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Swim Meet Information

The Meets
There are 70 events in each meet. Each event consists of a different stroke for each age group. The number of heats depends on the number of swimmers entered in the event. All meets will use the following distances: ages 10 & under: one full length of the pool (25 meters) and ages 11-18: two full pool lengths (50 meters). The IM (individual medley) is offered for age groups 9 and over. It is four full lengths of the pool (100 meters), one length for each stroke. There is one IM heat for each sex in each age group beginning with 9 and up. The Medley Relay is a 4-person event and is 4 lengths of the pool for 10 & under, each swimmer swimming one lap, and 8 lengths for 11-18, each swimmer swimming two laps. The order of the Medley Relay is: Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle. The Freestyle Relay is also a 4-person event with lengths of the pool determined by age group as listed above. The relays are a great way to get the whole team involved in the races and bring swimmers in each age group closer together.

Coaches decide what events each swimmer will swim. For each meet, we will “seed” the swimmers. Swimmers are placed in a heat for every event according to their recorded best time. All swimmers are permitted to swim up to a maximum of three individual events and two relays for a total of five events. The events and their order are as follows:

  • Freestyle 6 & Under
  • Medley Relay All age groups starting with 8 & under
  • Freestyle All age groups starting with 8 & under
  • Backstroke All age groups starting with 8 & under
  • Individual Medley All age groups starting with 10 & under
  • Breaststroke All age groups starting with 8 & under
  • Butterfly All age groups starting with 8 & under
  • Free Relay All age groups starting with 8 & under

Team points are awarded for the first four finishers in each individual event (not each heat) for each age group. The points awarded during a dual meet are:

1st Place 5 points
2nd Place 3 points
3rd Place 2 points
4th Place 1 point

1st Place 10 points
2nd Place 6 points

Ribbons are awarded for individual events 1st thru 8th place and for relays 1st and 2nd place. At all dual meets:

  • ALL 6 & under swimmers will receive participant ribbons
  • Heat winner ribbons will be given for ALL 10 & under events

All-Star Meet
The All-Star Meet for the South Park Swim League will be held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (MCAC) downtown. The All-Star Meet is always the last Thursday before July 4. The All-Star team is chosen by the coaches and is based on times from the season. A swimmer must compete in a minimum of two meets to be eligible for the All-Star team. There are no Shrimp events at the All-Star Meet; however, a shrimp may age up to swim in an 8 & Under event if qualified. Please note: NOT ALL SWIMMERS WHO ARE ON THE ALL-STAR TEAM WILL SWIM AT THE ALL-STAR MEET!!! League rules require each team to have alternates for each event so our All-Star team consists of participants AND alternates.

Parents’ Participation
The CSRC swimmers are only one half of the CSRC Swim Team. Parents are encouraged to support the team in any way possible. It requires many parents to run a safe and efficient home meet and to assist with away meets. It is imperative that all volunteer positions are filled at each meet. Prior to the first meet, you will receive your volunteer assignments. If you are unable to fulfill your commitment to volunteer, you are responsible for finding your replacement and notifying our volunteer coordinators.

Code of Conduct
This year the South Park Swim League has implemented a Code of Conduct. Each swimmer and one parent must initial each item on this document. Please discuss good sportsmanship with your swimmers.

If a swimmer cannot be at a meet due to illness, vacation or other conflicts, he/she needs to let the head coach know as soon as possible. They are the “scratched” from the list of swimmers. This is extremely important in assigning the swimmers to heats so that the meets run quickly and efficiently. This will also ensure that relay teams are not missing a swimmer. This simple courtesy will help tremendously!

Yards and Meters
The pool at CSRS is a meter pool. MCAC (which hosts the All-Star) meet is a yard pool.

Email the Swim Team Coordinator, Amy Ingalls at or Charlie Marquardt at



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