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2018 Long Course Season Meets: Suggestions for each GOAL practice group

The long course season (April-August 2018) meet schedule is now posted and correct!  And we do have some meets that are posted under our Events section and ready for signups.  As a rule, we suggest swimming 1 meet a month for Penguins, 1-2 per month for the higher-level groups, and sticking to the meets that will be attended by GOAL coaches (those listed on the GOAL meet schedule).  Of course, there will be exceptions to this, for example going to visit grandma who has never seen them swim, and getting into a local meet on your trip.

I know this is a lot of information and may create several questions, so please ask.

Here are some group-by-group suggestions for entering the meets this season:

Penguins.  Apr. 28-29 OWSC Spring & Sprint at Westside H.S. (at least 1 of the 2 days);  May 18-19 MAC Meet (waiting to hear which h.s. meet will be held at - will be at an indoor 25-yd pool, Fri. Pm 8 & unders only, Sat. Am 14 & unders);  June 16-17 ISWM Meet at Fremont, NE YMCA (at least 1 of the days - this is a long course meet, indoor 50-meter pool, check with coach to see if your child is ready for this, and for which events); June 22-24 LSS Meet at Woods Park in Lincoln.  (At least 1 day of this meet, and only if you do not swim the meet in Fremont the weekend before, or the meet in South Sioux City); June 23 SLS Meet in South Sioux City, NE  (Only if you are not swimming at either the ISWM and LSS Meets); July 20-22  MW Qualifier Meet at Hitchcock Park in Omaha.  This will be the final meet of the season for 8 & unders (those not having 10 & U MWS Champs Meet qual. times), and the final meet for 9 & Overs who do not qualify for the MWS Champs Meet the following weekend in Lincoln.  July 26-29 MWS Championships at Woods Park in Lincoln.  Only for those who qualify (it is rare for Penguin groupers to qualify for this meet, but it can happen for the very advanced 10 & under)

Dolphins & Piranhas.  Apr. 28-29 OWSC Spring & Sprint at Westside H.S. (at least 1 of the 2 days);  May 18-20  IFLY Meet at Univ. of Iowa (indoor long course 50-meter pool).  May 18-19 MAC Meet (if not going to Iowa City meet, waiting to hear which h.s. meet will be held at - will be at an indoor 25-yd pool, Fri. Pm 8 & unders only, Sat. Am 14 & unders);  June 16-17 ISWM Meet at Fremont, NE YMCA (at least 1 of the days - this is a long course meet, indoor 50-meter pool); June 22-24 LSS Meet at Woods Park in Lincoln.  (At least 1 day of this meet, and only if you do not swim the meet in South Sioux City); June 23 SLS Meet in South Sioux City, NE  (Only if you are not swimming at the LSS Meets); July 20-22  MW Qualifier Meet at Hitchcock Park in Omaha.  This will be the final meet of the season for 8 & unders (those not having 10 & U MWS Champs Meet qual. times), and the final meet for 9 & Overs who do not qualify for the MWS Champs Meet the following weekend in Lincoln.  July 26-29 MWS Championships at Woods Park in Lincoln.  Only for those who qualify (it is common for Dolphins & Piranha groupers to qualify for this meet)   Aug. 2-5  14 & Under Central Zone Championships in Minneapolis, MN (rare for a dolphin or piranha to qualify, but it has happened).  Must have AAA times .  See the 2017-20 time standards under the Time Standards link on GOAL website

Sharks.  Apr. 28-29 OWSC Spring & Sprint at Westside H.S.;  May 18-20  IFLY Meet at Univ. of Iowa (indoor long course 50-meter pool).  May 18-19 MAC Meet (if not going to Iowa City meet, waiting to hear which h.s. meet will be held at - will be at an indoor 25-yd pool, Fri. Pm 8 & unders only, Sat. Am 14 & unders);  May 26  Fremont YMCA Freestyle Invite  freestyle events only, just Sat. Am, can only accept 1st 40 swimmers from GOAL sharks, seniors and SrNats who commit  June 15-16  Rochester, MN Meet (indoor 50-meter pool)   meet flyer will be posted as soon as available.  Not sure about qualifying standards yet   June 16-17 ISWM Meet at Fremont, NE YMCA (if not attending the Rochester Meet - this is a long course meet, indoor 50-meter pool); June 21-24 LSS Meet at Woods Park in Lincoln.  (only if you do not swim the meet in South Sioux City); June 23 SLS Meet in South Sioux City, NE  (Only if you are not swimming at the LSS Meets);  July 11-14  Sectional Championships in Tulsa, OK (Jenks H.S.)  it is rare for a shark grouper to qualify for this meet, but it has happened.    July 20-22  MW Qualifier Meet at Hitchcock Park in Omaha.  This will be the final meet of the season for those who do not qualify for the MWS Champs Meet the following weekend in Lincoln.  This is a last chance to qualify for MWS Champs, and a main focus meet of the season for those without MWS Champ qual. times.   July 26-29 MWS Championships at Woods Park in Lincoln.  This is main focus meet of the season for Sharks.  Only for those who qualify (it is common for Shark groupers to qualify for this meet)   Aug. 2-5  14 & Under Central Zone Championships in Minneapolis, MN (it is common for some sharks to qualify for this meet).  Must have AAA times .  See the 2017-20 time standards under the Time Standards link on GOAL website 

