Masters workouts are developed and coached by Logan Franks, Angie Hoehne, and Kevin Lane. Coaches remain on the deck while workouts are being conducted and will adjust swimmers techniques in order to improve their stroke. Swimmers of all levels are welcome as participants are divided according to the pace at which they swim. New participants must be able to swim 400 yards straight in order to participate in the workouts.
A typical master's workout includes the warm-up, the main set and the cool-down. A sufficient warm-up is essential and a relaxing cool-down will help to fight fatigue and sore muscles. A typical workout lasts for an hour or more. The main part of most workouts consists of sets of varying distances. Repetitions divide each set into manageable parts, such as "5 x 100," which means that you swim 100 yards (the length of a football field), stop to rest, and then repeat that distance four more times, for a total of five repetitions.
In addition to sets, you may be asked to complete skill drills that challenge you to think about body position, parts of each stroke, and other essentials of swimming. For example, your coach may ask you to swim with your fists clenched, to draw attention to the importance of high elbow and unbroken wrist line.
As a new swimmer, or someone returning after a long absence, you must be prepared for a challenge—especially to your lungs. Breathe often! Do not try to impress yourself or others by holding your breath, or your workout will be over very soon. Swim smart and build up your endurance over time. It can take six months before you can make the workouts as written—even for skilled athletes who have endurance in other sports—swimming is different. Give yourself plenty of time, enjoy your new friends, and communicate any concerns to your coach.
WAC welcomes Kevin Lane as our Masters Swim Coach. Kevin is the Assistant Coach of California Lutheran University Men's and Women's Swim Team. In addition to coaching at CLU, Kevin is a USMS (US Masters) Certified Level 2 Coach. Growing up in Connecticut, Kevin swam through his teen years on the club and YMCA level. Kevin helped set many Connecticut State relay records and competed at the YMCA National Championships. He represented Connecticut Swimming as an all star team member where he traveled and competed against other all star teams. Moving on to Southern Connecticut State University, a top ten NCAA Division II School, he competed at the NCAA National Championships and set school records in the in the 200 fly and in relays. In his senior year he was elected captain of his team.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Todd Shillington who has joined the WAC team. Todd will assume the coaching role for our early morning (Tu/Th 5:30-6:30am) masters swim workouts and will also be on deck coaching the Tuesday evening (6-7pm) swim workouts. Todd has been a long time resident of the TO area and is well known as a terrific coach in the masters swim community. Todd’s focus on stroke technique will greatly help members improve their efficiency in the water and his outgoing personality will motivate swimmers to attain new goals in the pool.
Todd began swimming in the mornings of his junior and senior year of high school at WAC (formerly Westlake Swim & Tennis Club) with Ingrid Daland before Westlake High School had a pool on campus. Todd swam in college at the University of Minnesota Mankato and has been coaching Masters swimming for the last 18 years. Todd was the coach of his daughter at Oaks Christian High School for 4 years before she went onto swim for the University of the Pacific on an athletic scholarship. Todd is excited to back at the club where his passion for swimming began and looks forward to igniting that passion for swimming in our members. Todd is a Level 1 & 2 USMS Coach.
Angie Hoehne was originally a member who joined the team as a swim instructor in 2018. Besides possessing a US Masters Swimming Level 2 Coaching Certification, she is a Certified Ironman Coach, as well as a USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach. Angie coaches masters swim classes at the Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as gives private swim lessons to adults desiring more detailed attention to form & performance. In addition to helping swimmers, Angie coaches runners, bikers, and triathletes with truly one-of-a-kind plans built from each person's unique history, strengths, and challenges to maximize constructive improvements in key areas to yield performance above typical "average plan" results. Angie's MBA degree in Finance shines through her coaching work with the Type-A organization and time-efficient approaches to her training structures for busy athletes. She is all about form and intelligent strategies; not just "more" that eventually leads to over-training, injury and burn-out. This philosophy is based on her own decades of experience as an athlete; she is a 4-time IRONMAN 140.6 racer, Boston-Qualifier Marathoner (marathoner since 2002), and USAT Triathlon athlete since 2007, and still has passion for the sports. Angie is finishing up her studies for the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certification as well, so watch for future announcements related to new ways she will be helping our athletes!
Masters Swim FAQ
Not sure if Masters Swim is right for you? Check out the FAQ below from U.S. Masters.
"Masters" sounds intimidating... is this really for me?
The word "Masters" was first applied to adults who participated in track and field, and was later adopted in organized adult swimming. In swimming, Masters simply means 18 and older.
Do I have to compete to be a Masters swimmer?
No. When organized adult swimming started to become popular in the 1960s, the intent was that adults would swim to stay in shape. But early organizers knew that some adults would want to compete, so it is offered. About 25% of the nearly 60,000 US Masters Swim members enter pool or open water competitions. The greater percentage of USMS members do not compete.
But I'm not fast enough or in shape enough to be a Masters swimmer?
This is something a lot of Masters Coaches hear. However, most Masters coaches and swimmers don't care how fast you are. In nearly every program, there are others of similar ability, or those who started where you are and have improved. Don't let your percevied ability, or lack thereof, hold you back. Although it's important to have a physical examination before starting any exercise routine, you don't need to be in top shape to start Masters swimming - Masters swimming will help you get there!
I'm a triathlete - why should I join Masters Swimming?
Many triathletes, including the world-class Jarrod Shoemaker, Gwen Jorgensen and Sara McLarty, join USMS programs because training with swimmers is the best way to improve the swim portion of the tri. Masters coaches also provide technique instruction and interval training with a group.
Master Swim Schedule
- Mon & Wed 12-1pm (Kevin Lane)
- Tu & Th 5:30-6:30am (Todd Shillington)
- Tu & Th 6-7pm Todd Shillington & Angie Hoehne
- Sat 7:15-8:30am (Mark Hontas)