Swimming for Zeus may start out as an after school activity, but for many it can have a more lasting impact in terms of lifelong friendships, a commitment to fitness, goal setting and team. Swimming is a great year round exercise that benefits the body and mind and, what’s more, is fun!
It is good for your health and weight loss. Whatever your age or ability, swimming is an option. Zeus Swim Team has different squad levels to meet your swimmer’s needs, depending on if their goals are more recreational or competitive.
Swimming is most certainly about mind, body and spirit. Swimming regularly promotes whole-body fitness improving strength, flexibility and conditioning. It is relatively injury-free when compared to other sports. Swimming also teaches a child to strive for physical achievement and technical proficiency over time.
Beyond the physical benefits, swimmers develop personal and social maturity pretty quickly. They become more in tune with their bodies and learn important life lessons that come from relationships with coaches, officials, teammates and other athletes. The sport helps children work toward meaningful goals that developing essential skills and qualities that carry over into other areas of life such as school and work.
Before every race, I know that this team has prepared me to swim fast. My teammates challenge me at practice, my coaches have the expertise to get me to the next level, and this team as a family believes in me.
Hayley has been swimming on Zeus since she was 8 years, but even before she started swimming competitively she loved being in the water. She qualified for her first age group cut at age 11 in the 50m butterfly, and at age 15 won the 15-18 100m backstroke at age groups. She has been awarded the Top 16 in CT award every year since 2013. Hayley strongly believes that this team gives you all of the tools you need to make it to the next level, and with hard work, there is no telling how far you will rise. Now a senior in high school, Hayley still loves the water and is excited to go to practice each day, sometimes it is hard to get her out of the pool! She plans on swimming varsity in college, and is looking for the perfect balance of academics and swimming at each school she looks at.
Zeus is like my second family. I love being able to come to practice and laugh with my teammates, even if I have had the worst day possible. The coaches and the swimmers challenge each other to work their hardest and strive to reach their goals.
My name is Liam Colleran and I am 18 years old. I started swimming for Zeus when I was 8, and it has become my life. My best stroke is Backstroke which I currently hold the records for in the 100 and 200. I have been in the Top 16 in CT for the past 9 seasons and I have also qualified for scholar athlete this past season. I have qualified for several national meets including Sectionals and Futures.
For me, the meets are my favorite part of swimming. It is so cool to get on the blocks and wait for the starting “beep”, then swim your best race that you can each time. I love to be part of relays and cheer each other on.
Wyatt joined Zeus at age 6 and quickly shined as a natural swimmer. He loves competition and thrives in that atmosphere. At the Long Course 8 & Under Championships this summer, Wyatt came in 1st place in all his events, and the boys freestyle relay had a picture perfect ending that everyone in attendance will remember. Each of the three Zeus boys ahead of him held their own, but Wyatt still trailed over 3/4s of a lap when it was his turn to dive in. Inspired by his Zeus team, something kicked in and Wyatt swam his fastest 50Yard swim ever to edge out his close competitor and win a victory for the boys. The crowd cheered and Zeus fans high-fived. It was uplifting all around.
Zeus not only taught me how to be a competitive swimmer, this team also opened up so many opportunities for me that I will forever be grateful for. My coaches guided the path to Division 1 Swimming for me at Central. If it wasn't for them I would not have achieved all my accomplishments. I wish all the younger Zeus swimmers the best of luck in their future swimming careers.
Even though she calls the CCSU Blue Devils her team now, Stephanie never forgets the bond with her teammates on Zeus. “You are with them over a decade and grow up together.” Now in her senior year swimming for Central Connecticut State University, Stephanie still feels that Zeus prepared her to embark on her collegiate swimming career. While at Zeus Stephanie was named All-FCIAC in the 200IM, 100 Back and 500 Free..Junior National qualifier in the 200 back...Sectional qualifier in the 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM. Her favorite events are back and IM. Zeus will always be “home”.
Zeus played a huge role in shaping who I am today. Not only did I become the swimmer I am today, but I also became a member of a family that I will forever be a part of.
Olivia has been a part of Zeus since she was 7/8 and holds records in the 10/u, 11-12. 13-14 and Senior categories. Her post-Zeus accomplishments include, Placed 3rd in the 50 Free with a 24.79; Placed 4th in the 200 Free with a 1:52.11; and placed 3rd in the 100 Free with a 51.4 (3 NCAA B Cuts) at the 2017 NESCAC Championship at Bowdoin College. Qualified for the DIII NCAA championship in Texas on the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay in March.
I like the rush of racing against good competition and cheering for everyone on Zeus as it’s become my second family
Kris started on Zeus when he was 5. Ever since, it has been an amazing experience being on Zeus. He recently participated in Long Course Age Group Championships with Top 10 finishes in all his events. He earned his way onto the CT Swimming Zone team where he swam 5 individual events and swam on three A relays and a B relay. He currently holds the 10 and under 100 IM Zeus team record.
The Zeus Swim Team is apart of who I am. It is my roots. Swimming on Zeus for 9+ years led me to the opportunity to swim at the Division I collegiate level (CCSU). The core values of endurance, sacrifice, technique, and good old fashion hard work have translated both in and out of the pool.
The swimming community is so instilled in me, I never wanted to leave athletics. In college I discovered sports were my passion. That led me to attend graduate school at Sacred Heart University where I obtained my Masters degree in Sports Communications and Media.
Now, landing at the MLB/NHL Network I look back and realize swimming morphed me into the the employee I am today. I am grateful for the core values the coaches of Zeus taught me at a young age.
My advice to the youth of Zeus:
1.Work hard, even when you don't want to.
2. Be kind to your teammates because they will be your forever friends.
3.Always find the purpose of what your doing, don't just go through the motions. Attack your turns, attack you breakouts, make the intervals even when you think you cant!
4. Surprise yourself! You will look back and miss every second of it!
Zeus is about building motivation, good friends, hard practice, and fun!
The coaches are nice and push me to be a better swimmer.
Zeus is a family of great coaches and hard working swimmers. It teaches kids skills that not only produce good swimmers, but transfer beyond pool. All that while they form friendships and enjoy each other's company!
I love the open swim and pool parties!
My coaches are the best, they are always understanding and helpful. I love the great friendships I've made over the years.
Our daughter has been on Zeus 8 years. It’s absolutely her second family. Her best friends are from Zeus. When she goes to college, Zeus will leave a big hole. But those friendships will remain.
Zeus is about working together and having fun.
Coach Dennis and the entire coaching staff have been such a positive influence on my daughter since she joined Zeus.
We love watching all of the kids work as a team while striving to attain their personal goals.