Seniors.  Apr. 28-29 OWSC Spring & Sprint at Westside H.S. (only Sunday session, as we prefer you practice on Saturday morning);  May 18-20  IFLY Meet at Univ. of Iowa (indoor long course 50-meter pool). May 26  Fremont YMCA Freestyle Invite  freestyle events only, just Sat. Am, can only accept 1st 40 swimmers from GOAL sharks, seniors and SrNats who commit  June 15-16  Rochester, MN Meet (indoor 50-meter pool)   meet flyer will be posted as soon as available.  Not sure about qualifying standards yet   June 16-17 ISWM Meet at Fremont, NE YMCA (if not attending the Rochester Meet - this is a long course meet, indoor 50-meter pool); June 21-24 LSS Meet at Woods Park in Lincoln.  (only if you do not swim the meet in South Sioux City); June 23 SLS Meet in South Sioux City, NE  (Only if you are not swimming at the LSS Meets);  July 11-14  Sectional Championships in Tulsa, OK (Jenks H.S.)  it is not uncommon for a senior grouper to qualify for this meet.    July 20-22  MW Qualifier Meet at Hitchcock Park in Omaha.  This will be the final meet of the season for those who do not qualify for the MWS Champs Meet the following weekend in Lincoln.  This is a last chance to qualify for MWS Champs, and a main focus meet of the season for those without MWS Champ qual. times.   July 26-29 MWS Championships at Woods Park in Lincoln.  This is main focus meet of the season for Seniors.  Only for those who qualify (it is common for Senior groupers to qualify for this meet)   Aug. 2-5  14 & Under Central Zone Championships in Minneapolis, MN (it is common for 14 & Under Senior groupers to qualify for this meet).  Must have AAA times .  See the 2017-20 time standards under the Time Standards link on GOAL website

SrNats.  Apr. 28-29 OWSC Spring & Sprint at Westside H.S. (only Sunday session, as we prefer you practice on Saturday morning);  May 18-20  IFLY Meet at Univ. of Iowa (indoor long course 50-meter pool).  It is recommended that you attend at least 1 of the following meets (Rochester, Fremont, Lincoln) during the period June 15-24. May 26  Fremont YMCA Freestyle Invite  freestyle events only, just Sat. Am, can only accept 1st 40 swimmers from GOAL sharks, seniors and SrNats who commit  June 15-16  Rochester, MN Meet (indoor 50-meter pool)   meet flyer will be posted as soon as available.  Not sure about qualifying standards yet   June 16-17 ISWM Meet at Fremont, NE YMCA (only if not attending the Rochester Meet - this is a long course meet, indoor 50-meter pool); June 21-24 LSS Meet at Woods Park in Lincoln. (maybe just 1 or 2 days of this meet if you are doing a full load of events the previous weekend)   July 11-14  Sectional Championships in Tulsa, OK (Jenks H.S.).  This will be a taper/focus meet for many in this group.    July 20-22  MW Qualifier Meet at Hitchcock Park in Omaha.  This meet is only for those who still need to qualify for some events at MWS Champs the following weekend.   July 26-29 MWS Championships at Woods Park in Lincoln.  This is main focus meet of the season for SrNats, but those swimming at Futures or Jr Nat'ls may have a reduced event-load at this meet.   July 31 - Aug. 4  USA Swimming Jr Nat'l Championships in Irvine, CA.  For those 18 & unders who qualify.  Aug. 2-5  Futures Championships in Rochester, MN.  Qual. times in between Sectionals and Jr Nat'ls.  Aug. 2-5  14 & Under Central Zone Championships in Minneapolis, MN (For the 14 yr-old SrNats grouper who has AAA times, and not qualified for Jr Nat'ls or Futures).  Must have AAA times .  See the 2017-20 time standards under the Time Standards link on GOAL website