mako Swim Team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Prospective swimmers please call Sarah Basile at 203.775.1077  ext. 153 to schedule a tryout, or send an email request to for more information.

Please join us for our annual Swimtacular. It’s a great opportunity to bring family and friends together for some fun while supporting our team.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 from friends and family. With our athletes fundraising participation and your financial support, we will be able to provide critical support to our YMCA and Makos Swim Team. Your support of our Swim-a-Thon is very much appreciated! Makos Swim-a-thon

Makos Swimmer Swim-a-thon Regional YMCA Swim Team

Swim Team Contact:

Jason Paige
Senior Aquatics Director

45 Minutes, 1x per week

Stroke and Turn “Pre Team”

This level compliments the skills practiced in a swim team setting. Swimmers must be at a Level 5 to qualify for this class. Emphasis is placed on mastery of all strokes, flip turns and racing starts. A strong focus is placed on building endurance with proper stroke techniques and mechanics.

Swimmer Swimming in Pool

Typically, 45 Minutes, 1x per week

Special Needs Swim Team

All participants must be able to swim, as the program will be in water 6 feet deep. Any age welcome. This level compliments the skills practiced in a swim team setting.

Anyone interested should contact Jason Paige at

The Regional YMCA of Western CT partnered with Ability Beyond (Danbury) to field a team for the Connecticut Special Olympics held June 3-5th.  Our volunteer staff led by Katey Paige began working with the 9 athletes in April.  The program met once a week where swimmers worked on basic skills and improving their endurance.  All but three swimmers were able to compete in the Special Olympics Swimming event held at Fairfield YMCA and Fairfield University.  Lisa Hoadley (Ability Beyond) and Jason Paige (Regional YMCA) organized the partnership and both plan to continue with the cohort next year.

Special Olympics Connecticut Swim Team

Competing Athletes:

Michael Hynes – Ability Beyond

Meleigha Wolff – Ability Beyond

Jason VanSickle – Ability Beyond

Trentyn Halvorsen – Regional YMCA

Eamonn Murphy – Regional YMCA

Ian Zhang – Regional YMCA

Unable to compete due to timing conflicts:

Carmen McCoy – Ability Beyond

Allan Fernandez – Ability Beyond

Nicky Oliveira – Regional YMCA

Special thanks to all of our volunteer coaches:

Katey Paige – Head Coach

Katie Tolla

Ella Behling

Doran Murphy

Ben Haddad

Anyone interested should contact Jason Paige at

Special Olympics CT red and black logo     Ability Beyond, blue and organe logo

Michael Hynes Special Olympic Athlete arms up high, big smile
Michael, Athlete
Jason, Special Olympic CT Athlete in the pool
Jason, Athlete
Maleigha on left at Special Olympics awards ceremony with 3 military soldiers with her
Maleigha, Althete on left
Trentyn and Eamonn Special Olympics Athletes with Coaches Jason and Katy Paige
Trentyn and Eamonn, Athletes
Ian, Special Olympics Athlete 3rd from left
Ian, Athlete 3rd from left

Masters Swimming

1 Hour, 2x per week

Sessions –

Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays at YDEAC  10:30 – 11:30 am

Whether you are a novice or an elite swimmer, our Masters program can improve your swimming skills. These coached sessions are designed to enhance your swimming skills, make you more efficient in the water, and increase your overall fitness level. All practices are held at the Youth Development & Emerson Aquatic Center (YDEAC).

Lap swimmer doing Master Swimming at the Regional YMCA.

Swim Team Contact:

Jason Paige
Senior Aquatics Director