Dedication, Determination, Pride
While our senior penguins train at the same time, there are four primary training groups. Senior swimming is made up of swimmers 13 years and older who are IM legal and ready to compete at Senior Open (no ages) meets.
Most importantly, all our senior swimmers are required to carry themselves with integrity and humility in training and competition. They are expected to work everyday to be model teammates and leaders.
Every year many swimmers graduate from high school and swim for a university or college. USA Swimming’s Convention Education Committee compiled a list of resources for coaches, athletes & parents on the process of becoming a college swimmer. Read more here.
Senior Contact List
Remind.com is a text message communication system that allows the coaches to send out mass text messages for reminders and info to our athletes and parents. Coach Clay has used it with his students, athletes, and leadership participants at Weston Ranch and is excited to introduce it to our swim club. Sign up here or click on the remind icon. This link is just information for Senior swimmers/parents.
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Commonly Asked Parent Questions
Q: What is Senior Swimming? How is it different than age group?
A: Senior swimming is a designation given usually to athletes 13 years and older. When your swimmer enters a senior meet they are competing based on their times and not by their age. We look at our senior swimmers to be leaders. Not just within our program but beyond.
There are different kinds of Senior Meets. Senior Open meets are open for anyone 13 years and older to enter. The others have time standard requirements.
Q: How does my swimmer move up groups in the Senior levels?
A: As coaches we look for three things: Attendance, Attitude, and Aptitude. Are they making as many practices as they can, and at the higher levels are they making all workouts? No one moves up in the program if they do not demonstrate utmost character and respect for their teammates, the sport, and our team. These are both traits that swimmers can control every single day. Everyone can always work to support their teammates, be encouraging, and act as leaders every day, no matter their skill level in the pool. After these two points we look at skill level. The coaches will evaluate the athlete to see if they could benefit from more advanced skill workouts.
Q: My child was a successful age group swimmer. How can I help them reach the next level?
A: When your child is making the transition, they need to realize that they are participating at a higher level. Improvements are in tenths and hundredths, rather than seconds, due to biological and physiological factors. Throughout their career, you have been very supportive. This support is still needed but it may have to be a little different than in the past. It is a good time to discuss with your child what they needs from you. Do not be afraid to ask them “How can I support you in your swimming?” While you are an important part of their support network, realize your child, at this level, should be taking on more ownership of their swimming career.
Q: What does the coach mean when he says my child controls eighty percent of their training?
A: One of the biggest changes at the senior level is the increase in responsibility and ownership that is placed upon our swimmers. At this stage it is important for the athlete to take full responsibility for their swimming. As coaches we help guide our swimmers. Having a good attitude, developing proper time management, and demonstrating a strong work ethic are important both in and out of the water. With Senior swimmers that are what we call “hidden training factors.” Your child is in control of what they eat, how much sleep they get, their practice attendance, and most importantly their attitude and effort on practice sets. This may really add up to even more than 80%.
Q: Why does the coach have my swimmer helping with little kids?
A: There is no greater feeling than being a team role model and hero to our younger penguins. As an 8 and under I (Coach Pat) remember there was absolutely no one cooler than the 15 year old who helped work with us.
These swimmers will grow up looking up to your athlete and will work to emulate the ideals of dedication, determination, and pride that we teach in our program. This also benefits our senior swimmers as the teaching process reinforces skills and technique.
Q: I want my child to make his/her qualifying cut so badly, but they have been off by .02 for a year. What can he/she do to break through?
A: It is important for you to acknowledge that this is your child’s goal. Your expectations may actually be putting undue pressure on his performances. There are two types of goals that swimmers can set. Outcome Goals focus on the end result of performance such as “win" or "make finals.” Process Goals relate to the process of performance. Examples are “breathe every 3rd stroke" or "streamline.”
Swimmers have much more control over Process Goals. Outcome Goals are uncontrollable since they also involve the performance of other competitors. As coaches we focus on process goals since they involve aspects a swimmer can control. Focusing on a time is outcome driven. Although you want what’s best for your child, encourage them to talk to their coach to clearly identify Process Goals to work on to achieve improvement.