Group Descriptions

 The FORT Wayne Swim Team offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the FORT Wayne Swim Team to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities. All practices and meets are not mandatory, the select number of days is what is offered not mandated to attend. It is up to families their level of commitment.

Please call us at 260-637-0340 or Click Here to send us an email request for more information.




Prep Team Group

This is our beginning group, not a learn-to-swim program.   This group is for swimmers/families who feel they might be interested in a year around team, but not quite ready for full time commitment, for swimmers who are pretty new to competitive swimming but need a bit more work on body line, kicking, strokes, etc.  This group is similar to the Summer League Prep Teams.   This group had a minimum age of 5-years old and maximum age of 10-years old and should be able to swim at least 1/2 lap of free and back.   This group will only practice once per week for 40 minutes and will run for 8-weeks, starting the 2nd Thursday in September and the fee is $100(there may be another 8-week session in April/May) . Prep Team Group Coaches: Kahler Goldsmith, Katelyn McCurdy & Katie Crowell


Bronze Group

This group will meet 4 times per week for 1 hour each day. Athletes in this group focus mainly on learning four legal competitive strokes and having fun!  They will be introduced to starts and finishes as well as the 4 competitive strokes.  Click here for detailed group description
Bronze Group Coaches:  Katelyn McCurdy & Kara West (Katelyn at 260-385-4855 or Kara at 260-602-6206 or [email protected])

Silver Group

From the Bronze group, athletes move into this group.  Here they will practice 4 times per week with each practice lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Athletes in this group will focus on continued stroke work, especially consistency; and having fun!.  They will also begin working on flip turns and pull outs.   Click here for detailed group description
Silver Group Coach: Kahler Goldsmith (contact [email protected]
 or 260-333-2016)


Gold Group

From the Silver group, athletes move into this group. Athletes in this group are usually at least 9 years old, although this is not a requirement. Gold group athletes will practice 5 times per week with each practice lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.  This group is exposed to training for the first time while trying to prepare for some longer races. Most of these athletes have a state or divisional cut.   Click here for detailed group description
Gold Group Coach:  Ben Sutton  (contact Ben at [email protected] or at 260-341-7993)

Middle School Groups

We have three training groups here - Red Group: beginning level, White Group: intermediate level and Blue Group: advanced level.   Athletes may enter these groups after the completion of 5th Grade or at the discretion of the Gold group coach and Head Age Group Coach.  Practices are available 5 times a week for 1 hour 45 minutes each, plus 1/2 hour of dryland 3x per week.  During practice, athletes in the Middle School groups work on developing better stroke techniques with drills for all four strokes and increasing their endurance.  Technique take precedence over training, while athletes are challenged to think about their stroke while swimming and apply the techniques of the drills worked on in practice to their swim sets.  Click here for detailed Red group description  Click here for detailed White group description  Click here for detailed Blue group description


Blue Group Coach:  Ben Sutton ([email protected] or at 260-341-7993)

White Group Coach:  Kahler Goldsmith ([email protected] or at 260-333-2016) 

Red Group Coach:  Dan Hartman ([email protected] or at 260-409-7501)


High School / Senior Group

Athletes entering the High School group must display a strong desire to perform at the highest level they are capable of. Training is geared towards individual talents, although a strong aerobic endurance factor is present. Athletes in the High School group should begin to take personal accountability/responsibility in regards to swimming areas - this includes (but is not limited to) goal setting, nutrition, proper sleep habits, etc. 
High School Group/Head Coach: John Gibson  (contact John at [email protected])