Scoring & Ribbons

How are meets scored?

Individual Events:

In a regular "dual" meet (where 2 teams are competing), 12 swimmers can earn points in each event. Only 6 swimmers from each team can earn points in each event. Point values are as follows:
  • 1st place = 13 points
  • 2nd place = 11 points
  • 3rd place = 10 points
  • 4th-12th place = 1 point
During a Divisional meet (where 3 teams compete), 18 swimmers can earn points in each event. Like in a regular dual meet, only 6 swimmers per team can earn points in each event. Point values are as follows:
  • 1st place = 19 points
  • 2nd place = 17 points
  • 3rd place = 16 points
  • 4th-18th place = 1 point

Relay Events:

In a dual meet, the 1st place team earns 47 points and the 2nd place team earns 32 points.  Each team can only earn one place of points. This makes our “B” and “C” relay teams very important. They can pick up points for the team if our “A” team disqualifies.

During Divisionals, each team earns points for their placement in each event:

  • 1st place team earns 79 points
  • 2nd place earns 53 points
  • 3rd place team earns 40 points

How are ribbons awarded?

At each regular meet, the league awards ribbons to the first 12 places in individual events and to the first 3 places in relay events. The league also awards ribbons to the first 12 six-year-olds and younger swimmers in Freestyle and Backstroke. 

SPST awards time improvement ribbons as well. If you improve your time, you get a ribbon. A swimmer gets 1 improvement ribbon for each event in which s/he beats a previous best time.

What does PWA or PWB mean?

You may notice the PWA or PWB letter code next to your swimmer's results. These codes represent the time standard your swimmer has achieved in his or her event. The Prince William Swim League has developed these standards to help gauge your swimmer's development in comparison to other swimmers in the league. These standards are reviewed annually, but have remained stable over the last few years.

"A" Time: Range achieved by the fastest 20% of swimmers 

"B" Time: Range achieved by the next fastest 40% of swimmers

"C" Time: Range achieved by the remaining 40% of swimmers

Occasionally a swimmer will notice a plus or minus sign next to this letter code. A "B+" is not faster than a "B." The plus sign indicates that your swimmer has advanced from a "C" time to a "B." Similarly, a "B-" indicates that the swimmer has previously recorded an "A" time. Each event has its own time standards, reflecting the difficulty of the stroke, the age of the swimmer, and whether the event is for boys or girls.