Vol. IX - Spring 2021
Coach's Corner
A Message from
Head Coach George Adcock
Team Updates
2021 LCM Meet Schedule
2021 LCM Practice Schedule
Blazers New Team Suit
Team Highlights
Sectionals Performance Highlights
Champs Performance Highlights
2021 Blazers Districts Team
KCB Swimmer Spotlight
Upcoming Team Events & KCB Programs
Breakout Swim Clinic Recap
Swim-a-Thon Recap
Team Resources
Parent Corner - Featured Article
Good Reads - Articles & Resources from USA Swimming, Swim Swam or MVS
All team information can be found on
Coach's Corner
A Message from Head Coach George Adcock:
Blazers Families: 
Welcome to the start of our Summer Season. Whilst this past season was a departure from the norm, I have been amazed and inspired by our athletes and families who continued their commitment to excellence no matter the circumstances. Finishing the season with the energy and excitement that we saw at MVS Champs along with the performances showed the resilience and dedication of our team. It's a great place for us to start the short summer season. In planning for this upcoming season, we are looking at about 14 weeks before we are back into championship meets. I am so excited to see what we can accomplish, this will be a great summer of swimming. Now is the time for us to evaluate and establish our goals for the summer so that we are prepared for the nature of the summer season, as there are no racing opportunities to waste. We are in a great place thanks to the City of Lenexa, JCPRD, Blue Valley Schools and Shawnee Mission schools with pool time and space this summer. 
A few weeks ago we had our Swim-A-Thon clinic with Elizabeth Beisel and Anthony Ervine; what a fantastic day for those swimmers who fundraised to attend. I know that I left that session having heard some inspirational stories about self belief and being willing to take a chance in the biggest moments. I also witnessed our athletes attentive, wanting to learn, acting with purpose and intent in taking every opportunity to improve.
Unfortunately this year given COVID- 19 we have made the tough decision not to do a team travel meet in June as we normally would. We will be attending the Air Capital meet in Wichita and are looking at ways to make that a fun carnival for our team, to be able to interact in a safe way. 
We have come so far as a team and as a community navigating the circumstances in front of us. COVID has definitely taught me to cherish the moment that you are in, to make the most of any opportunity that you are given. I plan to continue with that intention, as we see the light, to Commit to being Excellent!!

Coach George Adcock
Team Updates
2021 Long Course Season tentative meet and practice schedule.
2021 LCM Meet Schedule
Our Long Course Meet Schedule is posted to the website. You will need to be logged in to your account to view the link below, as well as the individual meet pages.
The meet schedule is tentative and subject to change. More information will be posted as it is made available. Please contact your primary coach with questions.
2021 LCM Practice Schedule
We are looking forward to having a return to more of a normal summer schedule as some of the restrictions of the past year are lifted. We are still however constrained by COVID-19 protocols for the safety of all our athletes, coaches and families. The below schedule is tentative as we still work through the final details with our community partners. Thank you for your patience with us over the past year.
Anticipated Schedules and Locations*
Age Group I & II
SMSD Aquatic Center
Monday/Wednesday AM: 7 - 8:30
Tuesday/Thursday AM: 7:30 - 9 
PM Practice Options: TBD
Junior II
SMSD Aquatic Center
Monday/Wednesday AM: 7 - 8:30
Tuesday/Thursday AM: 7:30 - 9 

PM Practice Options: TBD
Junior I
Indian Trail - Lenexa
Monday - Friday 6:45 - 9:30 AM 
Saturday TBD 

PM Practice Options: TBD
Junior I and Junior II will also have dryland added to their schedules; group coaches will provide weekly schedules. 

Ad Astra Pool - Lenexa
Monday - Saturday AM: 5:45 - 7:45 AM

SMSD Aquatic Center
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday PM: TBD
Dry-land & Yoga: TBD
Senior I

Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center - Shawnee Monday - Saturday AM: 5:45 - 7:45 AM

SMSD Aquatic Center
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday PM: TBD
Dry-land & Yoga: TBD

**Please remember that all practices and locations are subject to change depending on facility availability. We will continue abiding by the recommendations of USA swimming, Missouri Valley swimming, Johnson County Health and Environment, JCPRD and any other relevant governing organization during any/all Blazers Activities.**
Blazers New Team Suit
A We are excited to offer a new Blazer's Team Suit for the upcoming LCM season and into the future!

