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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Chuck Clark

Head Coach

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Coach Chuck is the 2nd Head Coach in the history of the Rapids, taking over the position in 2009.  Coach Chuck has been with the Rapids since 2000 when he joined as an Assistant Coach.  Chuck has also been the Head Coach for both the boys and girls at Bunnell High School and the Head Coach for the Stratford YMCA where he was privileged to coach many Y National Swimmers.  The Rapids have become more than a team to Chuck, they have become an extended familiy.  Coach Chuck lives in Trumbull, teaches in Milford and is married to Sharyn and has three wonderful children Lauren, Connor and Alyssa.  Coach Chuck is a level 3 ASCA certified coach.

Kevin Cullinan

Head Senior Coach

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ASCA Coaching Certification: Level 3
 
We are thrilled to welcome Coach Kevin back to the Rapids as Head Senior Coach.  Prior to Kevin’s return, he spent 2 years as the Assistant Director of Competitive Aquatics at the Regional YMCA of Western CT (Makos) from May of 2011 until August of 2013.  He has also coached at the Westport YMCA, Fairfield YMCA, and served as the Aquatics Director at the Stratford YMCA, in addition to holding the position of head coach of the Bunnell/Stratford Boys High School team.  Most recently, he was selected as a member of the coaching staff for Team CT at the Eastern Zone Long Course Age Group Championship.

As an age group and high school swimmer, Kevin was consistently a top swimmer in Connecticut and remembers setting a New England YMCA record.  Kevin is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS in Physical Education.  While studying at Springfield, Kevin swam for the Varsity Men’s Swim team for four years, and was elected team captain his senior year.

In addition to coaching for the Rapids, Kevin is a certified physical education instructor.  He relies on his experience as an athlete, coach, and teacher to guide him in providing an experience that will allow your children to be better swimmers in and out of the pool.

Lisa Samelwich

Head Novice Coach

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 I started competitively swimming when I was 10 years old. I swam for my YMCA team and competed for Foran High School all four years. I was a two-time MVP Award winner and four year state qualifier. I swam for the Aqua Jets throughout high school as well. In college I swam on Southern Connecticut State University’s varsity team for four years. I swam distance freestyle 200, 500, 1000 and 1650. I was on the NE-10 Academic Honor Roll for two years and received the Coach’s Award my senior year. I graduated from Southern in 2009 with two Bachelor’s degrees in History and Early Childhood Education for which I hold my teaching certification. Prior to coaching for the Rapids, I was the Head Coach for the Bridgeport-Stratford YMCA (BSY) Swim Team from 2008-2011. I coached many swimmers to qualify for the age group and senior level championships as well as YMCA New England qualifiers and even a champion. I currently love to train and compete in local races including 5ks and muddy obstacle courses as well as events to raise money for cancer including Swim Across America.

Joe Benz

Assistant Coach

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I started swimming when I was 7 years old with the Trumbull Pisces.  I swam with them at the Age Group level until I was 15, when I switched to the Rapids.  During my high school years, I swam at Fairfield Prep and with the Rapids during the Fall and Summer focusing mostly on backstroke and middle distance freestyle events.  While at Prep, our team went 60-2 and won a state championship along with multiple runner-up awards.  After high school, I continued swimming at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA where I swam backstroke and long distance freestyle events.  During my four years in college, I made the conference academic honor roll multiple times and had a few top ten finishes.

In addition to swimming competitively, I have been heavily involved with St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound marathon swim event for the last 10 years.  The foundation supports cancer patients in the area who cannot afford their treatment and other expenses during their battles with cancer.  In addition, they run multiple prevention programs including a mobile mammography unit and a children’s anti-smoking campaign.  During my last 5 years, I have organized and swam with teams from Fairfield Prep in the event.  In that time, we have had multiple top 3 finishes and successfully raised close to $200,000.

Allison Wells

Assistant Coach

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 I got my start in competitive swimming when I was seven years old with the Rapids (at the time the team was the Shelton Seals). I was on the team through high school and went on to swim in college at the State University of New York at New Paltz. During my time there I specialized in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and also swam the 100 back and 100 fly. At the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships, I finished in the top 8 seven times in individual events collectively, and helped our 200 and 400 freestyle relays and 400 medley relay achieve NCAA 'B' cuts multiple times. I also helped our relays break school records all four years that I attended. Sophomore year I made the SUNY Athletic Conference All-Academic team. My freshman year I was voted the team's Hardest Worker, received the Most Dedicated award my junior and senior years, and was made a Team Captain my senior year by my teammates. I graduated in 2011 with a degree in sociology and psychology and began coaching for the Rapids in September of that year. I am currently in graduate school to get my master's degree in School Counseling at Western CT State University.

Brittni Addenbrooke

Assistant Coach

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Board of Directors

Kevin Chavez

Co-President

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Patty Riina

Co-President

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Nancy Chavez

Co-Vice President

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Kathleen Didio

Co-Vice President

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Joe Visinski

Treasurer

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Cara Noccioli

Secretary

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Pradeep Caplash

Director

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Rob Cristiano

Director

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Thomas Magel

Director

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Allyson Zuckerman

Director

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