Some Common terms you will hear throughout the season.
IM: Individual Medley; In the IM event the swimmer swims 100 yards total, 25 yards each in the order of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle.
DQ: Disqualified; A swimmer is “DQ’ed” when an infraction has occurred during a defined stroke event. Butterfly, Breaststroke, and Backstrokes have defined stroke rules. Freestyle is simply as stated FREE-STYLE–a swimmer can swim any stroke on free-style events as long as it was cleared with the head coach, all other rules apply.
MEDLEY: Medley Relay; A four swimmer relay race. Each swimmer swims one leg of the race in the order of Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle. Total yards required to swim for each swimmer differs among age groups.
SCRATCH: When a swimmer is not allowed to swim in a scheduled meet due to tardiness and/or disciplinary reasons.
READY BENCH: Area where the swimmers meet before proceeding to the starting of the race.
FALSE START: When a swimmer leaves the starting block before the official start of a race.
DUAL MEET: A regular scheduled swim meet between two teams competing against each other.
CHAMPIONSHIPS: End of season, two day competition between all teams in the Conference.
EVENT: A particular stroke for each individual age group.
HEATS: The number of races swimmers swim in a specific event per age group