Julie De Fabrique

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Gold Group

This group maintains an emphasis on stroke technique while incorporating more aerobic endurance and racing skills. Gold group swimmers must show competency in these skills as well as demonstrate a respectful and positive attitude to all team members at practices and swim meets. We encourage and teach a lifelong love and appreciation of the sport as we introduce this group to more rigorous training, preparing them to compete at the Junior Olympic meets. Typical ages: 9-14. Swimmers are expected to swim in meets and encouraged to attend all practice sessions, especially as they approach age 11 & 12. This better prepares them for the next level of swimming.


Minimum Swim Requirement:  

  • 16 x 100 Freestyle @ 1:40
  • 12 x 100 IM @ 2:00
  • Kick 16 x 50 @ 1:05
  • Push off streamlined and hold streamline for 6 dolphin kicks
  • Swim a legal 400 IM and legal 200’s of each of the four competitive strokes
  • Able to listen and understand coach instructions between sets and control a positive attitude with focus throughout a practice session and swim meet.


Equipment:  Strokemaker Hand Paddles (size appropriate-see coach), Pull Buoy, TYR Snorkel, Kickboard, Fins, Mesh Bag, and Water Bottle.


A Tryout is required to join this group.  Click here for tryout information.

The San Clemente Aquatic Team assigns swimmers to practice groups based on skill/ability and age.  Coaches are able to focus on techniques, skills and intervals that are best suited for our swimmers’ development while enhancing aerobic and speed capacity.  Each coach strives to create a fun yet challenging environment for our swimmers.  


Although practice attendance is not mandatory for most groups, we do encourage swimmers to attend all or as many practices as possible, attendance + effort = success.  Swim meets are optional for some groups and mandatory for others.  Swim meets are a chance for swimmers, coaches and parents to see progress. 


Move-ups between groups tend to occur at the end of our short course and long course seasons.  Coaches will review all aspects of move up timing, including test sets, leadership in the lane and group, mental, physical and emotional readiness.  Attendance and practice effort will also be considered as variables.