Greenwich YWCA, Dolphins host sports seminar

Kate Ziegler

Kate Ziegler

YWCA of Greenwich and the YWCA Greenwich Dolphins, a nationally-ranked United States swim team in its 44th year of competition, has set up a series of three sports seminars titled, Training for Success II.

They will feature a four-time World Championship gold medal swimmer, an orthopedic surgeon and a college admissions director.

All events are free, open to the public and will be held at the YWCA, 259 East Putnam Avenue.

“Success just doesn’t happen. There’s a big hill to climb to become a champion,” said Dolphins head coach Nick Cavataro. “I would like our team members and parents as well as others in different disciplines to come and hear what our speakers advocate for building a path to success in sports, education and in life.”

The first seminar will be held tomorrow, Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and present swim star Kate Ziegler.

At the 2005 World Championships, she won gold medals in both the 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle events. At the 2007 Worlds she repeated her victories in the same events and, in that same year, shattered Janet Evan’s 20-year-old 1,500-meter world record by almost ten seconds.

Ziegler returned in 2011 to win silver and bronze medals at the Shanghai World Championships. She is a two-time Olympian. Ziegler will discuss her experiences and give her recommendations for competitive success.

The second seminar will be Thursday, Nov. 14 froom 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will highlight Corinne Van Beek, M.D., a renowned orthopedic surgeon and a recent addition to the Premier Medical Group of Stamford.

During her career, Van Beek has enjoyed working with athletes, as both their physician and mentor. As an athlete herself, she will be sharing her experiences and offering pearls of advice about taking care of the body, excelling in  sports and taking a leadership role in life.

The third seminar takes place Thursday, Nov. 21 and will also take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature Patrick St. Cin, Associate Director of Admissions at Iona College and a four-year intercollegiate swimmer and water polo player.

When considering college today, parents and children are concerned about lower acceptance rates, ever-increasing costs and the burden of student loans. Patrick will speak about how swimming can help get you into college and even lower the costs of education.

The YWCA Greenwich Dolphins have a 44-year history of success. Girls and boys ages five to 18 swim competitively in defined age groups and compete in meets around the country. For more information go to or call 203-869-6501, ext. 121.

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