Felix Festa (Rockland)

30 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY 10994

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This is the top level of Condors practice groups for swimmers ages 13 & Over who have proven to be the most dedicated athletes.  Training will be at an elite level with a year-round plan to achieve at the highest levels of the sport.  Training will also become more specified to help swimmers accomplish their goals at the Sectional, National and International levels.  Swimmers are challenged every day to become the best possible athletes.  Senior swimmers must possess the commitment, motivation and ability to excel in the sport of swimming.  To be eligible, swimmers must have previously achieved a Senior Mets Championship standard within the past season.  Swimmers must be able to balance their commitments to school and the club before considering taking part of this group.  See commitment requirements below:

Practice Requirements:  All practices, including morning and dryland workouts.

Meet Requirements:  One meet per month with a focus on Senior Mets, Junior Nationals and beyond.

Primary Coaches:  Jim Wargo, Theo Tomljanovich, Craig Cummings



The Senior 1 group is the second of the Condors Senior groups designed for our emerging 13 & Over swimmers.  This is the preparatory group to the Senior level, and Senior 1 practices daily beside the Senior group to help bridge the swimmers' future transition.  This is a group for our most dedicated athletes who are motivated to someday achieve at the highest level of the sport.  Swimmers must be able to balance their commitments to school and the club before considering taking part in this group.  Training will be geared towards developing well-rounded Individual Medley swimmers and emphasize hard aerobic training.  The Senior 1 seasonal plan will introduce an increasing amount of specificity training.

Swimmers entering the group from Gold must either have Junior Olympic or "A" Standard times.  Swimmers ages 15 & Over must also meet training criteria that is specific to their age.  Senior 1 swimmers are expected to work towards the Zone, Senior Mets and Sectional level standards.

Morning practices are offered 2-3 times per week.  We also offer two 1-hour dryland practices at an off-site gym.  Expectations will be outlined individually based on age, previous time spent in the Senior 1 group and other factors such as travel.  The most dedicated swimmers with consistent attendance will see the most consistent improvement.

Practice Requirements:  An average of 5 out of 6 practices are expected, plus designated morning and dryland workouts.

Meet Requirements:  One meet per month, with a focus on Junior Olympics and qualifying for Senior Mets.

Primary Coaches:  Jim Wargo, Theo Tomljanovich, Craig Cummings



This is the first level of Senior swimming for the Condors swimmers who are ages 13 & Over.  Senior Varsity was previously our Senior 2 group.  Swimmers in this group are skilled and experienced athletes who need to improve their overall level of swimming, but are committed to competing in meets.  Senior Varsity swimmers are looking to improve and move up through the program and should be focused on preparing for the demands of the top training paces.

Some swimmers in this group are primarily focused on competing with their High School team, but a commitment to represent the Condors at USA meets is also expected.  The goal meets for this group are Silver Championships, Junior Olympics and the 15-18 Team Challenge.

Practices will be offered 5 times per week with two 30-minute dryland practices that take place on deck. Senior Varsity swimmers will also be invited to join the Senior and Senior 1 group at morning practices.

Practice Requirements:  An average of 4 out of 5 practices are highly encouraged.

Meet Requirements:  All meets are encouraged, but the highest level championship meets are required.

Primary Coach:  Ed Cicalese



This group is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of swimmers.  This group is a combination of previous Stroke Development, Junior and Senior Prep swimmers.  Whether you are just getting started in competitive swimming, growing in the sport or if you are a competitive swimmer who is also participating in other sports, this group is for you.  The focus of this practice group is to improve the swimmers' stroke skills and speed, along with developing their enthusiasm for swimming.  Swimmers are given challenging practices designed to teach them how to be more efficient in the water.  Every practice will have a strong focus on drills and technique.

To help these developing athletes gain fitness and swimming-related functional strength, we will be offering two 30-minute dryland workouts per week.  Dryland training will take place on the pool deck and will feature body weight exercises and some use of equipment.

Practice Requirements:  No formal requirements, but 3 out of 4 days are highly encouraged.

Meet Requirements:  No requirements, but home meets are encouraged.

Primary Coaches:  Dave Hedden, Danielle Pesin, Nevill Kishinevskiy



Gold Elite is for the 11-12 year olds who have already made Junior Olympic cuts, as well as any 9-10 year olds who have Zone Qualifier standards.  As the name dictates, swimmers must be at the top of their game each and every day that they arrive at the pool.  This group will reinforce proper technique and swimming proficiency while quickly building up the daily practice regimen, with the goal of competing against the top age group swimmers in the Metropolitan area and beyond.  Periodic self and coach evaluations, as well as a structured goal setting system, will be a part of the program.  Swimmers will be required to set goals and work both mentally and physically towards achieving something positive each and every practice session.  On top of that, swimmers will be held accountable not only for themselves but each other as well.  The overall goal of the group is to become a tight-knit family unit that loves the sport, hard work, their team and above all else, their teammates.

Swimmers entering Gold Elite must have at least 3 years of competitive swimming experience and should be able to repeat swims with very little rest, as well as understand how to increase or decrease speed within sets.

Main Sets:  10 x 100 Free @ 1:20-1:30, 10 x 100 IM @ 1:40, 5 x 200 Stroke @ 2:45-3:00, 10 x 50 Free Kick @ 1:00.

