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WEST Express Swim Team offers swimmers of all ages and ability levels practice and training groups. Our goal is to offer age specific training for all of our swimmers.  Challenging and developing each individual swimmer to reach their highest potential.

Please contact Coach Heidi Miler for more information at westexpresscoach@hotmail.com or (763) 391-2872.

WEST Express rents the pool from Eastern Carver County / ISD 112 and shares the pool calendar with Eastern Carver County / ISD 112 activities, Community Education activities, and other individuals that might rent the pool, therefore, we need to be flexible and change our practices when asked. We do our best to schedule around these events, but at times we have no other option other than swimming at another facility or canceling a practice. Also, pool emergencies happen, and notification will be distributed as soon as possible. You will be notified via the email address entered at registration.  If the school district has to close the schools due to weather or other situations, practice will be canceled per district policy.  

WEST Express also utilizes time and pool space at the Chaska Community Center.


DOLPHINS         Practice is 3 days a week for 45 minutes.

This level is for swimmers who are new to competitive swimming or who are working towards stroke proficiency.  The emphasis at this level is an introduction to the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) and skills such as streamlining, turns, starts and circle swimming.

Swimmers entering this level:

  • Should have completed swimming lessons through level 4 or equivalent.
  • Should be able to swim 1 length, any stroke, without difficulty.

SHARKS            Practice is 4 days a week for 75 minutes.  

This level is for swimmers who have mastered the skills taught at the Dolphin level and are ready to increase the number of days and hours in the pool.

Swimmers at this level:

  • Know the different distances (50, 100, 200, 500 yards/meters) and how many lengths are in each distance.
  • Can swim all four strokes legally
  • Can race all four strokes at the 50 yard level and has participated in weekend meets
  • Knows the stroke order of the Individual Medley events

AGE GROUP        Practice is 5-6 days a week for 90 minutes.    

This group is for swimmers who have graduated from the Sharks team or are proficient in all four competitive strokes.  The emphasis at this level is on stroke technique, skill development and the introduction to specific training methods.

Swimmers at this level:

  • Proficient in all four competitive strokes
  • Able to complete the assigned sets
  • Have experience in the 200 free, 200 IM and 500 free events

SENIORS          Practice is 5-6 days a week for 2 hours.

This group consists of swimmers who have graduated from the Age Group level or have previous experience on a high school team.  The focus is on streamlining of the four strokes, emphasizing a strong work ethic, while introducing and developing a training program appropriate to this level.