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Coaching staff

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, safety, or policy issues, please contact Barbara Glaude at bglaude@sccymca.org

 

Coaching Staff

Karen Cannata

Head Coach - Senior Group

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As head coach of the Southington RAYS, I have been involved in competitive swimming since I was 11 years old when I began swimming for the Cheshire YMCA Water Devils.  I swam all four years at Cheshire High School and was captain in 1984. I earned All-Housatonic and All-State rank while in high school and swam at YMCA Nationals for several years.  After high school I went on to swim at Springfield College for three seasons,  representing my school at the NCAA Division III championships as a freshman.  In my sophomore year, I along with ten other swimmers and coaches from Springfield College traveled to China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea working with swim teams in those regions.  During this time I had the privilege of staying at the Olympic Village in Seoul, Korea.  I have continued my love for swimming by watching all three of my children swim for Cheshire Sea Dogs and Cheshire High School throughout the years.
 

Meegan K Martin

Assistant Coach - Junior Group

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Meegan Martin was an All- American swimmer at Bristol Central HS as well as in college, at the
University of Miami and Texas A&M. At Bristol Central, she was all-league, all state and all American
from 1979-1981 while se'ng numerous state records. She was a Junior Olympic Champion and record
breaker in 1980 in the 100 breaststroke. She was also a two time Olympic trial quali/er in 1980 and
1984. She went on to set school records at Miami University and Texas A&M in the 50, 100 and 200 yard
breaststroke and the 100 and 200 IM, and was a member of the Miami team that won a conference title
in 1981-1982. She later returned to Bristol and took on coaching assignments with the Bristol Splash
team as a part of Bristol Parks and Recreation, the Plainville Blue Dolphins, Central CT Aquatic Team,
Bristol Eastern HS and St. Paul Catholic HS. At St.Paul, she coached ten All State swimmers as well as two state and state open championshionships.

 

Maggie Ptaszynski

Assistant Coach - Mini RAY & Age Group

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I started swimming competitively at the age of 6, and swam for the Meriden Silver fins until I was 18. I also swam for Cheshire High School, where I was an All-State for individual events and relays in 2010 and 2011 and swam  sectionals for USA swimming. Collegiately I swam for Assumption College where I was a finalist of a three time NE-10 champion team. I coached for the RAYS in the 2016-2017 winter season, coached for a season in MD and now, back with the RAYS! 

 

Kelsey Kozikowski

Assistant Coach - Mini RAY & Age Group

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My swimming career began when I joined a local rec team at 7 years old. I then swam club from 4th grade up until my senior year of high school. I swam all four years on Berlin High School’s swim team, where I was named captain both junior and senior year. I then continued my swimming career at the collegiate level at Assumption College. I swam all four years throughout college and was honored to be named captain my senior year.

My coaching career began when I rejoined my local rec team, but this time as a coach. I’ve been coaching the Berlin Dolphins swim team since 2015 up until this last summer, where I then was introduced to the RAYS! I’m very excited to be a part of the team!

Matt Walker

Assistant Coach

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I started competitive swimming when I was 11 years old. I swam for the Southington YMCA for 8 years where I was an All-Conference and YMCA Regional swimmer. I also captained the Southington High School swim team my senior year where I was an All-Conference backstroker and butterflier. During my high school career I participated in the class LL States all four years. After high school I ended my swimming career but continued to follow the sport where I have attended the 2005 World Championships and 2008 US Olympic Trials as a spectator. I attended the University of New Hampshire and the University of Connecticut where I achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in History.  I have previously coached RAYS Age Group and Junior Group for three years, and now I am ready to enjoy being back at my old club where I will be helping out with all age groups. 

 
 

Vlad Kiveliyk

Assistant Coach

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I have been swimming competitively since I was 11 years old. I actually got my start here at the Southington YMCA (back when we were still the Stingrays!). Since then, I have swam and been captain for Southington High School and Clark University. Additionally, I have been teaching swim lessons since I was 16 years old, and coaching (on and off) since I was 18 years old. I am currently a student at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut and enjoy coaching as a stress reliever! I have really enjoyed my past seasons coaching for the RAYS, and look forward to helping as much as I can!

Board of Directors

Greg Samson

Co-President

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Rich Niro

Co-President

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Dan DellaVecchia

Treasurer

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Kristian Johnson

Secretary

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Kimberly Fryer

Team Administrator/USA Coordinator

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