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The Los Alamos Aquatomics offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels.  It is the goal of the Aquatomics to offer age-specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.  

Please call us at 505-695-AQUA to schedule a tryout, or press the "contact us" tab to your left to send us an email request for more information.

Neutron Group

(Ages 5-8) Young entry level swimmers who can swim 25 yards of freestyle and 25 yards of backstroke.  Encouraged to swim 3 days a week.

The goals of the Neutron group are to enjoy swimming in a team environment, establish a lifelong love for swimming and to become proficient in all four competitive strokes.

Neutron Group Coach:  Anna Nowell and Nathan Romero

School Year Workout Days/Times: Monday through Friday 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Proton Group

The Protons primarily consist of 8-11 year old swimmers. Placement in one of the Proton Groups is discussed between the coaches and parents to decide what would be best for the swimmer.  The ultimate decision on all placement falls with the coaches.

The Proton Bronze Group

This group is comprised of the most beginning swimmers or those who seldom attend.  Neutrons moving into the Protons will usually start in this group.  These swimmers are working to be legal in all their strokes, improve technique, and start to build up swimming endurance. 

The Bronze Group will practice Monday thru Thursday 5:30-6:30pm and Friday 5:30-7:00pm. 

The Proton Silver Group

This is an intermediate group that performs all 4 competitive strokes legally, demonstrates a commitment to attend at least three practices a week (four is encouraged) and shows the ability to at least try with good attitude or fully complete the following sets:

            6X100 Free on an interval of 2:30

            8X50 Flutter Kick on an interval of 1:45

            Perform a legal 200 IM

The Silver Group practices Monday thru Friday 5:30-7:00pm.

The Proton Gold Group

The Gold Group is comprised of swimmers who show a commitment to swimming at least 4 times a week, are coachable, demonstrate a positive attitude on deck, and show an ability to at least try with good attitude or fully complete the following sets:

            8X100 Free on an interval of 2:00

            10x50 Flutter Kick on an interval of 1:15

            Perform a legal 400 IM

The Gold Group practices Monday thru Friday 5:30-7:00pm.

Proton Group Coach: Maribeth Englert and Anna Nowell

Electron Group

The LAA Electron Group is for swimmers 8-12. This Group will be focused on preparing for Age Group Competitive swimming, including Championship Meets, but will also include those participating in other sports or activities. The Electron Group will also be preparing those interested in qualifying for membership in the Junior Group.

Workouts will focus on cardio-vascular fitness, stroke, start and turn techniques, and be fairly low to moderate intensity.

There will be no workout nor meet attendance requirements for this group. We do recommend, and will be encouraging Electrons to attend 3 workouts a week as a minimum, and attending meets every month or so, or as recommended by the Coach, so we can monitor improvement and better establish training needs.

This Group will be coached by Coach Scott, with Coaching Staff participation as needed.

Workout Schedule:

M-F 4:00-5:30 pm. Sat am 10:00 – Noon MAY be added IF there is interest expressed, and there is time and lane space available. See Coach Scott before attending, please.

 

Junior Group

The Age Range will be age 10 thru 12, exceptions may granted on an individual basis. Joining and remaining a member of this Group will require meeting minimum standards, as follows:

1) Swimmer contacting Coach Scott, in person, expressing interest in joining the Group. Parental support for Group membership will be discussed with parents of the swimmer and Head Coach. Input from other Coaches may be considered.

2) Complete, up to date Journal, including current goals.

3) One or more NM Age Group Championship Qualifying times for the Age Group you would be participating in, or very close to a time standard as determined by the coach.

4) Be able to complete, as determined by Coach Scott, (SCY):

A) 8 x 100 Free @ 1:30

B) 4 x 200 IM @ 3:20 legally

C) 6 x 100 K @ 2:00

D) 1650 Free @ 22:00

E) Demonstrate and practice competitive starts, strokes and turns legally and correctly.

5) Attendance at meets as agreed with Coach Scott.

6) Minimum 75% workout attendance and completion.

7) Approval of Group Membership by Coach Scott.

8) Regularly demonstrate a great attitude toward the sport, Groups and Team Members. Drama, sulking, pouting, disruptive or distracting behavior will not be tolerated.

9) Successfully complete a one month trial period in the Group.

10) Be coachable.

11) Be in good standing with NMS and LAA, which includes maintaining an accurate and current medical information form.

Workout schedule for the Junior Group: 3:30 – 5:30 pm, M-F, 10:00 am to Noon Sat, and optional, OCCASIONAL (permission required) early morning (6:00 – 7:00 am, M, W.) Long Course Workouts, as scheduled by Coach Scott.

It is my goal to develop the Aquatomic Junior Group into New Mexico’s premier, and dominant, Competitive Swimming Age Group Program.

Aquatomic Senior Groups, Short Course Season

The changes to the LAA Senior Groups have incorporated direct feedback from the swimmers that will be swimming in these groups, and their parents. Group reassignments either upward or downwardly mobile may be made any time needed (usually at the beginning of each month to ease billing for the correct group), based on performance and attendance, as requested by the swimmers, and approved by the Head Coach. Please direct any questions to Coach Scott.

Flex Group

The Flex group is designed for swimmers participating in other sports, intending to focus on High School Swimming, recovering from injury/illness, and those swimmers wanting to get in shape, and fast enough to swim in the Senior Group. The old Quark Group was not flexible enough to meet needs expressed by many Aquatomic Swimmers aged 13-over. As interest, numbers and attendance mandates, there will be sub groups in the Flex Group.

