What Is The Hilton Area Swim
HAST was formed in 1990 as a non-profit, parent-run,
age group competitive swim team. Swimmers learn
and/or perfect the four Olympic strokes - freestyle, back,
butterfly, and breast stroke from certified coaches. Meets offer
our swimmers a chance to compete, learn and have fun.
Explained below are some of the important terms, events and
activities in which the Hilton Area Swim Team participates:
USAS is the abbreviation for United States Swimming, Inc. the
national governing body for swimming in this country. The
headquarters are located at 1750 East Boulder Street, Colorado
Springs, Colorado 80909.
This is our USA Local Swimming Committee (LSC) for western New
York. Our district consists of 76 clubs with approximately 4500
swimmers. The geographical area covered by our district is Buffalo,
Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton. We are the sixth largest LSC in
the country by the number of registered swimmers.
Genesee Valley Swim League
The Hilton Area Swim Team (HAST) is a member of the Genesee Valley
Swim League which is comprised of 11 teams, including the Fairport
Area Swim Team (FAST), Greece Swim Club (GRSC), Victor Swim Club
(VSC), Irondequoit Swim Club (IRON), Pack Swim Team of Pittsford
(PACK), Rochester Rapids Swim Team (RRST), Rush-Henrietta Swim Club
(RHSC), Sea Dragons Swim Club (SDSC), Sharks and Eagles Aquatic
(SEAS), Webster Swim Association (WEBS). The league sponsors a dual
meet season, which is competition between only two clubs at one
meet. At the end of the season, the league holds championship
There are 4 dual meets from Mid-October to the middle of February.
The dual meets are usually held on Saturdays against one other club
from the Genesee Valley Swim League. The swimmers compete in
separate age groups: 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under
and 13 & over, for both boys and girls. Your swimmer is entered
in all league dual meets by the coaching staff.
Throughout the year individual clubs in the Niagara District (NI)
and United States Swimming (USA) sponsor Invitational meets.
Invitational’s are meets with many teams competing with each
other. As a team, Hilton Area Swim Team will enter several of these
meets throughout the year. Attendance of these meets is highly
recommended by the coaching staff and club. This gives the club a
chance to win a Team or Age Group Trophy which are given out at
those events. Swimmers can also enter these meets as individuals,
information about the meets HAST has planned is posted on the
Events tab of our web site. Meet packets can be downloaded from
links on this page.
Several types of Invitational Meets are held and are based on
NI’s short course and Long Course Standards.
Short Course Standards:
During the short course season, Niagara uses primarily uses two
sets of standards and our meets are built around them. The
standards we use are found on the Niagara LSC Short Course chart
above. The two standards are Niagara Championship and Niagara BB
standards. Niagara Championships are age-group based (10&under,
11-12, etc.), while the Niagara BB times are single age based. We
generally have a series of 5 meets, and they are governed by the
- NI Power Point (PP) Qualifier
(fall) - Uses a SLOWER
THAN NI Championship Cut
- NI PP Championships (fall) -
Uses a FASTER THAN Niagara BB Cut
- NI BB Qualifier (Winter) -
Uses a SLOWER THAN Niagara BB Cut
- NI Championship Qualifier
(Winter) - Uses a FASTER
THAN Niagara BB Cut and SLOWER THEN
NI Championship cut.
Championships (Spring) - Uses
a FASTER THAN Ni Champs Cut
Hilton Invitational Meets
In the 2011-2012 season HAST will host three United States Swimming
(USA) sanctioned meets. The first fall meet is a NI PP Qualifier
called the Veteran Memorial Meet and will be held in November. The
second meets is a NI BB Qualifier called our Sweetheart Valentine
Meet and is held in January. The third meet is a three day NI
Championship Qualifier and is held in February. These meets provide
a significant amount of our revenue and allow us to keep the dues
at a lower level. All members are expected to work at these meets.
The banquet is to celebrate the end of the Genesee Valley Swim
League timed finals meet and the Championship meets. Awards and
other recognition are given for performances during the year.
Hilton Swim Team is accepting swimmers who are looking to
participate in our year-round, competitive swimming program.
Practices are generally Monday through Friday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Swimmers are encouraged to attend 2-3 practices a week to see
HAST places emphasis on teaching proper
technique while maintaining a fun, yet challenging, environment.
HAST seeks to provide facilities, training and encouragement
for increased proficiency fit competitive amateur swimming in
addition to furthering the interest and education of children and
parents in competitive swimming and encouraging and developing good
sportsmanship, individual integrity, and team