Swim Meet Information
Get Ready for the Meet
Tips for getting ready for a meet:
Friday Prior to Meet- Let coaches know if your child is swimming in the next meet by indicating such on this website under the Swim Meet tab.
Monday Morning- Have swimmer come to their regular morning practice time. After practice, they will be told what events they are swimming and will have events written on their hand. Please note that FR= Freestyle, BK= Backstroke, FLY=Butterfly, BR=Breastroke, IM= Medley Relay (1st relay) and FREE = free relay (last relay)
Monday Afternoon- Have swimmer rest and stay out of the sun. Make sure their swim bag is packed with goggles, towel and clothes to go home in. It is a good idea to pack activities (cards, books, games) to keep swimmers occupied during delay times between events. Also, pack some healthy snacks for your swimmer such as granola bars, fruit, crackers, water and gatorade.
Meet Check-in- Arrive at the pool at 4:15 for a 5:30 pm start or 4:45 for a 6:00 pm start. Find your swimmer's designated age group area. Staging parents will check-in the swimmer and verify or write their swim events on their hand. Help child find a space to sit within their designated area. Tell child to listen for their age group to be called into the pool for warm-ups.
Sharpie your child's events on his/her forearm or back of hand using this format, E H L [E=event, H=heat, L=lane]. It's best to do this before sunscreening your swimmer - sharpie doesn't write well on sunscreened skin.
Meet Time- Write your swimmer's events on your hand so you know when they are swimming. Check in with your swimmer prior to their events so you can make sure they are in the bullpen area and can hear their event being called by the bullpen workers. It is not the responsibility of the Age Group Parent to know where your child is at all times.
How to Score a Swim Meet?
1. Relay Events- are scored 8 and 4 points. A team is limited to score only one relay team per event.
Example 1: TCC places 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and Jefferson has no relays (or the lone relay is disqualified). TCC scores 8 points for the 1st place finish and no points are awarded to Jefferson.
Example 2: TCC places 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th and Jefferson places 4th. TCC scores 8 points for the 1st place finish and Jefferson scores 4 points for the 4th place finish.
2. Individual Events- will be scored 5, 3, 2 and 1. A team is limited to score only two places per event.
Example: TCC places 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th. Lakes places 4th, 5th and 6th. TCC's 1st place swimmer scores 5 points, 2nd place winner scores 3 points. Lakes 4th place swimmers scores 2 points and 5th scores 1 point.
Did You Know?
1. Number of swim team events- There is a total of 64 events in a swim meet- 16 relays and 48 individual events. For each race there is an unlimited number of heats, depending on the number of swimmers. Now you know why swim meets take so long!
2. Ribbons- At EACH meet, there is the potential to award 1.050 ribbons. That doesn't include heat winner and participant ribbons!
3. Growth- Our swim and dive team participants have DOUBLED just in 3 years! In 2008, there were 82 participants, this year we have 176.