Mesa Aquatics Club Team Training Groups

 

Athletes will be placed in training groups based on an evaluation by our staff or at the coach's discretion. A swimmer’s age for placement in this group is determined by the age they will be at the end of the championship season based on when the Arizona Age Group State Championship & Senior State Championship.

 

AGE GROUP

Discovery $85

Group Emphasis:

  • The main focus of this group will be on increasing efficiency in all 4 strokes.   There will be a very large emphasis on developing a strong and consistent kick for all four strokes.  Swimmers will receive basic instruction for racing starts and turns. Swimmers will begin to implement underwater dolphin kicks and streamlines.  In addition, this group will improve their fundamentals of turns and starts for all strokes. 
  • There will be a daily dryland component designed to increase the physical literacy of each athlete.
  • Practices will be educational and swimmers will have fun!
 

Technical Requirements:

  • Must be able to proficiently swim 50 yards of freestyle (with rotary breathing) and 
  • Must be able to proficiently swim 50 yards of backstroke
  • Must have a working knowledge of butterfly and breaststroke
  • Must be evaluated and approved for placement in the group by a MAC Coach.
 

Performance Requirements:

  • There are no performance requirements.
 

Competition Expectations:

  • Competes in MAC hosted Fun meets as well as MAC and local sanctioned meets, at the discretion of the group coach.
 

Schedule:

  • There will be three 1-hour practices per week.
 

Swim Equipment:

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions
 

Explorer $105

Group Emphasis: 

  • Fun and Swimming: Training fundamentals are focused on set progressions emphasizing aerobic capacity and skill development. Learning and understanding the use of the pace clock, send-offs (“go” times), and set time management (descending, negative split). Swimmers will continue the development of proper stroke mechanics for all strokes, as well as starts and turns. Swimmers will build on the incorporation of the underwater dolphin kick, with 3 dolphin kicks off of each wall. There will continue to be a large emphasis on developing a strong and consistent kick for all four strokes.
  • Competition is used to test and refine skills which include racing splits, stroke count, and tempo. There will be an introduction to higher levels of competition.    
  • There will be the addition of dedicated dryland training sessions in addition to their daily on-deck warm-up.
  • Swimmers will exhibit leadership skills both in and out of the pool and represent Mesa Aquatic Club to the best of their ability, with a team-first mentality.
 

Technical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to swim a 100 yard individual medley without stopping.
  • Must be technically proficient in all 4 strokes.
  • Must be able to execute a flip turn.
  • Must meet the USA Swimming certifications standards for racing starts.
  • Must have a basic understanding of long & short-axis turns and breaststroke pull-outs.
  • Must consistently streamline and dolphin kick off of every wall
  • Must be evaluated and approved for placement in the group by a MAC Coach.
 

Performance Requirements:

  • Must have competed in all four (4) strokes in a meet.
  • 6x50 free @ 1:30
  • 100 IM
  • Kick 50 free with a board under 1:30
  • Tight streamline w/ 2 dolphin kicks of every wall
 

Competition Expectations:

  • Competes in MAC hosted Fun meets and AZ Swimming sanctioned meets.  Some athletes may attend out-of-state family travel meets with their coach’s approval.  In addition, any swimmer that qualifies for an Arizona Swimming Championship meet is expected to compete in individual events and relays FOR THE TEAM.
 

Swim Equipment:

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Band
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions

 

Voyager $105

Group Emphasis:

  • This group focuses on skill development and learning the basics of swimming with an emphasis on becoming a well-rounded swimmer and athlete. There will be a large emphasis on developing a strong and consistent kick for all four strokes. There will be instruction on how to read a pace clock, follow intervals on various sets, learn how to circle swim, acquire appropriate lane etiquette, learn to wear the correct competitive swimming attire, and how to become a great teammate.  Swimmers will learn to incorporate the underwater dolphin kick.
  • There will be two dedicated dryland training sessions in addition to their daily on-deck warm-up.
 

