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Swim Meet 101

HOME MEETS - Please arrive at the pool by 6:45 a.m. At this time, you may set up and get swimmers ready for warm ups.

Helpful Hints:

  • When you find out what events your child is swimming, it is helpful to write the event and # on their arm with a black Sharpie.
  • Heat sheets will be available for purchase at the concession stand. Bring a highlighter to mark your child(ren)'s events.
  • Events will be announced over the speaker system well in advance of each race start.
  • Between races, swimmers hang out with friends and do calm activities to save energy and stay out of the sun.

AWARDS: At home meets, the top 3 swimmers in each event are awarded ribbons. Exhibition swimmers in 8 and under and 9-10 age groups are awarded participation ribbons. 10 & under age groups also are awarded 4th-6th place.  No ribbons are given for DQ's (DQ = disqualified for stroke/start/finish infractions). *Most other teams award ribbons for only the top 3 places, so when we swim away meets, your child will likely only receive ribbons for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finishes. Conference has different awards - see below.

VOLUNTEER JOBS
Because Pool Sharks is a volunteer organization, we ask that all families volunteers at home meets. Please click on Volunteer link in information tab to find out about volunteer jobs. Parent volunteers are essential to making home meets run smoothly. Our volunteerism also shows our swimmers the importance of giving back and how much we care!

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: IT TAKES 250 WORK HOURS TO RUN A MEET...All swimmer's families are required to have one family member VOLUNTEER at home meets that your child swims. Sign-up will be online on the website. Training will be provided! Your $100 deposit will be returned at the end of the summer if volunteer requirements are met.

Swimmers and parents are asked to assist in cleaning up their areas prior to departure from home and away meets. Meets are usually over by noon.

AWAY MEETS - Please arrive at the pool by 6:45 a.m. At this time, you may set up and get swimmers ready for warm ups. Pool locations are located in the Resources TAB on this website.

  • All away meets are held at outdoor pools.
  • Indoor facilities are used only under inclement weather conditions.
  • Premium deck space is generally limited, so swim teams are assigned to a specific area outside the pool.
  • Swimmers assigned area is always outdoors and on the ground.
  • Spectators may want to bring easy ups, tents, chairs, blankets, etc., as seating for spectators is also limited.

Transportation for away meets must be provided by parents. Please arrive to away meet pools by 6:45 a.m. for warm ups and set up.

WHAT TO BRING

Please label ALL CLOTHING, TOWELS, BAGS, etc., as it all looks alike! Dress according to the weather. Early meets can be chilly in Wisconsin so consider bringing the following:

  • Small tent or easy up
  • Sleeping bag and/or blankets
  • Warm clothes
  • Games, books, and cards
  • Extra towels
  • Two pairs of goggles
  • Extra swim caps
  • Sunscreen

MEET EVENTS

Order Of Events: Girls Event # / age group / EVENT / Distance / Boys Event #

Girls #1    8 & U Medley Relay 200  #2 Boys

 3    9-10 Medley Relay 200      4

 5    11-12 Medley Relay 200    6

 7    13-14 Medley Relay 200    8

 9   15-18 Medley Relay 200    10

11     8 & U Freestyle 25           12

13     9-10 Freestyle 50             14

15     11-12 Freestyle 50           16

17     13-14 Freestyle 50           18

19     15-18 Freestyle 50           20

21      8 & U Backstroke 25       22

23      9-10 Backstroke 50         24

25     11-12 Backstroke 50         26

27     13-14 Backstroke 50         28

29     15-18 Backstroke 50         30

31          9-10 IM 100                  32

33         11-12 IM 100                  34

35         13-14 IM 100                  36

37         15-18 IM 100                  38

39      8 & U Breaststroke 25       40

41.       9-10 Breaststroke 50       42

43       11-12 Breaststroke 50       44

45       13-14 Breaststroke 50       46

47       15-18 Breaststroke 50       48

49      8 & U Long Freestyle 55     50

51      9-10 Long Freestyle 100     52

53     11-12 Long Freestyle 100     54

55     13-14 Long Freestyle 200     56

57     15-18 Long Freestyle 200     58

59           8 & U Butterfly 25            60

61            9-10 Butterfly 50             62

63          11-12 Butterfly 50             64

65          13-14 Butterfly 50             66

67          15-18 Butterfly 50             68

69      8 & U Freestyle Relay 100   70

71      9-10 Freestyle Relay 200     72

73    11-12 Freestyle Relay 200     74

75    13-14 Freestyle Relay 200     76

77    15-18 Freestyle Relay 200     78

*Teams can, in advance, agree to alter the order of swim events to permit 8 and under freestyle relays to be rescheduled prior to the IM events. When Sauk Prairie hosts, we usually elect to move up the 8 and under free relays. This allows our youngest swimmers to leave earlier, when they're finished with their last event.

WHAT TO EAT

  • All meets offer food services and concessions.
  • Swimmers should avoid consumeing food or drink during the 45 minutes to 1 hour before a swimming event.
  • Foods to avoid: food containing sugar and chocolate, greasy foods, junk food, carbonated drinks, and milk.
  • A light breakfast is suggested before the meet - fruit, fruit juice, toast and yogurt are all good foods for breakfast.
  • Eat a light breakfast at least 1 hour before a home meet and/or entering the water for warm-ups. Snacking during a meet is okay if that snack is fruit, fruit juice or something other than junk food.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Parents please remember that you are responsible for your children's behavior at all meets and practices (CODE OF CONDUCT). Please monitor your child(ren) when they are not swimming.

TEAM SUITS

Simply Swimming

6649 University Avenue

Middleton, WI  53562

(608)836-6649

M,W, F 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

T & TH 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday Closed

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