Typical Ages: 13 and up
Pre-Requisite Skills: Advancement from AG2 to Junior group will be technique, training, and attendance based. Athletes should be able to complete 12 x 100 Freestyle on 1:30, 12 x 100 IM on 1:50, and 12 x 100 Kick on 2:00. The swimmer must be willing to compete in designated team competitions and should have at least 5 Silver Times for their age group. Minnesota swimming time standards as well as more advanced meet time standards can be found HERE.
Practice Attendance: 6 x 2-hour practices (Monday-Saturday) per week with two dry-land sessions per week.
While there will always be an emphasis on stroke technique of all four strokes. There will be a heavier focus on training to create endurance and strength. Swimmers will continue to fine tune the competitive skills such as, flip turns, open turns, starts, and breakouts. Swimmers should expect to be challenged physically through training. Swimmers will go over goal setting and learn race strategies.
Meet Attendance: Junior swimmers are expected to participate in all meets along with a commitment to compete in their highest qualified championship meet (Time Standards).
Meet Events: 500 freestyle, 400 IM, 200's and 100's of all 4 strokes.
Advancement to Seniors: Coach’s discretion. Swimmers must be able to show dedication through practice attendance and meet commitment to advance to the Senior group. In training, swimmers must be able to complete a 2500 yard set at a 1:25 base interval, 10 x 200 IM on 3:20, and 15 x 100 kick on 1:45. Senior athletes must also participate in Saturday practices. Senior 2 swimmers will have the option to do doubles and dryland.
Equipment: Junior swimmers are required to purchase their own Kick Board, Pull Bouy, Fins, Snorkel, and Paddles. A list of recommended equipment with links is listed below.
- TYR Hydroblade Fin 2.0
- TYR Ultralite Snorkel
- TYR Classic Kickboard
- TYR Classic Pull Float
- TYR Catalyst Stroke Training Paddle
All equipment, team apparel (including team suits) can be found on the ELSMORE SWIM SHOP TEAM STORE.