July 3, 2018
Forty-eight (48) swimmers will be selected for the team; eight (8) girls and eight (8) boys from the 11-12 and 13-14 and the 15-18 age division . While swimmers will be selected based on the qualifying criteria below, they will be swimming multiple events. We will also be selecting a small group of disabled swimmers. Swimmers must be registered 2018 Florida Swimming athletes in good standing 120 days prior to or as of the first day of the meet, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, to be eligible. All athletes must have competed in two long course competitions during the months of April through July, 2018, prior to competing in the Zone Championships. This will ensure that proper training and competition leading up to the Zone Championships has occurred. Any swimmer who has qualified for the current 2018USA Swimming Summer Junior Nationals prior to the entry deadline for the 2018 Zone Championships, will be ineligible for participation on the team.
The spots for the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups will be chosen at the Long Course Age Group Championship Meet, July 12-15, 2018 as follows:
11-12 Age Group: The fastest swimmer in the 50 Breast; 200 IM; 50 Back; 50 Fly; 400 Free; 50 Free; 100 Free; Wild Card. The swimmer chosen as “Wild Card” will be decided by the Head Zone Coach, Age Group Chairman and specific coach for the age group at the Zone Championships. In the event that the fastest swimmer is not eligible for Zone selection, the next fastest swimmer that is eligible for Zone Team selection in that event may earn the automatic position.
13-14 Age Group: The fastest swimmer in the 100 Breast; 200 IM; 100 Back; 100 Fly; 800 Free (girls)/1500 Free (boys); 50 Free; 100 Free; Wild Card. The swimmer chosen as “Wild Card” by the Head Zone Team Coach, Age Group Chairman and specific coach for the age group at the Zone Championships. In the event that the fastest swimmer is not eligible for Zone selection, the next fastest swimmer that is eligible for Zone Team selection in that event may earn the automatic position.
The team for 11/12 and 13/14 age groups will be announced no later than Wednesday, July 18.
Athletes must be committed to travel Monday, July 30th (5:00 a.m. check-in at Orlando International Airport) – Sunday, August 5 th (8:15 p.m. arrival at Orlando International Airport)
Please be advised due to the increased transportation costs of airfare for this trip it will cost $700. This will cover all transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, entry fees and outfitting will be covered. Any incidentals will be the responsibility of the athlete.
Optional items will include: a parade pack for $60 (items that can be swapped with other athletes attending the Southern Zone meet) and parent tshirts for $18.