HPK competes at every level of swimming. From the first racing experiences in the learn to swim program, all the way through to the Olympic Games, there are a variety of paths that a swimmer can take.

The "upcoming meets" tab on your Swimming NZ MyPage has a calendar which is only updated when meets are added, sometimes only a couple of months before the meet. Because of this, the upcoming meets calendar is not always full of all the information you need or want.

This page will outline some of the milestones and pinnacle meets that your HPK swimmer may swim through during their career. Hopefully it can help with planning your schedules better than the MyPage calendar allows.

Click through the headers below to read about the racing oportunities at each level.

Racing levels

Learn to Swim - Mini-squads, Dolphins, Junior, and Development squads

Level Meets - Dolphins and up

HPK Meets - Everyone

Regional Meets - Juniors and up

National Meets - Age, Youth, and Open squads


Swimgym Mini-Squad Race Nights

  • Swimmers in Seals, Orcas, and Marlins are invited to race at the mini-squad race night which runs mid way though each term at Lloyd Elsmore
  • This is the very first time many swimmers will race in a "competitive swimming" environment and pits them against other swimmers in their mini-squad level.
  • The competitive aspect of the racing takes a back seat to the fun and the learning, but ribbons are awarded for heat winners.
  • Swimmers will start to learn how real swim meets work. (Race starts, marshalling, exiting at the end of a race)

HPK Race Night

  • ​Open to all registered swimmers in all levels of HPK from Dolphins all the way up to our olympians.
  • Every second week during the school term, on Tuesday nights at Lloyd Elsmore. Check the Race Night Calendar here.
  • Race night is geared for developing swimmers in a low pressure environment. The racing goes quickly and swimmers get  to go through the race experience up to 5 times in the space of an hour or so.
  • Older swimmers also use race night to hone their racing skills in a more rigid setting than they get in training every day.
  • Swimmers will be exposed to more pieces of the competitive swimming world
    • Starting procedure (Whistle, "Take Your Marks", BEEP).
    • Times and personal bests. Ribbons are distributed for PB's in some events.
    • Disqualifications. DQ's are explained to swimmers by the officials and coaches are on deck to provide solutions.
  • Normally race night times can not be used as qualifying times for meets outside of HPK but occasionally we organise the night to be run as a sanctioned Swimming NZ meet and the times can be used for qualifying.

​​​HPK Meets

  • Each year we run a Club Championship that is broken into two sections. Long Distance and the Main Day
    • the Main Day holds the 50m and 100m events and usually runs on a Saturday in March.
    • Long Distance involves all of the 200m, 400m, 800, and 1500m events. The racing is spread over a few weeks in October and November, on Tuesday nights with one or two events being swum in each session.
    • Every HPK competitive registered swimmer is welcome to enter, although some restrictions may be put on the long distance events due to time constraints.
    • Swimmers earn points for their placings across all of the events. If a swimmer does every race they will have better chance at winning the Club Champs Trophy.
    • Most coaches will encourage their swimmers to swim every single event.

  • HPK Honda Cars meet
    • This is our major annual open meet. Honda has been a great partner for the club for many years
    • Usually this meet will run in the middle of the year (July/August) but sometimes it is moved depending on pool availability or to fit around what the coaches want with racing oportunities at a particular time of the year
    • Each year the meet runs slightly differently, with different selections of events and sometimes SKINS and prize money for event winners



Level Meets

Auckland Swimming has a set of standards known as levels. They are used to separate meets along lines of swimming performance.

  • Level 3 meets are for swimmers who have barely done any racing. They don't require entry times and are open to anyone who has not achieved a Level 2 qualifying time. 
  • Level 2 is for developing swimmers who have done a little racing and have set times in most of their events. Level 2 meets are open to anyone who has achieved at least one Level 2 qualifying time and no Level 1 times. Swimmers can enter events even if they haven't got the Level 2 time for that event*.
  • Level 1 is for swimmers competing at the national level. Swimmers must have achieved at least one Level 1 qualifying time and can enter any events even if they don't have the Level 1 time for that event*.

Outside of the Level system there are plenty of other meets running in Auckland. Each club typically runs one or two meets each season.

  • Many of these meets allow entries without a recorded time but sometimes they will be " 'No Times' not accepted"
  • Usually these meets will be one or two days over a weekend.
  • Look though the "upcoming meets" tab on your MyPage to see what's coming up soon and you can talk to your coach to see what they're planning as far as targeted meets

Always check the meet flyer to see specific entry conditions. The rules can sometimes be set slightly ouside of what is stated above


Regional Meets

Counties Manukau

HPK is part of the Counties Manukau Swimming region. Each year there are a set of Counties meets which run at pools in South Auckland. 

  • Counties Anniversary
    • The first weekend after the outdoor pool at Papatoetoe is opened in the summer
       
  • Counties Champs
    • Running at the end of Janurary or start of February, this is a two day meet in the outdoor pool at Papatoetoe
    • This is a milestone meet for swimmers who are in their year of competing and will be the focus of their spring - summer training cycle
       
  • St George Shield
    • The fastest swimmers from each Counties club in each age group for each event race for points in pursuit of the St George Shield trophy. HPK has won the St. George Shield many many times and we are always proud to lift it against the strong competition in the Counties region.
       
