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Competitive Swim Team Programs

Waterloo Swimming (WLOO) is a USA Swimming Team. We take a technique first approach to swim practices. While achieving efficient swim strokes, we develop the swimmers aerobic and speed capacity. Swimmers are placed into swim practice groups based on skill / ability then age. Each practice group is designed to achieve the individual swimmer’s goals while targeting the same end of season championship meet. Our motto is Attendance + Effort = Success.

Our coaches developed swimmers that compete at Jr STAGS, STAGS, TAGS, Sectionals and Jr Nationals events. WLOO is a top 5th STAGS finisher and top 20 TAGS and Sectionals finisher. As well, Waterloo has representation on college swim teams from D3 to D1 programs.

Our swim coaches are USA Swimming certified and American Swim Coaches Association members. They are always looking to learn from the latest techniques and technology while continued being-grounded in our core program. Each coach strives to create a fun yet challenging environment for our swimmers…and, we not only hold each coach accountable to results, but also the swimmers to give effort at every practice.

Waterloo trains swimmers to be able to race. At the center is training a swimmer’s legs and aerobic system to sustain throughout the race. Each practice includes warm-up, a hard kick set, and one to two main sets – depending on the group and time in the training cycle. Approximately every three weeks, we run a test set with each group to understand what progress each swimmer is making towards their goals – either kicking or swimming. Drills and technique work are integrated into the workouts.

Swimmers in the younger groups will periodically do exercises out of the water during their practice time to increase overall conditioning. As the swimmers move into the Silver 1 and JV groups, we then offer scheduled dryland workouts. These exercises are designed to increase flexibility / mobility as well as strength and overall conditioning. Early on swimmers use body-weight and simple tools in dryland. Later as maturation has started, we integrate more tools into the swimmers dryland program.

Beginning with the Silver 2 group and through the Elite group, coaches sit down with each swimmer to evaluate their goals for the next season…while looking back on the previous season of what worked (or didn’t). Parents are welcome to attend this session with the swimmer and coach.

Swim meet participation is required (see Swim Team Policies and below). Meets are a chance to see progress and race against others. A “season” is defined as Short Course Yards (typically September through March) and Long Course Meters (typically April through August).

Move ups between groups tend to occur at the end of short course (SCY) and long course (LCM) seasons. Coaches will review all aspects of move up timing, including test sets, leadership in the lane and group, mental, physical and emotional readiness. Attendance and practice (dryland included) effort will also be considered as variables.

For more information about our Swim Fitness programs please visit our Swim Fitness page.

If you have questions about your practice time please email us at info@waterlooswimming.com or stop by the front desk.

