We typically try to carry a roster of around 40-50 athletes, with a close to 50/50 split of guys and girls. That usually works out to around 10-13 kids for each grade level. The reason for this size is because of travel space on buses, workout space in the water, and the number of slots available for athletes in a UIL swim meet (4 athletes/event and 1 relay/event at championship meets). If we get larger than 50, our workout lanes become overcrowded, it becomes difficult to get everyone into the meets, and we end up leaving a lot of kids behind when we compete.
Our tryouts involve the following:
10 x 100 freestyles on 2:00 interval, holding best average they can
(5-10 minutes of rest)
1 x 200 Individual Medley (focusing on technique more than speed)
(5-10 minutes of rest)
1 x 50 freestyle at full speed
If you do not know what any of that means, have no competitive swimming background, and are not familiar with all four competitive strokes, we would recommend you email Coach Goodwyn so we can arrange a time to talk on the phone. We are often very competitive for space, and a swimmer with no previous experience whatsoever may have a hard time making the team. Please know that this is our least favorite part of the job. We wish we had the pool and bus space so that everyone who wants to join the team could do so, but it’s just not feasible.
TRYOUT DATES FOR 2021-2022 SWIM SEASON
We have three dates available for TRYOUTS
(1) Thursday, April 22
Thursday, April 29 (Cancelled by weather)
(2) Thursday, May 6
(3) Thursday, May 13 (added after 4/29 cancellation)
These will all start promptly at 7:15am and should be over before 8:00am. This will give the kids time to get to school or home in time for their first class of the day. These tryouts will take place at the pool where we train, the Austin Swim Club on Southwest Parkway. Swimmers should arrive by 7:00 with their suits already on and have a mask on as they enter the facility. Parents will not be allowed into the facility/on the pool deck during the tryout (per Austin Swim Club policy), but they are welcome to watch from outside the fence. If you have any further questions about the tryout process, please contact Coach Goodwyn at the email address below.