STROKES AND EVENTS:
The four competitive strokes are:
Freestyle is characterized by an alternate overhand motion of the arms and an alternating up and down flutter kick.
Backstroke consists of an alternating motion of the arm while on the back using a flutter kick.
Breaststroke requires simultaneous movements of the arms on the same horizontal plane. The hands are pulled from the breast in a heart-shaped pattern and recovered under the surface of the water except at the finish. The kick is a simultaneous somewhat circular motion similar to the action of a frog. On turns and at the finish, the swimmer must touch with both hands.
Butterfly consists of a simultaneous overhand stroke of the arms combined with an undulating dolphin kick. In the kick, the simmer must keep both legs together and may NOT use any other kick.
The following events are in addition to the above strokes:
Individual Medley (I.M.) features all four strokes. The swimmer begins with the butterfly, then changes to the backstroke, then breaststroke and finally freestyle. This event is only for swimmers ages 9 and older.
Medley Relay consists of 4 team members swimming one leg each of the four strokes. The first swimmer swims the backstroke, the second swimmer swims breaststroke, and third swimmer swims butterfly and the last swimmer swims freestyle.
Freestyle Relay consists of 4 team members swimming freestyle for each leg.
ORDER OF EVENTS:
#1 Medley Relay 8 & under Boys
#2 Medley Relay 8 & under Girls
#3 Medley Relay 9-10 Boys
#4 Medley Relay 9-10 Girls
#5 Medley Relay 11-12 Boys
#6 Medley Relay 11-12 Girls
#7 Medley Relay 13-14 Boys
#8 Medley Relay 13-14 Girls
#9 Medley Relay 15-18 Boys
#10 Medley Relay 15-18 Girls
#11-20 Freestyle, all age groups
#21-30 Butterfly, all age groups
#31-40 Backstroke, all age groups
#41-48 Individual Medley (I.M.), 9 years and up
#49-58 Breaststroke, all age groups
#59-68 Freestyle Relay, all age groups
The order is the same for each stroke; boys compete first and then girls compete in each age group.