Competitive Opportunities: Senior Swimming
Each club has its own definition of what a senior swimmer is, but generally, senior swimming requires more commitment and dedication to the sport. This step up usually occurs around the time a swimmer is 13 or 14, but may come earlier or later, depending on the club and the individual swimmer.
At this point, a swimmer has pretty much decided to make swimming his sole athletic focus. Practices and competitions become a little more serious, and if a swimmer is fast enough, a whole new level of competitive opportunities arise, including the Speedo Champions Series, USA Swimming Grand Prix meets, the Speedo Junior National Championships, and the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships.