The Virginia Gators is a developmental swim team that promotes personal excellence through competitive swimming.

Advancing Group- 6:45-8:45 PM Mon-Fri, 8:00-10:30 AM Saturday (14-18 years)

This practice group is intended for high school swimmers who have demonstrated a commitment to swimming and aspire to compete at the regional or national level. This group is available as a 9 month or year round program. The training plan is created with the needs of the group as a whole in mind and assumes consistent practice attendance and participation in several meets. Because of the increasing developmental needs of the Advancing group, swimmers in this group are expected to attend 4-6 practices a week. Accordingly, there is no 3-day option for this training group. For swimmers new to Gators and swimmers between ages 13-14 who have not previously practiced with this group, movement into the Advancing Group requires explicit approval from coach JJ.  Approval to swim in this group will be given to swimmers possessing both tangible and intangible criteria as listed in the full practice placement requirements. Swimmers who do not meet the performance standards below should register for the Progressing Group practice.

Training standards for this group include the ability to swim 20-30 min sets on the following interval bases:

  • 8 X 100 @ 1:45 freestyle swim
  • 8 X 50 @ 1:10 kick, 2 out of 4 strokes
  • 6 X 50 @ 1:00 fly/back/breast
  • 3 X 200 @ 3:30 free swim
  • 3 X 200 @ 3:50 IM swim
  • 16 x 25 @ :40 15 meter underwater dolphin kick

For an additional option for high school aged swimmers who desire preparation for their high school team but not year-round competitive swimming, please consider our High School Prep Program

Coaches

The Advancing Group will be primarily coached by Head Coach JJ Bean.

Meets
Advancing Group swimmers are encouraged to attend several meets per year including Championship meets.

Equipment and Training Tools 
Fins, snorkel, pull buoy and paddles are required for practice so that swimmers can fine tune their technique. Swimmers will be introduced to other training tools such as Tempo Trainers, to optimize stroke rate. The Gators continually test and utilize the most advanced training tools and techniques to maximize swimmer improvement. Coach-approved equipment can be found by clicking this link: SwimOutlet Gator Affiliate.