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Meet Entry Information

There are often questions on which meets to enter, how to enter a meet, and what to expect at a meet.  Unlike summer league swimming, most USA swim meets in North Texas are classified by ability and will have required qualification times. Your swimmer’s coach is the best person to determine which meets your swimmer should enter.


Determining Which Meets to Enter

Meet levels are based on a swimmer’s progress against USA Swimming 2005-2008 Motivational Time-Standards found on the North Texas Swimming Website.


Time standards are also available in meet information itself, or in the back of your Mustang new member handbook.  The time standards are listed in either short course (yards) or long course (meters). Time-standards for B, BB, & A (and above A) have progressively lower times for similar events.  In other words, B time standards aren’t as fast as BB, and so on. Level “C” is entry level, so there is no time standard.


Once swimming in a meet, swimmers attempt to make “B” times, then “BB” times, “A” times, TAGS time standards, Sectional cuts (no age limits but typically 14 and over). Ultimately, some may even attain Junior National, National or Olympic Trials cuts.


For 12 and under swimmers - As a general rule new swimmers age 12 and under start competition at B/C level meets. For B/C level meets, the Mustangs participate in Division II North Texas meets this season. Technically, a swimmer in this age-group is a “C” swimmer until proven otherwise in meet competition. Once swimming in meets they attempt to progress to “B” times, then “BB” and then “A”. Once swimming in BB meets, they will continue to swim at these meets until they achieve 3 "A" times. Some “A” meets might even require a swimmer to have an “A” time in each event they wish to enter. 


For swimmers 13 and above – Swimmers most likely will start competition at BB meets. There is no B/C classification for this age group and they will continue to swim BB meets until they achieve 3 "A" times or above. Some “A” meets might even require a swimmer to have an “A” time in each event they wish to enter. 


Meet Organization

During the Fall, Winter & early Spring, meets are usually organized as “A” meets or “BB/B/C” meets and swum in 25 yard short course pools. During the late Spring and Summer, meets are typically organized as separate A, BB, or B/C meets.   B/C meets continue to swim in 25 yard short course pools, while BB and A meets occur in 50 meter long course pools.


Entering a Swim Meet

Swimmers must enter meets & events based on their age as of the first day of a meet.  This differs from many of the summer leagues that have one cutoff date and allow a swimmer to compete at that age for the entire season.


Once you determine which meets your swimmer qualifies for, you can find meet information at the North Texas Swimming Website using the Meet Information link. The information includes warm-up times, event schedules, and general info about the meet you are looking for.  You can click on the meet you are interested in and view or print the meet information. The meet information will let you know whether or not they qualify and entry fees. 




One item in the meet information posted on the North Texas Website that can be misleading is related to when meet entries are due. Meet entry deadlines found on the North Texas Website are deadlines for delivery of consolidated team entries from our coach, not individual entries from a swimmer submitted to our coach.


What if I'm too late and have to late enter?  Currently there are several meets on the North Texas Swimming calendar that do not allow late entries.  All the more reason to make sure your entries are submitted and you don't get closed out of a meet.  To discourage late entries, many North Texas meets have late fees triple the standard entry fee rate.


If you need to late enter –

  • Bring the swimmer’s USA ID Card - Your swimmer’s USA ID number begins with their date of birth in mm/dd/yy format, then the first 3 letters of their legal first name, middle initial, and lastly the first 4 letters of your last name.  For example, a USA ID could be 050885JOHBSMIT (birthdate 05/08/85 with first name JOHn middle initial B, and last name SMITh).
  • Bring a list of events and entry times - To prove those entry times you will be required to bring a copy of the swimmer’s best times from the USA Swimming SWIMS Database. If they haven’t swum the events you are attempting to late enter, they will be entered as a NT (no time) with no need for proof. Note that swimmer times will typically be available in the SWIMS Database around 2 weeks following the completion of a swim meet.


Do I enter my swimmer in relays?  The team will take care of entering all relays at all meets, so it is not necessary to enter relays when you enter a meet with Coach Doug.  All swimmers who enter a particular meet will be eligible for any relays that the coaches choose to enter for that meet.  Many factors go into the decision of whether or not to swim relays and who will swim on those relays.  These decisions will be made by the coaching staff.


Emailing Your Swim Meet Entries

In order to enter a meet you must - 




Things to consider when completing your e-mail entries -


  • Write the meet name in the e-mail subject line - This helps to put this in the appropriate e-mail folder when received   .
  • List the events in meet event order on your e-mail - Typically the girls events are odd numbered and the boys are even numbered.
  • Check the meet information to see how many events per day or session your child may swim - On the meet information there usually is a daily limit of events that your child may enter.  If they exceed this number at the meet, they will be disqualified in the event which exceeds the daily limit regardless of how they perform in that event.


Review Meet Entries

A few days before the meet you can review meet entries. Please review your meet entries to make certain that you are both entered in the meet and entered in the correct events.  Entry times are a swimmer’s best times, which are maintained in our team manager database by Coach Doug.  If you submitted an email entry request to Coach Doug and your swimmer is not on the report, or there is an error in the events entered, please contact Coach Doug via Email.


Once the entries have been submitted to the host team by Coach Doug, they will be available on this website for your review by the Monday prior to the meet start.


Date & Location of Meet

Meet Name (Click to See Entries)

April 29-May 1, 2011

"A/BB" Division 2 [of 2] Long Course Invitational

The Colony, TX


"A/BB" Division 2 [of 2] Long Course Invitational


Please understand that corrections cannot be made prior to a meet. Corrections are made during the late entry period prior to the start of a meet. Reviewing your entries prior to a meet will allow both you and Coach Doug to be aware of the corrections needed. This facilitates a smooth completion of any late entries or corrections on the day of the meet.


Meet Day

Please arrive at the meet at least 10 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time.  All swimmers are expected to participate in warm-ups and particularly at the BB/B/C level, this is the time that the coaches will put relays together based on the fastest combinations of swimmers who are there.  Swimmers are required to check in, usually 30 minutes before the meet begins, for each event that they are entered in.  Failure to do so will result in the swimmer being scratched (removed) from the event.  Check-in sheets are typically found on the pool deck posted on a wall.  After a swim, the swimmer should go directly to their coach who will talk to them about the race.  Finally, each swimmer should wear a Dallas Mustang swim cap when competing.


For more information on North Texas Swimming sponsored meets, see Meet Information on the North Texas Swimming Website


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