Types of Swim Meets
The types of meets offered by Swimming NSW cater for a range of swimming abilities:
- Development Meets – offer new or younger swimmers the opportunity to compete with others of a similar level. These meets are also great for gaining experience and official times in new events, as qualifying times are usually not a pre-requisite. Metro South East Area (MetSEA) coordinate several development meets throughout the season and our Club Race Secretary will advise of these as they come up from time to time.
- Qualifying Meets – provide the opportunity for swimmers to improve their own times and to achieve a qualifying time for Area, Metro & State Championships. These meets often have qualifying times for each event.
- Championship Meets – MetSEA hold both summer and winter area championships for which qualifying times apply. At a higher level, NSW Metropolitan Championships and NSW State Age Championships are held for both long and short course seasons. Metro and State qualifying times are displayed on the club noticeboard at the pool.
It is best for the swimmer to discuss a competition strategy with their coach to suit their own individual swimming goals. The coach can advise which meets and events to enter, and the number of meets appropriate to the age of the swimmer.
It is important to note that not all meets are targeted by SSPLC coaches. Our Club Race Secretary will communicate via the Race Calendar which meets are targeted by SSPLC coaches and are preferred for our swimmers to compete in.
It is recommended that swimmers enter targeted swim meets well before the meet closing date, as some of them tend to reach capacity within a few days of opening.
Short Course vs Long Course
The competitive swimming calendar consists of:
- Summer Long Course Meets – events swum in a 50m pool, typically October to April.
- Winter Short Course Meets – events swum in a 25m pool or over a 25m distance, typically May to September.
Times swum in short course competition are generally faster than those swum in long course. Therefore, only long course qualifying times can be used for long course meet entries. However, both short and long course qualifying times can be used for short course meet entries.