Coach: Martha Montoya
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.
Coach: Bridgette Rhoades
Age Requirement: 8 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 eight years old and legal in all strokes.
Entry into the Longhorn program requires recommendation of the Longhorn and Junior Longhorn coaches.
Longhorn Training Group
Coaches: Martha Montoya
Age Requirement: 11 years or older
Skill Requirement: skill levels vary (see description below)
This group is for high school swimmers looking to supplement their seasonal high school training or for younger swimmers who are not able to meet the demands of the Senior Longhorn or National/Senior groups. The focus is on improving conditioning and stroke technique in order to be more competitive at the Senior Champs or high school district level. This group offers five to six practices per week with 75 to 90 minutes in the water. This is also an excellent group for high school age swimmers who want to improve their swimming or stay in shape but don’t have the training background or time available to train in the upper-level groups. Swimmers must be at least 11 years old. We hope that many will work towards advancing to the Senior Longhorn or National/Senior groups.
Age Requirement: 11 years or older
Skill Requirement: stroke proficiency and ability to handle challenging two-hour practices
This group prepares members for top age group competitions and develops a strong training base for advanced swimming. Swimmers must have the ability to handle more challenging practices of up to two hours. Goal-setting and mental training techniques will be included, and dry land training will increase. Swimmers should plan to attend all practices in order to have consistent improvement and preparation for the National/Senior program. Practices are seven sessions per week for 90 minutes in the water. Swimmers must be at least 11 years old.
Entry into the Senior Longhorn group is based on recommendations from the head coach and group coaches.
Head Coach: Mike Laitala
Assistant Coach: Tom Andrew
Age Requirement: 13 years or older or permission from head coach
Skill Requirement: physically and emotionally ready for Senior Level swimming
These are TXLA’s top training groups; however, some are still making the transition from age group to senior swimming. These swimmers are motivated and ready for the challenges and demands of this group. Members prepare for Senior Sectional and Junior National (Senior group), as well as National and International Level competition (National group). The training program is intense and swimmers are encouraged to strive for goals that reflect their best ability. Running, dry land, and weight training are important components of this program. Training specialization is emphasized more and geared towards individual abilities and goals. Members train 8 to 10 sessions per week and are expected to be committed to their goals and maintain high attendance. Swimmers must be at least 13 years old, have permission from the head coach, and be physically and mentally ready to handle the training program.
Entry into the National/Senior group is based on recommendations from the head coach and group coaches.
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.