Coaches & Directors

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.

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Coaching Staff

Dennis Flores

Head Coach

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This will be Dennis’ tenth year with the Norwalk ZEUS Swim Team as the Head Assistant Coach.  He has been in the sport for 21 years as a swimmer, a swim instructor, and the last 16 years he has been on the deck as a coach.  During his tenure with ZEUS, he has doubled the size of the ZEUS swimmers who have qualified for the Connecticut Age group Championships.  

In the past several years, numerous ZEUS swimmers in the Age Group program qualified for the Eastern Zone All-star meet. In 2013-2014 Dennis was selected to join the Eastern Zone All-star team as an assistant coach.  In the winter of 2008, the ZEUS 10 and under won the Connecticut State Championships, after placing third the previous summer.  With all these accomplishments with ZEUS, Dennis won the Connecticut Age Group Coach of the Year Award in 2008.  An awarded voted upon by all the coaches in Connecticut. He was also nominated again this year.

For the past two years Dennis has been the Head Coach for the Darien High School Boys Swim Team. This winter, he led the team to a second place finish at the Class L State Championships and a 7th place finish overall at State Open Championships.  Dennis has also been the Head coach of the Roton Point swim team for the past eight summers and this summer the team had a 6-0 record making them Division 2 champions of the FCSL.

Before joining ZEUS, Dennis was the assistant Age Group Coach of the White Plains YWCA Middies for two years.  There he helped produce numerous of Metro Junior Olympic Qualifiers.  In his two-year stint with the Middies, he helped produce 15 of the younger Age Group swimmers to become Eastern Zone All – Star Qualifiers. During his first year at Middies, Dennis was the assistant head coach of the Mamaroneck Barracudas in the Westchester/Fairfield Swim League.  There he posted the best dual meet record to date.  They also placed in the TOP 10 at their League Championships for the first time in their history.   Also while at the Middies, he took many swimmers from the developmental stages and made them enjoy the sport.  

Dennis was the assistant aquatic director at the White Plains YWCA, where he started as a swim instructor back in 1997.  Dennis graduated Gorton High School in Yonkers, New York in 1997 where he was a varsity swimmer all four years. He then earned a degree in business management & marketing at the Westchester Business Institute.

 Dennis coaches because he loves the sport and his strong desire to help develop young athletes. He believes that the lessons learned in the pool, while not necessarily those that are performance related, will be lifelong lessons. Dennis has been in the business world and knows that an athlete is better prepared for the challenges that life brings to all of us.  Teamwork, determination, patience, self-discipline and self-confidence are all-important aspects to a swimmer and Dennis looks to teach that to all swimmers

Rachel E Smolensky

Assistant Coach

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I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 6 years old. I swam for Zeus Swim Team from ages 6-16 years old, where I hold the teams 100 backstroke record. During the time I competed for Zeus, I also competed for Norwalk High Schools swim team which I was captain of my senior year, and broke a 30 year old record in the 100 yard backstroke. Then I went on to swim competitively all four years at Southern Connecticut State University, becoming the captain of the swim team my senior year. I have taught swim lessons for many summers. I will graduate from Southern Connecticut next year with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education/Special Education and a minor in Psychology and English. 

Katie M Baritz

Assistant Coach

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Hello! My name is Katie Baritz and I am 21 years old. I started swimming on Zeus when I was eight years old and swam on the team for several years. I was a part of Norwalk High School's girls team where I did swimming and diving. I served as co-captain of the team my senior year. I have been teaching swimming lessons since I was 14 years old and continue to teach lessons today at a YMCA and a summer camp. This will be my second year coaching a competitive swim team.

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