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How Swim Team Works

How Swim Team Works

General Information

The KSTC swim team is a fun and rewarding experience for kids of owners, aged 6 - 18. Our goal is for every swimmer to have fun, be a good sport , and swim fast! KSTC's swim team competes in the Seattle Summer Swim League (SSSL), which is an organization comprised of eight Southern Division and eight Northern Division swim teams from private clubs around the Seattle area. As per SSSL rules, only dues-paying members of KSTC (including leasees) are allowed to participate on swim team.

Practice Information

After school swim practices begin shortly after the club opens in May. As soon as the Kent School District begins summer break, practices are moved to the morning. Swimmers should plan to attend at least two practices per week. Older swimmers are encouraged to attend three or more practices.

Regular Season Information 

Regular season swim meets are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Warmups  generally start at 5pm and meet events begin at 6pm. Meets usually run until 9:30 or 10:00 pm. There are seven regular season meets with half being held at KSTC and half held at the opponents pool. Regular season meets are dual meets where KSTC competes against one of the other seven teams in the Southern Division. All families are expected to help out at home meets by working at least one 2-hour shift. There are opportunities to help on deck and in the concessions area.

Following regular season, any swimmers who attain an Seattle Summer Swim League Qualifying Time during dual meets are eligible to compete against all other qualifying Southern Division swimmers in a Preliminary post-season meet. There is one meet for girls and one for boys. Girls Prelims is always held the first Monday after the end of regular season and Boys Prelims is on the first Tuesday after regular season (please see the meet schedule). The top six swimmers in each event go on to compete in the Southern Division meet, which is held on Thursday of that same week. On that day, Northern Division competes in their own meet and the fastest six swimmers (in each event) from both division meets combined will go on to compete in the All-City Championship meet. The All-City meet is held on the first Tuesday in August. All post-season meets begin at 4pm.

Swimmers who do not attain a qualifying time in any individual event during regular season are eligible to compete in B-Championships, which is a fun, season-ending meet. Prizes, ribbons and candy are typically awarded. Swimmers who attain a qualifying time during B-Champs are eligible to swim in Prelims. B-Champs is held on the Thursday of the last regular season week.

The SSSL (Seattle Summer Swim League) is the governing body of our swim league and team.

  • SSSL Operating Rules can be seen HERE
  • SSSL Stroke Rules (what constitutes a legal stroke) can be seen HERE . These are the rules that will determine if a swimmer is disqualified (DQ). 

We follow high school swim rules with a few exceptions. 

  • High School Rules can been seen HERE

If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to ask another parent, an older swimmer, a coach!