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April 5th-8th, 2018

The qualifying times are listed here. More information to follow early 2018. Any questions please email

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Charlotte Mecklenberg Aquatic Center

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
800 East Martin Luther King Blvd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202


The Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204


General Nationals Information

The Sunkissed Invitational swim meet should ultimately be every swimmer's long or short term goal. This meet is usually held in late March or early April at a site that is determined the previous year. The meet is held at the Mecklenberg Aquatic Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. Raritan Valley is very proud of the fact that our participation on the National Team has historically involved approximately 30% or more of our swimmers in a given season.

This meet is designed to give the opportunity to compete in a national meet to many more swimmers than comparable meets in other organizations (USS, YMCA, etc). In other words, this meet gives swimmers, who otherwise may never encounter this experience, the opportunity to travel to, and compete in, a big four-day meet. The qualifying times are attainable goals for most junior swimmers (at least 10 years of age) as they approach the age of 13, and for senior swimmers from 14 years of age.

If going to Nationals is one of a swimmer's goals this season, then it is imperative that the swimmer takes the appropriate steps on his/her way toward making the qualifying times. Initially, each swimmer must make the commitment to attend practices and work hard. After making this commitment, swimmers must give themselves every opportunity, over the course of the season, to swim the events in which they are trying to qualify. This means attending as many extra meets as possible. This is especially important for swimmers in the 10-12 age group, for they are only swimming 50 yard stroke events in dual meets, as opposed to the 100/200 yard stroke events, 200 IM and 500 freestyle which are swum at Nationals. Seniors also must give themselves the opportunity to swim in events they may not normally swim in dual meets, such as 200 yard stroke events, 400 IM and 500/1000 yard free styles.

After an intense nine week training program from early February to early April, the team travels together and attends the meet sessions together as a team. Parents, meanwhile, are assigned to chaperone duties for meals, afternoon and evening patrols, as well as timing and officiating duties at the meet. All of these responsibilities are divided evenly among the parents, most of which usually attend the meet.

A swimmer needs only to qualify in one event to participate in the meet, however, once there, he/she may swim up to 6 events plus relays (coaches decide who swims relays). For further information on the team sponsoring this meet you can go to the Team Charlotte website.

Swimmer fee: $1200

Expenses for parents: $645 per room - parent rooms are booked under the Riptide block and assigned by the team (individual reservations should not be made).  Should any parent make their own room reservations, a $100.00 team fee will be assessed to help defray costs. We ask that parents who will not be coming down with a spouse try to and share a room with another parent since (this cost would be $322 each parent for the room) we are assigned a limited number of rooms. Requests will be taken on a first come first served basis for individual rooms. The banquet on Sunday night will be $45 per person.

For those families arriving Wednesday-you will need to indicate if you require a room for Wednesday in the parent packet papers. The fee for the cost of Wednesday's room will be collected at a later date.

The following are included in the above expenses for the swimmers:

Hotel room

Pool use fee (practices)

Swimmers' breakfast for Fri/Sat/Sun

Swimmers' lunch for Sunday

Swimmers' dinner for Thu/Fri/Sat

Banquet dinner on Sunday

Mandatory T-shirts

Team Day

Pizza Party

Coaches expenses


Swimsuit and caps expenses:

Girls' swimsuits: $122. - $275.

Boys' swimsuits: $115 - $235

Two Team Caps: $15-$25. (the team pays for one cap, additional caps may be purchased in sets of twos)

Entry fees for events in Charlotte (these will be collected before we leave for Charlotte)