Swim Team

The Lowell Lionfish Community Swim Team

We are proud to offer a multi-tiered program for swimmers who are interested in improving their skills and competing. Our Lionfish Swim Team is open to Lowell students, as well as the public, with multiple age and skill divisions available.

Team practices focus on competitive techniques for four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) as set forth by USA Swimming within age group classifications. Swimmers learn up-to-date techniques for each stroke, including diving and turning.

Swimmers will have opportunities to compete in local swim meets; however, participation in these meets is not required. To join the Lionfish Swim Team, swimmers must complete the Catfish swim class OR be evaluated, prior to registration, by a Lowell swim instructor.

Learn more about our practice groups and fees below. Payment plans are available for full-year participation.

Lionfish Swim Team

Learn more about our practice groups and fees below. Payment plans are available for full-year participation.

List of 6 items.

  • Pre-Team Lionfish Jr.

    Overview
    Swimmers build on the fundamentals taught in the Catfish swim class and practice breathing techniques and how to dive properly. They learn two new strokes—the breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers perform specific drills for all four strokes and use the entire length of the pool to build strength and endurance.

    To be eligible for the Lionfish Jr., a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards without swimming aids
    2. Demonstrate working knowledge of diving

    Objectives
    The focus of Pre-team Lionfish Jr. is on improving stroke development, technique, all four competitive strokes, ndividual Medley (IM), and starts and turns through positive reinforcement and immediate feedback. An important objective is to cultivate a love of swimming through fun games and activities in the water. Swimmers are expected to continue developing self-discipline, respect for coaches and teammates, as well as age-appropriate social skills in a team environment.

    Swim Meets
    We encourage participation in mini meets, but competition is not required.

    Cost
    $1,150 for year | $425–1st Semester | $675–2nd Semester
    *Suit not included
  • Lionfish 1

    Overview
    Lionfish 1 is the first of five tiers for the Lionfish practice groups—swimmers are ages 5–8. Lionfish 1 swimmers work on stroke fundamentals and are encouraged to have a full understanding of how each stroke works and how their body interacts with the water, as well as gain the strength needed to perform each stroke correctly. Swimmers also learn how how to swim intervals, use the clock, exercise lane etiquette, and execute proper starts and turns for the four strokes. Competition is not required but encouraged.

    To be eligible for the Lionfish 1, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Swim both freestyle and backstroke legally and have working knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly
    2. Swim 100-yard freestyle and backstroke without stopping
    3. Demonstrate working knowledge of race starts and turns
    4. Demonstrate a basic use of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    5. Pass the following test sets:
    ● Swim one 25-yard fly without stopping (does not need to be legal)
    ● Swim one 100-yard backstroke legally without stopping
    ● Swim one 25-yard breaststroke without stopping (does not need to be legal)
    ● Swim 4 x 50-yard freestyle legally

    Objectives

    The focus of Lionfish 1 swimmers is on further skill development, stroke construction, and refinement. Swimmers learn to swim interval sets and manage effort and pace. General education on how to train, manage hydration and nutrition levels before, during, and after practice begins at this level. Coaching staff mentor swimmers on developing a strong work ethic. Basic racing concepts, such as stroke rate/stroke count, efficient air exchange techniques during starts and turns, as well as event-specific breathing patterns, are learned.

    Swim Meets
    We strongly encourage swim meet attendance at this level, but competition is not required.

    Cost
    $1,250 for year | $475–1st Semester | $725–2nd Semester
    *Includes a team suit
  • Lionfish 2

    Overview
    Lionfish 2 is the second tier of the Lionfish practice groups and is for swimmers ages 7–12. Swimmers fine tune the techniques covered in Lionfish 1 while also learning more advanced techniques. Lionfish 2 swimmers work on building endurance, strength, speed, race strategies, and proper muscle memory technique.

    To be eligible for the Lionfish 2 practice group, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Perform all four competitive strokes and have the endurance to swim 100 yards in freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke, as well as swim 50 yards of passable butterfly
    2. Demonstrate legal starts, turns, and finishes in all four strokes
    3. Demonstrate a basic use of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    4. Pass the following test sets:
    ● Swim 8 x 100-yard freestyle with a 1:45 send-off
    ● Swim 5 x 100-yard kick with a 2:30 send-off
    ● Swim two 200 IMs with a 4:00 send-off using legal starts, transitions, and finishes


    Objectives
    The focus of Lionfish 2 swimmers is on mastering all four strokes and Individual Medley, starts, turns, transitions, and finishes. Swimmers advance in interval sets, effort, and pace management. General education on learning how to train, manage hydration and nutrition levels before, during, and after practice continues at this level. Coaching staff mentor swimmers in developing a strong work ethic. Basic racing concepts are introduced, along with stroke rate/stroke count, effective air exchange techniques during starts and turns, and event-specific breathing patterns.

    Swim Meets
    We strongly encourage swim meet attendance, but competition is not required.

    Cost
    $1,250 per year | $475–1st Semester | $725–2nd Semester
    *Includes a team suit
  • Lionfish 3

    Overview
    Lionfish 3 is the third tier of Lionfish practice groups; swimmers are ages 10–15. Lionfish 3 is for swimmers who are beginning to dedicate themselves to the sport and for older swimmers who are preparing for their high school swim team or trying to make Summer ‘A’ meets. Practices focus on technique with a slightly stronger emphasis on endurance and speed.

