Dual Meets

The high school season consists of a number of dual meets against teams in our conference. Meet programs that list each swimmer competing by event are not always available. The visiting teams typically do not turn in a lineup until they arrive at the meet and there is not enough time to print spectator copies. More often than not the lineup for both teams must be adjusted after arriving at the pool due to illnesses and other eligibility issues. Technically the lineup can be changed by either team up until the start of the previous event.


For dual meets, each team enters up to four swimmers in each individual event and four relay teams in each relay event. Most events have a JV heat followed by a Varsity heat. In some cases there will be an exhibition heat prior to the JV heat. Most dual meets run two to three hours..


Swimmers may enter a maximum of four events, no more than two of which can be individual events. Swimmers are selected by the coach for each event or relay based on their times and the coach's goals for that meet. Depending on the meet, swimmers may have the opportunity to swim "off events" to mix things up, try somethings new, and have some fun. For these more relaxed meets, relay teams may be scrambled as well.


A typical dual meet has three relay swim events and eight individual swim events, and a diving competition. . The order of the events for a dual meet is typically as follows:

  • 200 Yard Medley Relay
  • 200 Yard Freestyle
  • 200 Yard Individual Medley
  • 50 Yard Freestyle
  • Diving
  • 10 Minute Warm-Up
  • 100 Yard Butterfly
  • 100 Yard Freestyle
  • 500 Yard Freestyle
  • 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
  • 100 Yard Backstroke
  • 100 Yard Breaststroke
  • 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

For dual meets (which have a maximum of four entries per team in typical eight lane pools):

* Relays are scored: 8-4-2-0 — with only two relay teams being allowed to score for each team.

* Individual events are scored: 6-4-3-2-1-0. With only three individuals being allowed to score for each team


Points from the diving competition are scored as an individual event; the point values are the same as an individual swim event.


Unlike club meets, times swam at meets during the team season do not qualify a swimmer for state competition. State qualifying comes from placing 1st or 2nd in your event at the section meets, or hitting the state meet qualifying time at section finals. LINK


There are no ribbons or other awards at dual meets, just an opportunity for swimmers to better their times, help the team score points, and maybe even set a new record!