A Map to the Championship Meet Schedule

Benji DeMotte

We have officially arrived at our 2021-22 Short Course Championship meet season. This time of year is the most exciting, anxious and also confusing period on our swimming calendar. For new families, the very simple question of “What meets should my swimmer attend?” is often difficult to answer.

Excel Aquatics will be sending swimmers to no less than 6 meets over a span of 8 weeks and  most of our swimmers will be attending more than one. The first set of meets are the Middle School Championships and the High School State Meet. These are restricted to those swimmers who are on affiliated teams and have hit the qualifying times. 


The next meet up is both the Region 1 and the 8 & Under Championship. That meet is for ALL 8 and unders and any 9 and over swimmers who have 4 or less swims at the SES meet. The number of swims at SES is determined by both the qualifying and the bonus cuts. Most who have achieved a qualifying time will have 4 total swims but each swimmer needs to meet with their coach to see how many, if any, swims they are eligible for at the SES meet.


The SES championship meet is for every swimmer who has at least one qualifying time at that will be our full team championship meet for the spring. 


Following the SES meet are two meets held on the same weekend. The first is our 14 and under Age Group Sectionals meet. This meet is for all 14 and under swimmers who have qualifying times (even those who have NCSA Junior Cuts should attend Age Group Sectionals). 


The final championship meet is the NCSA Junior National meet which is for every swimmer with at least one qualifying time. 


For those swimmers who are attending multiple meets, please make sure that you communicate with your coaches to understand you event selection and resting strategies. 


Finally, please reference the Championship Meet Map for dates, locations and cut times for all our upcoming championship meets.