For those of you who are new to the swim team, you may be wondering about the difference between A meets and B meets.
A meets take place on Saturday mornings, starting at 9:00 AM (and finishing about 11:30 AM). With the exception of freestyle races (where there can be two heats), there is only one heat in each event. In each heat, we have three swimmers. Points are awarded based on how each swimmer finishes (as well as ribbons). At the end of the meet, the points are tallied and one team (hopefully us!) is declared the winner. Generally, our fastest swimmers race in the A meets, but there are several reasons why that is not always the case (including illness or injury, vacation and certain limits on how many races an individual can swim). So do not assume your child will not be in the A meet – swimmers are often surprised!
B meets take place on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:00 PM (and finishing about 9:00-9:30 PM). There can be more than one heat in each event depending on the number of swimmers available. Points are not tallied, but ribbons are awarded to the swimmers individually. In any particular event, the rules generally prohibit our fastest swimmers (and our opponents’ fastest swimmers) from competing in that event in the B meet. But the swimmer could swim in a different event. (For example, Sally wins her butterfly race in the A meet. She is prohibited from swimming butterfly in the B meet the following Wednesday. However, Sally did not swim in the freestyle race at the A meet or she finished last in the A meet, so she is able to swim freestyle in the B meet.)
If you have any questions about A Meets versus B Meets, feel free to ask Gail Minsk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jay Matson (email@example.com).
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