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Senior Development


NSC Competitive Team - "Learning to Lead"

Former Sea Creature and Olympian Bryce Hunt warms up with teammates Aaron Peirsol and Michael Phelps at the 2004 Athens Olympics

Senior Development

Swimmers in Senior Development set the example for all age groupers within the program. They train at the highest level and strive to earn opportunities to compete against elite competition.

Group Goals

Senior Development athletes will be equipped with skills to achieve competitive success at elite competitions. The objective of this group is to prepare these athletes to contribute at the highest levels of the team.

  • Achieve opportunities to swim in large meets through advanced training and preparation
  • Practice personal and team accountability through attendance and attitude
  • Be a role model and leader for all other swimmers on the team

Training Focus and Practice Duration

In order to be ready for senior training, athletes need to be aware of what it takes to be a truly elite athlete. Practices should be challenging on both a physical and mental level. Senior Development is mostly focused on building a solid aerobic base and developing the skills needed for Senior training. You can find our Senior Development Group's practice days and times on our Competitive Team Calendar (Remember to filter for Senior Development!)

  • Practices focus on stroke technique, building an aerobic and anaerobic base through pace training and  intense kicking
  • Typical practices are 2 hours and 15 minutes, with either the first or last 15-30 minutes consisting of mobility based dry-land activities
  • Weekly morning practices are offered on a limited basis during the school year.

Entry Requirements

Entry into the Senior Development Group is determined in several ways. First, athletes must have the desire to train at the highest level at all times. In this group, the goal is to reach the highest levels of competition which means that swimming is the highest sports priority.


  • A minimum of 90% practice attendance is required for all athletes in this group
  • Competes in appropriate level of championship meet as deemed by the head coach at the beginning of the season


  • Takes responsibility for practice and meet performance
  • Accepts constructive criticism at both practices and meets

Role Model

  • Places the goals of the group before themselves
  • Sees challenges as the stepping stones to success

Equipment Requirements

Training in this group uses many different types of equipment. Athletes are expected to have proper and functioning swimming gear at all times. Equipment is the responsibility of the athlete and should not get in the way of training.

  • Fins, Paddles, Snorkel, Kickboard, Pull buoy, water bottle


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