Championship Meet Info

Adam Depmore

Championship meets take place during the end of the Winter months (Short Course) and again during the Summer months (Long Course). All championship meets require qualification times. Qualification time standards are set by the various governing bodies that come under the umbrella of USA Swimming. Championship meets require swimmers to meet or exceed these standards.

We have several Championship meets planned for the 2019-20 season. Here are the meets we have planned for Short Course. 

 

Junior STAGS

 

South Texas Championship Meet

Ages: 18 and Under

Location: San Antonio – University of the Incarnate Word

Format:Prelims/Finals. All finals events will be contested in the specified age groups in the finals sessions, swimming slowest to fastest by age group. Finals heats will swim in oldest to youngest age group order (15-18, 13-14, 11-12, 10 & Under). 

Time Standard:Faster than BB time standard, slower than STAGS Time Standard

Deadline to Enter:Sunday Feb 2nd. If you qualify at the Last Chance swim meet this weekend, you can still sign-up.

 

The Down-low on Junior STAGS:

Junior STAGS use to be a swim meet where if you didn’t qualify for a meet, then this was the Championship meet you go to. However, as our region grew and inevitably became faster, “B” cuts were put into place in order to lower the number of swimmers in attendance.

Now, this is a much more difficult meet to qualify for as athletes must have achieved “BB” cuts or faster, but not faster than STAGS cuts.

To put this in perspective, In the US, the majority of athletes don’t get their first “BB” cut till they are 13 and have been swimming for 4 years straight. Getting to this meet does not come easy as athletes must show a desire to work hard and commit to a rigorous training schedule.

 

STAGS

 

Upper level South Texas Championship Meet

Ages: 18 and Under

Date: Feb 28 – March 1st

Location: The University of Texas at Austin

Format:Prelims/Finals. All finals events will be contested in the specified age groups in the finals sessions, swimming slowest to fastest by age group. Finals heats will swim in oldest to youngest age group order (15-18, 13-14, 11-12, 10 & Under). 

Time Standard: STAGS Time Standard

Deadline to Enter: Sunday February 23rd

 

The Down Low on STAGS:

STAGS is the Championship meet for our region. This meet is no joke as we are in arguably the most difficult region for age group swimming in the country. For meets like STAGS, qualifying means you are typically in the top 15% in your age group. Qualifying requires a tremendous amount commitment, courage and an unwavering dedication to working hard.

Athletes on our team are awarded the Purple when they achieve the STAGS cut.

 

 

TAGS

State Championship Meet for 14 and Under Swimmers

Ages: 14 and Under

Date:  March 5-8th

Location: Lewisville, TX

Format: Prelims/Finals. All finals events will be contested in the specified age groups in the finals sessions, swimming slowest to fastest by age group. Finals heats will swim in oldest to youngest age group order (13-14, 11-12, 10 & Under).

Time Standards: TAGS Time Standards

Deadline to Enter: March 1st

 

The Down Low on TAGS

TAGS is the ultimate level meet for 14 and under swimmers. It is the pinnacle of championship meets for Texas and is by far the fastest 14 and under meet in the US. Qualifying means you are in the top 1-2% in the country for your event.

Athletes who qualify for TAGS meets and above are awarded the Teal cap as well as a sweet championship swag bag. 

 

What if my athlete did not qualify for a Championship meet?

Not qualifying for championship meets is not the end of the world. For a large percentage of athletes, qualifying means you have a great birthday. For example, Kerrington Hill, Dax’s younger brother, was an amazing swimmer who dominated across the board in every event. By the time he was 14, he was the fastest swimmer in the US as he broke the 50 STATE record at TAGS. However, a big reason for why he was able to do so was because his birthday took place right after TAGS.

If you don't qualify, dont let it get you down. Keep training and meet with your coaches to see what you can do to make it next season.

Additional Championship Meets

National Level meets such as Sectionals, TYR Cup, Futures, Junior Nationals and Nationals are geared towards athletes (15 and older) that are on track to swim in college. Each year we tend to have 2-4% of our team qualify for meets at this level. 

For our team, we do not attend Sectionals during the school year. The reason being is we are a small team and like to take our team together to STAGS in order to build comradery. High school swimmers are typically burnt out on racing at High School meets and trying to plan Sectional in between High school championship meets is redundant.

Instead we prefer to focus more on championship meets in the summer (for our 15 and older). Athletes are much more rested from not attending school and are able to focus more on swimming. This summer, our plan is to attend STAGS, Sectionals and the TYR Cup in Florida. 

 

For more info regarding each meet, please check out the events section of our web site here:

https://www.teamunify.com/team/stlsac/page/events#/team-events/upcoming

 

For links to each time standard, please check out the times section of our web site here:

https://www.teamunify.com/team/stlsac/page/documents