Technical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to proficiently swim 50 yards of freestyle (with rotary breathing) and 50 yards of backstroke.
  • Must have a working knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly. 
  • Must be evaluated and approved for placement in the group by a MAC Coach.
 

Performance Requirements:

  • There are no performance requirements.
 

Competition Expectations:

  • Voyager swimmers do not have a competition requirement but will be encouraged to swim in MAC hosted Fun Meets and will be able to swim in AZ sanctioned swimming meets at the discretion of the group coach.
 

Swim Equipment:

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Band
  • Paddles
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions
 

 

Challenger Silver $124

Group Emphasis:

  • Swimmers will continue the development of proper stroke mechanics for all strokes, as well as starts and turns. Challenger Silver provides a strong emphasis on aerobic conditioning and total athlete development. Swimmers at this stage are encouraged to focus on training for the individual medley and improving and competing in all 4 strokes. There will continue to be a large emphasis on developing a strong and consistent kick for all four strokes.  Heart rate and tempo training will be introduced. Swimmers will build on the incorporation of the underwater dolphin kick. 
  • There will be dedicated dryland training sessions in addition to their daily on-deck warm-up.
  • Swimmers will exhibit leadership skills both in and out of the pool and represent Mesa Aquatic Club to the best of their ability, with a team-first mentality.
 

Technical Requirements:

  • Must be technically proficient in all 4 strokes.
  • Must be technically proficient in long & short-axis turns and be able to perform breaststroke pull-outs.
  • Must consistently streamline and incorporate 4 dolphin kicks throughout races and practices.
  • Must meet the USA Swimming certifications standards for racing starts.
  • Must be evaluated and approved for placement in the group by a MAC Coach.
 

Performance Requirements:

  • Must have an IMX score in all 10 and under IMX events
  • Must be able to kick 8x 50 freestyle @ 1:15
  • Must be able to swim 5 x 100 IM @ 2:30
  • Must be able to swim 10x50 free @ :50
  • Must have 4 MAC Challenger Silver times
  • Must be technically proficient in long & short-axis turns and be able to perform breaststroke pull-outs.
  • Must be evaluated and approved for placement in the group by a MAC Coach.

 

Challenger Silver Time Standards

50 FREE

100 FREE

200 FREE

500 FREE

50 BACK

100 BACK

33.09

1:12.39

2:37.59

7:08.59

38.29

1:25.19

50 BREAST

100 BREAST

50 FLY

100 FLY

100 IM

200 IM

43.99

1:35.19

37.09

1:28.69

1:24.39

3.00.69

 

Competition Expectations:

  • Compete in any MAC hosted meets in which swimmer is eligible as well as other AZ Sanctioned meets at the coach's discretion.  In addition, any swimmer who qualifies for an Arizona Swimming Championship meet is expected to compete in individual events and relays, FOR THE TEAM.
 

Swim Equipment:

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Band
  • Paddles
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions
 

Challenger Gold $146

Group Emphasis: 

  • This group will emphasize more advanced stroke techniques for all strokes, including refined starts and turns. All previous instruction will be continued and advanced.  Swimmers in this group will continue aerobic development and the development of underwater speed. Training methodology and heart rate work will be learned in this group.  Swimmers will begin to work more with race strategy.  Swimmers are taught the variables of stroke rate and stroke length and how they work together, race splits are tracked and individually monitored in this group.
  • Goal setting and mental training will also be introduced.
  • Dryland takes on greater importance to the athlete and will be emphasized with 5 dedicated sessions per week.
  • Swimmers must exhibit leadership skills in and out of the pool and be able to represent Mesa Aquatic Club to the best of their ability with a team-first mentality.
  • Swimmers will be prepared for a successful transition into elite-level senior swimming. 
 

