In relay events, only 5 points are awarded, all of which go to the first place team.
In case of a tie, the place points are added together and the points are evenly split. For example, a tie for first place in an individual event earns 4 points each (5 points for first place plus 3 points for second, divided by the 2 swimmers). A tie in a relay event earns 2.5 points per team.
Although the main event is the only heat that earns points, all heats are important because coaches, swimmers and parents will all want to see how every swimmer improves his or her times from week to week. Coaches will use this timing information to select their event lineups for subsequent meets.
6. Ribbons are awarded for 1st through 6th places in all main events (including relays). Every heat winner and participant also receives a ribbon.
7. If a swimmer false-starts twice, he or she will be disqualified from the event, per TSA rules. If a swimmer is disqualified for any reason, he/she will receive a participant ribbon, but will not score or receive a place ribbon.
8. At the end of the meet, any swimmers from either team who have swum a “perfect meet” will be recognized by the meet announcer. To swim a perfect meet, a swimmer must earn the maximum possible number of individual event points. Children in the 6-and-under age group, who can race in only two main events, are publicly lauded as “double winners” if they win both of their events. Swimmers in all other age groups are eligible to compete in up to three main events and must therefore become “triple winners” in order to achieve this special level of recognition.