Swim Team Group Descriptions


GroupDescriptionMonthly Dues
Bronze 1Bronze 1 is for swimmers ages 6 - 12. This group introduces swimmers to year round swimming. Swimmers will learn key drills and technique for all the four competitive strokes in addition to turns, racing starts, and practice basics. They are expected to attend one swim meet each season and are encouraged to attend 3 practices each week.$140 (5 days/Mon-Fri)
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Bronze 2Designed for age-group swimmers ages 8 - 12. The focus is to continue the development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules with an increased emphasis on interval training and aerobic swimming. These swimmers are improving with B and BB time standards. Success of each individual swimmer is based on an increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort. Introduction to goal setting and race strategies. These swimmers are expected to attend two (2) swim meet each season plus the Championship Meet.$150 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
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JVThe JV group is for swimmers ages 13 and up. This group introduces swimmers to year round competitive swimming. These swimmers typically have had little to no formal swim team knowledge and/or are at B and slower time standards. Practices will balance technique improvement along with endurance / aerobic capacity building. The fundamentals of all four strokes and swim race will be coached daily. These swimmers are expected to attend one (1) swim meet each season plus the Championship Meet.$150 (3 days/wk + Sat AM)
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Silver 1Silver 1 swimmers are typically 9 – 12 year olds. The focus of Silver 1 is to continue to develop stroke mechanics while introducing a broader aerobic base. Swimmers are training to become highly developed swimmers, developing more advanced race strategies, learning about nutrition, goal setting & dedication. Silver 1 also introduces swimmers to the fundamentals of dryland. These swimmers are expected to attend three (3) swim meet each season plus the Championship Meet.$160 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
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VarsityThe Varsity group is for swimmers ages 13 and up. The focus of Varsity is to continuing to build on technique and endurance. Swimmers are training to develop more advanced race strategies, learning about nutrition as an athlete and goal setting. The dryland portion emphasizes increasing strength while balancing flexibility. These swimmers typically have experience with year around swimming and have B or BB cuts. These swimmers are expected to attend two (2) swim meet each season plus the Championship Meet.$160 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
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Silver 2The Silver 2 group is for swimmers ages 11 - 14. These swimmers will continue to fine tune strokes, turns, and starts with an increased emphasis on training. The purpose of the group is to gain more knowledge of the sport, learn to take ownership of their swimming and enjoy the process even when workouts get difficult. Swimmers goals are to achieve 11-12 TAGS and 13-14 STAGS. These swimmers are expected to attend one (1) swim meet each month plus the Championship Meet.$170 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
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GoldComprised of 13-14 yr old swimmers that have multiple TAGS cuts or a season away from those time standards. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training efforts. These swimmers are striving to maximize their age group abilities, while readying themselves for Sectional cuts. These swimmers are expected to attend one (1) swim meet each month plus the Championship Meet.$170 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
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SeniorThe Senior group is composed of high school age swimmers who are focused on fine tuning stroke mechanics, race strategies, increasing aerobic capacity and gaining strength. These swimmers are working towards scoring at STAGS and eventually Sectional cuts to move into the Elite group. These swimmers are expected to attend two swim meets per season. These swimmers are expected to attend two (2) swim meet each season plus the Championship Meet.$180 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
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EliteElite group is comprised for swimmers at the highest ability level. These swimmers have Sectionals and National cuts. They train 2+ hours each day, maximizing mental and physical skills. Dryland training, goal setting and race strategies are emphasized. Continued focus on endurance, speed, perfection of stroke technique and commitment to all aspects of swimming are expected at this level. These swimmers are expected to attend one (1) swim meet each month plus the Championship Meet.$200 (5 days/wk + Sat AM)
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Competitive Swimming Groups

Bronze 1

Bronze 1 is for swimmers ages 6 – 12. This group introduces swimmers to year round swimming. Swimmers will learn key drills and technique for all the four competitive strokes in addition to turns, racing starts, and practice basics. They are expected to attend one swim meet each season and are encouraged to attend 3 practices each week.

Requirements:

  • Pass our Intermediate level in Stroke School or move over from Swim Fitness
  • Swim a 25 yards of each of the four competitive strokes legally
  • Do a standing dive from the side of the pool
  • Do a Freestyle flip turn
  • Attend one swim meet during the season + the Championship Meet

Equipment: Swim Bag, Goggles, Cap, Kickboard, Fins, and a Competitive Swimming Snorkel

Group Information:

  • 45 minute weekday swim practice
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:15pm or 7:00pm. (group times not interchangeable)
  • $140 per month

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Bronze 2

Designed for age-group swimmers ages 8 – 12 years old. The focus is to continue the development of stroke mechanics and competitive rules with an increased emphasis on interval training and aerobic swimming. These swimmers are improving with B and BB time standards. Success of each individual swimmer is based on an increased commitment level in attendance and practice effort. Introduction to goal setting and race strategies. They are expected to attend at least 2 meets per season with the goal of making STAGS or Jr STAGS at the end of the season.

