Swim Team

The Lowell Lionfish Community Swim Team

The Lionfish Community Swim Team is open to the public. Team practices focus on the competitive techniques for all four strokes as put forth by USA Swimming within age group classifications. Swimmers will learn modern techniques for each stroke, as well as the dive and turn for each stroke.

Swimmers will also be given the opportunity to compete in local swim meets; however, participation in meets is not required. To register for the Lionfish Swim Team swimmers must have either a) completed the Catfish Level 4 class or b) been evaluated, prior to registration, by a Lowell aquatics instructor.

Click on the titles below for more Lionfish information. **Payment plans available for full year sign ups.

Lionfish Swim Team

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  • Pre-Team Lionfish Jr.

    Pre-Team Lionfish Jr. will continue to build on the fundamentals taught in the Catfish class as well as incorporating endurance, breathing techniques, diving, and introducing them to breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers will swim the length of the pool performing specific drills to increase their understanding, strength, and overall technique of each of the 4 strokes.

    To be eligible for the Lionfish Jr. a swimmer must:
    1.    Swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yard without swimming aids
    2.    Demonstrate working knowledge of diving
    Overview: The program focus for Lionfish Jr is stroke development, stroke technique and teaching all four competitive strokes, Individual Medley (IM), along with starts and turns through positive reinforcement and immediate feedback. An important objective for this group is to develop a love for 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: $1,050-a yr. | $425-1st Semester | $675-2nd Semester. Suit not included.
  • Lionfish 1

    Lionfish 1 is the first tier of five for the Lionfish practice groups, swimmers are generally ages 5-8. Lionfish 1 swimmers will work on the fundamentals of each stroke encouraging a full understanding on how each stroke works, how our body interacts with the water and then building the strength it takes to perform each stroke properly. Swimmers will also learn how to: swim intervals, use the clock, lane etiquette, and proper starts & turns for the 4 strokes. Competition is not required but encouraged.
    To be eligible for the Lionfish 1, a swimmer should 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 these 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
    Overview: The program focus of the Lionfish 1 practice group builds on skill development, stroke construction, and refinement. Swimmers are introduced to interval sets, effort, and pace management. General education on learning how to train, manage hydration and nutrition levels before, during, and after practice begins at this level. Coaching staff directs swimmers in developing strong work ethics. Basic racing concepts are introduced with stroke rate/stroke count, effective air exchange techniques during starts and turns, as well as event-specific breathing patterns.

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

    Cost: $1,150-a yr. | $475-1st Semester | $725-2nd Semester. Includes a team suit.
  • Lionfish 2

    Lionfish 2 is the second tier of 5 for the Lionfish practice groups, swimmers are generally ages 7-12. Lionfish 2 swimmers will continue to fine tune the techniques covered in Lionfish 1 as well as introduce more complicated and advanced techniques. Lionfish 2 swimmers will work on: building up their endurance, their strength, speeding up their techniques, race strategies, and proper technique muscle memory. Competition is not required but strongly encouraged.
    To be eligible for the Lionfish 2 practice group, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Perform all four competitive strokes and have endurance to swim 100 yards in freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke, and 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 these 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 with legal starts, transitions and finishes
    Overview: The program focus of the Lionfish 2 practice group devotes great attention to all 4 strokes & Individual Medley, starts, turns, transitions and finishes. Swimmers are introduced to more advanced interval sets, effort, and pace management. General education on learning how to train, manage hydration and nutrition levels before, during, and after practice begins at this level. Coaching staff directs swimmers in developing strong work ethics. Basic racing concepts are introduced with stroke rate/stroke count, effective air exchange techniques during starts and turns, as well as event-specific breathing patterns

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

    Cost: $1,150-a yr. | $475-1st Semester | $725-2nd Semester. Includes a team suit.
  • Lionfish 3

    Lionfish 3 is the third tier of 5 for the Lionfish practice groups, swimmers are generally ages 10-15. Lionfish 3 is designed for swimmers that are beginning to dedicate themselves to the sport as well as including older swimmers that are preparing for their high school team swim team or trying to make Summer ‘A’ Meets. Practices will continue to be highly focused on technique but a slightly stronger emphasis will be placed on endurance and speed. Competition is not required but strongly encouraged.
    To be eligible for the Lionfish 3, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Swim 500-yard freestyle without stopping
    2. Perform all four 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 on the use of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    5. Pass these test sets:
    • Swim 4 x 50-yard freestyle on a 1:00 interval
    • Swim 4 x 50-yard of the other 3 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
    Overview: The program focus of the Lionfish 3 practice group is on swimming biomechanics with attention to every detail in stroke refinement and racing techniques. The backbone of Lionfish training is the Individual Medley. The Lionfish coaching philosophy for age group swimming is to develop all-around swimmers. Swimmers are assessed individually and attention goes into building around the strengths while, at the same time, diligently working on improving swimmers’ weaknesses.

