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Note: the following meets have not released the qualification time standards, we are AAAA, , College Area Swim Team, Far Western Short Course 7/ 9/, 10, , AAA, , College Area Swim Team, SI CAST / AzSI Qualifying Time Standards* AZSI Championship Meet Series, a swimmer must have achieve a qualifying time in the appropriate age group. You will hear plenty about all these meets when the time comes, with of the Year will be competing in his final college meet, and some major After winning just three gold medals at the Olympics and only one at the . Current Meet Information Pages · Meet Cuts and Standards · Search For Meets.
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In theory, an NGB could make its rules whatever it wanted and have all national level meets and below follow those rules, but it would not have jurisdiction over international level meets held within the borders of the United States, and such a meet would have to follow FINA rules. LSCs are the local administrative organization responsible for the registration, support and governance of the USA Swimming member swim clubs in their designated region.
The LSC is responsible for enforcing these rules at the meet. The LSC does this by training officials for the meet. These officials are typically parents' of swimmers and volunteers. This is able to be done because while each LSC may have its own set of rules they are not different regarding the actual strokes.
An LSC is typically responsible for an entire state; however, several bigger states e. The size of the LSCs is supposed to be roughly the same and allow for easier travel between meets.
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The result is that while borders tend to follow state borders, this is not a rule. There are currently 59 LSCs in the country. The following is a list of the types of meets, listed from lowest and most common level to highest and least common level.
It is generally limited to 2 teams, but different variations can have more. In a dual meet, there is almost always a limit to the number of events that a certain person can swim, usually four,and to the number of swimmers that a certain team can enter.
Generally, there is only 1 heat in each event and each team alternates lanes so that each team swims in half the pool, regardless of how fast each swimmer is. Meets of this variety are almost always a low level meet because entry time standards are almost never applied to enter the meet. It can, however, be rather high level when both teams involved are very fast and have exclusively high level swimmers, as is the case with college swimming.
Invitational Meet[ edit ] An invitational meet is a meet with many more teams and swimmers than a dual meet. The term "Invitational" comes from the fact that for a team to attend this type of meet, a team had to be invited to attend from the host team, but now is a general catch-all term for this style of meet although there are still occasional invitation-only meets.
Meets of this variety generally have hundreds of swimmers, many teams, and many different events. Within the definition of an invitational meet, there are dozens of different styles of scoring and placing but the standard method is described here. All levels of swimming use invitational style meets at least once during their season usually as a championship meet of all the clubs in a leaguebut the clubs of USA Swimming use this meet almost exclusively since there are very few leagues in USA Swimming and it acts as one giant league itself.
Most meets of this style have no limits as to the number of swimmers that a team can enter, and only limit the number of times a swimmer can swim in order to make the flow of the meet manageable. Meets of this style can be at any level of swimming since all of the higher level meets use this style of meet with just more restrictive rules applied.
Meets of this style usually do not have entry time standards, but can have them to either reduce the size of the meet, or raise the competition level. Most LSC's split these up into two separate meets. The meet style is an invitational meet open only to club teams within the LSC.
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Almost universally, entry time standards are applied so that only the top level swimmer of the LSC can attend; only a few of the smaller LSCs do not have a time standard. Each LSC sets their own time standards due to LSC size differencesso the competition level of the meet is not exactly the same across the country. These meets are also of the invitational format, but the entry time standards are even higher so that only the fastest swimmers of Zones qualify. Zone and Sectional meets are of the same competition level, but serve different purposes.
Zone meets are for age group swimmers and Sectional meets are for Senior swimmers. While the intention is to have one champion for the whole Zone, this is generally not possible because to have a meet of that high of a competition level, there would be very little difference between this level and the next level, so the entry times can only be made so fast.
Thus, there are sometimes too many swimmers qualifying for this meet to have only a single meet in a Zone. Currently, the Central States Zone is the only one that has more than one Zone Championship meet Age Group swimmersand all four zones have multiple Sectional Championships Senior swimmers.
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Note also that the swimming competition lasts six days, as it does at the European Championships and Short Course World Championships later in the year. All these meets will offer semi-finals in 50 and meter events, but not in meter races. JulyIrvine, Calif. Katie Ledecky after setting a world record at U. Nationals in Irvine — Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott The U. Anyone who has a bad meet is out of luck for not just one year but two. The last time Nationals were in Irvine, Katie Ledecky broke the world record in the free for the first time.
The European Championships are a semi-annual affair, held in every even year, but in Olympic years, the meet occurs in the spring as a warm-up act. Sarah Sjostrom — Photo Courtesy: Oh, and countries can enter as many swimmers as they want in each event—but only two per country can advance out of prelims.
The pool swimming competition lasts just four days, and there are no semi-finals in any events. Instead, swimmers who qualify for the meet can swim any event they want, but only three swimmers per country can advance to either the A or B finals max two per country per heat.