Overview

Swim Groups


​PASA-Rinc. is a highly competitive swim team offering training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages who have learned all four competitive strokes. It is the goal of the PASA-Rinconada 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.

The first step to join PASA-Rinc. is to attend a tryout session. Click here for more information about tryouts and joining PASA-Rinc.

 

PASA Rinconada Practice Groups

8 years old and younger MinnowsTurtles, and Dolphins.
9-10 year-olds Sharks and Killer Whales
11-12 years-olds Age Group and Advanced Age Group.
13-14 year-olds Varsity and the Junior Group
15 years and older Varsity and the Senior Group

    

Minnows - for 5-8 year olds

Coach: Hilary Goldschlager  
Fees: $99/month

The Minnows group is the first level designed to introduce swimmers to Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics team in a pre-competitive setting. This is for those swimmers age 6 and up (5 with approval) who have summer league or lesson experience and intend to swim year round in a competitive program.  Emphasis will be on Freestyle and Backstroke with the introduction to Breaststroke kick.

Practice Times

Tuesday 3:30-4:00 PM
Thursday 3:30-4:00 PM

Baseline minimum entry requirements are:

Unassisted 25 yard swim and kick, independent front float, independent back float, basic survival skills (i.e., returning to wall, climbing out of pool), proper straight leg kick and ability to hold a submerged breath for 10 seconds.

Swimmers must be able to get along with others, listen to the Coach, follow instruction without disruption, and try their best. Equipment required: proper swim suit, goggles, fins, cap.

 

Turtles - for 6-8 year olds

Coach: Hilary Goldschlager  
Fees: $99/month

Turtles are new or younger 8+U swimmers. The emphasis in Turtles is the refinement of Freestyle and Backstroke and the completion of Breaststroke.  Butterfly is introduced. Turtles continue to learn training and competition skills, and are expected to work within a group. In addition to the requirements for Minnows, Turtles must be able to dive from the blocks and hold a streamline. Race focus is on the 25's & 50's for each stroke. Competition is expected at team-wide meets as well as Pacific Swimming meets.

Practice Times

Monday 3:30-4:00 PM
Wednesday 3:30-4:00 PM
Friday 3:30-4:00 PM

Although attendance is not mandatory at every practice, swimmer progress at this age is directly related to their attendance.

 

Dolphins - for 7-8 year olds

Coach: Hilary Goldschlager  
Fees: $119/month

Dolphins are returning 8 +U swimmers with "A" times (race experience required.) Emphasis is on continued stroke work, intro to drill progressions, racing dives from the blocks, pace clock training, and competing at meets in all 8+U events. Swimmers are expected to leave the wall in the appropriate manner & follow instruction while treating others with respect. Advancing to Sharks (space permitting) requires official times in all stroke 50's,100 Free & IM, as well as the ability to complete the Sharks workout with intervals. 

 

Practice Times

Monday 4-4:50 PM
Tuesday 4-4:50 PM
Wednesday 4-4:50 PM
Thursday 4-4:50 PM
Friday 4-4:50 PM

Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible. The minimum attendance in order to keep up with the group is typically three times per week.

Dolphins are expected to attend swim meets regularly (approximately 4-8 meets per year).

 

Groups for 9-10 year-olds include Sharks and Killer Whales.

Sharks - for 9-10 year olds

Coach: Tisha Steimle  
Fees: $148/month

Before coming to tryout, 9 and 10 year olds must be USA Swimming legal to a high level in all four competitive strokes, and be able to do a flip turn and racing dive from the blocks.  Having swim team experience is strongly advised. Swimmers in this group have mostly 9-10 B times and some A times. Stroke technique and race patterns are emphasized, endurance and overall fitness is improved as we build the concept of team unity and support.  Goals are to achieve Junior Olympic and Far Western Times. 

Swimmers in this group must attend at least three practices a week and are expected to compete in meets monthly.  60% practice attendance and regular meet participation are REQUIRED to remain in the group.

School Year Practice Times

Monday 4-5 PM
Tuesday 4-5 PM
Wednesday 4-5 PM
Thursday 4-5 PM
Friday 4-5 PM

 

Killer Whales - for 9-10 year olds

Coach: Tisha Steimle  
Fees: $160/month

Killer Whale swimmers are experienced and highly motivated 9-10 year olds who have demonstrated a commitment to swimming as a competitive sport. Killer Whales are mostly JO swimmers, with at least one FW time or very close.  Swimmers in this group focus on developing through precision, aerobic work, and above all, FUN!!!!

Killer Whales have competitive swim team experience, either on PASA,  from a summer league team, or from another USA Swimming program.  Swimmers in this group should attend at least four to five practices a week. Competitions are required to remain in the group. 

