Types of Meets Available to RAD Swimmers
- Dual Meets: Dual meets are designed to provide competition between Redding Swim Team and one other swim team. Dual meets usually last 2-3 hours.
- AGO Meets provide an intermediate level of competition for swimmers with “B” times and “No Times.”
- BB +/- Meets are for all swimmers and all members are encouraged to participate. Awards are separated based on the BB time standard.
- A Meets are for experienced swimmers who have achieved “A” times and faster. Team scores are kept and team awards are given.
- Junior Olympics Championships are held twice a year. During the spring this meet is 14 &under and the Summer Junior Olympics are open to all swimmers. Specific time standards are set for these meets.
- T/F Meets are for typically for older/more experience swimmers. The morning is the preliminary swims and the afternoon/evening the top swimmers race again.
- Far Westerns is a meet that host the top age group meet in Northern California. Specific time standards must be met in order to qualify for this meet.
- Zone Meets are annual regional championship meets held each August by USA Swimming. USA Swimming divides the country into four zones and each zone has its own meet and names a zone champion.
- Speedo Sectional Meets provide the next level of competition for qualifying swimmers. The Speedo Sectional Meets have no age groups and all event seeding is based only on qualifying times. The Speedo Sectional Meet is usually held at a premier location.
- NSCA Junior Nationals are held each March for qualifying swimmers age 18 and under. This meet is hosted by the National Swim Coaches of America (NSCA). In past years, this meet has been held in Orlando.
- USA Swimming Junior National Championships USA Junior Nationals are exclusively for swimmers age 18 and under and the meet is held each December (short course) and August (long course). This meet serves as a stepping stone to the top national and international level meets for 18 and under athletes. Qualifying times for this meet are faster than the NSCA JR National Meet in March.
- USA Swimming National Championships/US Open is one of the top national level competitions are held at different times throughout the year and serve as qualifying meets for international level competitions. There is no age limitation on these meets.
- US Nationals and National Disability Championships are held twice a year and is the fastest meet in America. Qualification times for this elite senior meet are faster than the US Open. United States also has an Open Water National Championship, where contestants swim in a lake or the ocean. Open water swimming is also an Olympic event.
- Olympic Trials are held every four years to select swimmers for the Olympic Games. This elite senior selection meet has qualification times faster than US Nationals. The top two swimmers in each individual event, plus a few additional freestylers are selected for the US Olympic Team.