Illinois Swimming
Level 2
Excellence 300

Energy Age Groups

These are our early intermediate age groups with paths for both those new and developing in the sport, and those already familiar with competitive swimming. Swimmers here will have a good grasp on all four competitive strokes and show a desire to compete and further themselves in the sport of swimming. We have a total of three sub-groups within our 12 and under level, often referred to as "12U's":

  • Energy - 1
  • Energy - 2
  • Energy - 3

Typically there are 80-100 swimmers enrolled in total of all three levels each session.


  1. Continued emphasis on growth through fun, friendship and love of the water and swimming;
  2. Efforts will focus on creating a growth mindset;
  3. Look not just at results, but at the process we need to apply to reach those results;
  4. Encourage our swimmers to see the possibilities they have within themselves and to create pathways that will lead to their eventual success;
  5. Step into greater levels of challenge and grow the personal strength and work ethic needed to be successful;
  6. Work together to develop the personal responsibility it takes to reach our swimming goals.


  1. MUST compete in competitions and qualified championship meets offered throughout the season. 
  2. Must compete in one meet per month minimum.
  3. Attendance expectation is 60% minimum.

Average Practice Schedule

  1. Fall & Winter Seasons: 3-5 day per week; ranging from 1-1.5 hours per day.
  2. Long Course Season:  3-5 day per week; ranging from 1-1.5 hours per day.

Energy Lead Age Group Coach: Leigh Tharrington