High school swimming is different from what a lot of us are used to with club or summer swimming. Below is an article that may help to answer some of the questions regarding high school swimming.
All You Need to Know About High School Meets/Scoring/Qualifying for State
If you are new to high school swimming, you may find it a bit confusing. It’s unlike USA Swimming or Y Swimming club meets. High school swim is a competitive team sport, structured like the collegiate sport. Points from each event are added together for each team to determine the meet scores.
Here’s an overview of what to expect and how to enjoy the high school season.
The high school season consists of a number of dual meets against teams in our conference (Mid Penn Conference). Meet programs or heat sheets that list each swimmer competing by event are not always available. The visiting teams typically do not turn in a lineup until they arrive at the meet and there is not enough time to print spectator copies. More often than not the lineup for both teams must be adjusted after arriving at the pool due to illnesses and other eligibility issues. Technically the lineup can be changed by either team up until the start of the previous event.
For dual meets, each team enters up to three swimmers in each individual event and three relay teams in each relay event. Most dual meets run two hours or less.
Swimmers may enter a maximum of four events, no more than two of which can be individual events. Swimmers are selected by the coach for each event or relay based on their times and the coach’s goals for that meet. Depending on the meet, swimmers may have the opportunity to swim “off events” to mix things up and have some fun. For these more relaxed meets, relay teams may be scrambled as well.
A typical dual meet has three relay swim events and eight individual swim events, and a diving competition. . The order of the events for a dual meet is typically as follows:
- 200 Yard Medley Relay
- 200 Yard Freestyle
- 200 Yard Individual Medley
- 50 Yard Freestyle
10 Minute Warm-Up
- 100 Yard Butterfly
- 100 Yard Freestyle
- 500 Yard Freestyle
- 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
- 100 Yard Backstroke
- 100 Yard Breaststroke
- 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
For dual meets (which have a maximum of three entries per team in typical six lane pools):
* Relays are scored: 8-4-2-0 — with only two relay teams being allowed to score for each team.
* Individual events are scored: 6-4-3-2-1-0.
* Individual events are scored: 6-4-3-2-1-0.
Points from the diving competition are scored as an individual event; the point values are the same as an individual swim event. The exception being that Conference dual meets do not count diving points if one team does not have a dive program.
Unlike club meets, times swam at meets during the team season do not qualify a swimmer for state competition. State qualifying comes from winning your event at a district meet, or finishing as one of the next fastest 18 swimmers in the state.
There are no ribbons or other awards at dual meets, just an opportunity for swimmers to better their times, help the team score points, and maybe even set a new record!
Conference, Districts and State Meets
There are 2 Conference Meets held at the end of the season. (Mid Penn Championship Meet and Mid Penn Plunge) info on those meets can me found here: http://midpennswimchamp.info The Mid Penn Championship meet determines the Team Champion of the Conference. Central Dauphin is a AAA team (based on size of school) Additionally, swimmers earn medals first – eighth place for each event based on their finish. The format is the same as a dual meet, but the number of teams participating means more heats and a longer meet.
There is also a Mid Penn Plunge meet held the week following the Mid Penn Conference meet for any swimmers who did not have a Mid Penn Qualifying time. Again medals are awarded to the top swimmers at this meet.A swimmer can advance to the District meet with a time from either of these end of season Conference meets.
PIAA District Meet – The District meet (we are District 3 AAA) is held at the end of the season after the Mid Penn Conference meets. District Qualifying times can be achieve at any time during the season. The top 32 swimmers from each event swim at the District 3 meet.
PIAA State Meet – The state meet is held at the Bucknell University aquatic facility; it is a great achievement to qualify for this meet celebrating the state’s top swimmers.