THREE VILLAGE SWIM CLUB
Team Information

   Introduction

Competitive swimmers are great athletes and their training gives them stamina, endurance and confidence!

    A well trained competitive swimmer will be able to run a 400 meter is a decent time, but a well trained track runner may have a hard time even finishing a 100 meter swim!

    The reason is that the sport of competitive swimming is unlike any land based sport.

    From the time we were born, our bodies have learned how to crawl, stand up, walk, run and play sports with our planet earth's gravity pulling on it. In the water your body is weightless!

    While we are weightless in the water, swimming is not frictionless! Swimming is like running into a 40 Mph head wind.

    Swimming requires a whole new skill set, which becomes more difficult to master later in childhood or as an adult. If you like to swim and if you want to become a competitive swimmer don't wait, start when you are young!

    At Three Village Swim Club we have become experts in teaching the skill sets of moving efficiently and coordinated through the water and we turn somebody who knows how to swim into a confident athlete and person.

    The benefits of training, discipline and commitment necessary to be the best you can be in competitive swimming is not limited to the pool. It also benefits the athletes in school, college and the rest of their lives!

    Three Village Swim Club, founded more than 40 years ago, is a competitive swimming team for boys and girls from Kindergarten to High School / College age. In 2013 Mark Anderson became the Three Village Swim Club's fifth Head Coach.

    Our club has grown over the years to about 160 swim families with approximately 200 swimmers on our competitive swim team and about 75 development swimmers, many living within Three Village School District but we also have swim families from surrounding communities. Several parents of current young swimmers swam for TVSC when they were young and several of our coaches are Three Village Swim Club alumni.

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   Accomplishments
    Over the years TVSC swimmers have received national recognition for excellence. TVSC has repeatedly sent swimmers to Junior and Senior Nationals and US Olympic Swimming Trials, the highest level national swimming competitions in the US. In 2008 Julia Smit became the first TVSC Olympic swim team member. Not only have TVSC swimmers qualified for these meets, but they have performed very well and our program has produced:

  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist Medalist, Julia Smit in 4x200 Free and 4x100 Free Relays

  • 2009 LC Natinal Champion in 200 IM Julia Smit and 2013 LC National Champion Tom Luchsinger in 200 fly

  • 2012 Olympic Trials semi-finalist Tom Luchsinger 200 fly and 200 free and Mike Smit 200 free

  • 2008 Olympic Trials finalist Julia Smit 3rd in 400 IM, 5th 100 and 5th 200 free

  • 2004 Olympic Trials finalist Julia Smit 7th in 400 meter IM and 8th in 200 meter IM

  • 2004 Olympic Trials semifinalist in 2004: Julia Smit 11th in 200 meter back

  • Olympic Trial qualifiers Chris Helin in 2000, Julia Smit and Mark Hill in 2004, Tom Luchsinger, Mike & Julia Smit in 2008, and Tom Luchsinger and Mike Smit in 2012

  • NCAA All-Americans, Champions, finalists

  • USA Swimming National Junior Team member: Julia Smit

  • Senior Nationals finalists and qualifiers

  • Junior Nationals record holders, winners, finalists and qualifiers

  • Speedo Champion Series record holders, winners, finalists and qualifiers

  • National Age Group record holders and National Top-16 Age Group swimmers

  • New York State High School Swimming State champions, finalists and qualifiers

  • Eastern Zone record holders, winners, finalists and qualifiers

  • New York Metropolitan Swimming record holders

  • Empire State Games winners, finalists and qualifiers

  • Metropolitan Junior Olympics record holders, winners and qualifiers


  •    Whether you qualify for the Olympic Trials or get accepted to the college of your choice, TVSC provides an environment in which swimmers learn to have fun setting and achieving their goals.

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       Program Overview
        The Three Village Swim Club is a year-round, USA-Swimming affiliated, competitive swimming team. Our program starts around Labor Day and ends in early August.

        USA-Swimming, is the governing swimming body of more than 5,000 clubs and more than 300,000 members.

        TVSC is not a learn-to-swim or stay-fit swim program. When ready, swimmers participate in swim meets throughout the year. Our youngest swimmers may compete in 2 to 3 meets, while our Junior and Senior team swimmers compete in as many as 15 swim meets per year.

        TVSC is a private club not affiliated with Three Village School District, but uses the Ward Melville High School indoor pool for team practices.

        From September until May the team practices in the Ward Melville High School pool on Old Town Road in East Setauket. In the summer months the team practices in the Town of Brookhaven heated outdoor 50 meter pool in Holtsville Park in Holtsville.

        As our team has grown over the years, our younger swimmers also practice in the Scraggy Hill Elementary School pool in Port Jefferson.

        Practice times during the winter season are 5-6 PM or 6-7 PM for Novice teams, 5-6:30 PM for Junior team and 6-8 PM or 5-8 PM for Senior team. Our program also offers three morning practices, 5:30-6:45 AM, for 13-and-Over Junior and Senior team swimmers.

        At Three Village Swim Club the focus is on the long-term development of its athletes! School always comes first! TVSC swimmers also are good students as the time commitment with competitive swimming teaches them great time management and studying skills.

        Two out of three graduating Seniors continue their swimming career in College and many were recruited for their swimming and acedemic achievements. Each summer TVSC alumni swimming in college return to train with Senior team and compete for TVSC in summer meets.

        Many Senior team swimmers also train and compete for their High School varsity teams and many become lifeguards for the Long Island state park beaches or Town of Brookhaven public pools and beaches.

