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Competitive Programs

Please see below for general information on each of our training groups within our age-group competitive program.

Bison Racers

Training Schedule

Tuesday: 7:00 – 8:00 PM SWIM

Thursday: 7:00 – 8:00 PM SWIM

Saturday: 8:30 - 9:30 AM SWIM

Swimmers can choose to swim twice per week (Tues/Thurs) or all three days.

  • Ages 7-15

  • Competitive

  • 1-3x per week

  • 1-3 hours per week

  • Full season i.e., Sept-June
     

Bison Racers is an introduction to competitive swimming. This training group runs concurrently with the Mini Bisons program making for a seamless transition from Mini Bisons to Bison Racers. This training group provides swimmers with the opportunity to try competitive swimming. Swimmers in the Bison Racers program will train 1-3x per week from Sept-June and will also compete in external swim meets against swimmers from other local clubs (typically held at the Pan Am Pool). Swimmers MUST compete in external swim meets to register for Bison Racers i.e., it is not an option to train with the group without racing. If a swimmer has aged out of Mini Bisons (i.e., older than 15) and is not interested in racing, we can recommend other swim fitness programs that are available at the U of M. If after training with Bison Racers, a swimmer has reached an adequate skill, performance, and training level (determined by the coaching staff) and is interested in pursuing swimming more seriously they will be invited to move up to the Youth group.

Lead Coach: Morgan Stacey

Youth

Training Schedule

Monday:  5:00 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Tuesday: 6:00 – 7:00 PM SWIM

Wednesday: 5:00 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Thursday: 6:00 – 7:00 PM SWIM

Friday: 5:00 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Lead Coach: Morgan Stacey

  • Ages 8-13

  • Competitive

  • 5x per week

  • 5 hours per week

  • Additional strength training optional

  • Full season i.e., Sept-June
     

The Youth training group is the first serious step toward pursuing competitive swimming. The focus of this group is skill development and learning to be focused and consistent in their efforts and skills. At this stage, participation in other sports (school sports for example) is supported and encouraged. Athletes in this training group are typically aiming towards competing at Junior Provincial Championships and Provincial Championships. If after training with the Youth group, a swimmer has reached an adequate skill, performance, and training level (determined by the coaching staff) and is interested in increasing their commitment level, they will be invited to move up to the Junior Development group.

Junior Development

Training Schedule

Monday:  5:00 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Tuesday: 5:00 - 5:45 PM DRYLAND

                6:00 – 7:00 PM SWIM

Wednesday: 5:00 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Thursday: 5:00 - 5:45 PM DRYLAND

                  6:00 – 7:00 PM SWIM

Friday: 5:00 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Saturday: 7:45 – 9:30 AM SWIM

  • Ages 11-16

  • Competitive

  • 6x per week

  • 6.5 hours per week of swimming

  • 2 hours per week of strength training (optional)

  • Full season i.e., Sept-June
     

The Junior Development group is catered to athletes who have made the decision to focus primarily on swimming. The goal of this group is to continue to develop skills in all strokes as well as to prepare the athletes for the transition to the next group or other opportunities. At this stage, participation in other sports is still supported, however, swimmers are encouraged to begin reducing other extra-curricular activities to a manageable level. Athletes in this training group are typically aiming towards competing at Provincial Championships and qualifying for Western Championships. If after training with the Junior Development group, a swimmer has reached an adequate skill, performance, and training level (determined by the coaching staff) and is interested in increasing their commitment level, they will be invited to move up to the Junior group.

Lead Coach: Dillon Perron

Junior 

Training Schedule

Monday: 3:45 – 5:00 PM SWIM

                5:00 -6:00 PM DRYLAND

Tuesday: 3:45 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Wednesday: 3:45 – 5:00 PM SWIM 

                      5:00 -6:00 PM DRYLAND

Thursday: 3:45 – 6:00 PM SWIM

Friday: 3:45 – 5:00 PM SWIM 

            5:00 -6:00 PM DRYLAND

Saturday: 6:00 – 8:00 AM SWIM

*Although the training sessions start at 3:45 PM each day, the expectation is the swimmers arrive as soon as possible depending on their school schedule (while some swimmers will be able to arrive at 3:45 PM, others may not be able to make it until slightly after 4:00 PM)

  • Ages 13-18

  • Competitive

  • 6x per week

  • 10 hours per week of swimming

  • 5 hours per week of strength

  • Full season i.e., Sept-June
     

The Junior group is catered to athletes who have made the decision to focus on swimming. At this stage, participation in other sports is supported on a case-by-case basis. In general, athletes will be encouraged to focus on swimming. Athletes in this training group typically aim towards competing at Provincial Championships, Western Championships, and Age Group Nationals. If after training with the Junior group, a swimmer has reached an adequate skill, performance, and training level (determined by the coaching staff) and is interested in increasing their commitment level, they will be invited to move up to the Senior group.

Lead Coach: Craig McCormick

Senior

Training Schedule

Senior athletes train with the UofM Bisons Varsity team. Please contact Vlastik for more details. 

  • Ages 16 & Up

  • Competitive

  • 10x per week

  • 12 hours per week of swimming

  • 7 hours per week of strength

  • Full season i.e., Sept-June
     

The Senior group is designed for high-performance swimmers who are not in university. Athletes in this training group are typically aiming to compete at Western Championships, Age Group Nationals & National Championships.

Lead Coach: Vlastimil Cerny