Junior Group


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started"

Welcome all swimmers and parents to another exciting year of swimming with Orinda Aquatics and the Junior Group! The upcoming season promises to be one filled with fast swimming, character and team building, and personal growth. We look forward to building on our foundation of fundamentals, skill development, race development and goal oriented training alongside our emphasis of leadership skills.

Our philosophy is anchored by our motto “Character First”. We want to develop young men and women into high character, integrity driven leaders that make a difference in all aspects of life. Through the character driven culture our athletes will also learn to become elite athletes by developing skills such as accountability, goal setting, commitment and discipline.

It all starts in Orinda Aquatics Junior Group!

Junior Group Highlights

The 13-14 Boys Relay (Max Cruz, Will Nagle, Christian Markey and Owen Wardy) WON all 4 relays (200MR/400MR, 200FR/400FR) at the NASA Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida. The relays also broke the pacific swimming records in all 4 races! Congratulations on very impressive swims!


For returning, prospective and/or new member click here to find more information.

Structure of the Age-Group program at Orinda Aquatics

Orinda Aquatics Junior Group consists of a total of 50 year round committed swimmers in the age between 8 and 14 years old (8th grade). The Junior Group is divided into three groups – Junior 1, Junior 2 and Junior 3, depending on age/grade, training ability, time standards, attendance and attitude.

Junior 1  - Coach Marc Cavallero

The main focus of the group is to develop efficiency within all four strokes – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, with proper technique and distance per stroke. By introducing the value of character and integrity – we aim to teach our athletes the importance of learning how to train and compete within a healthy, fun and competitive environment. The Junior 1 group is offered 5 practices per week, with the recommendation of attending at least 3 -4 practices per week to obtain consistency and proper development. If you have any further questions please contact Coach Marc Cavallero at


Junior 2 - Coach Matt Ehrenberger

Swimmer’s on this level are self-motivated and train with the emphasis to improve technique, distance per stroke (DPS), and developing pacing and race strategies. The group prepares for 200y of each stroke, 400 IM and 500 Free and look towards Far Western qualifying times. The Junior 2 group is offering 6 practices per week and swimmers attending the groups should attend at least 4 practices per week for proper development. If you have any further questions please contact Coach Matt Ehrenberger at


Junior 3  - Donnie Heidary

Orinda Aquatics Junior 3 groups consist of swimmers who are fully committed, motivated and competitive at Far Westerns level. The group emphasis is on fine tuning technique, improving stroke balance, pacing and race strategies. The group prepares for senior level training and is aiming towards Sectional qualifying times. The Junior 3 group offers 7 practices per week  (1 AM practice) and swimmers in this group is expected to attend 5 -7 practices a week. For more information please contact Coach Don at


Since the inception of Orinda Aquatics 90% of our graduating High School Student-Athletes continues to swim on a collegiate level. Our training philosophy is built around a long-term training and a broad competitive development that encourage healthy repetition, training, learning and team-oriented environment. Due to our commitment to the development process and "the better the person, the better the team, the better the athlete" burn-out is nonexistent at Orinda Aquatics.

See where our former Junior Group swimmers and graduates are now and the full list of OA's graduating class of 2014. For more information about our training/competitive philosophy please read the OA's group structures, development plan and get familiar with IMX and Deck Pass.

Success at Orinda Aquatics

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Time Standards and Orinda Aquatics Top Times

Pacific Swimming just changed (2014/2015 Season) from their own time standards to USA Swimming Motivational time standards. To qualify for LCM Junior Olympic (2015) a "AA-Time" is required and for qualification to Far Western (April 2015) a "AAA-Time" is required. To see the USA Swimming Motivational Time standards please click here.

To see all the USA Swimming Age Group Time standards please click here.

To see Orinda Aquatics Top 10 Fastest times - click here.

To see Orinda Aquatics Top 5 Age Group times - click here.

Can't remember your best time? - Click here and find them in USA Swimming Database.


Find the Junior Group work-out schedule here. Please be advised that any changes to the schedule can only be found under Schedules.

Find The Junior Groups meet schedule for Fall/Winter (September-May) 2016/2017  (coming soon)

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