10 & Under Prep: Lead Coach Rob Busby

This group is comprised of novice swimmers. Emphasis is placed on developing the fundamentals of all four competitive strokes, starts and turns. Swimmers will learn body balance, underwater streamlining, and kick outs. They will learn how to control their body. This enhances coordination to help improve their mechanics. The practices are geared to creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for learning. They must compete in swim meets they qualify for.

Practice Limits – This swim group will be limited to 40 swimmers.

10 & Under: Lead Coach Rob Busby; Coaches Annie Gosselin, Ariana Trekas, Vlad Khoroletc 

Swimmers in the 9-10 group will work on refining the basics of the four competitive strokes while focusing on technique through stroke-specific drills and kicking sets. An emphasis will also be placed on aerobic development, and racing techniques will be introduced. Swimmers must demonstrate readiness for this group through listening to coaches, understanding and applying instructions, and being a great teammate. Within our age groups we understand that athletes may be at different points in their development. Coaches will work to organize swimmers in each group with lane assignments and intervals. They must compete in swim meets they qualify for.

Performance Standards for 10 &U group

(meeting 3 out of 5 of the following required this group)

One IL Swimming Regional time

Five USA Swimming “10&U B Times” or two “10&U BB times”

IMX score greater than 1000 points

200 yards Freestyle Kick under 4:00

10 minute freestyle swim 600 yards or greater

 

Practice Limits –This swim group will be limited to 40 swimmers.

11/12 Groups: Lead Coach John Akalaitis (Red); Lead Coach Pierre Ruffin (Blue); Asst. Coaches Tony Senkevicius, John Sullivan

11-12 Groups:  We offer two separate practice groups for the 11 & 12 groups. You will be able to choose which group your child swims in during registration.

11-12 swimmers will focus on refining their strokes through stroke-specific technique drills, while increasing their aerobic endurance and anaerobic capacity through challenging swim and kick sets designed to prepare them for the next level. More advanced training and racing strategies will be introduced with the goal of preparing swimmers for more advanced races. Swimmers will be expected to add distances of 200 yards/meters and higher in multiple strokes (or IM) to their swim meet event lists. Within our age groups, we understand that athletes may be at different points in their development. Coaches will work to organize each group with lane assignments and intervals to fit specific skills.

Practice Limits – 11-12’s are allowed to train 5 practices out of the 6 offered per week. This swim group will be limited to 60-65 swimmers.

 

Senior Prep (13-18 Group): Lead Coach Deryl Leubner; Coaches Andy Seibt, Jim Kesserling

The group that was formerly known as the 13-14 group will now be called the Senior Prep group and will include swimmers between the ages of 13-18. Aside from the name change, there will be no other changes to this group. Swimmers will still practice for 1:50 minutes and will still swim between 5,000 and 6,000 yards per day; dryland will still be offered three times per week. The coaches will still focus on technique and work to improve swimmers’ training capacities so they will be successful in their high school programs. This training will also prepare athletes to transition to the senior or national groups. Coaches will work to organize each group with lane assignments and intervals to fit specific lane

Senior Group: Lead Coach Conor Ozog; Coaches Deryl Leubner, Barb Grosshans 

The senior group will have minimum performance and training standards that must be met prior to swimmers joining that group. This applies to swimmers moving up to the Senior Group in the fall of 2024. Swimmers will still practice for 1:50 minutes and will still swim between 5,000 and 7,000 yards per day. All swimmers who are currently in the Senior Group as of the 2024 Long Course season will remain in the Senior Group. The standards are listed below. Finally, group placement will be made solely at the discretion of the Senior and the Senior Prep coaches and may be limited due to lane space.

Training Standards for Senior Group

Performance Standards for Senior Group

20x100 Freestyle on the 1:20

10x100 Backstroke on the 1:25

10x100 Breaststroke on the 1:45

8x100 Butterfly on the 1:30

8x100 Kick 2:00

3x400 Individual Medley on the 6:00

Swimmers must have attended 75% of offered practices in the past season.

 

USA Swimming “13-14 A times” in the 200’s in 2 of the following strokes: Back, Breast or Fly

Swimmers must consistently attend available competitions

 

National Group: Lead Coach Dave Krotiak; Coaches Mike Adams, Brian Wilson

This group is comprised of swimmers at the highest ability level. The national group focuses on maximizing mental, physical and team building skills. Goal setting and race strategy are always being further developed. Endurance, speed, and a level of stroke technique perfection is worked on at the highest level. Total commitment to all aspects of training and competition is expected from this group.

Requirements for the National group:  USA Swimming Sectional standards in LC 2024 and be able to train at the ability of the group.