Our mission is to prepare motivated young athletes to maximize their potential as competitive swimmers, as part of a team supported by outstanding coaches and involved parents.
 
 
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 Chuck Elrick-Head Coach

      The Mariner Swim
Team evolved from a merger with the Dariern YMCA throughout the 1970's and 80's.  A New Haven based training group was led by Chuck and Bill Wall until 1981 when it was decided to disband the merger and go it alone.  For five years the team was know as the New Haven YMCA Mariner Swim Team until it moved to the new pool at Hopkins and changed its name to the Hopkins Mariner Swim Team to better identify with its location.  Through these years, Chuck has been the teams only head coach. 
      In 1981, Chuck served as the Connecticut Zone coach for the 12 & under boys at the Zone 1 Championship Meet, and in 2007 Chuck was one of the coaches selected to take a group of CT.'s elite swimmers to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. for a week of high altitude training. In 2016 Chuck Was the team manager for the National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
      Chuck is also the head coach of the girls and boys swim teams at Hopkins, as well as the head coach of the girl's and boy's water polo. Since 1983, Hopkins has compiled twenty-four divisional
team championships, has been runner-up at the New England Championships seven times, and in 1998 the boys achieved the top spot as New England Champions. In Chuck's 37 years at Hopkins,he has compiled a 611-162-3 won/loss/tie record, and has coached 34 Prep School All-American swimmers/divers, and 3 Prep School All-American water polo players.  
      From 1999 through 2006 Chuck was the club manager at the Paugusset Club in Orange. Prior to Paugusset, Chuck was the head swimming and diving coach at the High Lane Club in North Haven, the swimming and diving coach at the Paugusset Club in Orange, and the swimming and diving coach at the Brownson Country Club in Huntington.  Chuck lives in Clinton with his wife, Cheryl and their daughter, Elizabeth and son, Brendan.

 

 

Courtney Kent - Assistant

     Courtney began swimming at the age of 4 at the Hamden North Haven YMCA and swam competitively until college for Crimson Aquatics in Boston, MA, when she accepted a full swimming scholarship to the University of Vermont with a discipline in distance freestyle. Ultimately, Courtney transferred to Quinnipiac University to pursue physical therapy and is now earning her doctorate degree with hopes of a career in aquatic therapy for spinal cord rehabilitation upon graduation in May 2020. 
 
Courtney has previously worked as a swimming instructor and assistant coach at the Pine Orchard Yacht and Country club in Branford, CT, and enjoy working with swimmers of all ages, from basic learn to swim techniques to elite training. Her main goal as a coach is to emphasize excellent techniques and education to ensure all swimmers gain the benefits of the water while preventing any unwanted damage to the body. Swimming has always been a passion of hers and she loves working with athletes to create a challenging, and most importantly, a fun environment for everyone!
 

Aubrey Meyenburg - Assistant

     Aubrey came to the Hopkins Swim team as a coach for the 2018-19 short course season. With a daughter swimming with Hopkins for the last several seasons, she is not new to the team though.

     Aubrey has lived in Woodbridge for the last several years and has become active in the summer swim league as an assistant coach. Aubrey began her own swimming career as a young child starting to swim competitively at age nine in North Carolina where she continued to swim competitively through high school. She also swam at the club level at Appalachian State University. 

     Aubrey is married and has three daughters and remains an active swimmer recreationally and competitively through US Masters Swimming. She's excited to start the season coaching with us.