You can order your suit via the SwimQuick Blazers Team Store or vistSwimQuik at 135th & Roe.
Blazer Performance Highlights
Region VIII Sectionals ▪︎ March 11 - 14, 2021, Jenks, OK
The Blazers had 14 athletes attend Region VIII Sectionals in Jenks, OK. Not only was this our first travel meet and sectionals for almost exactly a year, it was the first Long Course meet that we have attended in nearly 18 months. While this, like most of our meets, did not feel “normal” our athletes represented the Kansas City Blazers proudly and with great success. 

From our 72 individual events Blazers swimmers had best times in 62 of those events at 86%. Amongst our team there were 26 new Long Course qualifying times achieved; 22 new Sectionals times, 4 Futures times and 2 Summer Juniors times. 
Kevin Glenn
Second place in the 200 Backstroke
Third place in the 100 Backstroke
Blazers Team Record in the 100 Back
Annika Finzen
Third place in the 100 Backstroke
Annika Finzen and Kevin Glenn put themselves on the podium; Kevin with a second place in the 200 Back and both with third place finishes in the 100 Back. 

Yassen El-Demerdash broke two of his own SB9 American Records in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke as he prepares for Trials in June for the Paralympic Games. 

It was great to see our team competing at that level, testing and pushing themselves and achieving great things. This sectionals team has laid a great platform to move into the summer long course season from which we can build. Congratulations to our athletes for ending a trying season on such a high and we cannot wait to see where they go next!!!
Missouri Valley Swimming Short Course Championships
Congratulations to all of our KCB Swimmers who competed at the 2021 Missouri Valley Short Course Championships!
This season our MV Short Course Championship meet was split over the course of two weekends; 13 & Over and 12 & Under. The 13 & Over session was held the weekend of March 26 in Platte City, MO (after changing venues at the last minute) and the 12 & Under Sessions were held the weekend of April 9 at Gladstone, MO. While our team was split for the first time, the KCB
13 & Over Champs ▪︎ March 26 - 28, 2021 ▪︎ Platte City, MO
Overall the Blazers had 36 Top 8 swims with 10 podium swims a the MV 13 & Over Champs session in Platte City, MO! Way to go, Blazers!
Junior I Performance Highlights
Coach Andrew Schmidt

43 Best Times
18 top-8 finishes
5/7 swimmers finished in top-8 (Kaya Alvegaard-Struble (2), Tess, Boyer (3), Jadyn Bruch (1), Zane Laing (6), Jack McClelland (2))

Swimmers of the Meet:
Zane Laing
Finals in 6/7 events, best times in all 7 events
Tess Boyer
Sectional Bonus Cuts in 2 events (200 Back, 400 IM)
Senior I Performance Highlights
Coach Alex Morris

Overall we had a great season! The group grew from 25 swimmers to 47 swimmers throughout the school year, and we have a great group of hard-working athletes. Everyone who competed during the year achieved at least one personal best time despite limitations on training time, etc.

Swimmer of the Meet: Saylor Fiocati
National Performance Highlights
Coach George & Coach Mary-Catherine

After a long and challenging season, AND with a last minute change in venue, these swimmers gave their best in each race and kept up their team sprit throughout the weekend!

