Competitive Swim Team Program
Our competitive swim team is now in division 1 of the Fairfield County Swim League. Swim team is open to any child between the ages of 7 and 17 who can swim at least one length of the pool in three different strokes. Even if the stroke technique is not perfect, it is important to have a basic skill level of three strokes.
Pre Team-Pre Team is for children who have a keen interest in learning the four competitive strokes and have an interest in taking part at our home meets. Pre-team will practice from 12:00-12:30 or 12:30-1:00-Determined by Coaches at first day of practice.
Children can sign up for precompetitive Dive and Swim as a package.
Joseph J. Somma is the head coach of the Whirlwind Diving team at the New Canaan YMCA. He founded the team in 1997. Joe grew up diving at Newfield Swim & Tennis Club, was a high school All-American stand-out at Stamford High School, and went on to Clemson University, where he lettered in diving for four years and was a four-time NCAA zone qualifier, an All-American candidate, an All Atlantic Coast Conference champion, and a team captain. Joe brings a wealth of experience to the team as he completes his 22nd year of coaching. Joe was awarded the Robert Moss Award in 2001, for his numerous contributions to diving. He is a lifetime member of USA Diving, and is the Junior Olympic representative for the state of Connecticut for this organization. During his time at the New Canaan Y, Joe has also coached many top divers including four JO champions and three Team USA representatives that competed at meets such as the British Elite Championships and the Canadian/American Challenge, and one member of the Junior Elite Program. His teams have included over 50 High School All Americans.
In addition to the Whirlwind team, Joe coaches the New Canaan High School team, the Wilton High School team, Convent of the Sacred Heart / Greenwich team, the New Canaan Field Club team, and the Newfield Swim & Tennis team. Joe’s enthusiasm coupled with his knowledge of the sport make him a dynamic and successful coach for divers of all levels.
Coach Dave’s passion for the sport of swimming is evident in his experience as both a swimmer and coach. Growing up, Dave swam for the New Canaan YMCA Caimans, West Hill High School, and his summer club, Newfield. Coach Dave has had a healthy aquatics career. As a competitor he earned recognition as a Junior National qualifier, YMCA national finalist, and is still a team record holder for the NCY Caimans. His successful high school career led to swimming for the University of Miami his freshman year of college.
After his competitive swimming career ended, Dave continued to be involved in the sport, gaining recognition as one of the most enthusiastic and committed coaches in the county. This fall, Dave will be entering his 9th season as the New Canaan High School Girls head swimming coach, a team that has made significant waves at both the FCIAC and State level since he began coaching. During his tenure as head coach, Dave has led his team to numerous achievements, including one State title, two consecutive FCIAC titles, four State Class runners-up, and has placed as one of the top six teams in the state at the Open meet for the last eight years in a row.
Dave was recognized for his success with the girls program, earning the FCIAC “Coach of the Year” award in 2009 and 2010, and the CIAC “Coach of the Year” award in 2011. He is also the assistant of the New Canaan High School Boys swim team, where he has helped lead the team to incredible success, garnering eight state titles, one FCIAC title, and one Open title.
In addition to his pivotal role in the high school swimming programs, Dave has coached with the New Canaan YMCA Caimans and has spent his summers as the head coach of Newfield for the last nine years. During his tenure at Newfield, Dave helped move the team up to Division 1, while leading them to top six finishes at Counties all nine seasons. They also were the recipients of the Phil Goode Award (team of the year) in 2005. We are so excited to have Dave’s knowledge of stroke technique and conditioning, as well as his contagious commitment to and love of the sport.
Assistant Swim Coaches
John Scaldini- Assistant Swim Coach
Coach John grew up just over the border in Lewisboro,New York Swimming at John Jay High school and USS for the New Canaan YMCA and Boys & Girls club of Mnt. Kisco Marlins. John attended Principia College in Elsah, IL swimming for their D3 NCAA program as a Freshman and Sophomore. After College John moved to Sacramento CA for four years where he was the Head Coach for a 200 swimmer Rec level team that also participated Unattached in the local USA LSC.
Shortly after getting married in 2008 John returned home to the East Coast for a brief stint coaching the Senior program for Weston Swimming. in 2009 John took over as Asst. Age Group coach & Head 8 & Under Coach at the Westport YMCA while also coaching at The Patterson Club in Fairfield(FCSL D4). After two and a half years at the YMCA John moved back over to Weston Swimming as the Head Age Group Coach where he has been for since 2012. There John has coached Zone Champions, Age Group champions and High point award winners as well as winning the 10&U Team High Point award in 2014.
John also worked at the Weston Field Club (FCSL D5/4) for three years where he lead the club to one undefeated D5 season in 2014 and the D4 Skip Lehman award in 2016. John has also had the honor of coaching the CT Zone Team (All Stars) for the past 4 years serving as Head Coach and now as the CT Swimming Zone Chairman. Swimming Philosophy: The best way to have Fun is the Swim Fast. The best way to Swim Fast is to have Fun.
Head Dive Coach
Griffin Edmonds, Head Coach Freshman at Georgetown
Prior to Georgetown: Was a four-year starter at New Canaan High school, serving as team captain his senior year … Helped lead New Canaan to the 2016 Class L State Championship … Also competed for Whirlwind Diving where he was a four-year starter and team captain during his senior year … Was also a member of the baseball team … Out of the pool was a National Merit Scholar Honorable Mention selection and a member of both the Garden Club and Service League of Boys.
- Diving for Georgetown
- New Canaan high school
- Whirlwind diving
Assistant Dive Coaches
Katie Warburg Assistant Coach
2015-16 Wilton High School/Whirlwind diving/University of
- Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll
- Four-time All-American
- First female diver in the state of Connecticut to win four consecutive state championships
- Finished 18th on the 1-meter and 35th on the 3-meter at the 2011
- Junior National Championships
- Won the 1-meter event at the 2011 USA Diving Summer Junior Region 1 Championships
- Placed second on both the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the 2011 YMCA National Championships
Sarah Pickup Assistant Coach diving at Hamilton College
Assistant Aquatic Director at Burning Tree last season and is currently an Assistant Coach on the NCFC staff (three years).
Shannon Daine Trinity Graduate 2017 and State Class S Champion
Shannon will be attending Villanova in the Fall to dive.
Head Water Polo Coach
Entering his 14th season as the Newfield Head Water Polo coach, Ryan teaches the skills, strategies and rules of the sport in a fun environment where good sportsmanship, teamwork and personal accomplishment are paramount. A former NCAA Division I swimmer and water polo player at Iona College, Ryan first became introduced to water polo by his age-group swim coach in Niagara Falls, NY. He went on to be a leading scorer on the gold medal team in the Empire State Games, and realized his athletic passion.
As an elementary school teacher, Ryan is committed to providing an opportunity for players of all abilities to enjoy learning and excelling at the sport.
Head Synchronized Swimming Coach
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