- This is RAC’s highest performance group. RAC’s NATIONAL program is designed with the intention of providing the curriculum and atmosphere necessary for success at national and international competition. Its primary purpose is to develop swimmers to race and win at the CT Futures Championship, individual and as a Team and to make Junior Nationals, Nationals, and Olympic Trial Qualifiers.
- Swimmers in this group will come from SENIOR BLACK. Competitive swimmers coming from outside programs who can achieve the SENIOR BLACK criteria will be evaluated by the Head Coach through a practice tryout.
- NAT practice is offered 10 pool sessions and 3 to 5 dry-land sessions per week on average. The actual number of weekly sessions will depend upon where the group is in the training cycle.
- Parental involvement in swimming decisions at a minimum. Once swimmers achieve competency, the swimming relationship must be limited to coach/athlete for them to progress to their greatest capabilities.
- Due to the quality and level of training, this group will be limited to no more than 10 swimmers.
- Swimming is their only sport.
- One Futures qualifying standard
Requirements to remain in this group:
- Display history of above requirements at the end of each season.
- Must conduct themselves with honor and selflessness at all competitions regardless of circumstances.
- Active in club events (Squad Outings, Banquet, Memorial Day Parade, Swim-a-Thon, etc.) and swim clinics offered for younger club members.
- Live lifestyle appropriate for achieving the greatest personal success.
- Great nutrition/massage/yoga
- No drugs, alcohol and tobacco products.
- Ability to train at or above a level appropriate for current experience and speed.
- Willingness to attend and perform in every meet, in every event and in every distance recommended by Head Coach.
- NAT Group swimmers are expected to do everything within their power to reach their own personal potential.
Note on training: Coaching staff spends additional time to develop swimmers technically, mentally and physically through advanced training methods, training camps, squad meets, services and equipment not offered to any other group.
The NATIONAL swimmer is a positive, hard-working example of the RAC program as a whole. Swimmers in the NATIONAL Squad are expected to perform to the highest standards and work towards their short and long-term goals on a daily basis. Also, NATIONAL swimmers are expected to be role models for others in the Club and in the Connecticut Swimming Family. Senior swimmers must have the desire to improve and strive for the highest level of competition.