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Former Sea Creature and US National team member Michael Klueh celebrates with his fellow Team USA members after winning gold at the World University Games

Elementary Gold

This is our high performance group for elementary aged children.  Swimmers in this group are working to become and remain top level swimmers in the state of Indiana and the Midwest.

Group Goals

The objective is for our Elementary Gold members to set the standard for athletes who are not yet training at their level. This means these athletes selected are not chosen solely on swimming ability. Athletes in this group will be expected to act as leaders and role models of their peers by closely adhering to instructions and managing their emotions in a positive and productive way. Our hope for these athletes is that they will:

  • Become and stay top level swimmers in the state of Indiana
  • Push their teammates to do the same
  • Provide a positive example for other athletes
  • Practice personal and team accountability through attendance and attitude

Training Focus and Practice Duration

As athletes begin to increase their interest in high performance swimming their training must also increase. Elementary Gold is focused on offering an opportunity for athletes who have developed their skills to a high level at a younger age to receive more intensity at practice. At this age, the training these swimmers receive can and will have long term positive effect on their overall aerobic capacity as well as form and strengthen proper habits.

  • Practices focus on stroke technique, building an aerobic base, kicking and anaerobic training.
  • Typical practices are 2 hours and 15 minutes, with either the first or last 15-30 minutes consisting of mobility, range of motion or dry-land activities.
  • The days and practice times for the Elementary Gold group can be found in the link below:

Elementary Gold Calendar

Group Selction Criteria

  • Entry into this group is determined in several ways.
  • Swimmers must be in Elementary School.
  • Coaches will use practice performance in Elementary Silver to decide when a swimmer is eligible to swim in this group.
  • Examples of sets the coaches will use to make evaluations are: 10x50 on :50 swim free, 10x50 on 1:05 kick and 4x100 IM on 2:00.

Equipment Requirements

Training in this group uses many different types of equipment. Athletes are expected to have proper and functioning swimming gear at all times. Equipment is the responsibility of the athlete and should not get in the way of training.

  • Fins, Snorkel, Kickboard, Pull buoy, Water bottle


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