Swim and dive season begins on Monday, November 21st and runs through February 25th for most. The state meet is March 9th & 10th for those who qualify.
There are no “cuts” during tryouts. Any swimmer or diver who is willing to put in the necessary time and effort will be allowed to be a member or our team and represent Skyline in competition.
Afternoon swim practices are held Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Skyline High School Pool. Diving practice are held from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on these days. There are some Saturday morning practices from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., also at the Skyline Pool.
There are optional Morning practices each week that start later in the season from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Weight and core strength training is held 3 days a week before we get in the water starting at 3:00 p.m.
Christmas training is expected to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the break. This is the most intense training period of the season and an all-out participation is expected from everyone. A detailed schedule will follow that will allow swimmers and divers to spend an appropriate amount of time with their family during this time.
Swim and dive meets are typically held on Thursdays, usually start at 6:00 p.m. and run about 2 hours. There is no afternoon practice on meet days. The transportation and setup schedule will be forthcoming.
Boy’s swimming and diving is a varsity sport and letters can be awarded to any athlete who makes swimming and diving their primary sport / activity for the winter.
Swimmers and divers expecting to earn varsity letters must attend all scheduled meets and accomplish the performance, academic and citizenship criteria. Swim meet absences are acceptable in cases of illness, acts of God, religious conflicts and academic conflicts that are directly required to receive coarse credit.
A swimmer or diver wishing to earn a varsity letter must attend at least 90% of all required practices, maintain above a 2.0 g.p.a., and complete one community service activity.
There are several performance criteria ways in which to earn a swimming and diving varsity letter. #1) Swim or dive an automatic varsity time / score. #2) Score in the top 16 at the SEC championships or swim / dive a time / score that would score if one of Skyline’s other swimmers or divers were not participating in the meet. #3) Score top 12 at the Dexter or Howell Freshman invitational’s #4) Score 30 pts in the SEC dual meets.
It is not easy to earn a varsity swimming or diving letter, but it is definitely possible. Those swimmers and divers who receive them know what it means to work for and earn something important. Freshman may earn a letter if the above criteria is met! The majority of freshman do earn varsity letters.
Junior Varsity Participation
Selection of swimming as a secondary sport/activity will be permitted as long as the player meets Skyline academic requirements and is able to attend three practices per week. Junior Varsity athletes will be expected to swim exhibition events at the home swim meets, but may not travel with the team to away meets. Swimmers and Divers must have 90% attendance to travel to away meets.
A physical, a student-athlete statement, an emergency card, and athletic participation fee of $30 must be on file with the athletic department in order to start practice. There is a pay-to-participate fee of $150 for a first sport or $75 for a second sport should you decided to join the team which is due 2 weeks after the season starts.
The head swimming Coach is Sean Hickman who competed competitively at Michigan State University after graduating from Battle Creek Central. Coach Sean has been an age group and high school coach in Michigan for 20 years.
Our assistant swim Coach is Andy Fillmore who competed for Ann Arbor Huron and currently helps coach Club Wolverine as well as the Skyline girls.
The Coaching staff’s philosophy is simple:
- Have Fun.
- Do things correctly.
- Swim Fast / Dive Strong.
If you are doing #1 and #2, then #3 will automatically occur.