Top performances include:

Caroline Polhemus won the Girls 15 & Over 200 Breaststroke [2:31.36] and finished 2nd in the 400 IM with a best time of 4:53.74! Carmen Braden placed 2nd in the Girls 15 & over 100 Fly [1:01.30], 200 Backstroke [2:10.92 *Sectionals Cut*] and the 1650 Free [18:08.43] and finished 3rd place in the 500 Free [5:20.38]. Maleigha Vietti Placed 2nd in the Girls 15 & Over 500 Free [5:16.33] with a best time in both prelims and finals! She also placed 3rd in the 15 & Over 100 Backstroke and the 1650 Freestyle with a best time of 18:24.84! Sasha Malik finished 3rd in the Girls 15 & Over 100 Back with a best time [1:01.03; prelims 1:00.84]!
Caroline Polhemus
MV Champion
Girls 15 & Over 200 Breaststroke
Top 8 Finishers Include:

Carmen Braden (100 Fly [5th], 100 Free [6th], 200 Free [4th], & 50 Free [8th]), Sasha Malik (200 Backstroke [7th]), Caroline Orr (200 IM [8th] & 100 Free [8th]), Caroline Polhemus (200 IM [6th], 500 Free [8th] & 100 Breaststroke [5th]), Ella Palmet 200 Backstroke [8th] & 100 Backstroke [7th]) and Maleigha Vietti (100 Backstroke [5th]).

Swimmer of the Meet: 
Carmen Braden
1st Sectionals Cut 200 Back • 100% best times
Due to restrictions, the Blazers National Team had 11 swimmers out of 27 Champs qualifiers, eligible to represent KCB. After a strong performance at Champs, we are looking forward to having our group back together for a fast and fun summer training for Long Course Champs at the end of July!!
Well done, Blazers!
12 & Under Champs ▪︎ April 9 - 11, 2021 ▪︎ Gladstone, MO
The Blazers had an outstanding meet at the MV 12 & Under Champs session in Gladstone, MO. This is the way to end a season; with strong performances and team spirit! We are excited to keep this momentum going into our summer long course season!
Age Group - Coach Shawn Lynn-Bequette

Age Group had ten swimmers representing the Blazers last weekend in Gladstone and they swam lights out! Three swimmers qualified for Champs during our long short course season (Henry Heise, Teni Oyetunji, Amber Stringer) and seven swimmers were invited to compete, given their event ranking in MV Swimming (Ila Clark, Ava Le Grotte, Clara Hotze, Ellie Wallace, Ella Taylor, Adi Pradeep, Daniel Weisburg). Well done, AG Blazers!
Teni Oyetunji – 3rd place in the Girls 10 & Under 50 Breaststroke with a time of 43.14!
Teni also had a 27.88 sec drop in the 200 IM with a time of 3:09.44 and achieved a new Champs cut in the 100 Fly (1:31.44).

Blazers finishing Top 8:

Ila Clark – 7th place in the Girls 10 & Under 100 Backstroke (1:23.92 prelims; 1:24.08 finals) and achieved a new Champs cut with a :09 second drop in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:29.29!

Amber Stringer – 7th place in the Girls 10 & Under 100 Free with a new Champs cut (1:10.31)!

Henry Heise – 8th place in the Boys 10 & Under 100 Fly with a new Champs cut (1:33.72), Henry also had a 15.95 sec drop 200 IM with a time of 3:07.27, a new Champs cut in the 100 Backstroke (1:24.57) and the 200 Free (2:41.75)!
Age Group Performance Highlights:

Ava LeGrotte – 100% best times [100 breaststroke 1:44.10, 100 Fly 1:43.08, 200 Free 3:06.15)
Daniel Weisburg – 12.33 sec time drop 100 Fly [1:52.27]
Adi Pradeep – 13.62 sec time drop 100 Fly [1:47.51]
Clara Hotze – New Champs cut 50 Backstroke [38.63]
Ellie Wallace – 100 Free [1:19.22]
Ella Taylor – 200 Free 16.33 sec drop [2:52.14]

Swimmer of the Meet:
Ila Clark & Henry Heise

An overall exceptional performance from Age Group! Standout swims everyone!
Junior II - Coach Uldis Tazans
It was a long awaited championship meet with ups and downs on the way. It was electrifying to see these younger swimmers race and support their teammates. We had a great group of swimmers attending the swim meet! All of the 18 JII attending swimmers achieved at least 1 personal best time. I am proud of each and every one of the swimmers for their dedication and hard work during practices. I am looking forward to the summer season! Go Blazers!