School Year Practice Times

Monday 5 - 6:15 PM
Tuesday 5 - 6:15 PM
Wednesday 5 - 6:15 PM
Thursday 5 - 6:15 PM
Friday 5 - 6:15 PM
Saturday 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Age Group

Coach: Janet Gutierrez  
Fees: $183/month

Age Group swimmers are 11-12 year old swimmers. Most have year-round swim team experience, but are also committed to other activities in addition to swimming. Age Group swimmers are capable of swimming all 4 competitive strokes consistently without disqualification. 

We put a big emphasis on stroke technique and aerobic training within a short workout. This group is geared towards swimmers who are continuing to learn skills such as clock management, some advanced drills, flip turns and starts. Participation in swim meets and other activities is strongly encouraged.

Practice Times

Monday 3:45 - 5:00 PM
   
Tuesday 3:45 - 5:00 PM
  5:00 - 5:30 PM dryland
   
Wednesday 3:45 - 5:00 PM
   
Thursday 3:45 - 5:00 PM
  5:00 - 5:30 PM dryland
   
Friday 3:45 - 5:00 PM

 

Advanced Age Group

Coach: Janet Gutierrez  
Fees: $190/month

 

Advanced Age Group swimmers are experienced 11-12 year old swimmers, most have achieved JO times or above and all are committed to swimming and competing in meets.

We continue to work on stroke technique, but we add race strategy and overall stroke balance. Swimmers develop swimming skills, as well as life skills through athletics. Goal setting and achievement are taught and monitored in this group.

We train for 400 IM and 500 free and try to balance best and worst strokes to eliminate weaknesses and provide more opportunities for development into senior swimming.

Practice Times

Monday 5:00 - 6:30 PM
   
Tuesday 4:30 - 5:00 PM dryland
  5:00 - 6:30 PM
   
Wednesday 5:00 - 6:30 PM
   
Thursday 4:30 - 5:00 PM dryland
  5:00 - 6:30 PM
   
Friday 5:00 - 6:30 P

 

Junior Group

Coach: Carlene Takaki  
Fees: $222/month

The group is made up of 13-14 year olds of a variety of levels, from JR+ to National swimmers, and is designed for swimmers who have made a commitment to year round swimming and wish to excel in this competitive sport. Junior Group swimmers will compete in the senior (and above) level of Pacific Swimming, and are expected to meet attendance and other requirements during the course of the season.

Practice Times

Monday 4:15 - 6:30 PM
   
Tuesday 4:15 - 5:00 PM dryland
  5:00 - 6:45
   
Wednesday 4:15 - 6:30 PM
   
Thursday 5:15 - 6:30 AM at Stanford
  4:15 - 5:00 PM dryland
  5:00 - 6:45
   
Friday 4:15 - 6:15 PM
   
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Stanford

Swimmers in the group must:

  • Display a high level of stroke competency in all four competitive strokes
  • Have at least 3 individual meetings during the season
  • Maintain an average of at least 4 practices per week (7 practices offered)
  • Ability to swim 15 x 100’s freestyle on 1:20 or faster
  • Attend at least 4 meets during the season and all required meets (these will be announced)
  • Bring all required gear to all workouts
  • Attend at least one am workout per month (these will start in October)

(Swimmers in seasonal sports should check with the coach as per requirements for the group during these seasons - will be adjusted)

 

Varsity

Coach: Ryan Garcia 
Fees: $200/month

Varsity is for swimmers 13 through 15 years of age. The emphasis is primarily to give swimmers valuable stroke and technical improvements to prepare them for continuing with their swimming at a less competitive level.  Meets are offered and encouraged.

 

Practice Times

Monday 6:00 - 6:30 PM dryland
  6:30 - 8:00 PM
   
Tuesday 6:00 - 6:30 PM dryland
  6:30 - 8:00 PM
   
Wednesday 6:00 - 6:30 PM dryland
  6:30 - 8:00 PM
   
Thursday 6:00 - 6:30 PM dryland
  6:30 - 8:00 PM
   
Friday 5:15 - 6:15 AM Stanford
   
Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM dryland
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

 

Senior Group

Coach: Tony Batis  

Fees: $270/month

The Senior Group is comprised of high school and college-age kids.  We offer nine training sessions per week both short and long course.  Schedule below is accurate except for some parts of winter and summer.  All swimmers in the group must compete at the meets designated by the coach.  In addition, they must also participate in a dryland program prescribed by the coach.

Practice Times

Monday 4-7 PM (4-5 dryland)
 
Tuesday 5-6:30 AM (Stanford)
  4-7 PM
 
Wednesday 4-7 PM (4-5 dryland)
 
Thursday 5-6:30 AM (Stanford)
  4-7 PM
 
Friday 5-6:30 AM (Stanford)
  4-7 PM (4-5 dryland)
 
Saturday 10 AM - 12 PM (Stanford)

 

 
 
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