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2018-2019 USA Swimming Program

The Strawberry Seals Swim Team offers a year round competitive swimming program that provides swimmers of all levels with the best of both worlds: participation in the Marin Swim League Spring/Summer program, and participation in USA Pacific Swim meets in the Fall/Winter months. 

USA swimming is the largest competitive swimming organization in the world with over 300,000 members within the United States.  From September through March, our team competes in USA swimming as Seals Aquatics (SRBY), a member organization within Zone 3 of Pacific Swimming, our regional Local Swim Committee (LSC).

We offer a robust schedule of meets to appeal to Seals swimmers of all ages and abilities.  

Why Swim with Seals Aquatics USA Swimming Program?  Enjoy the journey as much as the outcome!

  • We offer a flexible meet and training schedule that encourages and supports multi-sport athletes and swimmers with multiple extracurricular activities!

  • Swimmers will have the opportunity to:

    • Grow in the sport of swimming beyond the constraints of our seasonal MSL program;

    • Continue building camaraderie and community with Seals teammates;

    • Advance skills development by participating in a wider range of events and distances not offered in the MSL program (ie. 100y, 200y, and 500y events) 

    • Be part of a growing team of Seals swimmers who are on the forefront of building the Seals Aquatics USA Swimming program!

  • Continuity of training and competition through the Fall/Winter months enables swimmers to achieve new personal best times and prepares them for Spring/Summer MSL competition.

SRBY USA 2018-2019 Meet Schedule to be released in Mid-July.

Sept 22-23 Napa, CA C/B/A+ Age Group
Sept 29-30 Novato, CA Senior Open Meet
Oct 19-21 Vallejo, CA C/B/A+ Age Group
Nov 17-18 Mendocino, CA C/B/A+ Age Group
Feb 9-10 Napa, CA  C/B/A+ Age Group
Feb 16-17 Santa Cruz, CA Senior Open Meet
Mar 9-10 Napa, CA C/B/A+ Age Group

Full Pacific Swimming meet schedule:  

The SRBY USA Swimming Program is a year-round competitive training program for swimmers who want to compete in Fall/Winter USA Pacific Swimming Meets.  All swimmers enrolled in the Seals Fall/Winter program are eligible to participate in USA meets as part of Seals Aquatics upon registration with the USA Swimming organization.

In addition to our hallmark focus on building team spirit and camaraderie, the Seals Aquatics USA Swimming Program offers the highest level of pre-senior club training.  We emphasize full athletic conditioning as well as water-specific training to develop more athletic swimmers who are as physically fit as they are technically proficient.  Swimmers engage in frequent interaction with coaches, experience advanced technical training, and are coached in competitive stroke and turn development techniques.  Strength conditioning through dry land workouts include a dynamic mix of core and fundamentals along with ball/field work to complement water training.


USA Swimming Membership: To participate in the Seals Aquatics USA Swimming program, please register your swimmer with the USA Pacific swimming organization at: http://www.pacswim.org/documents/forms/Registration-Membership to complete the process.  

For new member athletes, we recommend waiting to register until mid-August, when the 2017 year-round athlete registration applications are available and posted online. USA swimmers with a current 2016 membership will need to renew their memberships prior to the end of the year.  

To sign up for a meet go to:
Follow directions and sign up for the meet. Some meets close early so sign up as soon as you know which meets and events your swimmer would like to swim.

If you are new to USA Swimming, following is some additional background information about the program. You can also visit the USA Swimming website at: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx

About USA Swim Meets:

USA Swimming meets are highly diverse in terms of format and athlete pre-requisites.  The majority of meets we participate in, known as “C/B/A+ meets”, require no qualifying time or previous experience with competition.  These meets have no score and focus primarily on providing swimmers with a venue to build confidence and competitive racing skills.  Swimmers are seeded (assigned heats and lanes) with their entry times and usually swim in heats with swimmers with comparable times.  (Note: it is important to arrive at the meet at least 30 minutes and preferably an hour prior to your swimmer’s first event in order to be admitted into your scheduled event.)

USA swimming provides a wide range of time standards to provide motivational performance goals for developing swimmers.  Most standards are only for motivational purposes but some are qualifying times.  A few meets require qualifying times to participate.  A comprehensive list of time standards can be found at: http://www.pacswim.org/swim-meet-times/standards

Most meets offer opportunities to compete on Saturday, Sunday, or both.  Swimmers may participate in one or both days of a meet.  Unlike MSL, which uses the same event list for every meet, USA swimming meets provide a wide variety of formats and event lists.  This gives swimmers an opportunity to try many races and distances not available at MSL competitions.

Our average number of attending swimmers has been 5 – 20 swimmers per meet enabling our coaches to develop much stronger bonds with and more individualized coaching for the swimmers who choose to participate in these meets.

Volunteer Requirements:  

Our Fall and Winter programs do not have a volunteer requirement unless your swimmer attends meets.  In this case, you will most likely be asked to volunteer as a timer.  We are actively seeking two volunteers to be our Fall and Winter stroke and turn judges, which require online certification from USA Swimming.  For more information about how to become a USA Swimming certified stroke and turn judge, please speak to Coach Mehrad.  In the event that our team is unable to provide stroke and turn judges, we may be required to pay a fine, and will require contributions from participating families to cover the cost. 

Seals Aquatics Mission

Seals Aquatics nurtures the personal growth and competitive spirit of aspiring swimmers through 1:1 technical training, group practices and Fall/Winter USA swimming competition.  We take a holistic approach to developing advanced competitive skills and speed emphasizing physical and emotional fitness as the underpinnings of our program.  With the support of our community, Seals Aquatics’ swimmers are prepared to reach their personal best and thrive as competitive athletes.