Swimmer of the Meet:
Sasha Weiner
Outstanding performance. Sasha swam a total of 7 events and placed in the top 3 in all of her events (five first place finishes (50 Fly, 100 Back, 100 IM, 50 Back, 50 free) and two second place finishes (100 fly and 200IM). 100% best times.
Casey Carpenter-Ross
Outstanding performance. Casey swam a total of 7 events and placed in the top 3 in all of his events (four first place finishes (200 Back; 50 free; 50 Back; 100 Back), two second place finishes (100 Fly, 200 Free) and one third place finish (100 IM). 100% best times.
Junior II Performance Highlights
Championship meet breakdown:

JII had a total of 29 top 3 finishes.
88% of all swims were best times
48 swims at the finals - 94% of those swims were best times at the finals

Total 29 top 3 finishes:
  • 9 1st place finishes
  • 12 2nd finishes
  • 8 3rd place finishes
Day 1:

MV Champions:
Casey Carpenter-Ross
200 Back, 50 Free

Sasha Weiner
50 Free

Top 3 finishers:
 Kinley Baber
2nd 100 Breast
Nathan Weiner
2nd 200 Back
Sasha Weiner
2nd 200 IM
Casey Carpenter-Ross
3rd 100 IM
Andrew Jamison
3rd 100 Breast
Samantha Walley
3rd 200 IM


Samantha Walley
Sasha Weiner
Miles Tomsic
Abby Stidham
Ashlyn Bolyard
Kinley Baber
Andrew Jamison
Jan Beltran
Casey Carpenter-Ross
Aahana Basak
Eric Spencer
Nathan Weiner

Day 2:

MV Champions:
Casey Carpenter-Ross
50 Back

Sasha Weiner
100IM, 50 Back (zones cut)

Top 3 finishes:
Samantha Walley
2nd 50 Back, 3rd 100 IM
Nathan Weiner - 2nd 50 bk
Casey Carpenter-Ross
2nd 100 Fly
Sasha Weiner - 2nd 100 Fly
Miles Tomsic - 3rd 100 Fly
Kinley Baber - 2nd 200 br
Ashlyn Bolyard
3rd 200 Breast
Andrew Jamison
2nd 200 Breast


Kinley Baber
Sasha Weiner
Samantha Walley
Nathan Weiner
Casey Carpenter-Ross
Miles Tomsic
Sohum Bhagwat
Ashlyn Bolyard
Emma Hubner
Andrew Jamison

Day 3:

MV Champions:
Casey Carpenter-Ross
100 Back

Sasha Weiner
50 Fly & 100 Back
(both Zones cuts)

Top 3 finishes:
Casey Carpenter-Ross
2nd 200 Free
Samantha Walley
3rd - 50 Fly
Miles Tomsic
2nd 50 Fly (zones cut)
Nathan Weiner
3rd - 100 Back
Andrew Jamison
2nd - 50 Breast (Zones cut)


Casey Carpenter-Ross
Andrew Jamison
Nathan Weiner
Samantha Walley
Sasha Weiner
Jada Sol
Kinley Baber
Emma Hubner
Ashlyn Bolyard
Miles Tomsic

Junior I Performance Highlights
Coach Andrew Schmidt
Matthew Warren
11-12 Boys Missouri Valley Champion:
  • 100 IM
  • 50 Breaststroke
  • 100 Breaststroke
  • 200 Breaststroke

KCB Team Record in 11-12 Boys 200 Breaststroke
Junior I had 82% best times and outstanding performances overall at the 12 & Under Champs session!
Great performances all around from all of our 12 & Under Blazers!

