OVERVIEW OF THE AGE GROUP SWIMMING PROGRAM
Competitive swim teams in Hawaii participate under the USA Swimming Program. Each State in the Nation has one or more chapters called the LOCAL SWIM COMMITTEE (LSC). Hickam Hurricanes, fall under direction of the Hawaii LSC and only participates in USA Swim sanctioned or LSC approved functions.
EVERY SWIMMER MUST BE A REGISTERED USA SWIMMING MEMBER TO COMPETE IN ANY SWIMMING MEET, OR TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THE HURRICANE FUNCTIONS.
Each swimmer participates in meets that are categorized according to current swimming time standards. These time standards are published by the LSC at the beginning of each swim season. After competing in a meet, a “time” is established for each event that the swimmer competes in.
Swimmers compete in the following age group categories:
- 8 and under
- 11-18 (at classified/A+ meets)
- 12 & Under (at classified/A+ meets)
Time standards are categorized in the following manner from slowest to fastest:
- Hawaii C
- Hawaii B
- Hawaii A
- Hawaii AA, Invitational Qualifying Times
- Hawaii Q, State Qualifying Times
- Northwest Age Group Sectional Qualifying Times
- Western Zones Championship Times
- National Reportable Times
- Jr. Nationals
- Sr. Nationals
- Olympic Trials
TYPES OF EVENTS
There are various types of meets and events that a swimmer can compete in. The LSC Time Standards list the events for each age-group. Beginners are usually called “C” swimmers and their meets are typically once a month, usually lasting only one day. Depending on the LSC and their scheduling of the meets, they are usually called Classified Meets, BC Meets, ABC Meets, or AA Meets. Once a swimmer establishes “AA” times, they will fall into the AA and above category. “AA” swimmers and above qualify to swim Invitational Meets which typically run 2 to 3 days. Only swimmers that establish Q times, qualify to swim the State Age Group Swimming Championships for Short and Long Courses.