Practice Requirements:  An average of 4-5 out of 6 practices per week.

Meet Requirements:  At least 1 meet per month, with a focus on Junior Olympic and Zone Qualifier time standards, while becoming familiar with Senior Mets and National Time Standards.

Primary Coaches:  Roger Ridenour, Don Galluzi, Estee Dilli



Gold group is for 11-12 year olds and any 9-10 year olds who have Junior Olympic cuts.  With increased practice time, the Gold group will begin to introduce higher levels of training and more challenging swim sets.  Goal setting will begin with stroke refinement as well as improving upon technique, then advance to practice goals such as interval training and target numbers for descending sets, to finally using the work put in to establish realistic and attainable goals for competitions.  Throughout the season in Gold, swimmers will be asked to submit self-evaluations as well as receive coaches evaluations periodically.  Our aim is to have swimmers become more focused and more mature in their approach to the sport and their role within the group.  The harder we work together, the more all of us will succeed.  Swimmers in the Gold group must have at least 2 years of competitive swimming and be fully legal in all four strokes, have strong starts and turns and be able to repeat swims with very little rest in between.

Main Sets:  10 x 100 Free @ 1:30-1:40, 10 x 100 IM @ 1:45-2:00, 5 x 200 Stroke @ 3:30-3:45, 10 x 50 Free Kick @ 1:00.

Practice Requirements:  An average of 4-5 out of 6 practices per week.

Meet Requirements:  At least 1 meet per month, with a focus on Junior Olympic and Zone Qualifier time standards.

Primary Coaches:  Roger Ridenour, Don Galluzi, Estee Dilli



At our Silver level, swimmers ages 8-11 will take all of the proper technique and stroke efficiency they have acquired and start to really correlate how to turn it into faster swimming.  Still in need of constant reinforcement on stroke refinement, the group will be taught various drills in order for them to remain focused on their swimming as well as to build strength.  Silver swimmers will be held responsible for tracking their own times, not only at meets but at practices as well.  The coaches will introduce goal setting to the group and utilize practice goals to build ever-increasing meet expectations.  Practices will steadily increase throughout the season in terms of the amount of yardage done each night as well as how fast the sets are done.  Swimmers moving to the Silver group must be able to swim all four strokes legally and be able to dive off of the blocks, as well as perform both freestyle and backstroke flip turns.

Main Sets:  8 x 100 Free @ 2:00, 10 x 50 Stroke @ 1:00-1:15, 5 x 100 IM @ 2:45, 10 x 50 Free Kick @1:10.

Practice Requirements:  An average of 4-5 out of 6 practices per week.

Meet Requirements:  At least 1 meet per month, with the focus on Silver, Junior Olympic and Zone Qualifier time standards.

Primary Coaches:  Dave Hedden, Don Galluzi, Bobby Trenczer, Estee Dilli



The first Condors age group level is Bronze group.  Here, swimmers ages 7-10 will take the basic fundamentals of swimming and start utilizing them during training as well as competitions.  Practice sessions will still focus heavily on stroke development and building more efficient mechanics in the water, but as the season progresses more training sets and aerobic conditioning will be implemented.  During their time in Bronze, swimmers will perfect their breathing and body positioning in all four strokes, correct their timing in breaststroke and butterfly, explode off of the blocks in their dives as well as into and out of the walls in their turns.  Throughout the season the Bronze group will also learn how to use the clock to enhance their training, as well as how to truly prepare during practice for the competitions.  Swimmers coming to Bronze must be able to swim multiple laps of freestyle and backstroke as well as have a full grasp, legal or not, of how to swim both breaststroke and butterfly.

Main Sets:  5 x 100 Free @ 2:30, 5 x 100 IM @ 3:30, 10 x 50 Free Kick @ 1:20.

Practice Requirements:  An average of 3 out of 4 practices per week.

Meet Requirements:  An average of 1 meet per month, or at least 5 meets during the short course season.

Primary Coaches:  Dave Hedden, Danielle Pesin, Ed Cicalese, Nevill Kishinevskiy



As our introductory group to competitive swimming, the Future Stars are all about learning the basic elements of proper swimming.  Practices will focus on building 5-8 year old swimmers into proficient and fundamentally sound swimmers, while keeping it fun and enjoyable.  Swimmers will begin the season working on body positioning in freestyle and backstroke, freestyle breathing to both sides, steady-beat kicking and streamlined push-offs.  As the season progresses, breaststroke and butterfly mechanics and timing will be introduced, as well as flip turns and dives.  Once the swimmers gain strength and confidence in their swimming, swim sets and small training units will be introduced in order to get the group ready to move up into our Bronze level.

To join Future Stars, swimmers must be able to swim a full lap (25 yards) of overhead freestyle with their face in the water, as well as being able to do backstroke.  An idea of breaststroke and butterfly is helpful.

Practice Requirements:  Practices will be offered 3 times per week for 30 minutes.  There is no attendance requirement.  Of course, the more that you attend, the more you learn.

Meet Requirements:  Future Star swimmers are encouraged to join us at the 8 & Under competitions scheduled approximately once each month throughout the season.  However, competitions are not mandatory at this age and level.

Primary Coaches:  Dave Hedden, Danielle Pesin, Ed Cicalese, Nevill Kishinevskiy