Program Philosophy & Mission Statement
The Cardinal & Gold Aquatics swimming program seeks to provide
a positive, safe, and enriching atmosphere in which athletes
will augment both their physical and mental capabilities in the
sport of swimming. While this program was originally designed to
enhance the Calvert Hall College High School swimming program,
swimmers of all genders and ability levels are welcome to
With an extenisve
and robust coaching experience and over 75 years of
competitive swimming and coaching experience in the modern swimming
era, the coaching staff at CGA strives to provide swimmers with
coaching techniques and strategies that reflect the changes in the
science of the sport.
At CGA, swimmers will learn to work with the water, rather
than work against it. Our athletes will approach each practice
with that mindset, which will prepare them to further succeed in
their summer leagues, high school leagues, and USS meets.
The CGA in-water training program is based on recognizing how one's
own body responds to a work out. Variables such as heart rate,
anaerobic vs. aerobic training, and muscle recovery are heavily
monitored at each practice. Our younger athletes will learn the
basics of these modern swimming techniques in a positive, fun, and
For our older athletes, the CGA in-water training program is
supplemented by a cross-training program that focuses on improving
three of the most important parts of swimming – balance, core
strength, and core stabilization.
Currently, CGA boasts a roster with ability levels that range from
beginners to All-Americans. Our goal is to build up the foundation
of this new program with people who share our vision of restoring a
winning tradition to our community, doing so with
pride, and achieving
excellence in and out of the pool.