These meets involve one team from another city, which is affiliated with a local USA team and take place on either Friday nights or Saturday. There are no entry standards. Swimmers may swim in two individual events and two relays. The Coach will enter the swimmers into the events so be sure to let the Coach know if you will be unable to attend the meet.
A USS team will host an invitational meet and invite several teams to attend. The meet may be held on one day, or on two or three days depending on the size of the meet. Often the meet is divided into a number of sessions, either by age or sex. Some are limited to specific liability levels. Swimmers are usually placed into heats according to their times, with the fastest heat swimming last. Swimmers are responsible for their own entry fees for all invitational meet events except for relay events.
At the end of each short course (winter) and long course (summer) season, a State Championship meet is sanctioned by Michigan Swimming, the governing body of swimming in the state of Michigan. Michigan swimming sets the qualifying time standards for these championship meets.
USA Zone Championships
After the state championships are held in the summer, a swimmer may qualify to participate in the Central Zone Championships by swimming a national “AAA” time. This is an all-star meet where swimmers compete as a member of the Michigan Zone team competing against other states from the Midwest.
One of the highest levels of achievement MOST swimmers strive for is the participation in the Sectional Championships. MOST swimmers meeting qualifying time standards for this meet travel to different locations in the United States to compete against some of the best 18-Under swimmers in the nation.
USA Swimming National Championships (Senior Nationals)
Other than the Olympic Trials and the World Championship Trials, each of which is held every four years, the highest level of competition for our senior swimmers is the USA Swimming National Championships. As with the Junior Nationals,MOSt swimmers meeting the national qualifying time standards travel to various cities throughout the U.S. to compete against America’s best swimmers. Swimmers can qualify for national teams that represent the U.S. in international competition by their performances at Senior Nationals.