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Swim Meets 101 - Everything You Need to Know!

This page is full of great information for families new to our team, or new to the sport of swimming!  Please review this page, check our Frequently Asked Questions page, and Contact Us if you have any questions - we're here to help!

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Essentials for Every Meet:

  • Swimsuit: The Team suit is a standard black suit, preferably with the Gator name on it.  While a standard black suit can be purchased at any sports store or website, our Gator suits can be purchased online here.  Girls should wear a competition style one piece suit and boys knee-length jammers (no board shorts please).  
  • Goggles:  Goggles can be purchased in any sports equipment store or online.  We recommend swimming style goggles and do not recommend larger masks.
  • Gators Swim Cap:  We sell Gators caps for $15 at all events and meets.  Both girls and boys must wear a Gators swim cap for all meets.

Other Useful Items:

  • Gator Equipment!  hats, shirts, sweatshirts, etc. can be purchased from our online store.  Support our team and wear your Gator Gear to every meet!
  • Towel
  • Chairs
  • Ground Blankets
  • Canopy or Easy-Up to block the sun (or share with team families!)
  • Entertainment for downtime between races
  • Sunscreen

What To Do Upon Arriving:

  • Check in - Swimmers and Workers must check in upon arrival, and no later than 8:00 am so we know you are there!
  • Swimmer ID Numbers - Each swimmer has a 4 digit number assigned by our swim conference for the season. This number is used to ID a swimmer by name and enter/track swim times. During the meet, it is crucial that a swimmer’s number be written on their upper arm or the back of one hand. Your number is the same all year - writing it in black marker before coming to the meet will save time at check in! 
  • Warm Ups - While warm-ups are optional, it helps your swimmer become familiar with the temperature of the water, the pool (important for visiting pools), and loosens their muscles.  We strongly recommend attending warm-ups for each meet.  Times stay the same for all meets.  
    • 6 and under: 7:40 am
    • 7 – 8: 7:50 am
    • 9 – 10: 8:00 am
    • 11 – 12: 8:15 am
    • 13 – 14: 8:30 am
    • 15 – 18: 8:45 am
  • What events are you (your swimmer) swimming? - Find the swim board and use the courtesy papers & pencils to write down what your child is swimming, or simply use the SwimTopia app!
  • Claim a spot - Meets can be crowded, so find a nice place in the grass to sit and put your belongings.  Most pools request that no families sit on the deck and instead utilize grass areas just outside the pool entrances.
  • Line up - For the younger kids (4-6 and 7-8 age groups), an announcer will walk through the grass/sitting areas to let you know when your child should head over to line ups.  Older kids (9 and up) need to pay attention to the flow of the meet or view the current event/heat information on the SwimTopia app to ensure they do not miss their race.

Meets:

Meets are held Saturday mornings during swim season. Meets begin promptly at 9:00 am and usually are finished by 1:30 or 2:00 pm.  All swimmers will swim each dual or tri meet.  A swimmer can swim in a maximum of four events at each meet (which may be a combination of individual events and relays). Relay events are competed at the beginning and end of meets (see event layout below). Swimmers may leave the meet once their last event has been swam.

You must let us know if your swimmer(s) will NOT be at a meet by logging in to this website and declaring you will not attend the Tuesday before each meet.  Once logged in, you can do that on this page.  Knowing who is available before seeding is extremely important to our coaches and streamlines the meet preparation process. If you are scheduled to swim in a meet and you become ill or have an emergency, contact the coach immediately through the Contact Us section of this website so that they will have enough time to substitute another swimmer.

Please note:  Signing your swimmer out of a meet does not relieve you of your scheduled jobs.  

Scoring:

In the individual events, a first place finish earns 7 points for the team, a second place scores 4 points, a third place finish scores 3 points, a fourth place finish scores 2 points, and a 5th place finish scores 1 point.  Every point counts in a meet! Relay events are swum at the beginning and end of each meet and receives 9 points for a first place finish, 4 points for a second place finish, and 2 points for a third place finish. Scoring and placing is decided by fastest time from all swimmers in the same age group, regardless of heat.  

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Events:

The following is the order of events during a standard meet.  One length of the pool, also known as a lap, is 25 yards.

Event Number Age Group Event
First Half
1 6 and Under Girls Medley Relay
2 6 and Under Boys Medley Relay
3 7/8 Girls Medley Relay
4 7/8 Boys Medley Relay
5 9/10 Girls Medley Relay
6 9/10 Boys Medley Relay
7 11/12 Girls Medley Relay
8 11/12 Boys Medley Relay
9 13/14 Girls Medley Relay
10 13/14 Boys Medley Relay
11 15/18 Girls Medley Relay
12 15/18 Boys Medley Relay
13 6 and Under Girls 25 Free
14 6 and Under Boys 25 Free
15 7/8 Girls 25 Free
16 7/8 Boys 25 Free
17 9/10 Girls 50 Free
18 9/10 Boys 50 Free
19 11/12 Girls 50 Free
20 11/12 Boys 50 Free
21 13/14 Girls 100 Free
22 13/14 Boys 100 Free
23 15/18 Girls 100 Free
24 15/18 Boys 100 Free
25 6 and Under 25 Girls Breast
26 6 and Under 25 Boys Breast
27 7/8 25 Girls Breast
28 7/8 25 Boys Breast
29 9/10 Girls 50 Breast
30 9/10 Boys 50 Breast
31 11/12 Girls 50 Breast
32 11/12 Boys 50 Breast
33 13/14 Girls 50 Breast
34 13/14 Boys 50 Breast
35 15/18 Girls 50 Breast
36 15/18 Boys 50 Breast
Second Half
37 6 and Under Girls 25 Fly
38 6 and Under Boys 25 Fly
39 7/8 Girls 25 Fly
40 7/8 Boys 25 Fly
41 9/10 Girls 25 Fly
42 9/10 Boys 25 Fly
43 11/12 Girls 50 Fly
44 11/12 Boys 50 Fly
45 13/14 Girls 50 Fly
46 13/14 Boys 50 Fly
47 15/18 Girls 50 Fly
48 15/18 Boys 50 Fly
49 6 and Under Girls 25 Backstroke
50 6 and Under Boys 25 Backstroke
51 7/8 Girls 25 Backstroke
52 7/8 Boys 25 Backstroke
53 9/10 Girls 50 Backstroke
54 9/10 Boys 50 Backstroke
55 11/12 Girls 50 Backstroke
56 11/12 Boys 50 Backstroke
57 13/14 Girls 50 Back
58 13/14 Boys 50 Back
59 15/18 Girls 50 Back
60 15/18 Boys 50 Back
61 7/8 Girls 50 Free
62 7/8 Boys 50 Free
63 9/10 Girls 100 IM
64 9/10 Boys 100 IM
65 11/12 Girls 100 IM
66 11/12 Boys 100 IM
67 13/14 Girls 100 IM
68 13/14 Boys 100 IM
69 15/18 Girls 100 IM
70 15/18 Boys 100 IM
71 6 and Under Girls 100 Free Relay
72 6 and Under Boys 100 Free Relay
73 7/8 Girls 100 Free Relay
74 7/8 Boys 100 Free Relay
75 9/10 Girls 200 Free Relay
76 9/10 Boys 200 Free Relay
77 11/12 Girls 200 Free Relay
78 11/12 Boys 200 Free Relay
79 13/14 Girls 200 Free Relay
80 13/14 Boys 200 Free Relay
81 15/18 Girls 200 Free Relay
82 15/18 Boys 200 Free Relay
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