    To be eligible for the Lionfish 3, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Swim 500-yard freestyle without stopping
    2. Perform other competitive strokes legally—100-yard breaststroke and backstroke, and 50-yard butterfly, including legal starts, turns and finishes
    3. Demonstrate legal starts, turns, transitions, and finishes in Individual Medley
    4. Demonstrate a strong knowledge of the use of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    5. Pass the following test sets:
    ● Swim 4 x 50-yard freestyle on a 1:00 interval
    ● Swim 4 x 50-yard of the other three strokes on a 1:15 interval
    ● Swim 2 x 200-yard IMs with legal starts, transitions, and finishes
    ● Swim 2 x 100-yard kick on a 2:20 interval

    Objectives
    The focus of the Lionfish 3 practice group is on swimming biomechanics, with attention paid to every detail of stroke refinement and racing techniques. Coaching is centered on developing all-around swimmers; accordingly, the backbone of Lionfish training at this level is the Individual Medley. Swimmers are assessed individually, and attention is paid to building around strengths while diligently working on weaknesses.

    Swim Meets
    We strongly encourage swim meet attendance, but competition is not required.

    Cost
    $1,300 for year | $475–1st Semester | $725–2nd Semester
    *Includes a team suit
  • Lionfish Select

    Overview
    Lionfish Select is one of our top two practice groups; participants are ages 10–16 and are dedicated to the sport. Practices are focused on perfecting technique and making the transition to a more aerobic-based practice style. Interval work and clock management are integral to this practice group. Swimmers are asked to swim three times a week, except for weekends of swim meets.

    To be eligible for the Lionfish Select practice group, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Swim 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, breaststroke, and Individual Medley, as well as 100-yard butterfly
    2. Demonstrate legal starts, turns, transitions, and finishes in all four competitive strokes and the Individual Medley
    3. Demonstrate a strong knowledge of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    4. Pass the following test sets:
    ● Swim 4 x 100-yard freestyle on a 1:45 interval
    ● Swim 4 x 50-yard in the other three strokes on a 1:00 interval
    ● Swim 2 x 200-yard IMs on a 3:00 interval
    ● Swim 2 x 100-yard kick on a 2:00 interval

    Objectives
    The focus of the Lionfish Select practice group is on biomechanics and muscle memory, with heightened attention to every detail of stroke refinement and racing techniques. Coaching is centered on developing all-around swimmers; accordingly, the backbone of training at this level is the Individual Medley. Swimmers are assessed individually, and attention is paid to building around strengths while diligently working on weaknesses.

    Swim Meets
    We strongly encourage swim meet attendance, but competition is not required.

    Cost
    $1,350-a yr.
    *Includes a team suit.
  • Lionfish NTG-Mornings Only M-Th

    Overview
    The Lionfish National Training Group (NTB) is the top practice group and is for advanced swimmers who compete at Jr. Olympic and/or Jr. and Sr. Championship level meets and above. Participants possess the self-discipline and skills of Senior Performance swimmers and are fully committed to competitive swimming. Their goal is to continue swimming at the national level and beyond. Swimmers will be expected to maintain a 90% monthly attendance level and compete in at least one swim meet every other month.

    To be eligible for the Lionfish NTG practice group, a swimmer must either try out, receive a coach’s recommendation, or provide comparable USA swimming times. Swimmers must be able to:
    1. Swim 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard of backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, and a 400-yard Individual Medley
    2. Demonstrate legal starts, turns, transitions, and finishes in all four competitive strokes and the Individual Medley
    3. Demonstrate a strong knowledge of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    4. Pass the following test sets:
    ● Swim 4 x 100-yard freestyle on a 1:30 interval
    ● Swim 4 x 100-yard of the other three strokes on a 1:45 interval
    ● Swim 4 x 200-yard IMs on a 3:00 interval
    ● Swim 4 x 100-yard kick on a 2:00 interval

    Objectives

    The focus of the Lionfish NTG practice group is to build a high level of fitness and skill to help swimmers achieve their highest swimming goals. Our coaches work collaboratively to identify, nurture, and develop every swimmer to reach the top level in USA swimming. Swimmers at this level commit to being year-round swimmers. They exhibit complete ownership of their training and an unwavering commitment to the sport and teammates.

    Swim Meets

    Participation in at least one swim meet every other month is required.

    Recommended Equipment

    Mesh bag, water bottle, pull buoy, hand paddles, snorkel, and drag suit

    Cost
    $1,400 for year
    *Includes a team suit

Lowell Lionfish Practice Schedule

Lionfish 1 Practice 2x a week
Mondays AND Wednesdays 5:00–6:00 pm

Lionfish 2 Practice 2x a Week
Tuesdays AND Thursdays 5:00–6:00 pm

Lionfish 3 Practice 2x a Week

Tuesdays AND Thursdays 6:00–7:30 pm

Lionfish Select Practice 2x a Week
Mondays AND Wednesdays 6:00–7:45 pm
Saturday 10:30–11:30 am

Lionfish NTG Practice 4x a week
Mondays-Thursdays 5:15–6:30 am

See you at the pool!

1640 Kalmia Road NW
Washington, DC  20012
202-577-2000