Requirements:
Bronze Competitive Swimmers

  • Move from Bronze 1
  • Know all of their turns & a breaststroke pullout
  • Know their backstroke start and how to dive off of the blocks
  • Attend at least 2 swim meets per season + the Championship Meet

Equipment: Swim Bag, Goggles, Water Bottle, Kickboard, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Pull Buoy and Paddles (please have your swimmer get sized before purchasing)

Group Information:

  • 60 minute swim practice
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm or 7:45pm (group times not interchangeable)
  • Saturday Morning Swim Practice: 10:00am
  • $150 per month

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Junior Varsity(JV)

Jr. Varsity group is for swimmers ages 13 & up. The Jr. Varsity group introduces older swimmers to year round swimming. Swimmers are working on the fundamentals of all four strokes and building an endurance base. They will practice stroke drills, starts and turns and interval training. They will also have the opportunity to do dryland that will help with building strength and flexibility. Swimmers in this group are expected to attend one swim meet per season with the goals of racing all strokes and distances.

Requirements:

  • Pass our Intermediate level in Stroke School or move from Swim Fitness
  • Swim a 25 of each of the four competitive strokes legally
  • Do a freestyle flip turn
  • Do a standing dive from the side of the pool
  • Attend one swim meet during the season + the Championship Meet

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Pulling Paddles and Pull Buoy

Group Information:

  • 60 minute weekday swim practice; 30 minute dryland
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7:45pm
  • Saturday morning swim practice: 11:15am
  • Dryland: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7:15pm; Saturdays at 12:15pm
  • $150 per month

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Silver 1

Silver 1 is for swimmers ages 9 – 12 years old. The focus of Silver 1 is to continue to develop stroke mechanics while introducing a broader aerobic base. Swimmers are training to become highly developed swimmers, developing more advanced race strategies, learning about nutrition, goal setting & dedication. Silver 1 also introduces swimmers to the fundamentals of dryland. These swimmers are expected to attend three (3) swim meet each season plus the Championship Meet.

Requirements:

  • Move from Bronze 2 and 9-12 years old
  • Have USA Swimming meet experience
  • Prepared to train longer distance practices while maintaining proper technique

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Paddles and Pull Buoy. Tennis shoes and comfortable gyms clothes for dryland

Group Information:

  • 75 minute weekday swim practice; 60 minute Saturday practice; optional dryland
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday 4:30pm or 7:15pm (times are not interchangeable)
  • Saturday Morning Swim Practice: 10:00am
  • Optional 30 minute dryland practices on Wednesdays at 5:45p or 6:45pm; Saturdays at 9:30am
  • $160 per month

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Varsity

Varsity group is for swimmers ages 13 & up. The focus of Varsity is to continuing to build on technique and endurance. Swimmers are training to develop more advanced race strategies, learning about nutrition as an athlete and goal setting. The dryland portion emphasizes increasing strength while balancing flexibility. These swimmers typically have experience with year around swimming and have B or BB cuts. Swimmers in this group are expected to attend two swim meets per season.

Requirements:

  • Move from Bronze 2, Silver 1
  • Have swim meet experience
  • Attend at least 2 swim meets per season + the Championship Meet

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Paddles and Pull Buoy. Tennis shoes and comfortable gyms clothes for dryland

Group Information:

  • 75 minute weekday swim practice; 2 hour Saturday practice; 30 minute dryland
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday 5:00pm or 7:15pm (times are not interchangeable)
  • Saturday Morning Swim Practice: 10:00am
  • Dryland Practices: Monday / Tuesday / Thursday 6:30pm; Saturdays 9:30am
  • $160 per month

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Silver 2

Swimmers in this group and typically 11 – 14 years old comprised of the most skilled and experienced age-group swimmers at or working on TAGS cuts. Dryland training is increased to four days per week and water time is increased to 90 minutes. Silver 2 swimmers will continue to fine tune strokes, turns, and starts with an increased emphasis on training. The purpose of the group is to gain more knowledge of the sport, learn to take ownership of their swimming and enjoy the process even when workouts get difficult. Swimmers goals are to achieve 11-12 TAGS and 13-14 STAGS. These swimmers are expected to attend one (1) swim meet each month plus the Championship Meet.

