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Hammerhead Sharks

Our Hammerhead Shark group focuses on learning the essential components of being on a swim team. They will learn and refine all 4 competitive strokes as well as learn the specific starts, turns and finishes associated with each race. Hammerheads will learn how to use fins and kickboards, read and understand a simple set from a white board, and learn beginning intervals using a pace clock. Our Hammerhead swimmers participate in small Intrasquad meets with our Reef, Mako and Tiger Shark groups, and have the option to attend a couple of larger invites throughout the session. As the swimmers progress they will be challenged with different races based on the skill level and what they have been learning and doing in practices. The Hammerhead practice group has 4 sessions each year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

Requirements:

  • Attend up to three practices each week.
  • Bring their own fins to every practice.
  • Recommendation of at least one practices per season.

Coach Contact: Elizabeth Karpe

Mako Sharks

The main focus of the Mako Sharks is to continue to develop competency in all 4 strokes including turns, starts, and relays. Mako practices will use a variety of drill progressions to develop the four competitive strokes, make further use of swimming sets and use of the pace clock. This group will regularly use basic equipment (fins, kickboard, pull buoy). Swim meet competition is offered in a variety of formats and the swimmers are encouraged to attend a least one meet a month. Practice is offered 3 times a week for 1 1/4-hour and swimmers are to attend up to 2 to 3 practices per week. Two 12-week sessions are offered during the fall/winter (short course season) along with two, 8-week sessions during the spring/summer(long course).

Requirements:

  • Attend four or more practices a week.
  • Bring your own fins and pull buoy to every practice.
  • Attend at least one meet per month including your highest level season ending meet.

Coach Contact: Elizabeth Karpe

Reef Sharks

Our Reef Shark group is for swimmers just starting competitive swimming who are older than our Hammerhead Sharks. Like Hammerheads, Reef Sharks work on the crucial skills needed to be successful on a competitive swim team. They will learn and develop all 4 competitive strokes and learn the specific starts, turns and finishes associated with each race. Reef Sharks will learn how to read and follow basic swimming sets written on a white board, and learn how to use a pace clock for intervals and lane spacing. Our Reef Shark swimmers participate in small Intrasquad meets with our Hammerhead, Mako and Tiger Shark groups, and have the option to attend a couple of larger invites throughout the session. As the swimmers progress they will be challenged with different races based on the skill level and what they have been learning and doing in practices.

Requirements:

  • Attend up to three 1.25 hour practices per week.
  • Recommendation of two or more swim meets per session.
  • Bring fins to practice daily

Coach Contact: Elizabeth Karpe

Tiger Sharks

With the knowledge of the basic fundamentals of swimming, the Tiger Sharks will continue to focus on stroke technique, starts, and turn improvement. In addition, the Tiger Sharks will be exposed to various energy systems, interval training, and basic race strategies. Individual and group goal-setting will be essential to the success of the Tiger Sharks..

Requirements:

  • Attend two or more practices each week.
  • Bring their own fins and pull buoy to every practice.
  • Recommendation of at least one meet per month including a session-ending meet.

Coach Contact: Luke Money

Great White Sharks

While continuing to fine-tune stroke technique, turns and starts, the primary focus of the Great White Sharks is to develop an understanding of the basic parameters of training. These parameters include an introduction to dryland exercises and intermediate race strategy. Teamwork will be stressed, as well as individual and group goal-setting.

Requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of 4 practices per week.
  • Bring fins, pull-buoy, water bottle and Finis-brand snorkel (see Elsmore for details) to practice every day.
  • Compete in a minimum of 1 meet per month, including your highest level of season-ending meet.

Coach Contact: Eric Seversen

Pre-Senior

While continuing to fine tune stroke, turn and start technique the primary focus of the Pre-Senior group is to develop an understanding of the basic parameters of training. These parameters include a variety of different training techniques involving anaerobic and aerobic conditioning, and dry land. The skills learned are essential for the Senior One and Senior Two groups.  The Pre-Senior group is the introduction level of senior swimming. This encompasses more consistent, regular practicing, with more emphasis in training. Swim meet competition is offered in a variety of different formats, and it is expected for swimmers compete at their season ending meet.

Requirements:

  • Attend four or more practices a week.
  • Bring your own fins and pull buoy to every practice.
  • Attend at least one meet per month including your highest level season ending meet.

Coach Contact: Eric Seversen

Senior 1

Senior 1 emphasizes stroke, turn and start technique while training! Swimmers will be challenged to maintain a high technical standard through a range of efforts and distances. Training parameters include anaerobic and aerobic conditioning, speed work, and dry land. Swim meet competition is offered in a variety of different formats, and it is expected for swimmers compete at their season ending meet. While continuing to fine tune stroke, turn and start technique

Requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of 80% of practices each week. We will assess each swimmer’s attendance after the first month and regularly thereafter.
  • Bring fins, pull-buoy, Finis brand centermount snorkel (see Elsmore for details), and paddles to every practice.
  • Every swimmer is training for a season-culminating meet. Early in the season each swimmer will make preliminary commitments to their season-ending meet.
  • Mid-season meets are a must! Plan on a minimum of 3 meets this season in addition to a season-ending meet.

Coach Contact: Eric Seversen or Zach Devine

Senior 2

Our Senior 2 swimmers are in SEMS’ highest level group. Senior 2 swimmers will train all strokes, speeds, and technique in support of our strong belief in IM-based training and competition. We emphasize proper form at all levels of fatigue, will have very specific sprint focus during key practices each week, and prioritize aerobic capacity and aerobic speed necessary for all events.

Requirements:

  • Tradition starts at the top--our Senior swimmers are team leaders who will set the competitive tone for the program.
  • Attend a minimum of 80% of practices each week. We will assess each swimmer’s attendance after the first month and regularly thereafter.
  • Bring fins, pull-buoy, Finis brand centermount snorkel (see Elsmore for details), and paddles to every practice.
  • Every swimmer is training for a season-culminating meet. Early in the season each swimmer will make preliminary commitments to their season-ending meet.
  • Mid-season meets are a must! Plan on a minimum of 3 meets this season in addition to a season-ending meet.

Coach Contact: Eric Seversen or Zach Devine

Masters

SEMS Masters includes a wide range of swimming backgrounds: college, high school, triathletes, and fitness swimmers. Whether you want to get back into swimming or into competition at the Master’s meets or improve your triathlon swims along with working on technique within all practices and swimming to prevent injuries and promote fitness at all ages, Masters is for you!

Practices are early morning Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Any changes are listed on our website Masters monthly calendar. 

We have a monthly fee or an option of a punch card.  All swimmers are also registered with USMS.

Requirements:

  • Age 19 to 90+, able to swim two or more lengths of the pool.

For information about the program, contact Sharon Simpson or call the SEMS office at 651-738-7946.

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