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Tri-Co Swim 101

Tri-County Swimming 101

Are you new to swimming? This information will provide you with a crash course in swim team jargon and hopefully make you feel more knowledgeable and comfortable. Hope you find this helpful.  

MEET OVERVIEW

  • Swim meets during the summer have the same events taking place in the same order each meet.
  • The meets are generally 2 1/2 to 3 hours long and move along very quickly. There is rarely a lull in the action.
  • We swim “dual meets” in the summer, which simply means it’s US against another team.
  • The home team always swims in the odd numbered lanes, generally lanes 3, 5 and 1.
  • The visiting team swims in lanes 4, 2 and 6.
  • Before the swim meet, the coaches make up the meet sheets that tell us who is swimming what events and in what lane. An index card is made up for each child with his/her name, event number, event name, and what lane the child is swimming.
  • These cards are handed out during the meet, when it is time for the child to go “line up” behind the starting block to get ready to swim. The card is then handed to a timer who is at the swimmer’s block. The timers use this card to record the children’s times.

Parents of 8 and under children are of crucial importance to our team. We rely on YOU to keep all of our younger children together in the team area. When the Volunteer Parent is handing out the event cards, they need to be able to find them quickly and easily, to avoid having a child miss a race.

  • It may seem that when they are handing out cards for events that seem a long way off. Races go very quickly, especially the older age groups, who are quite fast! So when a card is given to your child, it’s crucial to get your swimmer to the designated area as soon as possible.
  • All children swim in their age groups. They are broken down as follows: 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18.
  • It’s summer. Meets can be hot!
  • Make sure to put lots of sunscreen on both yourself and your child. Bring lots of water and a good hat.
  • For away meets, families should bring their own chairs, since seating may be limited at some pools.

MEET EVENTS

  • Boys and girls generally swim each event separately.
  • The events for each stroke go from youngest to oldest. The girls in a given age group swim the event first, followed by the boys.

100 & 200 Meter Individual Medley

The first event of every meet is the 100 meter Individual Medley, aka the 100 IM for boys (through age 14) and girls and the 200 IM for boys ages 15-18 . We use abbreviations for everything! It’s like learning a new language.

  • Girls and boys ages 11 and up can swim this event.
  • Ages 10 and under do not swim the 100 IM in competition in our league.
  • In the 100 IM, one swimmer swims one lap, one length of the pool, of each stroke in a specific order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.
  • In the 200 IM, one swimmer swims two laps, two lengths of the pool, of each stroke in a specific order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.

Medley Relay

All age groups swim the Medley Relay, including 8 and under.

  • The Medley Relay is a relay consisting of 4 swimmers.
  • For 8 and under and 9-10 age groups only, each swimmer swims one lap of the pool, each swimmer a different stroke.
  • Swimmers in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age groups each complete two laps of a particular stroke.
  • The Medley Relay has a specific stroke order: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle.
  • Since the younger children only swim one lap each, those swimmers swimming the breaststroke and freestyle portion of the relay must be at the opposite end of the pool, not the starting block end.
  • Before the Medley Relay, we need the assistance of those crucial parents of the younger children! We need a parent stationed at each lane at the opposite end of the pool, making sure that the children are in the right place and lane.

Freestyle

After the Medley Relays come the freestyle events. These progress as the events above, from youngest to oldest, with the girls swimming before the boys in each age category.

  • The children 8 and under swim a 25 meter freestyle. That’s simply one lap.
  • Ages 9-10 and 11-12 swim a 50 meter freestyle, or 2 laps.
  • Ages 13-14 and 15-18 swim a 100 meter freestyle, or 4 laps.

Backstroke

Backstroke events follow the freestyle events.

  • Ages 8 and under and 9-10 swim a 25 meter backstroke.
  • Ages 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 (girls only) swim a 50 meter backstroke.
  • Ages 15-18 boys swim a 100 meter backstroke

Breaststroke

Breaststroke follows backstroke events.

  • Ages 8 and under and 9-10 swim a 25 meter breaststroke.
  • Ages 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 (girls only) swim a 50 meter backstroke.
  • Ages 15-18 boys swim a 100 meter breaststroke.

Butterfly

Butterfly events follow the breaststroke.

  • Ages 8 and under and 9-10 swim a 25 meter butterfly.
  • Ages 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 swim a 50 meter butterfly.

Freestyle Relay

The freestyle relays are the last events of the meet.

  • Make sure to check with the coaches before you leave a meet. Your child may be scheduled to swim in this final relay. The children love relays and get a real sense of being part of a team by competing in them.
  • Unforeseen circumstances may result in a child being placed in the relay at last minute!
  • The relay team has 4 swimmers.
  • Ages 8 and under swim a 100 meter relay, which means each swimmer swims one lap of freestyle.
  • Ages 9-10 and up all swim a 200 meter relay, which means each swimmer swims two laps of freestyle.

