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Swim Team Mechanics


Pre-Team is a developmental program that teaches young and novice swimmers legal strokes, and introduces them to the camaraderie and fun of summer swimming. Pre-teamers are part of the swim team; are included in all swim team social activities; and, are encouraged to cheer on the “big kids” at swim meets. Most of WGST swimmers started on the pre-team.

Pre-team is the place for kids who:

  • Work well in a group setting and generally follow instructions;
  • Are comfortable in the water, able put their face in the water and float ; and can swim freestyle across most of the width of the small area of the pool
  • Are ready to learn the various strokes;
  • Aren’t ready for swim team because they can’t swim a legal stroke the length of the pool or participate in an hour-long practice; and

The goal is for each swimmer on the pre-team to improve throughout the year. Most pre-teamers move up to the swim team after a summer or two on the pre-team.

There is a fun, Pre-team Carnival at the end of the season in which all Pre-team families are encouraged to participate. 

Swim Team

Any child of Woodley Gardens Swim Club members are eligible to join the swim team provided that he/she: (a) is no older than 19 on June 1, 2021; (b) can swim one length of the pool using correct freestyle as determined by the coaches.

Age and safety of the swimmer will also be a factor in determining eligibility for the team. A child may join the team at any time during the season, as long as he/she can meet the above requirements.

New MCSL Rules Regarding Eligibility

To maintain a stable and equitable environment for team competition, it is expected that swimmers and their families will not seek to, nor be encouraged to, change MCSL teams unless the family moves residences. The MCSL’s eligibility rules are established with this expectation in mind, recognizing that an individual’s opportunity to participate with a particular team must be appropriately balanced against MCSL’s legitimate interest in maintaining stability and competitive fairness within the league.

The new eligibility rules, require MCSL board approval of team transfers under circumstances. The entire rule can be found at http://www.mcsl.org/documents/2017rule7.pdf

Swim Meets

The MCSL consists of 91 teams, with 15 divisions, each division having 6 teams. “A” Division is the most competitive and “O” is the least. Teams are assigned to divisions based on points scored the previous season.

WGST participates in MCSL meets against opponents in our division, leading to the crowning of a divisional champion. Swimmers for the MCSL meets are selected by the coaches. MCSL also holds “All-Star” meets for the swimmers and relay teams with the fastest times in MCSL.

WGST also participates in Wednesday night meets with teams from other Montgomery County pools and a Relay Carnival in which we host. Those meets are open to all WGST swimmers.

More information about the meets in which WGST will participate in 2017 follows. 

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