There will be no attendance nor performance requirements, excepting HC approval.

Flex Group members that swim HS and want to attend Flex workouts are welcome. Flex Group members may participate in any USA Swimming meet for which they are qualified, but will not generally have top priority for relays (Coach’s discretion) with similar times at higher levels meets over LAA swimmers with higher attendance levels.

Flex Group training will now feature more aerobic fitness, with reduced levels of intensity, time, effort level and energy involved for some, and workouts designed around improving performance at the Senior Group minimums for those interested in moving into that group. Flex Group members may participate in dry land.

Regular workout schedule: Mon-Fri 3:30-5:30.  Sat 10:00 – noon as scheduled.

If this schedule does not provide enough workouts due to (over) scheduling conflicts, it may be possible to attend early morning workouts (as scheduled) with the Senior Groups pending room/lane space, and with coach’s permission prior to attendance. Sat morning workouts, again as, and when scheduled, may be attended pending room/lane space, and with coach’s permission prior to attendance.

 

Senior Group

The Senior Group is an optional, elective Group for swimmers aged 13-over, motivated and focused on improving and swimming fast in USA Swimming, meeting the following requirements;

1) Coach’s Approval.

2) One or more State Championship Q Times, willingness and ability to participate in the Championship Meet, and other meets as scheduled (see Head Coach).

3) Able to legally complete (as determined by the Head Coach):

a) 10 x 100 yd Free @ 1:20 foot touch,

b) 400 yd IM @ or under 6:00.

c) 4 x 25 Butterfly kick underwater @ 1:15,

d) 1650 Free @ 21:00:00 or faster,

e) GOAL of 75% or better attendance at LAA workouts, including during the HS Season, with legitimate effort to make it to enough workouts, or to be close. If effort and focus is genuine, a few attendance % points will not result in reassignment to the Flex Group. If attendance falls below 70% in any week, I will be concerned and ask what’s going on. If attendance falls below 60%, will have discussion(s) with the swimmer and parents. If attendance remains below 60%, will probably recommend the Flex Group to that swimmer and their parents.

f) Completed, up to date journal with goal times,

g) Head Coach’s permission.

Senior Group members that swim HS and want to attend the HS mandatory workouts are welcome. Senior Group members may participate in any USA Swimming meet for which they are qualified, but will not generally have top priority for relays (Coach’s discretion) with similar times at higher levels meets over LAA Sectional swimmers with higher attendance levels.

Training in the Senior Group will include solid base building, extensive strokes, starts and turns work, entry level dry land, regular resistance work once the base is built, and video.

Regular workout schedule: Mon-Fri 3:30-5:30. Dryland 5:35 – 5:55 Tu, Th (upstairs) AS SOON AS I CAN GET IT STARTED. Sat 10:00 am– Noon

M, W am LC 6:00-7:00 2-3 weeks after practices resume, T, TH am SC will follow, depending on how swimmers are looking in training.

 

Senior Sectional Group (aka Sectional Group)

This will be a sub group of the Senior Group, with the focus on scoring points at Sectionals, and qualifying for Futures and higher USA Swimming Championship Meets.

There are a few differences for this Group:

1) ditto Senior,

2) One or more Sectional Q Time, or VERY close (per HC’s approval),

3) ditto Senior,

a) 8 x 100 yd Free @ 1:10 foot touch,

b) 400 yd IM @ or under 5:30,

c) 4 x 25 Butterfly kick underwater @ :60,

d) 1650 Free @ 19:59 or faster,

e) Sectional Group Members are expected to be motivated and focused enough to show up to practices (not just some of them) on time. I am looking forward to not having to administer the attendance requirements, standards and policy for the Senior Group with the Sectional Group members. All attendance requirements of the Senior Group apply, PLUS if the attendance falls below 60% at any time, I will be discussing reassignment to Flex Group as an option with that swimmer.

f) ditto Senior,

g) ditto Senior, and,

h) Be Coachable!

Sectional Group members that swim HS and want to attend the HS mandatory workouts are welcome to do so. Sectional Group members may participate in any USA Swimming meet for which they are qualified, and will generally have top priority for relays (Coach’s discretion) with similar times at higher levels meets over LAA Senior and Flex swimmers.

Training in the Sectional Group will include building a very solid base, solid fast interval training, stroke, starts and extensive turn work, entry to moderate level dry land, regular resistance, some heavy resistance work (age appropriate, once the base is built), and video.

Regular workout schedule: Mon-Fri 3:30-5:30. Dryland Tu, Th 5:30 – 5:50 (upstairs). (working on that) Sat 10:00 am– Noon

M, W am LC 6:00-7:00 2-3 weeks after practices resume, T, TH, F am SC will follow, depending on how swimmers are looking in training.

For all my groups, attitude, effort and awareness, along with top level behavior, is of paramount importance.

Saturdays 10 AM – noon

 

Master’s Group

The Master’s Group is dedicated to provide competitive level training and technique for adult Master’s swimming, for improved swimming skills, fitness, competition in Master’s swimming, Triathlons, Open Water, getting faster with better strokes, or just because it’s fun to work out with a group.

The primary coach of this Group has over 30 years experience at every level of swimming, you’ll often get personalized attention, and the training will be top notch. Any and all assistant coaches that may take over as needed, are either Masters Swimmers, or still in the pool on a regular basis.

Workout Schedule:

Tues, Thurs, Fri, 6:00-7:00 am.