Why NAC Sharks?

The NAC Sharks Swim Team is a technique-focused, non-political USA Swim Team. The team is led by ASCA and USA-certified coaches and supported by NAC Aquatics and parent volunteers as needed.


Mission & Vision

The value statement of the Newtown Athletic Club is to make lives better by creating the ultimate recreational, social, and healthy lifestyle experience for our members and community.

The mission of the NAC Swim Team is to strive for continual improvement in swimming by focusing on the foundation—love of swimming, technical skills, progressive goal setting, and inner determination—in a supportive, fun environment.

The vision of the NAC Swim Team is to create well-rounded swimmers who are not only competitive in their sport but also demonstrate sound character, dedication, technical excellence, and sportsmanship. This will be obtained by first establishing a love for the sport and pride in the team, then adopting a process-based approach to swim technique and strategic progressive goal setting to reach competitive greatness.


Team Philosophy: Key Principles

  • Continuous improvement: Strive for progress, not perfection. Each person progresses as his or her own rate, but all swimmers should seize the opportunity to learn and improve each day and support their teammates in doing the same.
  • Building good technical habits at the foundational level: Swimming is a technique-limited sport, and doing things correctly—over doing them quickly or for a long time—is the top priority. The coaching staff and swimmers work together on this goal, which requires attention to detail and focus on both sides. Quality always bests quantity (no “garbage yardage”).
  • Resiliency and respect for the process: Swimming is a lifelong sport, and early success doesn’t necessarily correlate with later success.  If swimmers trust in the process, learn the correct ways to swim, and engage in progressive goal setting, they will be more successful in the future. We do not push kids to burn out. Struggle is part of the process (see the story of the butterfly here), and each race and practice present opportunities to learn life lessons and practice resiliency.