MANTARAYS GROUP/Eagle Rays
GROUP GOALS FALL 2017
Generally ages 12 & older, the Mantarays group is our HS State-level competitive year-round swimming group. Swimmers in this group compete at AZ Senior State, HS State and beyond to National and International-level competitions. Coach Kyle and Kelly are the primary coaches for the Mantarays.
Swimmers in this group are focused on reaching the highest levels of competitive success. They regularly race in their chosen focus events, as well as a mix of every distance and stroke discipline at a very high level. They are the leaders of our squad and are expected to represent our team in the highest regard both in and out of the pool.
Practice is held 6 days a week, with 10 sessions total. Practices are Mon-Fri mornings from 5:00-6:00am; Monday to Thursday afternoons from 5:30-7:30p; and Saturday mornings, from 6:45-9:00am
Swimmers must complete the following to the coaches' satisfaction to join the Mantarays:
- Legal competition of 200 yards or meters of each of the 4 strokes, plus 500/400 yards/meters of Freestyle and 400 yards/meters of Individual Medley (IM).
- Achieve 13-14 USA Swimming "AA" Motivational Time in at least 1 event
- "Age-In" to the group by being at least 15 years old.
Swimmers are only allowed to move between groups at the end of one season and the beginning of the next. Late March to early April is the first such period. Late July to early August is the next such period. The purpose of this is to ensure that swimmers who move up are fully prepared to do so. Holding swimmers back to finish out the season also helps everyone else in the group to be challenged by their faster peers before they move up.