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The Meet Process

Click on this link for the 2019 Tarheel Swimming Association Rulebook.

Team members swim the following distances:

  • 6 and under: 15 yards (finish line marked by a rope – Kid-Catchers are used)
  • 7-10: 25 yards
  • 11-18: 50 yards

Team members swim the following strokes in the order listed from the youngest  to the oldest swimmers. A swimmer’s age group is defined by his or her age as of June 1st of the current season.

  • Boys swim before girls in the same age bracket
  • Order of Events:
  • Medley Relay: 7/8’s, 9/10’s, 11/12’s, 13/14’s, 15 and over. (back, breast, fly, and free)
  • Freestyle: 6 and under, 7/8’s, 9/10’s, 11/12’s, 13/14’s, 15 and over.
  • Backstroke: 6 and under, 7/8’s, 9/10’s, 11/12’s, 13/14’s, 15 and over.
  • Breaststroke: 6 and under, 7/8’s, 9/10’s, 11/12’s, 13/14’s, 15 and over.
  • Butterfly: 7/8’s, 9/10’s, 11/12’s, 13/14’s, 15 and over.
  • Freestyle Relay: 7/8’s, 9/10’s, 11/12’s, 13/14’s, 15 and over.

The medley relay begins the meet and the freestyle relay ends the meet.

Swimmers who are 6 and under may swim a maximum of 2 individual main events and will be encouraged to swim in one of the heats of the third stroke. Swimmers 7-18 may swim a maximum of 3 individual main events and will also be encouraged to swim in one of the heats of the fourth stroke. Swimmers may also participate in one or both of their age group’s relay races; relay events do not count against the individual-event limits. Swimmers’ times will be recorded in all heats, with results being used by the coaches to help determine who will swim the main events the following weeks.

All team members swim in every meet. However, if a meet is delayed or interrupted for any reason (thunderstorm, etc.), the teams’ TSA representatives may decide, in the interest of time, to swim only main events.

Only the main event is scored and earns points toward winning a meet. Scoring for all individual events is as follows:

First place: 5 points

Second place: 3 points

Third place: 1 point

In relay events, only 5 points are awarded, all of which go to the first place team.

In case of a tie, the place points are added together and the points are evenly split. For example, a tie for first place in an individual event earns 4 points each (5 points for first place plus 3 points for second, divided by the 2 swimmers). A tie in a relay event earns 2.5 points per team.

Although the main event is the only heat that earns points, all heats are important because coaches, swimmers and parents will all want to see how every swimmer improves his or her times from week to week. Coaches will use this timing information to select their event lineups for subsequent meets. In our 4-lane pool we have 2 main event swimmers in each category. At away meets we will have 3 main event swimmers in each category.

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