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National Groups

Established in 2012 to enhance performance at the top levels of our program for both age group and senior level swimmers.


GCY Swim Team Descriptions – National Teams

  • We teach first, even at our highest levels.  We follow the latest in swimming technology, and apply it to our everyday training.
  • We train.  Kids in this group have reached Senior Nationals (2), Summer Juniors (3), Junior Nationals (6), USA Futures (11), and YMCA National (74) time standards – “ATTITUDE & EFFORT”
  • At YMCA Nationals, we have had a national champion, national finalists, and national relay finals.
  • WE BELIEVE the premise that test sets build mentality, which IS AS important as the physiological gains!
  • 11 workouts offered, 6-9 Workouts per week for National Group (primarily HS) & 5-8 Workouts per week for National Prep (primarily MS), click here for our practice times.
  • We aim to educate our athletes to a point where they develop an understanding of the sport, while ENJOYING the process of a shared experience with teammates.
  • IMX Series of Events are the immediate focal point of our training and conditioning.  We focus on free, IM, and best stroke, which often changes.
  • Dry-land everyday, enhanced dryland Tuesday, Friday (or Thursday for meet weeks), and Saturday.
  • Swimmers in this group that do not drive themselves to practice beg their parents to take them, and get upset when they cannot attend, they are not dragged into practice.

Swimmers in these groups study film, and become students of the sport, here are some examples:

Swimmers in these groups set individual goals, here is a copy of our most recent goal sheet:

Swimmers in these groups have team meetings, here's 2017-2018 Team Meeting Power Point:

CLICK LINK BELOW IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THESE GROUPS BUT FEEL AS THOUGH THIS IS WHERE YOU BELONG (form should be filled out and completed by the swimmer, and attached to registration form)


National Prep and National: These groups are comprised of swimmers that have a history of advanced training and have shown a commitment to achieve their maximum potential and beyond. Practices will focus on preparation for success at local, state, regional, and eventually national recognized meets. Swimmers have already shown they are able to balance practice requirements and school before being considered for this group.  

Meet attendance is expected and all swimmers will compete in every offered individual event each year at least two times (all are already age appropriate for minimum grade level).

What it Takes:

Here's what it takes at YMCA Nationals (winning, qualifying, top 8, top 16, top 24):

What it Takes


Distance Test Sets (16) 2017 - Updated 10/5/2017



NAT 1 & 2 2018-2019 Updated Schedule