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Training Groups

There are no formal tryout for USC. All swimmers are welcome as long as you are willing to challenge yourself and take the next step, regardless of your current skill level or ability. Training groups are split up by ability, not by age group, so that everyone can fit into a group that suits their needs. 

As swimmers progress through the training groups, we expect the athletes to demonstrate more PASSION, DEDICATION, and MOTIVATION as they progress (our motto). Not only are these traits essential to succeeding at the highest levels of the sport, but we are truly believe we are failing our athletes if we are not developing driven, disciplined, and responsible PEOPLE, not just better swimmers. 

All groups have practices available year-round at both of our main training sites (University School and Euclid High School). The main workouts for the Advanced and Senior groups during the summer months are Long Course at Mentor Civic Center, though workouts are still available at Euclid and US.

Beginner Group

Who

Younger athletes (~11 and under) new to the sport and still developing basic skills and proficiency in all four strokes

Training Focus

Practices will be primarily instructional, focus on stroke instruction, meet prep, and basic practice skills.

Pre-Requisites

Swimmers must be able to swim 2 laps of the pool continuously in two different stroke disciplines (likely freestyle and backstroke).

Expectations

  • Beginners should attend 2-3 practices per week
  • Beginner swimmers should attend at least 2 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the appropriate championship meet at the end of the season.
  • Beginner swimmers should attempt the IMR challenge in order to encourage meet participation and development in all four strokes.
  • Those who qualify will be expected to compete in the Lake Erie Age Regional & Lake Erie Age Group Championships. All 8 & unders are encouraged to attend Lake Erie 8 & Under Championships. 

Equipment

No equipment is needed. Kickboard and fins will be provided

Intermediate Group

Who

Age group athletes (~13 & under) who know all four strokes and are ready both physically and mentally
for basic conditioning, but also still require stroke and skill development.

Training Focus

Practices will still be heavily instructional, but intermediate swimmers will be introduced to basic
conditioning. They will develop basic strength and aerobic capacity needed to maintain technique over
longer distances, as well as some sprint swimming.

Pre-Requisites

Swimmers must know all four strokes (though may still need some work) and be prepared to do basic
endurance training and sprint training.

Expectations

  • Intermediate swimmers should attend 3-4 practices per week
  • Intermediate swimmers should attend at least 4 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the appropriate championship meet at the end of the season.
  • Intermediate swimmers should complete the IMX challenge in order to encourage meet participation and development in all four strokes.
  • All Intermediate swimmers should attend Lake Erie Regional Championships. Those who qualify will be expected to attend the Lake Erie Age Group Championship. 

Equipment

No equipment is needed. Kickboard and fins will be provided.

Advanced Group

Who

Age group athletes (~14 & under) who have a solid foundation in all four strokes and are ready to be
introduced to higher intensity endurance training. This group will also include high school athletes who
are ready for harder training but still require stroke and skill development.

Training Focus

Advanced swimmers will have a greater emphasis placed on basic conditioning and will be introduced to
high intensity endurance training used more predominantly in the senior group. Advanced swimmers
will still focus on perfecting their technique and race skills.
 

Pre-Requisites

Swimmers must know all four strokes, have demonstrated consistent training habits, have achieved
multiple 11-12 NAG A Times, and be mentally ready for a greater commitment to the sport.

Expectations

  • Advanced swimmers should attend 4-5 practices per week
  • Advanced swimmers should attend at least 4 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the appropriate championship meet at the end of the season.
  • Advanced swimmers should complete the IMX challenge in order to encourage meet participation and development in all four strokes.
  • All Advanced swimmers should attend Lake Erie Regional Championships. Those who qualify will be expected to attend the Lake Erie Age Group Championship. 

Equipment

Swimmers will be asked to purchase their own snorkel. Fins, paddles, and kickboards will be provided at
the pool, though you may purchase your own.

Senior Group

Who

Older athletes (14 & over) who are experienced swimmers with a strong technical foundation and are
ready for the training and commitment needed to strive for success at the highest levels of the sport.

Training Focus

Athletes in this group will focus on developing the fitness levels needed to compete at the highest levels
of the sport, including basic aerobic capacity and endurance, anaerobic power and endurance, and
sprint training. We will focus on perfecting technique and race execution. Senior athletes will have
morning workouts and weight lifting opportunities available to them. 

Pre-Requisites

Swimmers must have a strong technical foundation in all four strokes, have demonstrated disciplined and consistent training habits, have achieved multiple 15-16 NAG A times, and have goals to compete in
regional meets beyond the Lake Erie Senior Championships, including Central Zone Sectionals, NCSA Junior Nationals, and beyond.

Expectations

  • Senior swimmers should attend 5-6 practices per week
  • Senior swimmers should attend at least 4 meets throughout the season in order to gauge progress and qualify for the appropriate championship meet at the end of the season.
  • Senior swimmers will be expected to compete at the Lake Erie Senior Championship Meet.
  • Senior swimmers should have goals to qualify and compete in regional meets beyond Lake Erie
    Swimming, starting with Central Zone Sectionals up to US Nationals.

Equipment

Swimmers will be asked to purchase their own snorkel. Fins, paddles, and kickboards will be provided at
the pool, though you may purchase your own.

 
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