Swim Meets

Swim Meets

There are different types of swim meets:

  • PASS Meets / Development Meets

  • Time Trials

  • LMR Meets

  • Invitational Meets

  • BC Tier I Championships

  • BC Tier II Championships

  • Western Canadian Championships

  • Canadian Age Group Championships

  • Canadian Senior Championships

  • Canadian Trials

PASS meets

PASS meets and Development meets are non official competitions organized for swimmers that are able to swim at least one length of a 25m pool and have not achieved their LMR qualifying time.

These meets are structured with the intention to:

  • enable swimmers to practice their swimming skills

  • introduce swimmers to the competition environment

  • give swimmers the opportunity to achieve their LMR qualifying time

  • motivate swimmers to improve their best times

Habitually, one Pass/Development Meet is organized every month during the swimming season.

LMR meets

LMR meets are coordinated and scheduled by the host club in conjunction with the LMR (Lower Mainland Region) organization.  Swimmers must have attained their LMR qualifying time as of the meet entry deadline in order to participate in them.

Usually there are eight LMR meets throughout the swimming season.  The first four are held monthly from October to January and have the intention to enable swimmers for the BC Tier 1 or Tier 2 March Provincial Age Group  Championships.  The last four are held in February, April, May and June, providing opportunities to swimmers to achieve their BC Tier 1 or Tier 2 June/July Provincial qualifying times for the BC Tier 1 or Tier 2 Provincial Age Group Championships.

Invitational meets

Invitational meets are competitions where the host club invites one or more swim clubs to participate in.  The host club establishes the level of the competition aligning it or not to any time standards.

For instance, an Invitational meet could be organized for swimmers with and without LMR qualifying times.  The unique requirement could be that the swimmer must comfortable be able to swim 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

BC Tier I Championships

BC Tier I Championships occurs two times per swimming season.  The Championships are held annually in March and again in June.

The requirements to participate in these meets are that swimmers, as of the meet entry deadline,

  • must have attained the Tier I 200m IM, plus at least one other Tier I event time standard in an appropriately sanctioned competition. Once a swimmers achieves 1 qualifying standard in addition to the 200 IM standard they will be eligible to compete in multiple individual and relay events at the Tier 1 Championships.

BC Tier II Championships

BC Tier II Championships occurs two times per swimming season.  The first one takes place in a short course pool and the second one in a long course pool.  The Short Course Championships is held annually in March and the Long Course Championships is held annually in July.

The unique requirement to participate in these meets is that swimmers can only swim events that they have achieved a Tier II short course or long course qualifying time at an appropriate sanctioned competition. Swimmers can can use short course times for entry in the long course meet and long course times for entry in the short course meet.

Western Canadian Championships

The Western Championships brings together a great mix of Canada’s senior, youth and junior swimmers.  This regional competition is held annually in various cities throughout Western Canada and is held on the same weekend as the Eastern Championships.  This competition serves as an excellent racing and development opportunity for Youth and Junior competitors. Western Canadian Championships are also used as a qualifier for teams to qualify their relay teams for Canadian Junior Championships.

Canadian Age Group Championships

Canadian Age Group Championships is designed to give swimmers aged 13-17 (Female) & 14-18 (Male) the opportunity to race against the best athletes in their age group in Canada. The long course meet is held every summer in various cities across Canada. Swimmers are only able to swim individual events in which they have achieved the qualifying standard.  Teams can also qualify relay teams for the Junior Championships at Western Canadian Open.

Time Trials

Time trials are usually designed to allow swimmers a competitive opportunity when no other is available or when deemed appropriate by the coach. No records can be set at a time trial.

Sanctioned Meets

In general terms, there are two types of meets:  Unsanctioned and Sanctioned.  Unsanctioned meets are organized for diverse purposes like PASS meets and recreational meets.  Sanctioned meets require to be supervised by a Sanctioned Authority.

The sanctioning process has been developed to ensure that the regional authority (Swim BC for instance) and Swimming Canada rules, regulations and policies are followed.