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Hilltoppers Swimmers practice and compete together based on their skill level.

Toppers

  • This swim group offers a developmental environment for swimmers 5-9.
  • We provide fundamental skills and techniques of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns.

Skill requirements

  • Complete 25 yards of all four strokes legally.
  • Pay attention to instruction in a group setting.

Need to brush up on swimming skills? Check out our Learn to Swim classes.

Schedule and attendance requirements

Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:45–5:45 p.m.

Swimmers are encouraged to attend both sessions each week.

Pioneers

  • This group is open to swimmers 9 – 12 looking to develop skills.
  • We teach the fundamental skills and techniques of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns.

Skill requirements

  • Complete 50 yards of free and back strokes, 25 yards of fly and breast strokes legally.
  • Pay attention to instruction in a group setting.
  • MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:45–5:45 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Swimmers are encouraged to attend a minimum of two of the three sessions each week.

Bronze

  • This group introduces swimmers 11 and younger to competitive swimming.
  • It teaches the fundamentals of the four competitive strokes, starts and turns.
  • Swimmers MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

Mondays – Thursdays: 4:45–5:45 p.m.

We encourage swimmers to attend three practice sessions per week.

Silver

  • This group introduces the basic concepts of conditioning.
  • It provides constant reinforcement of fundamental technical concepts.
  • Swimmers progress according to individual ability.
  • Ages range from 9-12, depending upon skill level.
  • Swimmers MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • Mondays – Thursdays: 4:45–6:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Swimmers are required to attend three practices sessions per week.

Gold

  • This group prepares swimmers for all facets of competitive swimming.
  • It increases aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, depending on group abilities.
  • The group provides continued refinement of stroke technique.
  • We introduce the basic concepts of race strategy and dryland training.
  • Ages range from 10-12, depending upon skill level, level of conditioning and an athlete’s motivation.
  • Swimmers MUST attend appropriate meets.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:45-6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:45-6:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Swimmers must attend three practice sessions per week. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.

Mountaineers

  • This group includes a blend of conditioning and stoke instruction designed to successfully prepare swimmers for a senior swimming event line-up.
  • Ages range from 13 and older, depending on skill level, level of conditioning and an athlete’s motivation.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:15-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Swimmers must attend three practice sessions per week. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.

Crimson

  • This group is designed to prepare athletes for senior swimming.
  • Training will be a balance of mature technical instruction and conditioning designed to prepare swimmers for state and regional levels of competition.
  • Swimmers who display excellent practice habits, mental discipline, strong work ethic and consistent attendance will be considered for the Elite group.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • Mondays – Thursdays: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 4:45–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Swimmers must attend four practice sessions per week. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.

Elite

  • Elite swimming prepares swimmers for regional- and national-level competition.
  • It readies athletes for collegiate swimming.
  • The group provides short- and long-term goal setting and introduces strength training.
  • We challenge swimmers with technique improvements and conditioning levels.
  • Ages range from 13 years through post-grad, depending upon skill level, level of conditioning and an athlete’s motivation.

Schedule and attendance requirements

  • Mondays – Thursdays: 5:45–8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:15–7:00 a.m.
  • Fridays: 4:45–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

We expect athletes to prepare themselves for Elite-level competition. Practice requirements increase with the level of competition.

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