Competition Information

Swim Meet Participation

Swimmers compete in the four competitive strokes which are: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. However, there is an individual medley that consists of a combination of all four strokes and is swum in the above sequence. Distances of each vary due to the stroke and the age group. WWST competes in invitational meets that are designated at the beginning of each season. Every WWST swimmer is encouraged to swim invitationals. Rules that apply to meets follow:

• Only meets listed on the seasonal meet calendar may be attended unless circumstances cause the meet schedule to be changed for the benefit of the team.

• Each swimmer is encouraged to participate in all championship meets in which they qualify.

• Swimmers may not leave a meet early unless a coach has given permission to do so.

• All fees collected for meets that have been submitted to the meet host are non-refundable.

• If the swimmer is unable to attend a meet because of conflicting circumstances, the swimmer must notify the coach as soon as possible and preferably 24 hours before the meet.

• Every swimmer is required to wear a team suit and WWST cap at all meets, or they will not be allowed to swim.

 

Preliminary/Final Meet Participation Policy:

- In attending a Prelim/Final meet, it will be expected that any swimmer who qualifies for finals during a meet to attend and compete at finals for the team!

- The parents of the swimmer(s) may pre-arrange scratching finals (for the duration of the weekend) with their group coach no later than the Monday prior to the start of the meet, with a stated reason and discussion with the swimmer’s group coach!

- Swimmers and/or parents will not decide to scratch from finals during the meet!

- Any qualifiers and alternates in a preliminary event should be prepared to return and compete at a finals session, due to potential scratches! After the scratch deadline passes, a swimmer should check the results to see if he/she has been scratched into a final!

- Swimmers who are alternates after the stated scratch deadline for an event should speak with their group coach to discuss options and determine attendance for that finals session.

 

Swim Meet Signups

Each season, families will be required to declare their meet intentions on the Team Website. All families will need to log in and state if their athlete(s) will or will not be available to attend each swim meet that is available to the swimmer!

BEFORE DEADLINE

- Declarations MUST occur whether attending the meet or not. Coaches will contact those not declared. If DECLINING families should put a reason in the notes section. Families can also designate in the note section if an athlete can attend only a portion of the competition.

 

CHANGES AFTER DEADLINE - ENTRY SUBMISSION

- There will be no changes allowed to the swimmer’s declaration after the final deadline has passed.

- Families will be responsible for all associated meet fees if declared to swim, regardless of attendance at meet!

 

 

Types of Swim Meets

Dual/Tri Meets - Competitions between WWST and one or two other teams. These meets last around 2-3 hours, depending on number of teams. They are open to all swimmers, and everyone can get something out of them. Because they’re smaller, they’re especially suited to newer and younger swimmers, since they’re less intimidating than large invitational meets.

Invitational Meets - Meets in which many teams compete. The term comes from the fact that, historically, teams had to be invited to attend, though these days generally any team can apply and get into a meet. There are two typical formats that invitationals are contested:

Timed Finals Meets - Meets in which swimmers will swim each event once and the final placings are determined by those times.

Prelim/Final Meets - Meets in which swimmers race in a session to qualify for finals to typically take place later in the day. Nearly all championship meets are operated in this manner, but there are Invitationals that are attended that will be contested as Prelim/Final.

Championship Meets - Traditionally at the conclusion of a season, these meets traditionally have minimum qualification standards to be eligible to compete.

 

At the Meet

1. Arrive at the pool 15-20 minutes prior to the scheduled warm-up time and locate the WWST team area where all team members sit. The meet warm-up time will be listed in the meet information provided by your coach, as well as within the event listing on Team Unify.

2. Warm-ups are always conducted by the WWST coaching staff. It is very important for all swimmers to warm-up with the team.

3. All WWST swimmers are required to wear the team suit and WWST team cap during competition. Swimmers also are asked to wear their team t-shirts (if provided). All other team apparel is optional but encouraged to promote team unity and pride.

4. Each swimmer is responsible for knowing which events s/he is swimming and for being on time to swim his/her event. It is customary to write event numbers, heat and lane assignments on a swimmer’s hand, arm, or leg. Swimmer events are listed on the WWST website for each family to view. You can get that information for a swimmer’s heat and lane assignment by purchasing a heat sheet or by using the meet mobile app.

5. At the conclusion of each race, younger swimmers are expected to go immediately to their coach. Older swimmers should warm down first, if possible, and then see their coach. The coach discusses the race with each swimmer individually and gives positive comments concerning splits, stroke technique, and race strategy.

6. Electronic timing is used at most meets. Generally, the official time is the one recorded in the computer when the swimmer touches the touch pad. This time appears on the scoreboard, however, if a swimmer misses the touch pad, or if there is a mechanical failure, various back-up times may be used. The timing and score keeping personnel analyze all times to determine the official times, which are then posted as final results. Once results are finalized families can find live results using the meet mobile app.

