SEWICKLEY SEA DRAGONS SWIM TEAM

The Sewickley Y Youth Swim Team is designed to develop our youth as we strive to challenge our advanced swimmers and help grow and nurture our new and developing swimmers, in a competitive and fun atmosphere. We hope to enable all swimmers to reach their highest potential as a person, teammate,  and athlete and cultivate a lifelong love for swimming.

 

2024 SUMMER 

SEASON runs June 3 and end July 31 with a pool party, Opportunity to swim 2-3 invitationals and Summer Champs. Excited to have 2 outdoor meets this season - SPY Long Course and Summer Champs. 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE is M/W/F. Novice will have 2 groups - 4:45-5:30 pm and 5:30-6:15 pm. 9 and up swimmers will practice 4:45-6 pm. 

Please see below for minimum requirements by age group. Swimmer's age is determined by their age on May 1, 2024.

 

FALL PRESEASON

COMPETITIVE STROKE is a conditioning program for 9 and over swimmers to help them prepare for the season. A must for anyone planning to do the Fall Classic meet at Spire Institute in October. Swimmers must still meet the requirements for their age group, (listed below), M/W/F, 5-6 PM, September 9-27. $112

JUNIOR SEA DRAGONS is for 8 and under swimmers. Participants must have completed Stage 4 and/or be able to properly swim 25 yards of freestyle with side breathing, and backstroke. Wednesdays, 6-6:40 pm, September 4-25. $60

 

2023-24 FALL/WINTER

SEASON runs October 2, through their last meet, (typically February). Championship season for qualifying swimmers is in March - Silver Champs, Districts and States. Practice schedule will be adjusted for March. Novice Championships, (8 & under), are in February.

NEW SWIMMER EVALUATIONS will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at 6 pm, or Monday, September 23, at 6 pm. Coaches will review new swimmer's strokes to insure they are ready for swim team and for proper placement in the program.

INFORMATIONAL PARENT REGISTRATION MEETINGS are Monday, September 16, and Wednesday, September 25, 6-6:45 pm at the Community Activity Center, (building in upper lot). Registration is only available by attending a parent meeting.

SWIMSUIT TRY-ON AND SALE will be on Monday, September 30, 4-7 pm on the pool deck.  We will have a limited number of items for sale at the event. Team suits and other items are available through TYR and/or Swim Outlet team pages, accessible through our Team Unify site. Team suits, caps and training equipment are required, (training gear for 8 & under swimmers is optional). Personalized swim cap can be ordered at the sale. Swimmers should try on suits prior to ordering to ensure proper fit. Personalized team caps can be ordered at this event.

 

TRAINING GROUPS and PRACTICE DAYS/TIMES

Practices are set up by age group. We feel it is important for kids to be with their peers. Within the age groups we set up training groups based on ability. We put great focus on technique with the belief that with good technique speed will follow.

Please note age group for the season is determined by their age as of 12/1/2024

NEW NOVICE, 6-8 - practice T/TH, 5-5:45 pm. Participants will learn correct butterfly and breaststroke and fundamentals of competitive swimming. $225

ADVANCED NOVICE, 7-8 - practice M/W/F, 5-5:45 pm. Participants will continue to focus on technique and will learn flip and open turns for the 50 free and 100 IM. Recommend 2-3 practice days a week. $285

CADET, 9-10 - practice M/W/F, 5-6 pm, and beginning Oct 24, we will offer practice on Thursdays, 5-6 pm. Swimmers will continue to focus on technique of all 4 competitive strokes as well as open and flip turns. Recommend 3-4 practice days a week. $385

PREP, JUNIOR & SENIOR, 11-18 - practice Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm, Tuesdays, 6:30-8 pm and Fridays, 6-7 pm with dryland 5-6 pm. Beginning Oct 24, Thursday practice will be 6-7:30 pm. Continued emphasis on stroke technique, increased endurance, and leadership. Recommend 4-5 practice days a week. $460

HIGH SCHOOL – practice M/W/F, 4-5 pm, T/TH, until HS season begins. Great opportunity to get a jump on the HS season. Swimmers can attend meets throughout the season. Participation in 3, Y meets are required to be eligible for Districts and States. $125

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR SWIM TEAM

Coaches will review new swimmer's strokes to insure they are ready for swim team and for proper placement in the program.

New Novice, 6-8 - can swim one length of freestyle with side breathing, and backstroke in good form. Equivalent swim lessons completed is Stage 4, Stroke Introduction.

Advanced Novice, 7-8 - same as new novice with the addition of proficiency in butterfly and breaststroke. Equivalent swim lessons completed is Stage 5, Stroke Development. Coach must approve placement in this group.

9-10 - can swim 50 yards of freestyle with side breathing, and backstroke in good form. They should be able to swim at least 25 yards of breast and fly. Equivalent swim lessons completed is Stage 5, Stroke Development or Stage 6, Stroke Mechanics.

11 & Up - are proficient in all 4 competitive strokes and can swim 100 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and 50 yards of breast and fly. Equivalent swim lessons completed is Stage 6, Stroke Mechanics.

Participation in league meets is required for all team members.

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625 Blackburn Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
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