Mini Maniacs: generally 5 and 6 year olds (Must be 5 years old by May 1):
Non-competitive, in-water instruction for our youngest beginner swimmers. Space is limited to ensure small groups of 4 swimmers per instructor. Children must be comfortable swimming in the main pool. Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday June 17 through July 25. All Minis are invited to make their swim team debut at the "Fun Meet" July 17th.
8 & Under - GOLD GROUP (must be 6 years old by June 1):
The GOLD group is for swimmers able to swim the length of the pool in one minute or less using a freestyle or other recognizable stoke (no doggy paddling). Instruction focuses on introduction to strokes, but the main goal is to make swimming fun and welcoming. Children do NOT compete in B Meets, though Head Coach Elizabeth Lofgren may invite a swimmer to a meet if she feels the child is ready, usually towards the end of the swim season. All GOLD swimmers are invited to participate in the last home B Meet July 10th and the Fun Meet July 17th.
8 & Under - BLACK GROUP (generally 7-8 year olds):
These swimmers are generally able to swim freestyle and backstroke plus have some experience with breaststroke and butterfly. Instruction focuses on stroke and swimming mechanics. These swimmers participate in B meets and, if they qualify, the more competitive A meets as well as other meets like Relay Carnival, Divisionals, and others. The coaches are very mindful about putting these young swimmers in races where they'll swim legally and successfully.
9-10 year old swimmers
This group will swim primarily sprints and work on improving efficiency in all four competitive strokes. To prepare for competition, we will work on freestyle flip turns, starts and legal finishes.
11-12 and 13 & Older
This group will swim longer workouts incorporating all four strokes: free, back, breast and fly. The coaches will mix in technique drills, turns, sprints with longer training sets. We normally swim relays or other fun activities when time allows. These senior swimmers are the team leaders that have fun cheering, dancing, socializing and swimming together. They are mentors for the younger swimmers.