7. According to USA Swimming rules, parents are not allowed in the immediate competition venue unless they are serving in an official capacity. Similarly, all questions concerning meet results, an officiating call, or the conduct of a meet should be referred to the WWST coaching staff. They, in turn, will pursue the matter through the proper channels.

8. In between races, swimmers are asked to rest and stay warm. All energy should be stored up and used in competition. Stay hydrated and eat light, nutritious snacks as needed.

9. It is very important that parents and/or swimmers check with the coaching staff prior to leaving the swim meet, making certain that their swimmer has not been placed on a relay.

Championship Meet Progression

As an athlete develops, they would have the opportunities to qualify for championship level meets. Each meet will have their own specific qualifications/requirements to participate. Swimmers who achieve one of these cuts should plan to participate in these meets for the team.

Age Group Championships

Divisional Championships - Indiana Swimming’s season ending championship meet for swimmers with Divisional time standards. Athletes with Age Group State time standards may not compete in those qualified events at the Divisional meet. Currently, there are seven (7) winter and three (3) summer divisional sites throughout the State of Indiana and WWST competes in the “Northeast (Winter) or the North (Summer) Divisional”.

Age Group State Championships - Indiana Swimming’s season ending championship meet for swimmers with Age Group State time standards. This meet is for 14 and under swimmers across the entire State of Indiana.

Zone Championships - The Central Zone’s season ending championship meet for any 14 and under swimmers with the ‘AAA’ time standard. Swimmers compete for Team Indiana against the other LSC’s within the Central Zone. Zones take place traditionally in Long Course (LCM) at the conclusion of the Summer Season only.

Mid-States Championships - Indiana Swimming hosted invitational meet that invites all-star teams from other LSC’s for competition. This meet is a Team Indiana application/selection meet as there are maximum entry considerations per event.

Duel in the Pool - Indiana Swimming invitational meet that invites all-star teams from other LSC’s for competition. This meet is a Team Indiana selection meet as there are maximum entry considerations per event.

 

Senior Championships

Divisional Championships - Indiana Swimming’s season ending championship meet for swimmers with Divisional time standards. Athletes with Senior State time standards may not compete in those qualified events at the Divisional meet. Currently, there are seven (7) winter and three (3) summer divisional sites throughout the State of Indiana and WWST competes in the “North-East (Winter) or the North (Summer) Divisional”.

Senior State Championships - Indiana Swimming’s season ending championship meet to include swimmers who have achieved Senior State time standards. This meet is typically for swimmers ages 15 and over, but younger swimmers who have achieved Senior State time standards may compete.

Speedo Sectionals - Zone/USA Swimming sponsored meet. Sectionals are hosted throughout the country during the Spring and Summer seasons and are the beginning of the National Level series of meets for USA Swimming. Most Sectional meets are closed or restricted meets to a specific area, but on occasion, some will be open to any entry. This meet is typically for swimmers ages 15 and over, but younger swimmers who have achieved Sectional time standards may compete.

Futures Championships - USA Swimming sponsored meet. This meet is designed to be the bridge between Speedo Sectionals and Junior/Senior Nationals for athletes. Hosted at the conclusion of the Summer Season, this meet will be Long Course only. This meet is typically for swimmers ages 15 and over, but younger swimmers who have achieved Futures time standards may compete.

NCSA Junior Nationals – NCSA sponsored meet. This meet is an 18 and under meet that is hosted twice a year, long course in August and Short course in March. This meet is typically for 15 and over athletes, but younger swimmers who have achieved the NCSA Junior National time standards may compete.

Junior Nationals - USA Swimming sponsored meet. This meet is the highest 18 and under meet that is hosted in our country! Hosted twice a year, Long Course in August and Short Course in December. This meet is typically for swimmers ages 15 and over, but younger swimmers who have achieved Junior National time standards may compete.

TYR Pro Series Meet - USA Swimming sponsored meet. Pro Series meets are spread out throughout the season across the country. Most of these meets will occur in Long Course settings to prepare these athletes for qualification meets later in the season. This meet is typically for swimmers ages 15 and over, but younger swimmers who have achieved Pro Series time standards may compete.

Phillips 66 Nationals - USA Swimming sponsored meet. This meet is the highest-level meet offered on an annual basis. Hosted twice a year, Long Course in August and Short Course in December. This meet is typically for swimmers ages 15 and over, but younger swimmers who have achieved National’s time standards may compete.

Olympic Trials - Athletes who obtain this cut (Long Course only) will have the opportunity to compete for coveted Olympic Games participation. Hosted once every four years! Any athlete who has obtained a time standard to qualify may compete in Trials.