Swim Team General Overview

What is the Madrona Swim Team?

The Madrona Manta Rays swim team is a recreational (non-competitive) swim team made up of Madrona Swim Club members. Anyone from age 5 to 18 who can comfortably swim one length of the pool without assistance is encouraged to sign up! You do need to be a member or a leased member of the pool to join swim team.

Normally we compete with other private pools in the Salem/Keizer area, but during the 2021 season, due to Covid, we will only hold inter-club meets.

Boys and girls compete separately in age categories of 6 & Under, 8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18.  This may differ slightly during the 2021 season due to a smaller team.

Why should my child be on swim team?

It’s fun. They will improve strokes, times, and endurance. They build camaraderie and develop friendships with other team members. They can also keep in shape for fall sports.

What if my child is not a very good swimmer?

If your child can comfortably swim one length of the pool, they are welcome on swim team. Swim team is a great way to improve your strokes. Although swim team is not a substitute for swimming lessons, the coaches will encourage you and help you with your technique. There is a wide range of ability on the team–from beginner to competitive. The team is about having fun while becoming a better swimmer.

For swimmers who cannot yet comfortably swim the length of the pool, or require more stroke development, we offer a “Pre-Swim Team” class in our swim lessons.  Swimmers enrolled in these classes are welcome to swim at the weekly meets, and will be able to join team practices at any point in the season that they acquire the skills needed for swim team. 

Does my child still need swim lessons if they are on Swim Team?

Swim team is focused on the team experience and racing techniques like flip turns and diving starts from the blocks. Swim team builds endurance and stamina (and is a lot of fun!). Swim lessons are a smaller group setting  (4 swimmers to one instructor ratio or less) with a focus on stroke technique. Lessons and swim team complement each other; even some of our teen swimmers have improved race times with swim lessons.

How long is the season?

Swim team lasts for approximately 6 weeks (mid-June through July). The practice schedule will be noted in the club newsletter and website, and the meet schedule will be available by the start of the season.

How many practices does my child have to attend?

Swimmers are encouraged to attend practice as often as possible, but there is no penalty for missing practice.  We understand that summers are full of vacations and other commitments, and we want each family to be involved to the extent they are able.