Swim Meet Info
Dual Meets are head-to-head match-ups with another team from our division. Most meets begin between 8:15am and 8:30am. In the hour before the start, each team is given time to warm-up in the pool, so swimmers need to arrive well before the actual start time. Specific info for each meet is sent out via email and posted online in the days prior to the meet.
Meets usually last around 4 hours, depending upon the size of the other team.
All Swimmers compete in dual meets - except for those who are new/still
learning and not ready for meets yet, which the coaches will determine. For each event, each team can enter 3 swimmers in the "live" heat that counts
for points. Afterward, there are often "exhibition" heats which are timed,
and earn ribbons, but don't count for points. This allows all swimmers to participate.
Races are held in 5 different age groups: 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18. Boys and girls compete separately but the overall score includes both.
What to bring
2 towels per swimmer
Parent volunteers are needed to help meets run smoothly - please donate your time to help out! Also, please help us keep the pool area clean by picking up after yourself and cleaning up your area before you leave.
Order of events: (each starts with 8 & unders, then moves up to older age groups)
1. Medley relays (depending on the week)
What events are my kids swimming at a meet?
When you arrive to the meet, the final lineup will be posted that shows which events your swimmers are entered in. At first it will just show the event # they are in, plus a description (for example, Event #11, Boys 9-10 100 Individual Medley). At some point before the meet starts, the full program will be posted that includes the heat and lane number each swimmer will be in for each of their events.
Especially for young swimmers, we need parents to help get their swimmers to the designated team gathering area as their events approach. Parents of younger swimmers, and older swimmers themselves, are responsible for listening to the event numbers and ensuring that you are at the gathering area several events before each swim. From there we will have parents and coaches helping to get them into the right lane at the right time.
At each meet we will have a sign, announcements, or some way of showing you where the team gathering area is.
For most meets, each swimmer is limited to 3 individual events and one relay (new swimmers might swim in fewer events until they learn all the strokes). For dual meets, Coach Justin determines the lineup based on each swimmer's strengths and the lineup that gives the team the best opportunity to score the maximum number of points. A great deal of time and effort goes into the lineup, especially for close meets. Swimmers will sometimes be asked to swim events they don't like, all we ask is that you do your best. If there are events you'd like to try, let Justin know and he'll do his best to accommodate you, but the best interests of the team must come first.
When can we leave?
Once a swimmer has completed all of their events, they are free to leave the meet. Please check in with Coach Justin first, just to be sure that your swimmer has no further events (this is especially important during weeks when we swim relays at the end of the meet.)