Age Requirement: 6 years or older
Skill Requirement: ability to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke, with some ability to swim butterfly and breaststroke
This group can swim comfortably in a 25-yard pool. Members will work on improving stroke technique and endurance, as well as racing starts and turns. They will learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming, including proper technique in the four competitive strokes, starts and turns, racing skills, reading pace clocks, and structured practices. Endurance training is introduced, as well as low-key competition when the swimmer is ready. Members practice three times per week for 60 minutes. Swimmers must be at least six years old, able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and have some ability to swim butterfly and breaststroke.
Entry into the Junior Longhorn program requires an invitation following tryouts with Longhorn Aquatics staff.
13 volunteer points required
Coach: Bridgette Rhoades
Age Requirement: 10 years or older
Skill Requirement: proficiency in all four strokes
This group is proficient in all four strokes, as well as continuing to develop training fundamentals and prepare for age-group competitions. The Longhorn program’s primary emphasis is on stroke technique, racing skills, and increased conditioning. Practice includes dry land training three to five times per week. Members practice five times per week for 75 to 90 minutes in the water. Swimmers must be at least ten years old and legal in all strokes.
Entry into the Longhorn program requires recommendation of the Longhorn and Junior Longhorn coaches.
24 volunteer points required
Coach: Samantha Tucker
Age Requirement: 12 years or older
Skill Requirement: levels vary from proficiency in all four strokes to learning the basics
Senior Longhorn is the third step for most along the year-round swimming career path. It is developmentally appropriate programming, teaching the fundamentals of competitive swim racing and training for the ages 13-14. Creative lessons focus on stroke technique and kicking to build the foundations of fast swimming in all four strokes. Training begins to elevate according to ability to build the proper background for future success as a senior swimmer. SRLH swimmers focus on accomplishing time standards, such as C-B-BB and A, to point their season towards a peak performance meet each season.
28 volunteer points required
Age Requirement: 11 years or older
Skill Requirement: Minimum 11-12 TAGS standards and/or 13-14 A-time standards, proficiency in all four strokes, ability to swim 2 hour competitive practices at A-time intervals.
Age-Group Elite is the top level of the age-group experience at TXLA. These athletes are aiming for the highest local and state competitions in the age groups 11-12 and 13-14. They have achieved A times and/or TAGS times to make those meets their focus for each season. This group continues to build endurance through strong stroke mechanics, kicking, and race strategy execution. Their goals will elevate from local to a national level in this group, and travel will most likely become a component in planning to consider each swim season. Age-Group Elite athletes are beginning to develop ownership of their preparation and performance on a daily basis which will begin their foundation for senior level swimming in the near future. This group is well equipped for challenging 2 hour practices daily, and attendance should be considered necessary on a daily basis to accomplish their goals.
28 volunteer points required
Coach: Tom Andrew
Age Requirement: 15 years or older
Skill Requirement: No time standard prerequisites, levels vary depending on background, proficiency in all four strokes, ability to swim 90-120 min practices.
Senior group is the beginning of the top level training offered for swimming at TXLA. This group accommodates a number of backgrounds for our high-school aged athletes and beyond. Training focuses on the individual goals of the athlete solidifying the foundations for fast swimming. Commitment levels and schedule limitations vary in this group, so there are numerous practice times offered. The Senior Group at TXLA is focused on solidifying swimming as a lifelong sport, and using competitive swimming as an outlet to reach athletic goals. Skill acquisition, executing race strategies, and building the fitness to support the performances are the programming core goals. Developing a routine and schedule to make swimming a consistent part of their lifestyle, and a necessary duty to achievement will be a large part of the process. Meets such as High School State, Regional’s, Districts, STAGS, Sectionals, and Zones are the target meets of Senior Group. Travel to season focus meets is a consideration locally, and statewide. The Senior Group offers a pathway to prepare for swimming in the National group and for athletes of any age above adolescence to discover swimming as a competitive sport, advance their levels of success, and compete on the numerous stages swimming has to offer.
28 volunteer points required
Head Coach: Mike Laitala
Assistant Coach: Tom Andrew
Age Requirement: 13 years and up
Skill Requirement: Sectionals time standards and above
The National/Elite group represents the highest level of training athletes at TXLA. This group is highly exclusive and could range yearly from 10-12 to 20-25 total members. Before a member of this group, athletes must receive a letter of invitation from the Head Coach. The National/Elite athlete accepts the challenge of being a team leader and acknowledges their role as face of the program on the largest stages in the sport. They must commit to representing the team with honor and class at all times. National Elite members have developed ownership of their goals and accountability to the process of training for them. They exhibit the highest levels of commitment to their preparation and performance daily, with achievements at Sectionals, Junior Nationals, Nationals, Olympic Trials and beyond. Travel each season is expected for all of these athletes in planning and reflected in cost.
40 volunteer points required
This program runs during the university’s summer and winter breaks and serves former Longhorn Aquatics members who want to continue training when their teams are not holding regular practices. It is also available to other visiting college swimmers but only on a special basis. Each swimmer must receive approval from the current coaches.
Join TXLA Swimming Checklist
Schedule a Try-Out*
Complete the Longhorn Aquatics Registration Form
Provide proof of USA Swimming membership*
Provide physician’s authorization