Welcome to the 2019-2020 Radnor Aquatic Club Swim Season!
We are so happy that you have chosen us us for your swimming needs
this year. This is the first of what will be several emails
this week, because the roster is still in flux with new people
signing up every day, each new email will also include all the info
from the week's previous emails. Please make sure you read
through the new info at the top of each email to keep up to date.
We are filling fast but still have room. If you
know anyone who is interested in registering please encourage them
to do so ASAP. We are always looking fro new members to join
our swimming community.
Email # 1 - General Start of the season info
Email #2 - Difference between USA and SAL Meets + USA
Email #3 - Parent's meetings and group specific email
Email #4 (to tryout swimmers only) - Tryout breakdown and
Varsity Group Start Dates:
Blue/HS - 8/27 4-6PM @ VFMA (tonight!)
Bronze - 9/4 6-8PM @ RHS
Red - 9/10 7:30-8:30PM @ RHS
White - 9/11 5:00-6:00PM @ RHS
Try Out Dates:
Tuesday - 9/3 6-8PM @ RHS - 8 and Under
Thursday - 9/5 6-8PM @ RHS - 9 and Older
Developmental Start Dates (Swimmers Must Try Out
Sharks - 9/20 5:15-6PM @ RHS
Barracudas - 9/21 11:45-12:30 @ RHS
Piranha - 9/21 11-11:45 @ RHS
Swim Lessons - 9/21 9-11AM (Tentative Start Date)
Meet the Coaches!
A full listing of our coaches can be found HERE.
Brand new this fall we will be welcoming Stephanie
Viola to our Staff! She will be assisting on all
groups. She is a RAD alumni, the head coach of the
Arrownimink Swim Club in the SSL, and an assistant coach at
Haverford High School. She is great and we are luck to have
We are happy that we will be retaining our entire staff
from the spring with one exception, Coach Gabby got married and has
moved on. We will miss her but also wish her the best of luck
in the future!
Lead Group and SAL Coaches:
RAD Head Coach - Jeremy Byrne
Blue Group Lead - Jeremy Byrne, Matt Stewart
Bronze Group Lead - Katie Pulos, Chase Gibson
Red Group Lead - Jaime Cessna
White Group Lead - Brooke Hagan
SAL Girls Coach - Chase Gibson
SAL Boys Coach - Mary Beth Ryan
Head of Developmental Swimming (Sha/Bar/Pir/Lessons) - Tanya
This Summer we have been working on a reorganization of
our groups, but also the way that we approach transitions between
groups. With this in mind we wanted to start the season with
a brief description of each group, the general age range
(Not a mandate more of a reference point), what level of
competition is required, and a breakdown we are calling 'Focus
Hierarchy'. The Focus Hierarchy is a common language of broad
ideas and concepts that progress in a meaningful way from group to
Description: The first of three wings of our program.
Swimmers time spent in this portion of the team should be devoted
to learning foundational skills, developing a sense of community,
and having fun.
- Developmental Level 1
- A learn to swim extension of our competitive swim
environment. Average age 3-8yo.
- Focus Hierarchy: safety -- balance -- propulsion
-- stroke intro -- diving intro -- stroke refinement -- Competitive
- Swim Lessons are designed to prepare swimmer for
entry into the Bar, Sha, or Pir group.
- No competition
- development level 2
- Swimmers are two groups away, on average, from
joining varsity team. Average age 4-7yo.
- Focus Hierarchy: balance -- stroke
introduction -- stroke refinement -- turn intro -- diving
refinement -- turn refinement -- practice and training concepts
- Piranha group is a swimmer's first
introduction to the structure of a typical swim practice.
- In house competition
- development level 3
- Swimmers are one group away, on average, from joining
varsity team. Average age 8-13yo.
- Focus Hierarchy: stroke refinement -- balance --
turn refinement -- under water intro -- dive refinement -- practice
and training concepts refinement
- Because ages and requirements very for these groups and
varsity this group has an extremely wide range of goals that need
to be tailored to the group each session.
- in house competitions
Description: The portion of our program devoted to building a
love for the sport, a familiarity with competition, proper
technical foundation, and a firm grasp on proper training
- Competition level 1
- Lowest level of the varsity team, the typical swimmer
ranges from 7-10yo.
- It's essential that we develop not only speed at this
level but to also foster community, spirit, and most of all
- Focus Hierarchy - Stroke refinement with
competitive context - Balance -- under water refinement with
competitive context --dive refinement with competitive context -
relay start intro - intro to interval swimming -- intro to set
design concepts -- intro to swimming at race pace in
- This group will complete 1 aerobic test set no less
than three times a season to measure avg 100 pace.
- Swimmers will compete in all SAL meets as well as 2
USA (or USA/SAL meets)
- Championship Meets: A Champs, Mini Champs,
Silver Champs, JO
- Competition level 2
- 2nd varsity group, average age range 9-11yo
- The swimmers in this group are at a foundational age where
they are building their idenity based on their activities. We
want to allow swimming to be a positive part of that process.
- Focus Hierarchy - Stroke Refinement in competitive
context -- under water mastery -- balance -- turn refinement in
competitive context -- Dive and Relay start refinement with race
specific concepts -- refinement of interval swimming -- refinement
of set design concepts -- refinement of race pace swimming -- intro
to race/distance specific groups
- Dryland is optional
- This Group will complete 2 test sets no less than 3
times a year (each) to measure avg 100 pace
- Will compete in all SAL meets and 3 USA meets (or
- Championship Meets: GRA/RMSC, A Champ, Silver Champs,
Description: This portion of our program is designed for
swimmers to swim fast with specific goals in mind. Swimmers
at this level should be well versed in competitive swimming and
open to the idea of a progressive structure of goal setting that
leads an athlete to the highest levels of competition and
- Performance Level 1
- First of two competitive focused training groups, the
typical swimmer is 11-14yo.
- Training will be diverse and accommodate the varying
types of swimmer in the group. Sprint, Mid Distance,
Distance, IM, Sprint Stroke, and 200 Stroke will all be considered
and accounted for.
- Focus Hierarchy - Stroke Mastery in Competitive
Context -- Under Water Mastery with a focus on timeable speed --
Mastery of Race Pace Swimming -- Mastery of Interval Swimming --
Intro to Season Planning -- Mastery of Starts, Turns, and Relay
starts with specific races in mind -- refinement of race/distance
specific groups -- Intro to Tapering
- This Group Will complete 3 test sets no less
than 3 times a year (each) to measure avg 100 pace.
- Dryland is required in some form
- Will compete in all SAL meets, Will compete in
Bronze designated USA meet at the discretion of the coaches.
- Championship Meets: GRA/RMSC, A Champ, Silver Champ,
- Performance Level 2
- The highest level of our program. Average age of the
- Swimmers should have superior practice habits and
technique prior to entering the group.
- Swimmers need to have defined season goals that drive
them, motivation should come from within.
- Focus Hierarchy - Competitive Training specific to
swimmers/groups specific goals -- Under Water Diversification to
match swimming style and event -- Start and Turn explosion --
Refinement of season planning -- Refinement of tapering
- This Group will participate in test sets to measure
100 speed as needed during applicable segments of the training
- Dryland is required in some form
- Will compete in the Blue specific schedule at the
discretion of the coaching staff
- Championship Meets: RMSC/JNat/US Open, HS
We are only as strong as the community that surrounds
us, and we want our swimmers to feel strong every day. Thank
you all for all that you do. Let's have a great season.
R. A. D. We RAD!