High School Swimming vs. Club Swimming

High school swim season works differently than club swimming. As both the men’s and women’s teams continue to grow, we wanted to share some important differences between club and high school swimming.

  • Practices are mandatory, unless otherwise stated. A big test, homework, or a long day at school aren’t valid reasons for missing. But don’t worry, the hard work will pay off!
  • Meets are mandatory too. We’ll travel to away meets as a team.
    • If the meet is outside of the Metro, swimmer must ride back to Lincoln on the bus.
    • If the meet is located within the metro, swimmers are welcome to ride home with their parents, but don’t forget to tell Coach Weber.
  • Meets are scored. After each event, the score is updated. To make it easier to keep track, we provide score sheets in our meet programs.
    Individual events: 1st place – 6 points, 2nd – 4 points, 3rd – 3 points, 4th – 2 points, and 5th – 1 point.
    Relay: 1st place – 8 points, 2nd place – 4 points and 3rd place – 2 points. No team can score more than two of their relays.
  • All swimmers stay on deck and out of the stands during meets. At this level, swimming is a team sport so cheering for your teammates and being supportive on deck is a must.
  • There is a Varsity team and JV team (just like all other high schools sports) and each has their own coach.
    • Though the coaches will help out with swimmers from both squads, most of their focus is on helping their respective swimmers become better.
  • You represent yourselves, the swim program and Lincoln High School at all times. Keep that in mind when tweeting, posting and sharing. This applies to parents too.
  • In women’s swimming: several meets will have diving. It counts as an individual event and occurs after the 50 Free.
  • Have fun. While every team or coach says this, the swim team means it! Go to team dinners, join in on bonding events, head to dinner to celebrate a meet win and more!

We cover these items, detailed team policies and a lot of other information at the parent meeting that takes place before swim season begins. This year’s mandatory meeting is July 17 at 6PM in the Lincoln Commons. Parents and swimmers will learn more about a healthy season diet, taper, team expectations and more.

Parents will receive everything in a parent handbook at that time and can always email Coach Weber with questions.

Go Rails! We’re looking forward to continued swimming successes! And of course, more trips to state!

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