SWMKE Program Information:
2021 Long Course Season (Spring/Summer)

 

Welcome to the SWMKE competitive swim program. 

SWMKE became a Wisconsin USS swim team on 10/1/16. It is coach-owned and run by USA Swimming National Team Coach Robert White & two-time Wisconsin Girls High School Swimming Coach of the Year Ann White. The coaching staff includes Ethan Sellers, Mattea Wabeke, Kristen Schmalfeldt and Yoga Instructor Melissa Garcia. 

SWMKE’s objective is to provide professional teaching and training to each swimmer. The focus of the program is quality individual instruction and attention. Team size is not a priority. 

Emphasizing the importance of “team” in achieving individual success is a major component of the program. 

The SWMKE program provides constant emphasis on: improving stroke, start, and turn technique; developing proper race pace for all distances and events; challenging training sets; increasing overall physical strength and flexibility through dry-land fitness and yoga training; strengthening the mental aspects of training and competing through positive thinking, confidence, visualization, focus; and promoting proper diet and sleep habits. 

The expected goal of each swimmer is to climb the US Swimming Senior and Age Group ladder to higher levels of competition. The levels are: WI Regional; WI State; Senior Speedo Sectional and Age Group Zone C; US Futures Championship: US Junior National; US Senior National and Open; Olympic Trials; International Competition.

Additional SWMKE program goals include:

  • Focus on individual and team success at the USS & Midwest swimming levels, as well as the WI Age Group & Wisconsin High School Swimming levels.
  • Provide a competition schedule that challenges each swimmer based on his or her ability level.
  • Educate swimmers and parents to focus on annual and long-term training plans, competition objectives, and individual goals rather than short-term results.
  • Prepare swimmers for collegiate and professional levels of training and competition. 

 

TRAINING GROUPS

 

SENIOR ELITE (SrE) 

Senior Elite includes experienced and highly committed high school and college swimmers. Swimmers in Senior Elite are expected to be at every practice and compete at all meets they are eligible for. Swimmers in SrE can expect to average 6,000+ yards in a practice. Swimmers in SrE will train a healthy dose of all four strokes. Swimmers are accepted into this group at the discretion of the head coach based on the individual’s training ability and commitment. Training includes weekly yoga and dryland sessions. 

Required Equipment: Laguna Fins, Paddles, Kickboard, Pull-buoy, Snorkel, Mesh Equipment Bag, Water Bottle

Typical Practice Commitment: 2-2.5 hours per day, 6 days per week. 

Meets: Mandatory    Practice: Mandatory

 

SENIOR (Sr)

Senior includes high school swimmers willing to make the commitment to regular practice and meet attendance, but are not yet ready to handle Senior Elite training sets. Senior swimmers can expect to average 5,500-6,000+ yards per practice. Swimmers are accepted into this group at the discretion of the head coach based on the individual’s training ability and commitment. Training includes weekly yoga and dryland sessions. 

Required Equipment: Laguna Fins, Paddles, Kickboard, Pull-buoy, Snorkel, Mesh Equipment Bag, Water Bottle

Typical Practice Commitment: 2-2.5 hours per day, 6 days per week. 

Meets: Mandatory    Practice: Mandatory

 

JUNIOR (Jr)

Junior typically includes 13 & 14 year old swimmers. Swimmers in the Junior group can expect to average 4,500-5,500 yards per practice. In addition to developing all 4 strokes and refining technique, swimmers in this group are introduced to stroke rates and tempo, race strategy and splitting, and building their aerobic base. Swimmers are accepted into this group at the discretion of the head coach based on the individual’s training ability and commitment. Training includes weekly yoga and dryland sessions. 

Required Equipment: Laguna Fins, Paddles, Kickboard, Pull-buoy, Snorkel, Mesh Equipment Bag, Water Bottle

Typical Practice Commitment: 1.5-2 hours per day, 5 days per week. 

Meets: Mandatory    Practice: Expected

 

AGE GROUP GOLD (AGG)

Age Group Gold typically includes 11-13 year old swimmers. AGG looks to improve technique on all 4 strokes, introduce complex training sets, and begin to build their aerobic capacities. Swimmers are accepted into this group at the discretion of the head coach based on the individual’s training ability and commitment. Training includes weekly yoga and dryland sessions. 

Required Equipment: Laguna Fins, Paddles, Kickboard, Pull-buoy, Snorkel, Mesh Equipment Bag, Water Bottle

Typical Practice Commitment: 1.25-1.5 hours per day, 4 days per week. 

