Coaches

Jonny Dray

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Platinum Group

 

The Platinum Group is the pinnacle of our age group program for primarily 11-14 year olds.  Placement to enter this group is by a coaches invitation only. Dry-land, goal setting, and race strategies are emphasized.  Focus on endurance, speed, perfection of stroke technique and commitment to all aspects of swimming are expected. Swim meets are mandatory.  Every tool necessary will be given in an effort to prepare each swimmer for a successful Senior Group experience which would be the next step in the swimmer's journey. 

 

Minimum Swim Requirement:

  • 16 x 100 Free @ 1:25
  • 12 x 100 IM @ 1:40
  • Kick 16 x 50 @ :55
  • Push off streamlined and hold streamline for 6 dolphin kicks
  • Have Junior Olympic Time Standard cuts
  • 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, Fins, Mesh Bag, Water Bottle and Appropriate Dry-land Clothes and Shoes.

 


A Tryout is required to join this group.  

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.