  • Winter Leagues
    • Counties runs two leagues each winter. Dolphin League for Junior swimmers, and Counties League for older swimmers
    • The leagues consist of four short meets, usually on Saturday nights. Clubs enter teams of ten swimmers
    • The racing is short and sharp. One swimmer or relay from each team in each event. Points are awarded for speed, not placings. It's better to be 6th but only 1 second behind the leader, than it is to be 2nd but 5 seconds behind.
    • A trophy is given for each league at Counties Prizegiving in Autumn.
       
  • Counties Junior Champs
    • Held in October at a short course pool, usually Manurewa or Mangere.
    • This is for 12/u swimmers and is the winter pinnacle meet for first year swimmers who might not be going to AIMS Games in September

Auckland Meets

Auckland has a few championship meets each year. The level of competition spreads from level 2 swimmers through to the best of the best in the North IslandAuckland Championship meets land around about the same time as the National championships and as such we use them as either preparation meets for people going to Nationals, or as pinnacle meets for swimmers who aren't going to NationalsQualifying times tend to be a little slower than the corresponding National meets

  • Auckland Age Group Championships
    • ​For swimmers aged 13-18
  • Auckland Junior Championships
    • Swimmers aged 12 and under
  • Auckland Open Championships
    • ​All swimmers
    • Fast qualifying times
    • Sometimes includes the "junior challenge" for 12 and unders
  • Auckland Winter Championships
    • ​August
    • ​Broken into junior and senior meets on a couple of weekends
    • A pinnacle meet for people not competing at the School National meets or NZ Short Course champs in September and October.
       
  • NZ Junior Festival (Harlequins)
    • February
    • Usually at WestWave in Henderson
    • ​Summer pinnacle meet for swimmers aged 12 and under
    • Not technically a National Championship as it is competed separately by the four Zones of NZ Swimming, HPK is in the Harlequins zone, which is historically the most competitive zone.
    • Harlequins Junior Festival qualifying times are very achievable for all competitive swimmers. If you've been a Dolphin or higher for a while, you'll have no trouble with getting a bunch of times for Juniors.
    • HPK has a long history of winning the club points competiton at Juniors, both in the old National format and the new Zonal format
       

Waikato and Central Swimming

Waikato runs championship meets in the same vein as Auckland and Counties but we don't regularly focus on them. Sometimes they are placed favourably in the calendar and we use them as an opportunity to chase qualifying times for our pinnacle meets.

Central swimming is an amalgamation of the regions through the middle of the North Island; Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Taranaki. Central Swimming offers a number of meets trhoughout the calendar and we attend them as an when they fit nicely into our plans.


National Competitions

  • AIMS Games
    • ​September
    • BayWave in Tauranga
    • Winter pinnacle meet for year 7's and 8's
    • All the best 11-13 year olds in the country can be found at AIMS Games.
    • Qualifying times are slightly tough for newer swimmers. Qualifying for AIMS is a big milestone in the careers of young swimmers.
    • Swimmers represent their schools rather than their clubs and the entries process is slightly different to normal meets. Swimmers need to get rigistered with their school before they can do entries online through their MyPage.
       
  • NZ Secondary Schools
    • ​September
    • Moves around the country, will be at Waterworld in Hamilton in 2019
    • Winter pinnacle meet for college swimmers not going to NZ Short Course Champs
    • Most of the best age groupers in the country, some choose not to attend due to the proximity to Short Course
    • Swimmers represent their schools, but the entry process is easier than AIMS, entries are done through your MyPage
       
  • NZ Division II Championships
    • May
    • Moves around the country.
    • Summer pinnacle meet for swimmers who have not achieved NAGs qualifying times.
    • For most swimmers, Div II is the first time they travel and race without staying with their parents.
    • HPK swimmers travel to Div II as a team rather than with their families.
      • Usually around 20 swimmers, 1-2 coaches and 1-2 managers staying at a hotel near the pool
      • The cost to send a swimmers to Div II is between $1200 and $2000. The cost varies depending on which city is hosting the meet and the associated differences in accommodation and food prices. The club does everything it can to keep the cost as low as possible without compromising swimming performances. 
      • The team travels out 2-3 days before the start of the meet. This gives us time to get acclimated before racing
         
  • NZ National Age Group Championships (NAGs)
    • April
    • Moves around the country. Always at a 50m pool with seating for 1000+. Currently only Auckland and Wellinton have this capacity.
    • Summer pinnacle meet for fast swimmers aged 13-18
    • Tough qualifying times.
    • HPK swimmers travel to NAGs as a team rather than with their families.
      • Usually 20-30 swimmers, 2-3 coaches and 2 managers staying at a hotel near the pool. 
      • The cost to send a swimmer to NAGs is between $1500 and $2000. The cost varies depending on which city is hosting the meet and the associated differences in accommodation and food prices. The club does everything it can to keep the cost as low as possible without compromising swimming performances.
      • The team travels out 2-3 days before the start of the meet. This gives us time to get acclimated before racing.
         
  • NZ Short Course Championships 
    • October
    • Moves around the country. Always hosted at a pool with enough seating for 1000+
    • Winter Pinnacle meet for fast swimmers aged 13 and over.
    • Tough qualifying times.
    • HPK swimmers travel to Short Course as a team rather than with their families. 
      • Usually 20-30 swimmers, 2-3 coaches and 2 managers staying at a hotel near the pool. 
      • The cost to send a swimmer to Short Course is between $1500 and $2000. The cost varies depending on which city is hosting the meet and the associated differences in accommodation and food prices. The club does everything it can to keep the cost as low as possible without compromising swimming performances.
      • The team travels out 2-3 days before the start of the meet. This gives us time to get acclimated before racing.