Invitation only group for high achieving Seniors. This group adds two mornings per week during the school year at Planet Fitness. Training fee does not include the cost of the Planet Fitness membership. 95% attendance is required. Senior Program Lead Coach: Lewis Timberman
This group is designed for those athletes wishing to swim in college and possess a desire to set Sectional and National meet qualifications as their primary goals. Emphasis will be on continued skill development and race strategy, seasonal planning, and increased training loads. This group is designed for athletes who are committed to swimming as their primary sport. Practices are offered 5-6 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered (and required) during the long course season. The coaches will be planning an optional travel trip after the high school season. Travel expenses and meet fees for this experience are not included in group fees. Minimum age – 14, recommended for swimmers age 16 and over. 90% attendance is required.
This group is designed for those athletes with quality competitive and training experience who are entering high school or by coach invitation. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, holding specific pace times in training, advanced race strategy, goal-setting, and increased training loads. This group is also available for high school athletes who enjoy competitive swimming but are not yet ready to dedicate themselves to swimming as their primary sport or need more time for a demanding academic schedule. Practices are offered 5-6 days per week during the short course season. Additional practices will be offered during the summer season. Minimum age, 13. Recommended age, 14 -15. 80% attendance is required.
Entry minimums – To enter prior to high school we consider prior training load and experience, plus competitive success. Legally compete in the 4/500 Free, 400 IM & 200 of each stroke; complete 10 x 100 freestyle kick on 2:00; complete 10 x 100 freestyle swim on 1:30; complete 6 x 100 of stroke on assigned intervals; complete timed 2000 yard freestyle swim with bilateral breathing in under 28 minutes; read the pace clock; able to actively listen and ask questions to gain understanding; makes a habit of paying attention to details; properly applies stroke drill to complete stroke technique.
High School Practice Groups
High School swimmers have several options at Buckeye:
Option 1: Join the Senior or Junior program, which is a year-round commitment to the program, with attendance requirements. Senior Program requirements are outlined above.
Option 2: Join the Scarlet program, which is also a seasonal commitment to the program, has a slightly relaxed attendance policy, and is appropriate for less experienced swimmers.
Option 3: Fall High School Prep Program. Participants attend all offered Scarlet or Junior practices (pick one group please) with no attendance requirement. This is a high school preseason group only and ends with participation in the November Senior Meet.
We offer training in the spring and summer for college students. Please contact Coach Timberman for training information.
This chart is intended to help swimmers and parent navigate the expected progression through the groups at Buckeye. We are showing a typical progression and an accelerated progression. All move ups are considered on an individual basis with physical maturity, and prior experience as part of that consideration. It is very typical to see a girl moved up before a boy, as girls mature earlier than boys.