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EGRA Senior Program
Our Senior program is designed for the athlete who wants to achieve a high level of excellence.  Progression and preparation are key components to reaching maximum potential in the Senior group.  Peak performance requires swimmers to commit to a serious training program and balance other activities with swimming.  It is recommended that swimmers in the Senior group have their own swim bag with the following equipment:  Kickboard, pull buoy, fins and paddles. 


 

 

 

Senior goals:
1.  Be competitive at championship meets
2.  Strive towards maximum potential
3.  Set goals and prepare for peak performance
4.  Promote year round swimming

To achieve the above goals, Senior is divided into 3 groups (Sr Bronze - workout; Sr Silver - State/Sectional level; Sr Gold - Jr Nationals and above).  
Entrance into these groups is based on criteria and future goals of swimmers.  The final decision rests with the Senior coach and the coach has the right to move swimmers based on swimmer's actions.

Other sports or activities during training:
Swimmers are great athletes and it is no surprise to see them involved in other sports or activities.  The benefits of doing another sport can have a positive effect on a  swimmer's overall health and mental well being.  As a swimmer gets older, he or she may have to make tough choices on participation in other activities depending on goals.  We will work with each individual to determine the best course of action.  

 

Sr Group Criteria Emphasis Attendance

Sr Bronze

High school swimmers. 

Conditioning to stay in shape during non-high school season.

 

3 practices a week/minimum. 

Meets optional. 

Sr Silver

10X100 Boys 1:15, Girls 1:20, 2 MS State cuts. 

Full season training plan for championship meet preparation.  This is for swimmers 13&Over who will compete at our State meet and qualify for the next level.

13-14 year olds in Gold and middle school may be asked to join Senior by meeting the following criteria:  10X100 @1:20, Has at least 80% attendance in Gold, has 2 MI Swimming state qualifying times and has a desire to make a serious commitment to swimming.

 

85% weekly attendance.  Attends USA meets and State/Sectional championship.

Equipment bag required.

Sr Gold

10X100 Boys 1:10, Girls 1:15, 2 Sectional cuts.

Multi-year training for peak performance and qualifying for high level championship meets (Sectionals, Jr Nationals, US Open, Trials).

Must be committed to year-round swimming (Sorry, but no other sports). 

Dryland training (sometimes done on own), goal setting, nutrition and mental training are all components of being successful at this level.

95% weekly attendance.

Attends USA meets and highest level championship meet on schedule.

Equipment bag required.

*Equipment bag should include–Fins, paddles, pull buoy, and snorkel in a mesh swim bag.  


Thinking about swimming in college?

Continuing your swimming career beyond high school and club to the collegiate level can be a fun, rewarding and challenging experience.  There is the team experience, traveling to new places, meeting new people, making life-long friends, a new training program and the list goes on.  It also means a high level of commitment, expectations and preparation. 

Before you commit to swimming in college, you need to do/think about a few things:

1.      Work hard in school!!!

2.      Talk to your school counselor to make sure you are taking the required core courses that you will need to be eligible for collegiate athletics. 

3.      You will also want to spend time on the NCAA Eligibility Center website at http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp to learn more about the requirements for collegiate athletics participation. 

4.      What do you want to be when you grow up?  Let’s face it, you are going to college to get an education in something you enjoy and are good at.  Your athletic career will be done by the time you leave college and you will begin your life in the workplace.  There are so many different schools out there and there are bound to be several that will fit your needs.  Take the time to look around.  When looking at schools consider the following:

a.       Size of the school

b.      Degrees offered

c.       Location

d.      Public/Private

e.       Cost  financial assistance packages

f.       Campus resources (labs, libraries, computer access, etc.)

g.      Graduation rate/time

h.      Placement success/internship and co-op programs

i.        Accreditation

j.        Class size

k.      Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time doctorally qualified faculty

l.        Quality/reputation/ranking

m.    Degree of pressure to excel

n.      Safety (campus, community)

o.      Student body (diversity, gender, etc.)

p.      Social life (Greek organizations, sports, school spirit, etc.)

q.      Religious affiliation/independent

r.        Housing options (dorms, apartments, living at home)

s.       Realistic entry expectations (based on typical student admitted)

Looking at athletic programs

So you have narrowed down your choices to several colleges.  Now you start to look at athletic programs and see where you fit in.  I highly recommend looking at some of the teams’ dual meet results.  See where you would fit in.  Could you score points at a dual or mid-season invite?  Coaches want swimmers who can contribute to the team throughout the year and not just at the end.  (The end is still important though). 

Don’t assume that a college coach will call or contact you.  They just might not know about you so take time to find the team’s website and fill out an “Interest” forms.  Most programs have a page and an “Interest” form.  You can also email the coaches and let them know you are interested. 

There are also some websites available through which a student-athlete can also make information about them self-available to college coaches.  Check out www.collegeswimming.com  There is a free service to Athletes and Parents where you can create a profile that is linked to your results for college coaches to view. 

Scholarships

With the scholarship limits that are imposed by the NCAA, most college coaches are going to be looking at a student’s academic ability (Did I mention to work hard in school!!!). The vast majority of swimming student athletes receives financial aid through academic related scholarships, grants and student loans, not through athletic scholarships. 

Division 1&2 can offer athletic scholarships but Division 3 does not

National Letter of Intent: The National Letter of Intent is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (not the NCAA). When you sign the National Letter of Intent you agree to attend the institution with which you signed for one academic year in exchange for the institution awarding financial aid, including athletics aid, for one academic year.

Athletic Scholarship: An athletic scholarship is a one-year contract between you and a Division I or Division II institution. Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships. A school can reduce or cancel a scholarship if you become ineligible for competition, fraudulently misrepresent yourself, quit the team or engage in serious misconduct. During the contract year, a coach cannot reduce or cancel your scholarship on the basis of your athletic ability, performance, or injury. An institution may choose to not renew a scholarship at the end of the academic term provided they notify you in writing and provide you an opportunity for a hearing.

Remember a coach cannot offer you a "four year full-ride scholarship." They do not exist. Each student athlete award is reviewed annually. It is important to ask current collegiate swimmers if they are still on scholarship. Parents, it is not uncommon for some college programs to offer and renew an athletic scholarship for the first 2-3 years of college and then ask the student to pay full tuition for the remainder of their college career.

Your Club and/or High School coaches: As coaches we are here to assist you throughout your swimming career.  Coaches are more than happy to write a letter of recommendation or reach out to a college coach on your behalf.  Feel free to ask but make sure that you plan ahead.  Coaches are very busy and if you come at the last minute, we may be busy with other things. 

Links:

USA Swimming:  Swimming in College

NCAA Eligibility Center

College Swimming.com

Articles:

Training for college

College recruiting questionnaire