Swim Meet 101
What not to bring to a swim meet
- Electronic gaming devices such phones, iTouches, iPads or other devices that keep you from socializing with friends and cheering for teammates!
- Older swimmers who carry phones are expected to use them to contact rides, etc. Not to text, call or use social media while at Tallyho events.
What to bring to a swim meet
- A Tallyho suit
- Two pairs of goggles
- A Tallyho cap
- At least two towels
- Sweatpants and sweatshirts (even in Washington in the summer you can get cold and shivering wastes important energy!)
- Water or sports drink (no soda!)
- Good snacks - fruit, power bars, bagels, cereal - anything high in carbs but no sugars
- Good sportsmanship!
How to have a great meet
- Attend practice and work hard to be in the best position to swim
- Go to bed early the night before the meet
- Arrive at the meet early and be ready to swim when warm ups start (MSCL warm ups are too short and you need to take advantage of every minute)
- Take warm up seriously
- Keep warm - when you exit the pool, dry yourself off and put clothes on (shivering wastes important energy)
- Participate in Team Cheers
- Do not leave the team area without permission from a coach
- Know what events you are swimming, listen for those events to be called
- After each race, stay in the water until all your competitors have finished, get your time, and then report to a coach
- Support your teammates and be nice to your opponents
- Stay hydrated and eat good foods(if you get thirsty it is too late)
- No candy, soda or other sugar
- Stay until the end of meet -- but if you need to leave early get permission from a coach
- Pick up a minimum of a five pieces of trash before you leave, return any chairs you moved - make sure our team area looks better than when we arrived
- Applaud your teammates when they receive their ribbons
How are A meet Line-ups decided?
The coach takes the over all top times from the season to create the line - up. After week 3, Time Trial Times no longer count. Top 6 in Free, and top 3 in Back, Breast, Fly & IM are entered.
However, there is some strategy as 1 swimmer can swim only 3 strokes, IM & 1 Relay. Relays are created at the meet based on top times.