Q. What is the difference between the types of meets that we compete at?
A. Dual or Tri meets- These meets are typically between two teams (dual meets) or three teams (Tri meets) for all swimmers and rarely have limits on entries per events. There are no time standards for these meets. Most of these meets scheduled early in the season to give you as many opportunities as possible to qualify for the Invitational meets, Championship meets and the State meet. Dual or Tri meets are designated finals only meets meaning there is only one swim session and you swim one time for each event. Examples of Dual/Tri Meets are: Senior Recognition Meet, Tri Meet (various). Invitational meets - These meets include numerous teams and time standards must be met in order to participate in most, if not all of the events. Time standards for these meets will be posted on our website. You must swim at these posted times or faster to qualify. The number of swimmers in each event will be limited to keep the meet to a reasonable number of heats so the meet can be completed within the time set by the hosting facility. This means in addition to making the time standard, swimmers on our team must typically be in the top four qualifiers from AHS for an event. You must have swum the qualifying times in a high school meet as we cannot use USA Swimming times for high school meets. Invitational meets are also designated as finals only meets. Examples of Invitational meets are: MJB Invitational, Fulton County Championship, and Etowah Invitational.
Prelims/Finals meets- These meets also have time standards and limited entries. Prelims are typically in the morning (or on a Friday afternoon). If you finish in the top 16 or 20 (depending on the meet or event) in the Prelims, then you will swim again in the Finals session that is contested in the evening or on another day. If you qualify for Finals you are required to swim in Finals. Examples of Prelims/Finals meets: McCallie travel meet, Metros, State.
Q. What are Qualifying times?
A. Qualifying times are time standards set by Fulton County and GHSA for athletes to reach in order to compete at certain meets. Counts and state qualifying times can be found here:Qualifying Times
Q. What are Team Social Events?
A. Every weekend there is a meet, a social after the meet will usually occur. The entire team is encouraged to attend and are usually well attended by the student athletes and coaches. Your athlete is not required to attend, but probably won’t want to miss out on the great food and social time. How does one get to the social?
Here’s how it works:
ALL students must ride the buses from the high school to the meet, so be on time!
ALL students must ride the buses back to the high school after the meet.
Parents will pick up their student athlete at the school (unless carpooling or driving themselves) and drop their student off at the team social.
Please Note: Socials are for athletes and coaches only and are non-school functions. There is no transportation provided by the school.
Social details will be provided preceding each meet. If you have any questions regarding the socials, feel free to contact the AHS Swim & Dive Social Chair, Lisa Tigert.
Q. What are Lettering Qualifications?
A. To earn a letter the swimmer/diver must be an eligible active team member for the entire season and meet the requirements listed below.
Swimmers/Divers must attend 90% of all practices, meetings and fundraisers.
Swimmers/Divers must attend 90% of all swim/dive meets (unless excused by the Coach).
Swimmers/Divers must qualify for and attend the Fulton County Meet.
Divers must qualify for and attend Metro Championship Meet.
Swimmers/Divers must attend the State meet if they qualify.
Swimmers/Divers must show exemplary effort and work ethic.
Swimmers/Divers must display team spirit and good sportsmanship in and out of the pool.
Senior Swimmers/Divers who have participated on the team all of their years at Alpharetta High School.
**All varsity letters will be given at the sole discretion of the coaches.