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

    Cost: $1,150-a yr. | $475-1st Semester | $725-2nd Semester. Includes a team suit.
  • Lionfish Select

    Lionfish Select is one of our top 2 practice groups, and is the highest evening practice group. Lionfish Select is geared for the dedicated swimmer; swimmers are generally ages 10-16. Swimmers will continue to focus on techniques but will begin to transition into a more aerobic based practice style. Interval work and clock management are integral to this practice group. Swimmers are asked to swim 3 times a week except for the weekends of swim meets. Competition is not required but strongly suggested.
    To be eligible for the Lionfish Select practice group, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Swim 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard of Backstroke, breaststroke and the Individual Medley, and a 100-yard butterfly
    2. Demonstrate legal starts, turns, transitions, and finishes in all 4 competitive strokes and the Individual Medley
    3. Demonstrate a strong knowledge on the use of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    4. Pass these test sets:
    • Swim 4 x 100-yard freestyle on a 1:45 interval
    • Swim 4 x 50-yard of the other 3 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
    Overview: The program focus of the Lionfish Select practice group is on swimming biomechanics and muscle memory with heightened attention to every detail in stroke refinement and racing techniques. The backbone of Lionfish training is the Individual Medley. The Lionfish coaching philosophy for age group swimming is to develop all-around swimmers. Swimmers are assessed individually and attention goes into building around the strengths while, at the same time, diligently working on improving swimmers’ weaknesses.

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

    Cost: $1,250-a yr. Includes a team suit.
  • Lionfish NTG-Mornings Only M-Th

    National Training Group: Advanced Senior swimmers who compete at the Jr. Olympic, Jr/Sr Champs level meets and above. These swimmers possess the self-discipline and skills of the Senior Performance swimmers and are fully committed to competitive swimming and strive to continue it at the national level and beyond. These swimmers will be expected to maintain a 90% monthly attendance percentage 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. In general, a swimmer must be able to:
    1. Swim 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard of Backstroke, breaststroke & butterfly, and a 400-yard Individual Medley
    2. Demonstrate legal starts, turns, transitions, and finishes in all 4 competitive strokes and the Individual Medley
    3. Demonstrate a strong knowledge on the use of the pace clock and lane etiquette
    4. Pass these test sets:
    • Swim 4 x 100-yard freestyle on a 1:30 interval
    • Swim 4 x 100-yard of the other 3 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
    Overview: The program focus of the Lionfish NTG practice group is to further build fitness and skill range to help each swimmer increase their level of swimming as to help them achieve their highest swimming goals. Our coaches work collaboratively to identify, nurture, and develop every swimmer to reach the top in USA swimming. Swimmers at this level commit to being year-round swimmers. They exhibit complete ownership of the sport and an unwavering commitment to the sport and to their 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: $1,250-a yr. 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 6:00–7:45 pm

Lionfish Select Practice 3x a Week
Mondays AND Wednesdays 6:00–7:45 pm
Saturday 10:30–11:30 am

Lionfish NTG Practice 4x a week
Mondays-Thursdays 5:20–6:40 am

See you at the pool!

Lionfish Swimmers to Compete in the 2016 Junior Olympics

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  • Swimmer qualifies for the Junior Olypmics.

    Congratulations to Swimmers Gavin Hacket, Jennie McGrath, and Celia Ford!

    Though Aquatics Director Scott Bryant never qualified for the Junior Olympics in his own career, he has now coached five swimmers from the Lionfish Swim Team who have.

    Qualifying for the “JOs,” as Scott puts it, is no easy feat. This year’s swimmers practice at least 3 days a week for a minimum of 4.5 hours of swimming. Each swimmer competed in at least one swim meet every month since October.
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