Frequently Asked Questions
How many events may a swimmer race in a dual meet?
Swimmers are limited to four events per meet. Swimmers are limited to three relays combined with one individual event, or two relays combined with two individual events. They cannot swim more than two individual events per meet.
Is there an intermission?
Mid-way through the meet there is a brief break after the diving has been completed, to allow a short warm up for the swimmers.
What do all of the whistles mean right before a race?
Technically, the official is to blow the whistle three short times. This gives notice to the swimmers to get ready to start their heat. When the official blows one longer whistle, this is the signal for the swimmer to step up on the blocks. At this time, the starter takes over by announcing the race, readying the swimmer and sounding the horn. When the starter says 'Take your mark', the swimmers must hold perfectly still until the horn sounds to start their race. Sometimes the officials will tell the swimmers to stand up after they have been asked to take their mark. This is because they have detected some movement on the block, and they will start the process over.
How do swimmers get disqualified from a race?
There are many ways to get disqualified; some of the most common infractions include:
- False Starts- movement forward before the starting horn sounds for the race to begin
- Breastroke Turns- not touching the wall with two hands simultaneously
- Butterfly Kick- using the wrong kick while swimming breastroke
- Relay False Starts- the next swimmer leaves the block before the preceding swimmer touches the wall
- Backstroke turns - non-continuous movement of arms and kick (usually perceived as staying on stomach too long and kicking without use of arms).
Is it common to get disqualified?
Although disqualification is more common for less experienced swimmers, it also happens to the seasoned swimmer. Most swimmers has been disqualified in an event at one time or another.
How does the coach decide which swimmer will swim which event during a meet?
High school swimming includes strategic planning by the coaching staff. Strategy includes knowledge of the other teams' strengths and weaknesses as well as knowledge of our own team member's capabilities.
How many volunteers are at each meet?
The Referee and Starter are qualified through Minnesota High School League Standards. All other positions are filled by parent volunteers: (1) Announcer, (1) Timing Console Operator, (2) Diving Scorers, (1) Computer Operator, (12) Timers and (1) Head Timer.
How is the actual time of each swimmer determined?
Although the primary means of tracking time is the touch pad, the volunteer timers also use a push button in case the pad doesn't work, and a stopwatch in case the computer fails. You will notice both a horn sound and a flash of light at the start of each event. Because a camera flash might confuse swimmers at the start, no flash photography is allowed until the swimmers are in the water.