SR1 serves two types of athletes. The first is swimmers that have started competitive swimming as a pre-teen or teenager and do not yet have the physical ability or technique to be successful in SR2. The second is swimmers who enjoy swimming and/or enjoy competing in swim meets, but have many other activities and wish to do swimming along with those other activities. In addition, these swimmers may not desire or may not be ready for the intensity or expectations of SR2. This group is also ideal for swimmers wishing to improve their technique and conditioning before the start of HS Swimming.
Practice is offered 4-6 times per week on average for 1.5-2 hours. There is no attendance requirement, but swimmers wishing to see consistent improvement should attend practice 3-4 times per week at minimum and swimmers wishing to advance to SR2 should strive to make 5 practice per week. SR1 swimmers have a wide range of ability, and the focus of this group is on technique improvement and general fitness and conditioning. Many swimmers in this group may be preparing for SR2 training, while some may prefer to remain in SR1. Participation in USA Swimming competitions is optional at this level, but encouraged. The focus of SR1 is on improving fitness and stroke technique and preparing for HS Swimming and/or USA Swimming Competitions.
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Senior 2 (SR2)
SR2 serves two types of athletes. The first is swimmers that are coming out of our Age Group program or out of SR1 and are trying to do everything in their power to achieve their goals, but do not yet have the physical ability or technique to be successful in SR3. The second is swimmers who are strong competitive swimmers that want to be the best swimmers that they can be, but are not ready to commit to the rigors and expectations of SR3 training.
SR2 swimmers have a wide range of ability, and the focus of this group is on technique refinement with a strong emphasis on intense, seasonal training. Practice is offered 6 times per week for 2 hours on average. Though there is no requirement for this group, it is recommended that swimmers make every practice they are able to in order to maximize their performance during championship swim meets, and swimmers wishing to advance to SR3 should strive to make 90% attendance or higher. Many swimmers in this group may be preparing for SR3 training, while some may prefer to remain in SR2. Participation in regular USA Swimming competitions is expected at this level and the focus of SR2 is on preparing swimmers for mid-season and championship USA Swimming competitions.
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Senior 3 (SR3)
SR3 is the highest level of our senior program and it is designed to offer the highest caliber training to athletes that wish to reach the highest level of performance that they are capable of. Swimmers in SR3 are expected to do everything in their power to be the best swimmers that they can be. Swimmers at this level must have demonstrated an ability to balance their activities outside of swimming with minimal interference to their training, including school work, summer jobs, school clubs, vacations, and other activities. Swimmers must demonstrate these abilities before being permitted to enter SR3, and must continue to demonstrate this in order to remain in the group.
SR3 practices are offered 8-10 times per week on average, and swimmers in this group are expected to make nearly every practice. If swimmers will be unable to attend a practice, they should notify the SR3 coach in advance. SR3 swimmers are expected to participate in regular swimming competitions as prescribed by the SR3 coach. Parents of SR3 swimmers fully support their swimmers, but understand that swimming is a personal decision for their swimmer at their age. Parental involvement in swimming-related decisions is minimal and left primarily between the coach and swimmer. SR3 swimmers are at the highest level of our program, and are expected to behave as such, representing H2okie Aquatics in a positive manner through their choices and actions during team activities and outside of team activities.
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Senior Prep (SR-P)
Most swimmers that participate in the Senior Prep Program are between the ages of 11 and 17 years old and are not interested in swimming competitively, while others use the SR-P program as a place to bridge the gap from recreational swimming or lessons to competitive swimming. Swimmers in the Senior Prep program desire to improve their stroke technique and overall fitness without the schedule demands of year round training and competition.
Many SR-P swimmers have never joined a year round swim team before. Some of these swimmers may desire to join our AG or SR program when they are physically ready, but most prefer to simply improve their fitness level and technique. Swimmers in this program are offered 2-3 practices per week and the program is NOT focused on competitive swimming, but SR-P swimmers are encouraged to participate in Stroke School meets. SR-P swimmers that wish to compete at USA Swimming meets will either be moved to the AG or SR program, or may obtain permission from the Head Coach. The goal of the SR-P program is to provide a place for swimmers to have fun, improve, and become better swimmers, but without the intensity and expectation level of the AG or SR programs.
Most swimmers in SR-P are between the ages of 11-17 and have some or a small amount of swimming experience. Some have taken lessons or swam summer league, but still may need some stroke development before becoming strong, fluid swimmers. Swimmers in this group are able to swim for short-medium distances, but may not have the endurance or technique to swim for long distances without tiring. Practice is offered between 2-3 times per week for approximately 1-1.5 Hours. It is recommended that swimmers try to attend 2-3 practices per week to see steady improvement, if they are able to do so.
SR-P swimmers are not expected to compete in USA Swimming meets, but are encouraged to participate in Stroke School meets if they are interested in the world of competitive swimming. The goal of SR-P is to help swimmers become strong, fluid swimmers capable of swimming all 4 competitive strokes and to learn the fundamentals of swimming.
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