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Salida Cyclone Team Groups

Below is a breakdown of the Cyclones team groups.  Please note these teams are “fluid” and that coaches may move swimmers onto different teams throughout the season.

Sharks – advanced swimmers (junior and senior high school with select advanced 11-12 year olds).  This group typically has at least 4-8 years of Cyclones’ experience. These swimmers swim all 4 strokes at highly competitive levels and can handle up to 2 ½ miles of training in 2 hrs.

Dolphins – advanced age group swimmers (mostly 11-12 year olds with some advanced 9-10 and newer 13 year olds mixed in) with 3-4 years of experience who are “proficient” in all 4 strokes, but need “nuanced” stroke work and conditioning.  Capable of up to 2 miles of training in 2 hours.

Seals – developing/intermediate 8-11 year olds with 1-3 years of experience.  This group can swim all 4 strokes and can do flip turns at a beginner/intermediate stage.  Most of these swimmers need skill development in butterfly/breastroke and are capable of swimming up to 1 ½ miles of training in 2 hours.  Stroke techniques/skills are heavily emphasized in this group.

Otters – beginner/developing 7-10 year olds with 0-2 years experience.  This group can swim 50 meters of backstroke and freestyle without stopping and with proper breathing technique. Stroke techniques/skills are heavily emphasized in this group.  Flip turns are introduced and butterfly/breast skills taught. This group is capable of swimming ¾ - 1 mile of training in 2 hrs.

Tadpoles – Beginner 6-8 year old swimmers.  New swimmers with 0-1 year experience who must be able to complete 25 meters of freestyle and backstroke unaided to be on the team.  During the first year, there will be heavy emphasis on freestyle and backstroke kicking, breathing, and stroke technique.  As the summer progresses, beginning breastroke/butterfly skills will be taught. Training of our tadpole group will be separated from the other groups during the spring so that we can “heavily” concentrate on this beginner group.