About Swim Meets

Swim Age Groups

  • 8 & Under
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

Swimmers are assigned to an age group based on their birth date.  If, during the swim team season a swimmer has a birthday that will move them up to the next age group, they must move up to that age group at the next swim meet.


The events (and their order) are as follows:

  • Mixed Medley Relays
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly
  • Individual Medley  (IM)
  • Mixed Free Style Relays

Girls 8 & Under swim first; then the Boys 8 & Under, followed by the other age groups in ascending order.

All swimmers dive from the deep end of the pool.  There is NO DIVING in the shallow end.

Number of Events

New 8 & Unders swim Freestyle and Backstroke only at meets.

In dual meets, all other swimmers may participate in up to 3 individual events (provided they have mastered the stroke) plus either or both relays.

The coaches pick the swimmers for the relays. Swimmers are notified on the morning of the swim meet if they will swim in a relay.

Race Distances

  • 8 & Under        25 Yards (1 lap)
  • 9 and Over      50 Yards (2 laps)
  • 15-18             100 Yards (Freestyle)
  •                         50 Yards (Other events)
  • All IM’s           100 Yards (4 laps)

Relay Distances

  • 8 & Under        100 Yards (4 X 25 Yards)--in water starts at shallow end
  • 9 and Over       200 Yards (4 X 50 Yards)

Heat Sheets

Heat sheets are a schedule of who is swimming what event, in which heat and lane. Heat Sheets are posted on our website the day before a swim meet. Sign in to see Heat Sheets. The heat sheets are also posted on a board at the meet.

Bring a “Sharpie” marker to the meet and write the heats and lanes on your child’s hand. This helps swimmers get to the right place at the right time.  There are Clerks of the Course at each lane to help the 8 & Unders line up for their races

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Meet Start Time and Length

Home meets usually start at 8:30 AM.  All 9 and older swimmers need to be at the pool earlier for warm ups.

The start time for away meets can vary. Please look out for emails with information about away meets.

Meet length can also vary. Home meets are generally over at 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM, while some away meets can go until 3:00 PM depending on how many lanes a pool has.

Scoring Meets

To determine who wins a meet, points are awarded as follows for individual events and relays:

  • 5 points for first place overall
  • 3 points for second place overall
  • 1 point for third place overall

These points are added up. The team with the most points wins the meet.

At the end of your race, you may ask the timers for your time. Sometimes the time they give you will not be your final time. The final time is actually the average of all 3 times of the timers, and the computer will let us know your final time by the end of the meet.

You should only worry only about improving your times over the season. What place you come in does not matter!

Disqualifications (DQs)

No swimmer likes getting a DQ, but they happen.  A swimmer will receive a DQ when the Stroke and Turn Judge sees an illegal move.  For example, if a swimmer does not touch the pool edge with two hands during a turn in the butterfly or breaststroke, the swimmer may get a DQ and not receive a time for the race.

Disqualification slips will be filed in the ribbon box. Each swimmer who receives a DQ slip should review it with their coach and discuss how to improve. 

Meet Results

Meet results are posted at meets once all ages within an event have raced. Results can also be found on our website within a few days of the meet. Sign in to see Meet Results.