Types of Meets 

Meet formats from meet to meet and state to state can vary. Below you will find descriptions of common meets in which we will be swimming.
The majority of meets in Illinois have Positive Check In. This means swimmers will have to "check in" by either highlighting their names on a piece of paper or swimmers "have to check in" with their coach. You can assume that all meets we attend in IL are check in by paper, unless stated otherwise. Failing to check in will mean your swimmer is not entered into the meet.
For meets in Wisconsin, you can assume that these meets are Pre-Seeded, meaning the meet is seeded a couple days before the meet. Some events maybe "check in" events, but the majority of meets in Wisconsin are pre-seeded with all  events.
Dual Meets
This is a meet between two swim teams.  These may or may not be sanctioned by the ISI.  These meets are usually relaxed and fun for swimmers at every level.
       Timed Finals  
This is the most common swim meet that we usually attend. When a swimmer finishes their race, their time is considered their final time.  They do not have to qualify for a higher level race to participate in a later session.  
Pentathlon - 
The pentathlon format calls for each swimmer to swim five events  -- Free, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke and Backstroke.  The swimmer with the lowest combined five-event time is declared the meet winner.


These types of meets provide a valuable learning experience for our swimmers and encourage them to swim at a high level of competition. These types of meets are valuable tools to prepare our swimmers for their end-of-season Championships. Either they get a taste of swimming finals, or get a better appreciation of what it takes to qualify for finals next time.
A/B/C Meets 
These meets are for all swimmers and all members are encouraged to participate. Event categories are divided into “C” and slower, “B” and “A” and faster. B/C Meets provide an intermediate level of competition for swimmers with “B” times, “C” times and “No Times.”
A Meets 
These meets are for experienced swimmers who have achieved “A” times and faster. Team scores are kept and team awards are given.
Regional Meets 
These meets are held at the end of both Short Course and Long Course Season.  They are open to qualifiers with a "Regional" qualifying time or faster.  You can find all IL Qualifying standards can be found on the IL Swimming website or the Motivational Times link on this website.  
State Meets 
These meets are also held at the end of Short Course and Long Course seasons.  They are open to qualifiers with a “Champ" or State qualifying times or faster. You can find all IL Qualifying standards can be found on the IL Swimming website or the Motivational Times link on this website.
Zone Meets
 These 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.  The zone meets are hosted in Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, or Indiana.
Speedo Sectional Meets 
These provide the next level of competition for qualifying swimmers. The Speedo Sectional Meets have no age groups and all event seeding are based only on qualifying times. The Speedo Sectional Meet is usually held at a premier location.
NSCA Junior Nationals 
These a re 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
These 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 are held twice a year and is the top annual championship meet in America.  Qualification times for this elite senior meet are faster than for the US Open.  America’s fastest swimmers compete.
Olympic Trials 
These 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.