Requirements:

  • Move from Silver 1
  • Have previous USA Swimming and championship meet experience
  • Must be able to attend 1 swim meet per month + the Championship Meet

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Paddles and Pull Buoy. Tennis shoes and comfortable gyms clothes for dryland

Group Information:

  • 90 minute weekday swim practice; 2 hour Saturday practice; 30 minute dryland
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday 5:45pm
  • Saturday – 8:00am
  • Dryland Training: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm
  • $170 per month

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Gold

Gold swimmers are 13 – 14 years old comprised of swimmers that have multiple TAGS cuts or a season away from those time standards. Swimmers in this group are expected to make a strong commitment with respect to attendance and training efforts. These swimmers are striving to maximize their age group abilities, while readying themselves for sectional cuts. Goal setting and race strategies are emphasized. Swimmers in this group attend local, regional and state meets.

Requirements:

  • Move from Silver 2
  • Have previous USA Swimming experience, including experience at STAGS or TAGS
  • Be within a season of 13-14 TAGS cuts
  • Must be able to attend 1 swim meet per month + the Championship Meet
  • Must be available to attend both STAGS and TAGS each season

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Paddles and Pull Buoy. Tennis shoes and comfortable gyms clothes for dryland

Group Information:

  • 90 minute weekday swim practice; 2 hour Saturday practice; 30 minute dryland
  • Morning Swim Practice: Weekday (by invite); Saturday 8:00am
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday 5:45pm
  • Dryland Training: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm
  • $170 per month

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Senior

The Senior group is comprised of high school age swimmers ages 15 years and older who are focused on fine tuning stroke mechanics, race strategies, increasing aerobic capacity and gaining strength. Nutrition, goal setting and advanced swimming techniques assist these swimmers to achieve their goals. These swimmers are working towards scoring at STAGS as well as Sectional cuts to move into the Elite group. These swimmers are expected to attend two swim meets per season.

Requirements:

  • Move from Silver 2, Gold, Varsity
  • Have swim meet experience
  • Attend at least 2 swim meets per season + the Championship Meet

Equipment: Swim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Paddles and Pull Buoy. Tennis shoes and comfortable gyms clothes for dryland

Group Information:

  • 90 minute weekday swim practice; 2 hour Saturday practice; 30 minute dryland
  • Morning Swim Practice: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 6:30am; Friday AM: 7:00am; Saturday: 8:00am
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday 7:15pm
  • Dryland Training: Monday – Thursday 6:30pm
  • $180 per month

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Elite

Elite group is comprised for swimmers at the highest ability level. These swimmers have Sectionals and National cuts. They train 2+ hours each day, maximizing mental and physical skills. Dryland training, goal setting and race strategies are emphasized. Continued focus on endurance, speed, perfection of stroke technique and commitment to all aspects of swimming are expected at this level. Swimmers in this group are expected to attend local, state, regional and national meets.

Requirements:

  • By invitation

Equipment: SSwim bag, Kickboard, Goggles, Fins, a Competitive Swimming Snorkel, Paddles and Pull Buoy. Tennis shoes and comfortable gyms clothes for dryland

Group Information:

  • 2 hour weekday PM swim practice; 90 minute weekday AM practice; 2 hour Saturday practice; 30 minute dryland
  • There is a 75% attendance requirement to be in the Elite Group
  • Morning Swim Practice: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 6:30am; Friday AM: 7:00am; Saturday: 8:00am
  • Afternoon Swim Practice: Monday – Friday: 5:45pm
  • Dryland Practice: Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm
  • $200 per month

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Waterloo Swimming

12332 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, Texas 78750

(512) 401-3404

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Pool temperatures:
Lessons Pool - 89°
Olympic Pool - 82°

Waterloo Swimming has many satisfied clients receiving a rating 5 out of 5 stars.