About Us


The Town of Tonawanda Titans Swim Club seeks to provide its swimmers with an environment that fosters the achievement of individual potentials. Our club is built on a tradition of excellence by teaching and training all levels of swimming, combining life lessons both in and out of the pool, with an emphasis on team unity and family participation.


Club History
The Town of Tonawanda Swim Club was founded in August 1971 as an AAU Club. In 1980 United States Swimming replaced the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as the national governing body for competitive swimming. USA Swimming is the official name for this national governing body today.

In 1988 the Town of Tonawanda Swim Club merged with the Western Empire State Titans Swim Club, the U.S. Swim club associated with the Sweet Home School District. That’s when the Town of Tonawanda Swim Club became known as the Titans. One constant in the club’s more than 40 year history of competitive swimming is the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks, & Recreation Department which has supported the team from the beginning.

The Club’s Name
In Greek mythology the Titans were a race of elder gods that were in power before the Olympian gods replaced them. The Titan Oceanos – the elder god of the Ocean – was never pictured in Greek art but is often confused with Poseidon, or Neptune, who is pictured in art, holding the trident. Today, members of the Titan Swim Club hold the trident – the scepter carried by the god of the sea.



Tim Bennett

Age Group Coordinator / Coach

Tim Bennett has been coaching with the Titans since the summer of 1995. He is a Buffalo State College and University of Buffalo graduate. Swimming for Buffalo State, he set school records in the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events. He spent one year as an assistant coach at each of his Alma Maters. Prior to the Titans, Tim was a coach for the North Tonawanda Swim Club and summer clinic. Since joining the Titans, the team has grown from 75 swimmers to one of the largest in the Eastern Zone. Since 1995, the Titans have won several district championships, sent countless swimmers to the Eastern Zone Championships, Super Sectional Meets, Junior National, and Senior National Meets. We have had Zone Champions, National top 16, National Top 10 swimmers, and broken numerous district records. Tim is proud to have been a part of this and plans on the team only doing bigger and better things. Tim, as part of the Titans staff, has been recognized as the Age Group Coach of the Year by the American Swim Coaches Association three times, and believes that the entire staff is why we are one of the best swimming programs in the Eastern Zone. “I am most proud of how many of our swimmers continue to swim past Titans, the ones that return to swim in the summer from college, the others that return to coach after college, and now they are beginning to bring us their kids.”


Scott D Vanderzell

Head Coach