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MCSL Meets – “A” Meets

These are meets that are sanctioned by MCSL. The lineups for these meets are determined by the coaches.

These Meets are scored, so it is essential that each selected swimmer take part. It is imperative that you notify the coaches if your child will be absent from any A Meets as soon as you know they cannot participate. The coaches turn in entries at noon the day before an “A” dual meet. We cannot add swimmers to the roster for these competitive meets at the last minute, so a no-show swimmer means an empty lane and lost points for the entire team.

Email information about absences as soon as possible to the coach and A Team representatives.

“A Meets”

A Meets. or Saturday morning meets, are dual meets where WGST competes against one of the other teams in our MCSL division, either at WGST or at our competitor’s pool.

There are five A Meets during the season. The top WGST swimmers of each week for each event (six in freestyle; and three each in breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, and individual medley) in each age group (8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18) swim at A Meets. There are also four relay events. A swimmer may swim a total of five events, but not all four individual strokes.

These are competitive meets with team scoring. The coaches determine which swimmers participate based primarily on times, but also in consideration of performance trends, attendance and participation levels, potential team point opportunities, and the legality of a swimmer’s stroke.

A swimmer competes at the age that they are as of June 1 of this year. (For example, if a swimmer turns 9 on June 2 or after, he or she will compete as an 8 year old throughout the MCSL season.) On occasion, the coaches may ask a swimmer to “swim up” in races for older age groups. If fewer than four swimmers of any age group are available for a meet, the coaches may swim a younger swimmer in the older age group to help the team gain points. (A swimmer may never swim in a younger age group.)

The A Meet lineup is determined and distributed by the coaches to relevant swimmers. Approximately 30 boys and 30 girls typically swim in an A meet. However, ALL swimmers are encouraged to attend A Meets to cheer on their team.

“A” Team Home Meets

  • Swimmers arrive at 7:30am
  • Meet starts at 9am
  • Duration is approximately 2.5 hours

“A” Team Away Meets

  • The team assembles at WGST to “caravan” to the opposing pool
  • Participating in the caravan is optional but encouraged so the team can make an impressive entrance at the away pool
  • Caravan departure time is determined based on the distance to the away pool

“A” Meet Events

8 and Under

  • 25 meter freestyle
  • 25 meter backstroke
  • 25 meter breaststroke
  • 25 meter butterfly
  • One 25 meter leg of the 175 meter freestyle relay
  • One 50 meter leg of the 200 meter medley relay

Ages 9-10

  • 100 meter Individual Medley (IM) (note: this is a 12 & under event)
  • 50 meter freestyle
  • 25 meter backstroke
  • 25 meter breaststroke
  • 25 meter butterfly
  • One 50 meter leg of the 175 meter freestyle relay
  • One 50 meter leg of the 200 meter medley relay

Ages 11-12

  • 100 meter Individual Medley (IM) (note: this is a 12 & under event)
  • 50 meter freestyle
  • 50 meter backstroke
  • 50 meter breaststroke
  • 50 meter butterfly
  • One 50 meter leg of the 175 meter freestyle relay
  • One 50 meter leg of the 200 meter medley relay

Ages 13-14

  • 100 meter Individual Medley (IM)
  • 50 meter freestyle
  • 50 meter backstroke
  • 50 meter breaststroke
  • 50 meter butterfly
  • One 50 meter leg of the 175 meter freestyle relay
  • One 50 meter leg of the 200 meter medley relay

Ages 15-18

  • 100 meter Individual Medley (IM)
  • 100 meter freestyle
  • 100 meter backstroke
  • 100 meter breaststroke
  • 50 meter butterfly
  • One 50 meter leg of the 200 meter medley relay

Heats. In an A Meet, there is one heat for each individual event, with the exception of freestyle, which has two heats.

“A” Meet Event Order

Event Gender Age group Distance Event
1 Boys 12&U 100 M Individual Medley
Fly, Back, Breast, Free: 1 length each
2 Girls
3 Boys 13-14 100 M
4 Girls
5 Boys 15-18 100 M
5A Boys 19
6 Girls 15-18
6A Girls 19
7 Boys 8&U 25 M Freestyle
8 Girls
9 Boys 9-10 50 M
10 Girls
11 Boys 11-12 50 M
12 Girls
13 Boys 13-14 50 M
14 Girls
15 Boys 15-18 100 M
15A Boys 19
16 Girls 15-18
16A Girls 19
17 Boys 8&U 25 M Backstroke
18 Girls
19 Boys 9-10 25 M
20 Girls
21 Boys 11-12 50 M
22 Girls
23 Boys 13-14 50 M
24 Girls
25 Boys 15-18 100 M
25A Boys 19
26 Girls 15-18
26A Girls 19
Ten Minute Break
27 Boys Open 200 M
Medley Relay
Back, Breast, Fly, Free: 2 lengths each
28 Girls
29 Boys 8&U 25 M Breaststroke
30 Girls
31 Boys 9-10 25 M
32 Girls
33 Boys 11-12 50 M
34 Girls
35 Boys 13-14 50 M
36 Girls
37 Boys 15-18 100 M
37A Boys 19
38 Girls 15-18
38A Girls 19
39 Boys 8&U 25 M Butterfly
40 Girls
41 Boys 9-10 25 M
42 Girls
43 Boys 11-12 50 M
44 Girls
45 Boys 13-14 50 M
46 Girls
47 Boys 15-18 50 M
47A Boys 19
48 Girls 15-18
48A Girls 19
Five Minute Break
49 Boys
9-10 50 M
11-12 50 M
13-14 50 M
8&U 25 M
in that order
175 M Freestyle Relay
50 Girls

Scratches. The lineup for an A Meet should be comprised of swimmers who will be in attendance at the meet on Saturday to compete. If a swimmer is in the line-up and does not show up, WGST forfeits points. More importantly, another willing and able swimmer has missed the opportunity to compete. Of course, emergencies arise and swimmers become ill at the last minute. If something unexpected occurs and your child cannot attend the meet, it is vital that you communicate that to the couches. Just prior to the start of the meet, coaches are allowed to scratch (remove from the line-up) three swimmers and enter others who already are on the lineup sheet in their place. Once a swimmer is scratched from a meet, they may not compete in that meet.

Swim meets can be and have been won or lost by one point. Every point counts!

Disqualifications (DQ). A swimmer who performs an illegal stroke or turn in an A Meet will be disqualified from the event. No points are scored, no time is recorded, and no ribbon is awarded. The coaches will inform the swimmer of the reason for the disqualification and work with the swimmer to correct the mistake.

Scoring and Awards. The meet is decided based on the total number of points awarded to each team’s swimmers.

Points are awarded to the top five swimmers in each individual event as follows:

  • 6 points for 1st place
  • 4 points for 2nd place
  • 3 points for 3rd place
  • 2 points for 4th place
  • 1 point for 5th place
  • Medley Relay points are awarded as follows:

    1st – 8 points

    2nd – 4 points

    Freestyle Relay points are awarded as follows:

    1st – 8 points

    2nd – 4 points

    3rd – 2 points

    The volunteer automation team enters the results of each event into the computer and posts the results as they become available. The final score of the meet is announced at the end of the meet. Complete results are posted on the MCSL website.

    Ribbons. Ribbons are awarded for 1 st through 6th places. Ribbons are placed in swimmer file folders and can be picked up at practice the following Monday.

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