Group Descriptions

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The Dayton Raiders Swim Club is divided into multiple training groups so that swimmers of all ages and abilities will progress at the most suitable level based on age, emotional preparedness, and ability.  Our group advancement program along with highly educated and motivated coaches provide swimmers with an exciting and highly instructional environment.  We invite you to meet our coaches and see what a fun, challenging, and stimulating swimming is all about.


Raider Swim Team Prep

This group is for young children with limited or no experience to swimming.  They may have advanced through intermediate and advanced swim lessons and are ready to prepare for swim team skills, but not yet ready for swimming multiple laps in a 60-minute practice.  Children in this group area exposed to all four competitive swim strokes, turns and starts.  To register for this group, visit the Dayton Swim America website - click here


Experienced 8 & under swimmers.  These swimmers may have some previous swim team experience or are returning swimmers from the previous year.  The have decided that they really love swimming and that they want to pursue more levels of competitive swimming.  They have a general competency level in all four strokes and starts, and they attend meets regularly.  Focus on kicking, streamline, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke kick, and butterfly progression. Swimmers who have advanced through Level 7 of the Swim America Lesson program who can maintain attention for 60+ minutes are generally ready for this group. Most meets are in the Dayton and surrounding areas. This group is offered 5 practice times per week. Swimmers in this group are recommended to attend 75% or more of the offered practices and attend most of the recommended swim meets.   


Experienced 9-10 year old.  Blue athletes love swimming and they enjoy competing at meets. Many blue level swimmers are involved in other sports but want to swim year-round.  Blue level swimmers may only compete locally or also travel regionally for meets.  These swimmers are legal in all four strokes, starts, and turns and exposed to increasing levels of endurance training, speed work, and endurance training.  Swimmers in this group are recommended to attend 70% or more of the offered practices and attend most of the recommended swim meets.  Objectives are to refine techniques, increase stamina, pursue IMR/IMX scores, attend championship meets, and set goals towards qualifying for meets with time standards (A, JO, AAA, etc.)


Experienced 11-12 girls and boys.  This group will focus on mastery in all four strokes, turns, starts and increasing stamina.  Many of these swimmers may still be in two or more activities.  These swimmers are proficient in all four strokes, IM, and are ready to learn how to train and set goals for the highest-level qualifying meets (Regional Champs, Junior Olympics, and Zones).  Swimmer will compete locally and may have competitions offered to meets up to 8 hours away. These swimmers may be involved in other activities and are still deciding their primary activities for High School.  Swimmers are expected to make a minimum of 80% of all practices and gobjectives are to improve techniques, increase stamina, achieve IMR/IMX scores, attend championship meets, and set goals towards qualifying for meets with time standards (A, JO, AAA, etc.). 


Training group for 9-12 swimmers in their first years of competitive swimming.  This training group will place heavy emphasis on stroke technique and body balance in all four strokes, turns, starts, while increasing stamina.  Swimmers may be involved in other activities and they aren't quite ready to narrow their lists of interest down just yet. There are no attendance expectations, swim meets are optional, and most competition offerings will be in the Dayton and surrounding areas.   


Experienced 13-14 girls and boys.  Swimmers in the Junior group have decided swimming is one of 2 main activities they want to be committed to.  Swimmer will compete locally and may have competitions offered to meets up to 8 hours away.  Swimmers are expected to make a minimum of 85% of all practices, and options will be available to attend before-school morning workouts with coach permission.  Swimmers in this group continue to evolve from age group to increased levels of training.  Attendance of meets is strongly encouraged. Primary goals for this group are to reach Ohio Junior Olympics, USA Zones and Sectionals standards. 

Senior 3

This group is designed for the 13 & over swimmers who are experienced, plan for local, High School, regional competition, or may be seasonal athletes.  They have strong knowledge of and swimming skills in all four competitive strokes and turns, as well as some level of endurance in order to navigate through basic swim team sets and practices.  The athletes in this group will be provided with physical and stroke development instruction necessary to eventually progress to the Senior 2 or Senior 1 levels.  Swimmers in this group continue to evolve to achieve higher levels of training.  Swimmers are encouraged to maintain a minimum of 5 practices or more per week, plus dryland workouts.  Swimmers in this group are expected to work with the coaches to determine which competitions to attend.

Senior 2

15 & over athletes.  (Experienced 14-year-old swimmers meeting specific criteria at the coaches discretion).  National Development is for 15 & over swimmers who have or are striving towards National AAA, Sectional, and Future standards.  These swimmers will be prepared to move on to our Senior 1 group.   The Senior 2 group is high intensity, highly technical, and focused on the three main areas of improvement in swimming: Technique, Strength, and Endurance.  This group offers 8 practices a week and additional dryland workouts.  Swimmers are expected to make 90% of all practices. 

Senior 1       

15 & over athletes. This is the highest competitive group the team offers. Recommended for swimmers 15 and over who wish to participate in Sectional, National and potentially International competitions with a strong emphasis on USA Junior Nationals and Nationals. We also work to qualify as many swimmers as possible to be USA Scholastic All-Americans in the classroom. This high intensity/ high reward group trains 9-10 pool practices a week, 4 dryland practices per week and offers structured strength programs as well. Swimming in college is another main objective of swimmers in this group and assistance with the recruiting process is offered to all members. There is also a strong emphasis on community service as well as giving back to and being leaders of the Dayton Raiders Swim Team.