The Club Swim Team usually practices four days a week for an hour and a half in Spaulding Pool, plus one hour of dryland.
Karl Michael Pool is located in Alumni Gym, where there are also locker rooms for convenient use.
- How hard are the practices?
- Each practice is usually divided into 3 groups based on difficulty.Swimmers have full freedom to choose their level, but coaches try and set intervals that fit the needs/desires of swimmers in the pool!
- The coach writes the practices, and there will be 3 slightly different/adjusted practices for each of the groups.
- The practices are designed to make you work and learn from the experience, but of course, adjustments will be immediately made if the difficulty is too high or if you have an injury.
- How many practices am I expected to make?
- One of the goals of Club Swim is to meet every swimmer where they’re at, so if you can only make a few practices a term, that’s fine, and if you want to go to every practice, that’s also great!
- What do practices consist of?
- The practices cover a broad range of swimming, including everything from pacing for a 500 freestyle or 400 I.M. to a pure-sprint 50 freestyle set, relays, kicking with kickboards, pulling, and competitive starts/turns.
- While many of the practices will have interval-based sets, some days are focused on technique or games (which we often do after meets)
- If you were never a competitive swimmer in high school, that’s totally fine! We always set aside time/practice for people beginning the sport. We only ask that you can swim safely on your own.
- For strength training, sometimes we incorporate weight-bearing exercises during dryland sessions to build muscles to help with the pool time.
- What should I bring to practice?
- Cap, goggles, swimsuit, towel, toiletries, and a great attitude!
- You will have the option to buy Club Swim caps and equipment during the year, but do not have to!
- The biggest thing Leadership hopes to see from the team is bonding and long-lasting friendships!