Junior I

Junior I is for the advanced age group swimmer aged 11 to 14 years old (Middle School).  Emphasis continues to be on stroke technique and mechanics with further development in interval training, aerobic conditioning, and competitive swimming. Senior level training and philosophy concepts are introduced and developed. Junior I swimmers are expected to regularly participate in local and Championship meets for which they qualify, as outlined by the Head Coach.

Expectations:

Swimmers joining Junior I should be prepared to attend five to six practices per week for the full duration of the practice. 

We expect our athletes to be prepared for practice with the proper attire and equipment

Junior I swimmers are expected to participate in local swim meets as recommended by the Coach, in accordance with our season training plan. The Meet Schedule outlines meets selected for Junior I swimmers, in addition to Championship meets for which they have qualified; we strongly encourage and prioritize full group participation. 

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Weekly Team Calendar

Practice Schedule 3/1-3/6
Mon: 6-8 PM (SMSD Aquatic Center)
Tues: 6-8 PM (BVN)
Wed: 6-8 PM (SMSD Aquatic Center)
Thurs: 7-8:85 PM (BVN)
Fri: Last Chance Meet
Sat: Last Chance Meet

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Coaching Staff

Andrew Schmidt

Junior I Head Coach 

E-mail: [email protected]

Office Phone: 913.826.3069

About Coach Andrew

Andrew Schmidt was born and raised in Western Massachusetts where he started his coaching career in 2002 with Pioneer Valley Aquatic Club and Longmeadow High School. Andrew started working with the 8 & under swimmers and in his first season coached the High Point Champion for the boys at the New England Short Course Championship Meet. After PVAC and Mei’s Typhoons joined forces Andrew experienced even more success. In 2009 alone Andrew coached the 9-10 Female High Point Champion the same year she broke the New England record in the 100 Breaststroke and coached a senior swimmer to 3 Speedo Summer Junior National cuts. As a high school head coach (2005-2009), Andrew coached his teams to 22 school records, 5 Western Massachusetts records, and 1 Massachusetts state record, while also finishing as a state runner-up on the girls side in 2006.

After moving to New Orleans in the fall of 2009, Andrew joined Nu Wave Swim Team as the Pre-National coach in the Spring of 2010 and was named head coach of Brother Martin High School Swimming in 2011. As the Pre-National coach Andrew coached swimmers to 9 Florida Sectional cuts, numerous team records, and numerous individual and relay State championships. He was named to the Louisiana Zones Team in 2011 as the 11-12 age group coach and 2012 as the coach of the 15-18 year olds. In the summer of 2012 he took over Nu Wave for the departed head coach and trained the National group to one Speedo Summer Junior National qualifying time, one Speedo Winter Open qualifying time, and numerous Texas and Florida Sectional cuts. In his tenure as a Nu Wave coach, Andrew helped the team jump from a consistent 7th place team at the LSC state meets to being one of the top teams in Louisiana, with two 2nd place and one 3rd place finish as a team in the last three State Championship meets.

In the Summer of 2013 Andrew joined the Lawrence Aquahawks and helped grow the Aquahawks in both numbers and accomplishments. His swimmers have participated in the All-Star meets, Zone meets, Sectional meets, NCSA Junior Nationals, and Speedo Junior National meets (both Winter and Summer). He has had a swimmer participate in the Junior World Championships in 2015 for Puerto Rico, and his swimmers have broken dozens of team records and two Missouri Valley records.

This season will be Andrew’s first with the Blazers. Andrew jumped at the chance to join the Blazers staff and is excited to lead the Junior 1 group! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you have!

Tatjana Alvegaard

Pool Mom