TOPS SwimmingThe University of Denver Hilltoppers (TOPS) Swim Team has a winning tradition and due to the fundraising efforts of the program last year, the team has become more competitive not only in the pool but on dry land.

Funds raised by the TOPS program paid for the team’s head coach and three other full-time coaches to attend a Gain Swim Network dry land training program in Indiana. The three-day intensive training clinic allowed the TOPS program to institute a dry land training program centered around injury prevention and all-around strengthening activities for swimming specific athletes. By certifying all of the coaches, TOPS swimmers benefit from a structured dry land regimen that includes training every day for high school swimmers and twice a week for younger swimmers.

Three years ago the TOPS program began dryland activities to increase the competitiveness of its swimmers and now enters the first year of the entire coaching staff being on board in creating progression opportunities for all ages of swimmers. The rest of the funds also allowed the program to purchase physical equipment that has allowed the coaches to utilize the tools they learned at the Gain Swim Network training. TOPS continues to be a nationally recognized program and with the added opportunities for athletes to develop and train outside of the water, the level of competition will only continue to grow along with the swimmers opportunities.