Types of Meets
Classified Age Group Program
United States Swimming (USS) age groups include: 10 & Under, 11- 12, 13-14, and Senior classification that is sometimes further broken down. The Senior age group includes any age USS registered swimmer who has achieved the prescribed qualifying time for the event. Age on the first day of the meet will govern the swimmer''s age for the entire meet.
8 and Under End-of-Season Meet.
At the conclusion of the short course season all 8 and under swimmers will participate in an 8 and under championship meet, which also has a special 6 and under grouping. This is always a great way for these little ones to finish their season.
At the end of each short course (winter) and long course (summer) season a meet recognized as the Indiana State Championship is held. It provides an exciting climax to the season for all qualifying swimmers. State meets are for Age Groups and Senior swimmers. There are also Divisional or formerly known as "Semi-state" meets (winter only) held prior to state meets. Cardinal has a proud tradition of competing well in this meet as it often is the last qualifying meet for the state meets.
Zone meets in August and Mid-States Quads in January are for a
swimmer that has achieved an MA (Zones) time or M (Quads) time listed on the National Age Group Time Standard sheet. Making cuts in either of these meets is an honor.
One of the higher levels of achievements Card swimmers strive for is participation in the Sectional Championships, (also called Regional Championships). Swimmers meeting qualifying time standards for this meet travel to compete against the young swimmers in the nation.
Junior and Senior Nationals
Other than the Olympic Trials and the World Championship Trials, the highest level of competition in the United States for our senior swimmers is the USS National Championships. Swimmers here often qualify for United States teams that engage in international competition
Cardinal Hosted Meets
Cardinal hosts four meets a year and they are all critical to the financial health of the club. DACTACULAR is a one day meet in early November. Our Christmas CARD Invitational meet is in early December and is a three-day meet. The Last Chance Meet is a two day meet is at the end of February before Divisional. The Muncie Mayors Meet is a three day meet held near the end of June at Tuhey Pool. It is expected that all members of Cardinal Swim Club fully participate in these meets.
Typical service hour positions required at our home hosted meets typically include:
Officials 10, Awards 2,
Timers 22, Announcer 2,
Concessions 12, Computer 4,
Hospitality 8, Heat Sheet Sales 2,
Runners 3, Set-Up/Tear Down 6,
Clerk of Course 2, Clean-Up 8
These positions are needed as our meets usually have at least two sessions a day. The more volunteers, the more efficient the meets are ran. Please support our home meets by signing up for service jobs. Sign ups for all service positions will be on Team Unify approximately 1 month prior to the meet. All families will be notified by email. 12 Service hours must be recorded as completed by the month of August or a penalty will be assessed.