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Swim Meet 101


Events alternate Boys' heats & Girls' heats by Age Group

  • 6&U only swim 15-yd individual events of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke at dual swim meets, except at end-of-season meets where they will also swim 25 yards the same as all older age groups.

  1. Medley Relays*: (100-yd Relay: 7-8 & 9-10; 200-yd Relay: 11-12, 13-14 & 15-18)
  2. Freestyle: (15-yd: 6&U; 25-yd: 7-8 & 9-10; 50-yd: 11-12, 13-14 & 15-18)
  3. Backstroke: (15-yd: 6&U; 25-yd: 7-8 & 9-10; 50-yd: 11-12, 13-14 & 15-18)
  4. Breaststroke: (15-yd: 6&U; 25-yd: 7-8 & 9-10; 50-yd: 11-12, 13-14 & 15-18) **
  5. Butterfly: (25-yd: 7-8 & 9-10; 50-yd: 11-12, 13-14 & 15-18)
  6. Freestyle Relays: (100-yd Relay: 7-8 & 9-10; 200-yd Relay: 11-12, 13-14 & 15-18)

*Medley Relay = backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle
**Coaches/Parents Relays may follow breaststroke events


Mandatory Arm Markings for Swimmer Identification (prior to event arrival):

  • Left Arm - Last Name
  • Right Arm - Swimmer Number
  • Pro-tip: Use a sharpie.

Optional Arm Markings for Swimmer’s Own Event Info:

  • Ensures swimmer knows his/her events for meet.
  • Mark four columns and label them at the top with E, H, L, S (event/heat/lane/stroke).
  • Pro-tip: Easiest for swimmers to read forearms or thighs; use permanent marker which will stay on in pool.
  • For example, 50 breaststroke: event 3, heat 6, and lane 4. You mark the following:


  • Be Prepared - Summer Swim has the fun of Summer Weather!
  • Weather delays will postpone the swim meet to the following evening (usually Wednesday), Same Time, Same Place.
  • Make sure everything is labeled with the swimmer’s name and CPC or Cary Park Sea Dragons.
  • Swimmers should arrive in their swimsuits (red and black suit or plain black/no other team logo swimsuit) and bring a bag containing:
    • Goggles and BLACK Sea Dragon Cap (or plain black cap/no team logo)
    • Plenty of dry towels
    • Plenty to drink
    • Healthy snack
    • Sweatshirt
    • Game(s) to play while waiting for your events
    • Optional – money for concessions


  • Arrive Early for your self-selected Volunteer job.
  • Check in to the Volunteers table to be confirmed for your Volunteer assignment
  • If something comes up ahead of time, you are responsible for helping to find a replacement for your volunteer job.
  • If at the last minute for a Meets volunteer job, reach out directly to our VP Volunteer and/or Volunteers Associate as our meets volunteer jobs all need to be filled. vpvolunteerscpsd@gmail.com
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