       
    Ward Melville High School pool Ward Melville High School pool

    Holtsville Park pool Town of Brookhaven heated 50 meter pool in Holtsville Park in Holtsville


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       Coaching Staff
        Nothing has a greater influence on the quality of children's sports than the excellence of the coaching staff. All of the TVSC coaches were accomplished competitive age group, high school and/or college swimmers. Several coaches are TVSC alumni. Each coach offers years of coaching experience and has his/her own individual and unique style of training and motivating swimmers, bringing great diversity to our program. Coaching Staff biographies

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       Team Try-outs
        The 2nd week of September TVSC will hold Team Try-outs for new swimmers. Try-out dates will be posted on this web site and in local newspapers. Also flyers about TVSC try-outs will be handed out in school. New swimmers can try-out on a later date too (contact Coach Mark by email), but it is possible that the team roster is completely filled by that time.

        Interested families should go to the Ward Melville HS Pool with their child anytime during the posted try-out dates and time. During try-outs, each child will be asked to swim to the best of their ability and are evaluated by one of TVSC Coaches. A week after completion of the try-outs, each swimmer will be contacted about placement into an appropriate training group.

        Most new swimmers will start in the Dolphin development team for a few sessions before moving up to one of Novice teams.

        In the water your body is weightless and this requires a whole new set of skills to master: how to move your body efficiently and coordinated through the water. Young children pick up these skills the quickest, especially when they have a pool in the backyard or spend the whole summer at the beach. It will take a lot longer and a lot more effort to master "zero gravity" skills and coordination in the water for older children and adults, especially if they had limited exposure to playing in the water when younger.

        So, the best age to start with competitive swimming between 6 and 8 years old, but some have succeeded starting at an older age. Beginning "older" swimmers may have to start training with younger swimmers in one of Novice teams or need to take private lessons to learn the basic swimming strokes and skills, before joining the more competitive Junior or Senior teams.

        We encourage that our younger swimmers participate in other sports too, like soccer in the fall, basketball in winter, etc. Many young TVSC swimmers do play other sports, and while it may affect swimming performance somewhat, participating in more than one sport when young develops children into better athletes. Swimming aids endurance and stamina required for other land sports and the other sports help the athlete to become more aware of their body - become more coordinated. At age 13 to 14 we would like athletes to choose a main sport, and for many it will be competitive swimming.

        TVSC offers six different training groups further described below.

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       Training Groups

       Dolphin Team
        The Dolpin Team is a developmental team and meets one day a week, one 30 minute session, usually on Sunday mornings in the Ward Melville High School pool on Old Town Road in East Setauket.

        This program is for boys and girls 5 years and older who know how to swim, who like to swim, who want to become better swimmers and who want to learn all four competitive strokes and starts and turns.

        When swimmers have sufficiently mastered all skills, they can move up into the Three Village Swim Club Novice program.

        The Dolphin Team is led by one of TVSC coaches assisted by many TVSC Senior swimmers who are in the water with the young swimmers for more individualized practice.

        There are two Dolphin Team sessions per year. The first session is from October to December and the second session is from February to April.

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       Novice BB Team
        This program is for the very young swimmers, about 6 to 8, who have mastered the skill sets of the Dolphin team, "graduated" and are ready for more time in the water, but are not fully ready for Novice B team. This team practices twice a week year-round on Tuesday and Thursday night from 5-6 PM at the Scraggy Hill pool in Port Jefferson. Teaching technique and proper fundamentals of swimming and fun are the main emphasis for this group, rather than swimming yardage. When ready, swimmers will be entered in their first local 8-and-Under swim meets. They may compete in two or three meets a year.

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       Novice B Team
        The Novice B team is for boys and girls 7 to 9 years old.

        This team meets 3 days a week for one hour. On Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 PM they swim at Scraggy Hill Elementary School pool in Port Jefferson and on Sunday morning they practice from 7-8 AM at the Ward Melville High School pool. Technique and teaching the proper fundamentals of swimming and fun are still the main emphasis for this group, rather than swimming yardage. When swimmers are ready, they will be entered in (local) swim meets, meets on Long Island. When ready, swimmers will be gradually moved to Novice A team, starting with one practice a week, at any time of the season.

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       Novice A Team
        The Novice A team is for boys and girls 7 to 12 years old.

        This team meets 4 days a week for one hour. On Monday and Friday they swim from 5-6 PM at Scraggy Hill Elementary School pool in Port Jefferson and on Wednesday from 5-6 PM and Sunday morning from 7-8 AM at the Ward Melville High School pool. Still stroke technique and fundamentals are the main emphasis for this team, but they are also prepared for competition and are entered in about 8 to 10 meets per year. When ready, swimmers will be gradually moved to Junior team, starting with one practice a week, at any time of the season.

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       Junior Team
        The Junior 1 team trains 5 days a week (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat) and is for swimmers in 5th and 6th grade (9 to 11 years old). Technique is still emphasized however more cardiovascular training is introduced.

            The Junior 2 team trains 6 days a week and is for swimmers in 7th and 8th grade (11-13 years old). Technique is still emphasized however more cardiovascular training is introduced.

        Junior swimmers also do 45 minutes of dryland training twice a week indoors or outdoors depending on weather. During dryland the team works on flexibility and core body strength and also learns about goal setting, meet preparation, mental preparation, nutrition and all other aspects of becoming a well-rounded competitive athlete. br>
        . Junior swimmers compete in up to 15 meets a year. 8th grade swimmers will be gradually moved to Senior team in spring or summer.

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       Senior Team
        The Senior team is coached by Head Coach Barry Roffer and is for athletes 13 and older. They train up to 9 times a week, including 3 doubles (workouts in the morning and in afternoon). Three to four evening practice sessions start with 1 hour dryland/strength training followed by 2 hours of swim practice. The morning practices are from 6-7 AM. Cardiovascular training is stressed and training becomes more intense. Athletes continue to learn about race strategies and all other aspects of becoming a successful athlete. Senior swimmers compete in up to 15 meets a year.

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