Swimmers come to Caz

The DeWitt Dolphins/Syracuse Chargers Swim Team, a year-round competitive organization affiliated with USA Swimming is expanding from its DeWitt and Syracuse locations. In early November, the club formalized an association with Cazenovia College to hold practices at the College's Schneeweiss Athletic Complex Monday through Thursday evenings each week.

The team is welcoming new members, ages six to mid-teens, from Madison County and eastern Onondaga County, who might find it more convenient to come to Cazenovia than to DeWitt or Syracuse where the club holds practices at several locations. Call 446-1409 for more information, or visit dewittdolphins.com.

"Starting a satellite program in Cazenovia has opened up a great opportunity for swimmers in this area," said Lisa Silverman, of Cazenovia. "The experience my daughter, Julie, and her friends have had with the Dewitt Swim Club has been fantastic. The coaches instill increased self-confidence and promote personal goal setting, and members see significant improvement in this life-long sport. The swimmers have fun and enjoy camaraderie with their team mates of all ages."

Adam Zaczkowski, one of the team's head coaches, said, "Many swimmers who started with the Dolphins as children are now accomplished athletes on high school Section III swim teams, including Cazenovia High School's team, which holds practices at the College. We are the leader in the area for technical training for swimmers, and ours is the only youth swim program that I'm aware of in Madison County."

Zaczkowski continued: "We have 15 coaches, two of whom are full-time coaches whose primary focus is preparing kids for competition. Some of our swimmers are on track to make the trials for the next summer Olympics."

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