About Swim and Dive

 About High School Swim and Dive


High school swim is structured like the collegiate sport.


AHS Swim and Dive is made up of  2 teams:

    -   the boys' swim and dive team

    -   the girls' swim and dive team.


Swim and dive event points are added together for each gender team to determine the meet scores.


At the end of the meet there are two separate scores…The girls score and the boys score.



Swimming  (info about dive in at the bottom - scroll down)



Currently, AHS season begins with 7 dual meets - 6 against teams in our Conference and one against Lee HS.   

Annandale is in Conference 7 of the  6A North Region

  • There are no traditional meet sheets and no scoreboards.
  • The coach will normally let the swimmers know on Thursday what they will swim on Friday. 
  • However swimmers can be changed on these entry lists almost up to the moment that they swim.
  • The coaching staff will post swimmers names by event in the team area
  • Swimmers are given time cards to hand to the timers

  • Events
               High school swim and dive meets have 12 events

         Swimming has 8 individual events and 3 relays.

         Diving counts as the12th event in the meet. 


         In dual meets. each team enters a maximum of:

        4 swimmers per individual event and

        4 relay teams per relay event. 


    A swimmer may be entered in a maximum of 2 individual events and

    no more than 4 events total.


        -      Swimmers are selected by the coach for each event based on

               their times and the coach's goals for the meet. 

        -      Lanes are assigned with the fastest swimmers generally in the

               inside lanes.  

    -      Relays are labeled A, B, C and D, usually with the fastest competitors

         being assigned to the A relay. 

    -      Boys' and girls' events alternate during the meet with the boys going first.  

    -      There is usually a 10-minute break following the 50 freestyle.  

    -      The diving events are held either before or at the same time as the swimming 

         events, depending upon whether the pool has a separate diving well. 


             Order of Events for High School Swim and Dive

                        --  200 Yard Medley Relay
                        --  200 Yard Freestyle
                        --  200 Yard Individual Medley
                        --  50 Yard Freestyle

                 (usually a 10 minute break)
                   --   Dive Score added here but either done before swim or concurrent
                        --  100 Yard Butterfly
                        --  100 Yard Freestyle
                        --  500 Yard Freestyle
                        --  200 Yard Freestyle Relay
                        --  100 Yard Backstroke

                        --  100 Yard Breaststroke
                        --  400 Yard Freestyle Relay



        -     Relays are scored 10-5-3-0, a team can only score with two relays per event      
         So if your school happens to finish 1-2-3 only the first and
         second place relays will score points for the school (10+5=15 pts). The other team will get points for 3rd  

        -      Individual events are scored 8-6-5-4-3-2-1-0.

        -      Points from the diving events are added to the points from the

               swimming events to determine the total team scores. Meets are

               won or lost based on total points, and sometimes the diving results

               can determine the outcome of  the meet. That's why it is important

               for the swimmers and their parents to support the divers, too


               Don't be surprised if you don't know the score of the meet as it

               ends. By the time the swimmers emerge from the locker room, the word

               should begin to filter out.  There are no ribbons or awards for the dual meets,

               only the opportunity for the swimmers to help the team win, better their times,

               set team records and the chance to achieve a qualifying time for the Region or

               State Championship meets.


    Swim and Dive Meets need lots of volunteers!  Click here for on the Volunteer Tab to learn more about volunteering for meets.    


    Championship Meets
    There are three levels of championship meets for Annandale HS

    -      “Conference” - Conference 7 (Patriot)

    -      “Regionals” - 6A North

    -      “States” - Virginia 6A


    Championship meets are swum with prelims and finals over multiple days.


    Conference Champions - the team with the most points scored at the Conference meet
    (regardless of the outcomes of the dual meets during the regular swim season.)


    Regional Champions - the team with the most points scored at the regional  meet

     Conference Meet

     Each high school in the Conference is allowed to enter

    o   four swimmers in each individual event and

    o   one relay team per relay event.


    -      Like dual meets swimmers can only be entered in no more than two individual events with a maximum of four events including relays.