Blazers Districts Team
Due to COVID, Missouri Valley was unable to offer our District Championships this past season. However, we would like to highlight the 2020-2021 Blazers Districts Team for their hard work and commitment throughout the past year. Congratulations to our Blazers swimmers on this achievement!
Amina Ahmed • Emmy Barrett • Charlotte Barton • Sohum Bhagwat • Jillian Bolyard • Anne Bowser
John Christianson • Caroline Clark • Ila Clark • Michael Curtin • Maya Devkota • Sarah Devkota
Milica Domazet • Ella Gray • Diya Gupta • Emmaline Heimann • Henry Heise • Sean Hong • Clara Hotze Lucy Hurd • Natalie Jones • Ben Kim • Ava LeGrotte • Bobby GuoLauren Kopitas • Emmet Lynch
Eileen Lee • Isabelle Makarov • Veronica Makarov • Taylor Marksz Cayden McCarthy
Jackson McCarthy Maggie McCauley • Jack Minturn • Kaitlyn Mize • Caleb Montiel • Ajay Nandula
Teni Oyetunji • Colton Poe • Adi Pradeep • Shreya Prasai • Greta Reardon • Penny Richardson
Collin Schmidt • Benjamin Scott • Zoe Sitzer • Taisa Skilj • Reagan Solenberger • Eric Spencer
Sophia Sponseller • Magnus Stanley • Abigale Stidham • Amber Stringer • Ella Taylor
Sophia Taghizadeh • Elliese Thurlby • Athan Tran • Ellie Wallace • Xiaoguo Wang • Daniel Weisburg
Eleanor Worster • Henry Yim • Aidan Yung • Elyse Yung • Cole Yuwono • Ethan Yuwono • Claire Zell
KCB Swimmer Spotlight
We take pride in the accomplishments of our Blazer Athletes and highlight our swimmers excelling in and out of the water through our social media! For more information, visit our Swimmer Spotlight page at!
For an in-depth look at the athletes featured, give us a follow!
Kevin Glenn
Blazers Team Record Breaker
Open LCM 100 Backstroke - 56.65
Matthew Warren
Blazers Team Record Breaker
Boys 11-12 200 Breaststroke - 2:30.39
Upcoming Team Events & Programs
Upcoming Team Events and information about our ongoing Blazer Programs.

Breakout Swim Clinic
70 athletes qualified through this year’s Swim-a-Thon to attend the Breakout Swim Clinic with Elizabeth Beisel and Anthony Ervin on April 3rd and we had a blast! Our swimmers had an opportunity to engage with our Olympians in the water learning about drills specific to their success and the necessity of mobility sequences and dynamic warm-up prior to practice.
We learned about the journey and process for both Elizabeth and Anthony as competitive swimmers; here are some of the take aways from a few members of our coaching staff:

Coach George: If you are not willing to give it everything and believe that you have the ability and capability to succeed, you may as well give that spot to someone who will. 
Don't be afraid to take a risk, playing it safe & sitting just in the comfort zone will not allow you to fulfill your potential! 

Coach Alex: A couple of interesting things I found – Anthony talked about taking ownership of your training, and mixing it up (i.e. not just doing and focusing on the same strokes or things all the time) and Elizabeth’s story about her first Olympic Trials when she had a monster race, finished 2nd in the 400 IM, and totally psyched herself out during semifinals and barely qualified for finals in 8th place. But then she had a moment before where she zoned in on herself and blocked out all the distractions and nerves and went back to crush it in finals and made the Olympic Team at age 15.
Coach Shawn: I really appreciated the personal stories and experiences of the Olympians. Believing in your training/ability. Trusting in that. Relaxing and just racing.

Coach Mary-Catherine: I enjoyed hearing about their process in coping with the various stages of growth athletes can face and whether or not they are wanting/willing to continue through the tougher moments-even walking away, only to realize that when you have a passion and a will to put yourself out there, it’s never to late to take another step forward towards what you aim to achieve, how you want to feel and who you are becoming. Finding gratitude in the face of disappointment/hardship and transmuting the moments of pain/struggle into that of strength and self empowerment.
Photos by: Tatjana Alvegaard
A huge Thank You to Amy Jo Jamison for organizing this event and making sure everything went... swimmingly! 

Do you have a friend interested in joining the Blazers? We ask all prospective swimmers to participate in an evaluation. This evaluation process allows our coaching staff to place swimmers in the appropriate practice group based upon their current skill and for their long-term development and success.