Meets: Mandatory    Practice: Expected

 

AGE GROUP SILVER (AGS)

Age Group Silver typically includes 8-11 year old swimmers. The main emphasis in Age Group Silver is improving technique on all strokes, starts, and turns. Training sets are introduced in AGS. Younger swimmers may be accepted into Age Group Silver at the discretion of the Head Coach based on the individual's training ability, commitment, and attendance.

Required Equipment: Laguna Fins, Kickboard, Mesh Equipment Bag, Water Bottle

Typical Practice Commitment: 1-1.25 hours per day, 3 days per week. 

Meets: Mandatory    Practice: Highly Encouraged

 

AGE GROUP BRONZE (AGB)

Age Group Bronze typically includes 8 & Under swimmers plus all 9-12 year old swimmers who are proficient in Freestyle and Backstroke but may not be legal in Butterfly and Breaststroke. The main points of emphasis in AGB are improving Freestyle and Backstroke technique and introducing Butterfly and Breaststroke along with all starts and turns. No prior competitive swimming experience is necessary.

Required Equipment: Laguna Fins, Kickboard, Mesh Equipment Bag, Water Bottle

Typical Practice Commitment: 45 minutes - 1 hour per day, 3 days per week. 

Meets: Mandatory    Practice: Highly Encouraged

 

PRE-COMPETITVE SWIM CLASS (PCSC)

PCSC typically includes swimmers 12 & Under with no prior competitive swimming experience. Swimmers must be able to complete 25 yards (one length of the pool) of Freestyle or Backstroke to be eligible for PCSC. PCSC is designed to introduce the athlete to competitive swimming and create a bridge between swim lessons and competitive swimming. The emphasis is on refining Freestyle and Backstroke technique, starts, and turns. Once proficient in Freestyle and Backstroke along with the starts and turns, swimmers will be moved to Age Group Bronze for the remainder of the session at no extra cost.

Required Equipment: Fins (Laguna Fins recommended), goggles

Typical Practice Commitment: 45 minutes per day, 2 days per week. 

Meets: Not Offered          Practice: Encouraged

 

FEE INFORMATION


SWMKE’s Long Course training fee is divided into two payments. These two payments are invoiced on 3/1 and 6/1.

A $25 per swimmer Team Fee is charged on 3/1 and 6/1. This money is used to offset expenses that benefit all swimmers such as pool rental, pace clocks, backstroke flags, team computer, etc. This fee also helps offset other expenses, for example, this past year the team scheduled the SWMKE Speaker Series featuring multiple Olympic Gold Medalists, World Record Holders and Members of the USA National Team for Zoom talks. 


SWMKE 2021 LONG COURSE TRAINING FEES

Senior Elite: $900
Senior: $850
Junior: $750
Age Group Gold: $600
Age Group Silver: $500
Age Group Bronze: $300
Pre Competitive Swim Class (PCSC) special introductory fee: $50 flat fee per session + 2021 US Swimming Registration ($75)
College: $150 flat fee for the summer + 2021 US Swimming Registration ($75) 

**PCSC and Age Group Bronze swimmers who have never been on a US Swimming swim team will not be required to pay a Team Fee for their first session.**

All swimmers must be US Swimming members and pay the 2021 US Swimming annual fee of $75. This is a fee for swimmer insurance and is good through 12/31/21. Swimmers are responsible for all meet entry fees and will be billed the 1st of each month for these charges. Swimmers with outstanding fees will not be allowed to practice until fees are paid or arrangements are made to pay the balance. 

Invoices can be paid with a check payable to SWMKE or cash. Payment can be mailed to or dropped off at: SWMKE, c/o Bob White, 1706 E Iron St, Milwaukee, WI 53207 or given a coach at practice.

New to 2021, you can now pay through our team Venmo account: @SWMKE

 

PRACTICE INFORMATION 

The SWMKE practice schedule is posted on the team’s website. The practice schedule is generally consistent but does change occasionally from week to week. It is important to check practice times on a regular basis. If changes are made, the schedule on the website is immediately updated. If last minute practice changes/cancellations occur (weather, pool closings, etc.), families will also be notified by email. All practices are held at Deer Creek School or Cudahy High School. 

Deer Creek Intermediate School - 3680 S Kinnickinnic Ave, St. Francis

Cudahy High School - 4950 S Lake Drive, Cudahy

All swimmers are to arrive early to their scheduled practice. It is expected that swimmers are on deck and ready 5 minutes prior to their practice start time. If a swimmer is to miss practice, it is asked that either the swimmer or the parent notify the coach about their absence prior to the start of practice.

