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New Swimmer Evaluations are Wednesday, March 7th from 5:30-7:00 in the SHS Pool. Interested families should contact Head Coach David Westfahl at davewestfahl@shorewoodswimclub.com to set up a 15 minute evaluation.

Guide for Prospective Swimmers and Families:

The Shorewood Swim Club is a competitive swim club of 150-200 swimmers from Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Glendale, Bayside, Milwaukee, and many other surrounding communities. We have a professional, certified staff of two full-time and ten part-time coaches, and nine groups serving swimmers from Novice to National competitors.

The Philosophy of the Shorewood Swim Club is based around three principles:

  • Athlete Centered – We have a progressive teaching and training curriculum to help all athletes reach their potential as a swimmer
  • Coach Directed – We have professional, certified coaches working with swimmers of all levels, with over 75 years of swim coaching experience
  • Parent Supported – We have a very supportive parent Board of Directors who help coordinate the “dry” side of the program

Long History of Developing Successful Swimmers:

  • Numerous athletes who have competed in the Olympic Trials, USA Swimming Junior and Senior Nationals, Regional Zone Championships, and State Meets
  • Over 150 alumni who have gone on to swim at Division I and III colleges, including Wisconsin, North Carolina, Brown, Northwestern, Ohio State, Minnesota, Emory, Denison, Lawrence, Washington University, Middlebury, Whitewater, and many other colleges and universities
  • Many State and Junior National Record Holders, National Age Group Top 10 Swimmers, High School All-Americans, and USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans

Training Groups:

  • Novice – Pre-Competitive (PC) and Swim League (SL)
    • 10&U Swimmers new to competitive swimming
    • Focus is on skill development and fun
  • Age Group – Age Group Bronze (AGB), Silver (AGS), Gold (AGG), and JR
    • 8-13 yr.old swimmers with competitive swimming background, as well as newer 11-13 yr. olds looking for an introduction to competitive swimming
    • Focus is on skill development, fun, and a progressive training model
  • Senior – High School Prep (HSP), Senior Pink (SRP), Red (SRR) and Blue (SRB)
    • 13&O swimmers, with group placement based on commitment, ability
    • Focus on refining stroke technique, and training to prepare for various State, Regional, and National competition

Practice Locations:

  • Shorewood High School VHE Pool/Diving Well – in the Science/Math Building on the NW side of the SHS campus
  • Shorewood High School SHS Pool – in the Phys Ed Building on the W side of the SHS parking lot

Practice Attendance:

  • Each group has different practice recommendations

Practice Duration             Offered           Recommended

  • PC                                      40-50 minutes                     3                           2-3
  • SL                                       50-60 minutes                     3                      2-3
  • JR                                       75-90 minutes                     3-4                  2-3
  • AGB                                   60 minutes                           4                      2-3
  • AGS                                   75 minutes                           5                      3-4
  • AGG                                   90 minutes                           6                      4-6
  • SR P                                   90-120 minutes                   6                      4-6
  • SRR                                  120                                         6                      5-6
  • SRB                               120+                                       6-8                  6-8

Seasons:

  • Short Course Season
    • Fall/Winter
    • September through early March
    • Most Meets conducted in 25 yd. (short course) pools
  • Long Course Season
    • Spring/Summer
    • Late March through Early August
    • Most meets conducted in 50 mtr. (long course) pools

Meets:

  • Novice – compete when ready – start with intra-squad, “home” meets, and local meets
  • Age Group – recommended to attend at least 50% of meets scheduled for your group, with focus on preparation for a “season-ending” Championship meet (Regionals and State)
  • HSP – recommended to attend 2-3 meets each season, especially home meets and a focus on a season-ending Championship
  • SR P/R/B – recommended to attend 80-90% of meet days offered, with focus on preparation for Championship meets (Regionals, State, Junior Nationals, etc.)

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Families new to the club are not required to volunteer their first season, but are welcome to help out if they want to learn more about the club
  • Returning families are expected to volunteer between 1 and 3 sessions each season (depending on group placement) at the two meets that we host each season
  • Anyone more interested in volunteering with the club can become a swim official, or assist Board of Directors positions

Fees:

  • Training Fees
    • Based on group placement
    • Cover coaching costs and pool rental
  • USA Swimming Fee – annual fee required of all swimmers
  • Meet Fees – meet entry fees (about $15-20 per day)

Uniform:

  • All apparel is available through our Team Dealers
    • Walter’s Swim Supplies – 262-790-9199
      • Suits
      • Warm Ups
      • Parkas
      • Equipment
    • Burghardt’s Sporting Goods – orders on Fall, Winter and Spring
      • T-Shirts
      • Sweat Shirts
      • Etc.
  • Practices
    • Swim Suit
    • Goggles
    • Swim Cap
    • Equipment – needed for AGG and SR athletes
  • Meets
    • Team Suit (Speedo)
    • Team Cap
    • Team Apparel (t-shirt, warm up, sweat shirts, etc)
    • Goggles

How to get started with the Shorewood Swim Club:

  • New Swimmer Assessments are held the following dates:
    • Tuesday, September 12th – Short Course and Fall Only
    • Thursday, September 14th – Short Course and Fall Only
    • Tuesday, November 28th – Winter Only
    • Wednesday, March 7th – Long Course and Spring Only
    • Wednesday, May 23rd – Summer Only

 

  • Contact Head Coach Dave Westfahl to answer questions and schedule an assessment (15 minutes)
  • Complete assessment to determine team readiness and group placement, and register for the appropriate group online at our site – www.shorewoodswimclub.com