These are League-scheduled dual meets in which we swim against other teams in Division 15. All A meets are on Saturday and begin promptly at 9:00 AM. For home meets, swimmers must be at the pool by 8:00 AM for warm-ups. For away meets, warm-ups begin at 8:20 AM. It is important for children to arrive before the warm-up and to check in with the coaches. Prompt arrival allows the team representatives and coaches to change the meet sheet if a change is necessary in the event of an unexpected illness or absence.
Dual meets are scored, with the first, second, and third place winners scoring points for the team. Individual swimmers earn ribbons showing their place and time for each stroke. Swimmers may only swim two individual events and one relay (boys or girls). Events include:
- Free style
- Medley relays (9 years old and up)
- Free style relays (8 and under)
- Mixed-age relays
Seeding Swimmers for Saturday Events
Swimmers are selected for Saturday meets by the coaches and team representatives. The selection process is based on several factors, but the primary factor is best time. These times may come from any official meet or practice time recorded by the coach. In general, the swimmers with the three fastest seed times in each event will swim that event on a Saturday. The needs of the team determine the strokes in which a swimmer will be entered.
Because we are a small pool, we are not always able to field 3 swimmers of the right age for each event. In these instances, some swimmers may be asked to "swim up" and swim in an event for an older age group. Swimming up is a great way to contribute to the team. Having a swimmer in the lane allows the team the possibility of earning points in an event that would otherwise be forfeited if no one from LPRC swims.
Mixed Age Relays
Eight swimmers (4 boys and 4 girls) are selected by the coaches and team representatives to represent the team in the mixed age relays. Swimmers chosen for the mixed-age relay may swim up to four events (two individual events and two relays) at that meet.
Held on Monday nights, "B" meets are developmental meets. They are not scored by team, but provide swimmers the opportunity to swim events under "meet conditions." Individual swimmers earn ribbons showing their place and time for each stroke.
B Meets begin either at 6:00 or 6:30 on Monday evenings. Every swimmer is encouraged to swim on Monday. The events are the same as in the "A" meets with these exceptions:
- For free style and backstroke, a 6 and under age group may be added, and the 13-14 and 15-18 age groups may be combined.
- There are no relays.
- Individual medleys are added for 10 and unders, 11-12s, 13-14s, and 15-18s.
- There may be multiple heats of each event, especially for younger swimmers.
Eligibility for B Meets
- Any swimmer who takes 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in an event on Saturday is ineligible to enter that event except in an unofficial capacity.
- Swimmers not eligible to complete in an event can only swim for time in an unofficial heat.
- Any swimmer competing in an unofficial heat is ineligible for ribbons.
- No swimmer may enter more than 2 individual events in a "B" meet.
Relay and IM Carnivals
The Division conducts a Division Relay Carnival in mid July. This year's Relay Carnival will be at Fox Hunt . All six teams in the division participate in both free style and medley relays (where each swimmer swims a different stroke). Relay teams with the 18 fastest times across all 17 divisions then swim at the All-Star Relay Carnival. Which we are hosting at our pool this year.
Multiple teams compete in the IM Carnival which substitutes for a B meet on July 23 at Annandale. Each swimmer swims an indivdual medley--swimming all four competitive strokes in succession (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Free style).
On Saturday, July 28 Lake Braddock, all six teams in the division compete in an individual championship meet. Each team may enter 2 swimmers for each event, and a swimmer may enter no more than 2 events. If a team does not have 2 swimmers, other teams may "bid" other swimmers to fill the empty lanes. This is an individual meet and is not scored. Selection of the swimmers depends on times. Within each age group, swimmers with the fastest recorded times during the season have their choice of events at Divisionals.
Division coordinators meet after the Divisionals to determine the selection of swimmers for All-Stars, held on Saturday, August 4. To qualify, a swimmer must have one of the 18 fastest times in the NVSL in that event. All-Star qualifying times are based on a swimmer's time at Divisionals, not on times recorded in dual ("A") meets or any other events.