Lanier Aquatics (LA), a local youth swim team program, has been in existence in the Gainesville/Hall County area for more than fifty years and was originally known as the Gainesville Swim Team, becoming Lanier Aquatics in the 90’s. LA has historically been one of the best small club teams (fewer than 100 swimmers) in the state and consistently places in the top three at the Georgia State Championships every year.

Recent team accomplishments include:

  • LA won the small team championship at the Georgia Senior State Long Course Championships held at UGA in July, 2014
  • LA won the Georgia Senior State Short Course Championships held at Georgia Tech in December, 2013
  • Placed 2nd at the 14 and under State meet, also at Georgia Tech, in February, 2014
  • Highest scoring men’s team from Georgia at the Senior Sectional Championships held in Charlotte, NC in March, 2014

LA has had Junior and Senior National qualifiers, Olympic Trials qualifiers and many swimmers that have moved on to college programs including UGA, Auburn, Ga. Tech, West Point, Air Force Academy, NC State, Cornell and many others.

Head coach Jim Young has led the LA program since 1982 and is the only American Swim Coaches Association certified coach in the area (ASCA level 4). He has been coaching in Georgia longer than any other coach in the state and has served twice as the president of the state swimming coaches committee, served Georgia Swimming as the vice chair, age group chair, coaches chair, technical planning chair and senior swimming committee member.

Coach Jim and LA have vast experience and knowledge in developing swimmers from the beginning swim team level through elementary, middle and high school years on to a successful college career. The LA program philosophy is based around the question of where we want to see the youth of today when they reach adulthood and what kind of experiences do they need during their developmental years in order to become positive, achieving, successful, contributing members of our community and nation into their 20’s, 30’s. 40’s and beyond. We believe that the LA approach to youth development through the medium of competitive swimming offers unique lessons that greatly contribute to the experiences needed for life-long success. As far as the sport itself goes, we are not so concerned with how fast a swimmer is at age 10 or 11 but whether or not that swimmer is still in the sport through their high school and hopefully college years and still enthusiastically participating and improving.

We are not a program for everyone, especially in our higher training groups, the high standards of work and commitment we expect in order to achieve and perform on higher levels require a level of discipline that not all ready for,  but the rewards realized far exceed those of the average youth sports programs and it is well worth it.

To arrange a try out for readiness and placement contact Jim Young at 770-519-6500, jimyoung1@mindspring.com.

Practices are held at the Frances Meadows Aquatics Center in Gainesville, Ga.