Dual Meet competitions are organized by the coach where a lineup is put together and separated by gender and age groups.  It is posted on the day of the meet. 

AMS is organized by qualifying time standards as well as gender/age.  For each AMS meet, the meet host will publish an invitation with a list of qualifying times and available events. 

In dual meets as well as AMS/USA Swimming meets, the age group entered by a swimmer is determined by the age he/she is on the first day of the meet.  The age qualifications are usually as follows, although AMS/USA Swimming meets can vary:

  • 8 years and under
  • 9-10 years
  • 11-12 years
  • 13-14 years
  • 15 and over/senior