How Swim Team Works

How Swim Team Works

General Information

Lakeridge Swim Club Swim Team is a fun and rewarding experience for club members, aged 5 - 18.  Any level of swimmer is welcome on swim team, as long as the swimmer can swim one length of the pool (25 yards) of any stroke without assistance or stopping.  Our goal is for every swimmer to have fun, be a good sport, and swim fast! Lakeridge Swim Club Swim Team competes in the Greater Seattle Summer Swim League (GSSSL), which is an organization comprised of eight Southern Division and eight Northern Division swim teams from private clubs around the Seattle area. As per GSSSL rules, only dues-paying members of Lakeridge Swim Club may participate in swim team.

Practice Information

After school swim practices begin shortly after the club opens in May.  Practices move to morning in mid to late June, usually after Seattle Public Schools begins summer break. Swimmers should plan to attend AT LEAST two practices per week. Older swimmers are encouraged to attend three or more practices.  

Regular Season – Dual Meets

Regular season swim meets are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Warmups start at 4:45 or 5:15 and meet events begin at 6pm. Meets usually finish close to 10:00 pm. There are seven regular season meets with half being held at Lakeridge Swim Club and half held at the opponent’s pool. Regular season meets are dual meets where Lakeridge Swim Club competes against one of the other seven teams in the Southern Division. All families are expected VOLUNTEER at home meets by working at least one 2-hour shift. There are opportunities to help on deck and in the concessions area.

Post-Season – Championship Meets

Following regular season, any swimmers who attains a GSSSL 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 divisional 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.

Order of Events

Every swim meet, including dual meets and championship meets, except for B-Champs, consists of the following 72 events:

  1. Girls 13 & 14 50 Free
  2. Boys 13 & 14 50 Free
  3. Girls 15 and Over 50 Free
  4. Boys 15 and Over 50 Free
  5. Girls 8 & Under 100 Medley Relay
  6. Boys 8 & Under 100 Medley Relay
  7. Girls 9 & 10 100 Medley Relay
  8. Boys 9 & 10 100 Medley Relay
  9. Girls 11 & 12 200 Medley Relay
  10. Boys 11 & 12 200 Medley Relay
  11. Girls 13 & 14 200 Medley Relay
  12. Boys 13 & 14 200 Medley Relay
  13. Girls 15 and Over 200 Medley Relay
  14. Boys 15 and Over 200 Medley Relay
  15. Girls 8 & Under 100 Free Relay
  16. Boys 8 & Under 100 Free Relay
  17. Girls 9 & 10 100 I.M.
  18. Boys 9 & 10 100 I.M.
  19. Girls 11 & 12 100 I.M.
  20. Boys 11 & 12 100 I.M.
  21. Girls 13 & 14 100 I.M.
  22. Boys 13 & 14 100 I.M.
  23. Girls 15 and Over 100 I.M.
  24. Boys 15 and Over 100 I.M.
  25. Girls 8 & Under 25 Free
  26. Boys 8 & Under 25 Free
  27. Girls 9 & 10 50 Free
  28. Boys 9 & 10 50 Free
  29. Girls 11 & 12 50 Free
  30. Boys 11 & 12 50 Free
  31. Girls 13 & 14 100 Free
  32. Boys 13 & 14 100 Free
  33. Girls 15 and Over 100 Free
  34. Boys 15 and Over 100 Free
  35. Girls 8 & Under 25 Back
  36. Boys 8 & Under 25 Back
  37. Girls 9 & 10 50 Back
  38. Boys 9 & 10 50 Back
  39. Girls 11 & 12 50 Back
  40. Boys 11 & 12 50 Back
  41. Girls 13 & 14 50 Back
  42. Boys 13 & 14 50 Back
  43. Girls 15 and Over 50 Back
  44. Boys 15 and Over 50 Back
  45. Girls 8 & Under 25 Breast
  46. Boys 8 & Under 25 Breast
  47. Girls 9 & 10 50 Breast
  48. Boys 9 & 10 50 Breast
  49. Girls 11 & 12 50 Breast
  50. Boys 11 & 12 50 Breast
  51. Girls 13 & 14 50 Breast
  52. Boys 13 & 14 50 Breast
  53. Girls 15 and Over 50 Breast
  54. Boys 15 and Over 50 Breast
  55. Girls 8 & Under 25 Fly
  56. Boys 8 & Under 25 Fly
  57. Girls 9 & 10 25 Fly
  58. Boys 9 & 10 25 Fly
  59. Girls 11 & 12 50 Fly
  60. Boys 11 & 12 50 Fly
  61. Girls 13 & 14 50 Fly
  62. Boys 13 & 14 50 Fly
  63. Girls 15 and Over 50 Fly
  64. Boys 15 and Over 50 Fly
  65. Girls 9 & 10 200 Free Relay
  66. Boys 9 & 10 200 Free Relay
  67. Girls 11 & 12 200 Free Relay
  68. Boys 11 & 12 200 Free Relay
  69. Girls 13 & 14 200 Free Relay
  70. Boys 13 & 14 200 Free Relay
  71. Girls 15 and Over 200 Free Relay
  72. Boys 15 and Over 200 Free Relay

RULES

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

  • GSSSL Operating Rules can be seen HERE
  • GSSSL 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 the coaches, parent coordinators, or swim families.