Swim Meets

The meet schedule can be found here.

Swimmer participation in summer swim meets is strongly encouraged, but not required.  There are 8 meets (three at home and five away) beginning late June through late July.  These are “dual meets” with two teams competing against one another.  There will also be a distance meet.  At the end of the season there will be a CVSL League Championship meet (with all CVSL teams competing) for all swimmers.  Swimmers who meet qualifying times will have the opportunity to compete at the State Championship meet in early August.

Dual Meets: Swimmers from 2 teams compete. Dual Meets among the CVSL teams are traditionally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The meet schedule is set by CVSL by vote at the May Board Meeting.

Distance Meet: Swimmers have the opportunity to swim distances longer than 25 and 50 yards. Oftentimes, swimmers are trying to set a qualifying time to compete in a longer distance event at States. The Distance Meet is included in the meet schedule set by CVSL by vote at the May Board Meeting.

League Championship Meet (“Leagues”): Swimmers from all teams belonging to CVSL compete. Swimmers must have participated in at least 2 Dual Meets during the 2016 summer season in order to swim at Leagues. There are no qualifying times to swim at Leagues. Leagues is traditionally held on the last weekend (Friday evening and Saturday) of July. The host team for Leagues is on a rotation schedule established by CVSL as set forth in its handbook.

State Championship Meet (“States”): Swimmers from all VSA teams compete. Swimmers must have participated in at least 3 meets during the 2016 summer season in order to swim at States (2 Dual Meets + Leagues OR 3 Dual Meets). Swimmers must also establish qualifying times in each event in order to swim that event at States. States is traditionally held on the first weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of August. States is organized by VSL.

DUAL MEET COMPETITIVE AGE GROUPS

Competitive age groups are divided into female and male groups as follows:

  • 8 & under
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-18

Swimmers who are 10 years old and younger swim 25 yards (one length of the pool). Swimmers who are 11 years old and older swim 50 yards (two lengths of the pool). Swimmers may “swim up,” but cannot move down in age groups. In the event that a swimmers’ birthday occurs in the middle of the season, his/her age-group will immediately change (or stay the same, depending on the age).

Example: If a child turns 11 on July 3, s/he will be in the 9-10 age group through July 2 and will then be in the 11-12 age group starting on July 3.
Example: If a child turns 14 on July 3, s/he will be in the 13-14 age group throughout the entire season.

The Dual Meet format is as follows:

  • The events are swum starting with the 8 & unders through 15-18, alternating female, male for each event.
  • Dual Meet events are swum as follows with each swimmer limited to a maximum of 3 individual events and 2 relays OR 4 individual events and no relays:
  • Medley Relay – each swimmer in a relay team swims one stroke in this order: Back, Breast, Fly, Free
  • Then, individual events of each stroke, for each age group are swum in this order: Fly, Back, Breast, Free
  • Free Relay – in this last event of a meet, each swimmer swims freestyle.

Scoring of Dual Meets is as follows:

  • 1st Place = 5 points
  • 2nd Place = 3 points
  • 3rd Place = 1 point
  • 1st place in a relay = 7 points
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