Events

 

100/200 IM

Medley Relay

Freestyle

Backstroke

Breaststroke

Butterfly

Free Relay

8 & U

N/A

1 lap ea. stroke

1

1

1

1

1 lap each

9-10

N/A

1 lap ea. stroke

2

1

1

1

2 laps each

11-12

1 lap ea. stroke

2 laps ea. stroke

2

2

2

2

2 laps each

13-14

1 lap ea. stroke

2 laps ea. stroke

4

2

2

2

2 laps each

15-18

1 lap ea. stroke – girls

2 laps ea. stroke – boys

2 laps ea. stroke

4

2 Girls

4 Boys

2 Girls

4 Boys

2

2 laps each

Table 1. Number of laps per event

Each lap is 25 meters in length. 

Quick Reference

100 IM & 200 IM aka 100 Meter Individual Medley & 200 Meter Individual Medley

  • Order: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle
  • Boys (through age 14) and girls swim the 100 IM; boys (ages 15-18) swim the 200 IM
  • 10 and under does not swim this event.

Medley Relay

  • Order: Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle
  • All ages swim this event.
  • 8 &U and 9-10 ONLY: one lap of each stroke
  • Breaststroker and Freestyler must be at opposite end of the pool, the end w/o the starting blocks.

Freestyle Relay aka Free Relay

  • For 8 & U only: One lap of freestyle
    • -2nd and 4th (aka “anchor”) child must be at the opposite end of the pool, end w/o starting blocks.
  • All other age groups – 2 laps of freestyle each or a 50 of Freestyle each.

Tri-County Swim League

ORDER OF EVENTS 

Every dual meet has the same 66 events in the same order: 

Event # Division Event
1 Girls 12 & Under 100 Meter Individual Medley
2 Boys 12 & Under 100 Meter Individual Medley
3 Girls 13-14 100 Meter Individual Medley
4 Boys 13-14 100 Meter Individual Medley
5 Girls 15-18 100 Meter Individual Medley
6 Boys 15-18 200 Meter Individual Medley
7 Girls 8 & Under 100 Meter Medley Relay
8 Boys 8 & Under 100 Meter Medley Relay
9 Girls 9-10 100 Meter Medley Relay
10 Boys 9-10 100 Meter Medley Relay
11 Girls 11-12 200 Meter Medley Relay
12 Boys 11-12 200 Meter Medley Relay
13 Girls 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay
14 Boy 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay
15 Girls 15-18 200 Meter Medley Relay
16 Boy 15-18 200 Meter Medley Relay
17 Girls 8 & Under 25 Meter Freestyle
18 Boys 8 & Under 25 Meter Freestyle
19 Girls 9-10 50 Meter Freestyle
20 Boys 9-10 50 Meter Freestyle
21 Girls 11-12 50 Meter Freestyle
22 Boys 11-12 50 Meter Freestyle
23 Girls 13-14 100 Meter Freestyle
24 Boys 13-14 100 Meter Freestyle
25 Girls 15-18 100 Meter Freestyle
26 Boys 15-18 100 Meter Freestyle
27 Girls 8 & Under 25 Meter Backstroke
28 Boys 8 & Under 25 Meter Backstroke
29 Girls 9-10 25 Meter Backstroke
30 Boys 9-10 25 Meter Backstroke
31 Girls 11-12 50 Meter Backstroke
32 Boys 11-12 50 Meter Backstroke
33 Girls 13-14 50 Meter Backstroke
34 Boys 13-14 50 Meter Backstroke
35 Girls 15-18 50 Meter Backstroke
36 Boys 15-18 100 Meter Backstroke
37 Girls 8 & Under 25 Meter Breaststroke
38 Boys 8 & Under 25 Meter Breaststroke
39 Girls 9-10 25 Meter Breaststroke
40 Boys 9-10 25 Meter Breaststroke
41 Girls 11-12 50 Meter Breaststroke
42 Boys 11-12 50 Meter Breaststroke
43 Girls 13-14 50 Meter Breaststroke
44 Boys 13-14 50 Meter Breaststroke
45 Girls 15-18 50 Meter Breaststroke
46 Boys 15-18 100 Meter Breaststroke
47 Girls 8 & Under 25 Meter Butterfly
48 Boys 8 & Under 25 Meter Butterfly
49 Girls 9-10 25 Meter Butterfly
50 Boys 9-10 25 Meter Butterfly
51 Girls 11-12 50 Meter Butterfly
52 Boys 11-12 50 Meter Butterfly
53 Girls 13-14 50 Meter Butterfly
54 Boys 13-14 50 Meter Butterfly
55 Girls 15-18 50 Meter Butterfly
56 Boys 15-18 50 Meter Butterfly
57 Girls 8 & Under 100 Meter Freestyle Relay
58 Boys 8 & Under 100 Meter Freestyle Relay
59 Girls 9-10 200 Meter Freestyle Relay
60 Boys 9-10 200 Meter Freestyle Relay
61 Girls 11-12 200 Meter Freestyle Relay
62 Boys 11-12 200 Meter Freestyle Relay
63 Girls 13-14 200 Meter Freestyle Relay
64 Boys 13-14 200 Meter Freestyle Relay
65 Girls 15-18 200 Meter Freestyle Relay
66 Boys 15-18 200 Meter Freestyle Relay