 

SWIM MEET INFORMATION 

The SWMKE meet schedule for each group is posted on the team website under the Meet Schedule tab. Meets are also included on the weekly practice schedule. 

Swimmers are expected to participate in all meets listed for their group and compete on all of the days of the meet. All swimmers are automatically committed and entered in meets for their training group. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to decline a meet by the commitment date if unable to attend. Swimmers who decline a meet must explain why in the meet message box. 

The swimmer’s coach will select all events. Parents should become familiar on how to decline a meet and leave messages as well as review the swimmer’s events once the coach has entered them. Once the meet entry deadline passes all meet fees are the responsibility of the swimmer whether he/she attends the meet or not. 

*Swimmers are to wear SWMKE apparel at meets, including a solid black suit and a team swim cap.*

 

ODDS AND ENDS

  1. All accounts/swimmers must be approved by the head coach and properly registered before allowed to participate. Approval is based on ability, the commitment level of the swimmer and the family’s acceptance of the program’s objectives and philosophy. 
  2. It is important to read ALL SWMKE team emails.
  3. The team’s website is: swmke.org - all team information can be found on the website - parents should become familiar with it. 
  4. All team equipment information can be found on the team website - questions regarding team equipment should be directed to the coaching staff. Swimmers are not obligated to buy equipment through the team store. All swimmers are required to wear a solid black suit (any brand) and a SWMKE team cap. SWMKE team caps can be purchased through a coach. 
  5. Questions regarding registration and billing should be directed to Bob; specific questions regarding your swimmer should be directed to your swimmer’s coach. Coaches are available before and after practice for questions. Parents should not interrupt a coach with questions during practice.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email or text are the best forms of communication. Every effort is made to reply within 24 hours.

Coach Bob: [email protected] or text (262) 337-0581; Team office daytime phone number (414) 897-8932

Coach Ethan: [email protected] or text (651) 376-9000

Coach Mattea: [email protected] or text (970) 290-0573

Coach Kristen: [email protected] or text (936) 615-9588

 

Coach Roles

Coach Bob: Administration 

Coach Ethan: Head Coach - Senior Elite, Senior, Junior, Age Group Silver, Masters

Coach Mattea: Age Group Coach - Age Group Gold

Coach Kristen: Novice Coach - Age Group Bronze, PCSC

 

SWMKE ACCOUNT/SWIMMER ONLINE REGISTRATION 

All families must set up a team account through the team’s website (swmke.org) and register their swimmer(s) as members. Once this is done, swimmers will be approved by the staff and families will begin receiving all team communications. 

TO SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT 

  1. Go to: swmke.org: Click “Register Today.”
  2. Choose “I am a new user or I am not sure if I already have an account. This is the email I want to use.” Fill in email address and click continue.
  3. Create a password - this will be used every time you sign in
  4. Fill in “Billing Information” (Parent Information)
  5. Fill in “Insurance/Emergency Contact” and click continue
  6. Click “Add New Member” and fill in “New Member Info” (Swimmers Info)
    1. All Red Asterisks are required
    2. Click “Select in “Register To This Group” - select group in drop box
    3. Scroll to the bottom of box and click “Register This Member to Selected Group” and Click “Add”
    4. Click “Required” boxes (there are 3 of them)
    5. Click continue and then click submit

 

COVID-19 PRACTICE SAFETY GUIDELINES & RULES 

1. All swimmers should come and go from practice with their suits on so locker rooms do not need to be used. (Locker room and restroom can only be used with coach approval.

2. Swimmers are not allowed in any other part of the facility except the pool, hallways to pool and parking lot 

3. No showers 

4. Drinking fountains are not available - swimmers must have their own water bottle - no sharing 

5. US Swimming spacing guidelines must be maintained in the pool and on the pool deck 

6. Swimmers must maintain 6' spacing from the parking lot to the pool 

7. Swimmers must wear masks at all times they are not in the water including the parking lot 

8. Swimmers must have their own equipment - no equipment will be available to use - no sharing of equipment 

9. No parents will be allowed on the pool deck or in the locker rooms (best to just drop off and pick up) 

10. Swimmers will not be allowed any physical contact with each other (high fives, etc.) 

11. Swimmers must stay home if the swimmer or any member of their family is showing any Covid-19 symptoms - swimmers demonstrating symptoms at practice will be immediately removed from practice and parents called for pick up 

12. Coaches will be wearing masks at all times