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How to read Heat Sheets

What is a Heat Sheet? What Does it say?

The Heat Sheet is a program that shows all the participating swimmers and what events they will participate in as well as the heat number and lane number. The announcer will say the event and heat number and there is also an electronic board with this information.

Changes to the Heat Sheet may be made based on swimmers who don't arrive on time for an event or can't attend due to illness or emergency.  

Event Number: We swim the Backstroke, Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly,  Individual Medley, Freestyle Relay and Medley Relay.

Heat Number: In each of the events, there are HEATS. Each heat has 5-10 swimmers - depending on the size of the pool.

Lane Number: This will tell you which lane your swimmer is scheduled to be in.

Seed Time: Once a swimmer participates legally in an event, they will have a "seed time" in that event for the next meet. Swimmers are placed in heats and relays according to their seed times*.


Seed Time: The swimmer's fastest time prior to this meet.

Finals Time: The time they swam at this meet

Heat Winner: First child to touch the wall, even if DQ'd later, will be given Heat Winner ribbon.


During in-season meets, each team may only score three (3) swimmers per individual event and one (1) relay team per relay event. Ribbons will be awarded to the top six (6) swimmers in individual events and the top three (3) relay teams regardless of score.  Swimmers who do not place will receive participant ribbons, and after the second meet "black" time buster ribbons. 

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