Hawken coaches focus on a balance of individualized instruction/training and a commitment to character development. To maximize growth in these areas, coaches work to get to know each individual student.
Individualized training includes workouts designed for individual swimmers as well as attention to stroke mechanics. Coaches recognize that while there is a perfect stroke for each swimmer, there isn’t a single perfect stroke for all swimmers. They also recognize that different strokes (events) require varied approaches.
Endurance training and swimming have been the basis of Hawken’s success in the pool - a testament to our swimmers’ hard work and time commitment to their training. This has resulted in tremendous success in the endurance events at the high school level: Hawken boys and girls have won the 500 freestyle at the State Meet 20 times and the 200 freestyle 19 times, and Hawken girls have won the 400 free relay 20 times.
Both individual and team goal-setting are critical to Hawken Swimming success. Coaches recognize that while swimming is an individual sport, commitment to the team is paramount. Individual success helps the team, but it is commitment to the team, both in daily routines and in competition rosters, that elevates everyone.
Hawken coaches plan for success at the highest levels, the District and State Meets. They focus on aligning individuals with the right stroke and event and are aware that carefully constructed relays are key to team success.
Dryland workouts have been integrated into the practice routine and are tailored specifically to each athlete’s needs or designed as group activities. These workouts build strength and endurance and also have a tertiary benefit: team-building.
A commitment to character education is pervasive in all areas of student life at Hawken School, and swimming and diving are no exception. Both in and out of the pool, our coaches are committed to providing opportunities for our student-athletes to hone life-skills such as hard work, commitment, resilience, teaming skills, and problem-solving, as well as traits such as empathy, integrity, kindness, and excellence in sportsmanship. Above all, Hawken coaches, parents, and faculty work to foster strong citizens of our school and greater community.