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Swim Meet 101

WHAT SHOULD WE BRING?

  • The most important thing, of course, is to bring your swimmer(s)!
  • Remember their Torpedo swim cap, goggles and towel. An extra of each is usually a good idea, but not necessary.
  • Snack food and water. Every pool has a snack bar offering various types of food and drinks, so cash is a good thing to have, too.
  • Chairs
  • Sunscreen

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY CHILD IS SWIMMING?

  • Wednesday meet lineups are determined by what events you sign your child up for (within the guidelines)
  • Saturday meets lineups are determined by the head coach and will be announced
  • Saturday meets often have programs available for sale.

WHAT ARE PARENTS SUPPOSED TO DO?

Volunteer! The Germantown Torpedo Swim Team is a parent run organization. Without the active and full support of ALL Torpedo parents, a meet cannot take place. A home swim meet requires close to 40 Torpedo parent volunteers to help make it successful, while an away meet requires 20 Torpedo parent volunteers. It is required that each family has at least one parent who serves in some volunteer position for a minimum of FIVE meets. No experience is necessary for most of the volunteer roles; veteran Torpedo parents will help walk you through the process! If you have a small child or other limitation, let us know. We can find other ways for you to help out.

CAN MY CHILD SWIM EVERY STROKE IN A MEET?

No. For a swimming week (Saturday through Friday), a swimmer is eligible to swim any combination of the following events:

  • An individual stroke event including IM only once per week in either a Saturday or Wednesday night meet but NOT in both.
  • A total of 3 individual stroke events (Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly, or Backstroke) and one IM per week.

WHAT ARE WEDNESDAY MEETS?

Wednesday meets take place Wednesday evenings in a league comprised of five other similar sized MCSL teams located nearby (Darnestown, Manchester Farm, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, and Westleigh). Swimmers wishing to swim during a Wednesday night meet must sign up in advance of the meet. Swimmers must sign up online by Tuesday of that week in order to be included in the lineup for that Wednesday night meet.

Sign-Up Requirements:

  • All swimmers must perform a “legal” stroke to participate (ask a coach if you are unsure)
  • A swimmer is not eligible to swim in a Wednesday night meet (i.e. for place/ribbon) if he/she scored in two or more events on the previous Saturday in his/her age group. This swimmer would only be eligible to swim exhibition.

WHAT ARE SATURDAY MEETS?

MCSL meets are also known as Saturday meets. MCSL meets take place on Saturday morning for five consecutive weeks against the other five teams in the respective MCSL division for which the Torpedoes are in. Germantown coaches decide who will be in the MCSL meet lineup based on the times that torpedo swimmers swam during the current summer season. In addition, a swimmer’s practice attendance and attitude may be taken into consideration. Meet lineups are made entirely at the coaching staff’s discretion and may change from week to week. Generally the three (3) fastest times in each event for each age group will swim in the meet on Saturday except for the Freestyle, where the top six (6) fastest times will swim.

Swimmers can score points for the team in individual events by placing 1st through 5th and in relays by placing 1st through 3rd. Individual events are scored 6‐4‐3‐2‐1‐0, while relay events are scored 8‐4‐2‐0. Swimmers receive ribbons for the first 6 places in individual events and the top 3 places in relays.

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