Technical Requirements:

  • Must be technically proficient in all 4 strokes.
  • Must have an IMX score in all 11-12 IMX events.
  • Must be technically proficient in long & short-axis turns and be able to perform breaststroke pull-outs.
  • Must consistently incorporate 4 underwater dolphin kicks off of walls.
  • Must meet the USA Swimming certifications standards for racing starts.
  • Must be evaluated and approved for placement in the group by a MAC Coach.

 

Performance Requirements: 

  • 4x MAC Gold Time Standards
  • Must have competed in a 200 IM in a meet.
  • Must be able to swim 10x100 freestyle @ 1:30
  • Must be able to swim 5x200 IM @ 4:00
  • Must be able to kick 10x50 @ 1:05 

 

Challenger Gold Time Standards

50

FREE

100

FREE

200

FREE

500

FREE

1000

FREE

1650

FREE

100

BACK

29.09

1:02.49

2:15.39

6:04.39

12:41.19

21:53.99

1:11.79

200

BACK

100

BREAST

200

BREAST

100

FLY

200

FLY

200

IM

400

IM

2:32.79

1:21.79

2:54.09

1:11.49

2:34.89

2:34.99

5:33.69

 

Competition Expectations:

  • Competes in all eligible MAC hosted meets, as well as other eligible AZ Swimming sanctioned swimming meets. Athletes are also eligible to attend travel meets outside of our LSC upon qualifying and at the coach's discretion. Any Challenger Gold swimmer who qualifies for an Arizona Swimming Championship meet is expected to compete in individual events and relays,  FOR THE TEAM.
 

Swim Equipment:

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Band
  • Paddles
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions

 

SENIOR GROUP

 

Senior 3 $102

Group Emphasis:

  • Senior Fitness & High School Development = Anyone that wants to swim to stay in shape for the high school season or just general fitness.
  • No competition is required but is still encouraged.
  • There are no attendance requirements for this group.
  • A swimmer's age for placement in this group is determined by the age they will be at the end of the championship season based on when the Arizona Age Group State Championship  & Senior State Championship.
 

Swim Equipment:

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Band
  • Paddles
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions
 

Senior 2 $155

Group Emphasis:

  • Swimmers actively pursuing or already achieving Senior State level qualifying times or better.
  • Athletes are expected to attend a high percentage of the workouts offered on a year-round basis.
  • Local meets including Arizona Senior States should be attended and out-of-state championship meets up to Far Westerns level are highly encouraged.
  • A swimmer’s age for placement in this group is determined by the age they will be at the end of the championship season based on when the Arizona Age Group State Championship  & Senior State Championship.
 

Swim Equipment:

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel 
  • Pull-buoy
  • Band
  • Paddles
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions

 

Dryland Equipment:

 

Senior 1 $188

Group Emphasis:

  • Participation must be approved by the head coach.
  • Athletes in this group are approaching or have achieved Far Western qualifying times.
  • Athletes are expected to maintain 80%+ attendance on a year-round basis and commit to attending select local meets on our meet calendar as well as the highest level, out-of-state/championship meet they are qualified for.
  • Must be able to travel to different pools for combined S1 workouts as needed.
  • A swimmer’s age for placement in this group is determined by the age they will be at the end of the championship season based on when the Arizona Age Group State Championship  & Senior State Championship.
 

Swim Equipment: ($280)

  • Mesh Bag (to carry equipment)
  • Fins
  • Kickboard
  • Snorkel
  • Pull-buoy
  • Band
  • Paddles
  • FINIS Tempo Trainer
  • Team Cap for competitions
  • Team Suit for competitions

 

Dryland Equipment:

  

Post Grad $300/year

  • This group is for High School graduates looking to continue training, either consistently or when home on college breaks.
 

 

For information on the time standards for Arizona Championship meets, please CLICK HERE.

For the qualifying times of Championship meets attended by MAC outside of AZ, click on the Time Standard link listed under the Events tab.

 

 

Mesa Aquatics Club Vision Statement

"Water is Life, Swim for Life"