Greenwich YMCA Dolphins to host ‘Training for Success’ seminars

The YWCA Greenwich Dolphins, has set up a series of seminars titled, Training for Success, which will feature All-American and Olympic Swimming Medalists, as well as Stamford Health professionals discussing what is needed to succeed in the sport and beyond.

All events are free and will be held at the Greenwich YWCA.

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

The first seminar will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 and features a pair of the country’s finest and most accomplished swimmers, Kristy Kowal and Brooke Bennett.

Kowal, an Olympic Silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, was also a three time World Championship gold medalist and has held eight American records and one world record.

Kowal was the first woman ever to break the one minute barrier in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Bennett, a Florida native, was the World Record holder in the 800-meter freestyle and the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in that event and took the 400-meter gold in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Bennett has won a combined 14 U.S. National titles and appeared on the Wheaties’ Breakfast of Champions box series.

Kowal and Bennett will speak about their Olympic Games and swimming experiences, as well as providing recommendations and keys for success through high and low times.

Both will take questions and will be available for autographs and photos.

The second seminar will be on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. and will feature two of the area’s most prominent physicians, Dr. Joseph Feuerstein, Director of Integrative Medicine; and, Dr. Katie Takayso, Integrative Medicine Fellow, both of Stamford Hospital.

They will present a talk on some methods of providing optimum nutrition for young athletes and tools on how to engage children for a healthy life.

The third seminar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. and will feature Elyse McDonough, an All-American swimmer at Syracuse University, who now is a two-time EMMY award winner producer with NBC/Universal Sports.

McDonough, who swims with our YWCA Masters program, will speak about her experiences at the London and Beijing Olympics, as well as relating how the discipline of swimming can help form the base for success in school and business.

The YWCA Greenwich Dolphins have a 43-year history of success and are currently nationally ranked.

For more information go to or call 203-869-6501, ext. 121.

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