    -   Diving is generally held on Wed and Thurs nights with Girls one

         night and Boys the other or on Friday during the day of the Conference tournament


    -   Individual events are swum as preliminaries on Friday night

         (relays are timed finals swum on Sat only)

         -    Circle seeding is used in the fastest three heats for the preliminary events where the fastest seeded swimmer is placed in the

             fastest heat, the second fastest swimmer is placed in the second fastest heat, the third fastest swimmer is placed in the third

             fastest heat and the fourth fastest swimmer is placed in the fasted heat, etc.

    -  The eight fastest swimmers from prelims will qualify for Finals and the next eight fastest swimmers qualify for the Consolation Finals.
       The 17th and 18th qualifiers will be alternates for the finals.

    -    Finals, Consolation Finals and Relays are swum Saturday night. Swimmers swimming in the Consolation Finals can only finish as high
         as ninth place regardless of whether they swim a faster time than one or more finalists.
    The district meet is scored through 16 places and the winning team, the Conference 7 Champion, is the team that has accumulated

         the greatest number of points at the end of the meet, including diving.


    Advancement to the Regional meet. (2 ways)

    -      The top six finishers in each event at the Conference meet will advance to the Regional Meet.

    -      Any competitor who has achieved a Regional qualifying standard time during the Conference Meet or at a regular season

         dual meet will also advance to the Regional Meet.

     6A North Regional Meet


    The 6A North Regional Swim & Dive Champion Team is determined

         by achieving the most points scored at the regional meet.

      -   The regional meet is very similar to the Conference meet with competitors

         coming from Conferences in the 6A North Region.


    -      Like the Conference meet swimmers can only be entered in up to four

         events including relays, but no more than two individual events.


    -      The Region tournament is typically run over five nights.


    -      Boys and Girls diving the first two nights – Girls one night and

         Boys the other.


    -      The third and fourth nights are the Boys and Girls Swim 

         preliminary sessions with Girls one night and Boys the other.

         Relay prelims are swum these nights just like individual events.


    -      The last night of the Region tournament is the Swimming Finals session for Boys and Girls.  Finals for both individual events and relays are swum the final night.


     Advancement to the State Meet. (2 ways)                                                                                                


    -      The top six finishers in individual events at the Regional Meet will qualify to compete in the State Championship Meet.


    -      The top three relay teams from the Regional Meet will also qualify for the state meet.


    -      Individual and relay teams can also qualify for the State Meet by swimming a qualifying time during the regular season,

         the Conference Meet or the Region Meet. The qualifying time must be achieved during a High School competition. USA

         Swimming and YMCA times are not allowed.


    6A State Meet

    The State meet is very similar to Regional meet but with competitors coming

            from all the regions around the state.

    The Virginia 6A Swim and Dive competition rotates among the four

            regions in the state so travel to Virginia Beach or Richmond may be

            necessary to compete. Occasionally the State meet will be held at a short course meter

            (25 meter) pool and separate records are maintained for meter pools.


    Dive Format
    -      Divers are required to perform one voluntary dive and five optional dives for a
         total of six dives for the meet. 
    o   Voluntary dives For the first meet, a front must be done for the voluntary; at the second,
         a back; at the third, a reverse; at the fourth, an inward; at the fifth, a twister; and the cycle
         continues until the dual meet season is over. 


    o   Optional dives can be any dive from each of the other four groups except the one
         performed for the voluntary dive. 


    While this can be confusing, the coach understands the format and continues to teach the divers throughout the season.
    Judging: For those who are familiar with the judging format of NVSL diving, it is the same in high school diving. 
    There are five judges (parents),

    two from the home team and

    three from the visiting team


    -      For each dive, each judge gives one score


    -      The high score and the low score are dropped in an attempt to eliminate any biases. 


    -      The remaining three are added together and multiplied by the dive's degree of difficulty to obtain the score. 


    The more difficult the dive, the larger the multiplier that will be applied, giving an incentive to attempt more difficult dives.