To be added to our waitlist for an individual evaluation appointment, please contact us!
Pre-Blazers Program

Pre-Blazers is our pre-competitive program designed to provide an introduction to competitive swimming through skill development and having fun! For swimmers ages 6 - 14 years old, who are water safe, have had swimming lessons and are interested in learning about competitive swimming. This program is offered twice a week and provides a bridge between lessons and competitive swimming.

Senior Prep

Our Senior Prep Group offers a broad-based training approach for athletes 13 years and older. The group's emphasis is on general conditioning along with technique work. This group is appropriate for swimmers, who enjoy competitive swimming, are interested in improving their skills and increasing their fitness for high school swimming or summer league. 

For more information on upcoming team events and programs, please visit our website!
Team Resources
Suggested articles, volunteer opportunities and additional team information to help support our swimmers and our club.
Parent Corner
"Parents can serve as a helpful and encouraging support system when it comes to their son or daughter’s swimming, or they can be their greatest obstacle to success in the sport. Make sure you’re in the former category by giving your swimmer the space to succeed on their own terms."

We are excited to get back into training as we gear up for the long course season! Now that everyone has returned from the break, this is the time to reflect on the past season and reevaluate our goals and path forward, both individually and as a team. This season is a fast and short one, with only 14 weeks left until MV LC Champs!
This month's Good Reads suggested articles offer tools for goal setting as well as the impact self-talk can have on athletes on their way to achieving their goals. Heading into the last week in April, our athletes will have an opportunity to complete a goal sheet and discuss their season with their Coaches. Be on the look out for your season goal packet from your coaches and refer to the KCB Performance page for additional information!
Good Reads:
COVID-19 Resources
Volunteer Opportunities
Why Become A USA Swimming Official?
To gain a better understanding of your child's sport,
To have the best spot on deck for watching everyone swim,
To satisfy your volunteer hour requirement,
And many other perks like free meals and heat sheet!

For more information on becoming a USA Swim Official contact Christian Frank, Blazers Official's Coordinator.

What is a Blazer Booster?
The Blazers Booster Program gives parents the ability to directly impact the overall team experience by assisting in funding coaching development and equipment to assure our program offers quality experiences to the swimmers and fans. A new sound system, starter horn, public address system, are some examples of equipment that is needed. Click the link for a list of more specific benefits for the two levels of Booster supporters. 

MAAPP - Safe Sport
The Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP), which was mandated by the US Center for Safe Sport, addresses one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. 
You can learn more about USA Swimming MAAPP on the USA Swimming website and to read the full policy please click the link below. 

Missouri Valley Swimming
Time Standards, meet information and general inforamtion about our LSC (Local Swimming Committee).

Roadmap to competition: How each meet fits into my swimmers season
Season Meets
Swim meets are selected for each group and the team due to a variety of factors:

  • Level of Competition 
  • Training cycle 
  • Team cohesiveness
  • Location 

Best times do not always determine or define a swimmer's success; not every meet should have an expectation of best times or attaining a season goal. Given our training and/or development cycle, seeing swimmers implement technique changes in a race environment is always a success. When selecting events for swimmers, coaches will consider these factors. In developing well rounded swimmers we are always looking to balance challenging a swimmer with new events and with having them swim their favorite events. 
Blazer Series

Blazer Series Intrasquad meets are designed for swimmers in our Age Group I and Age Group II competitive training groups. We developed these meets to help promote a positive and nurturing competitive experience for our young and novice swimmers new to the world of competition. This series is built into the training plan for both groups to help foster a growth mindset towards competing by hosting low-key, local swim meets held in one session. 
Invitational Meets

These swim meets are an important supplement to training. At these swim meets, build their racing skills, strategy (pacing). Swimmers can learn about their bodies - how to prepare for the races and how to recover in between races. Meets are sleeted in accordance with season training plans and every meet has different objectives. Swimmers are expected to attend these meets as outlined/recommended by their primary coach.
MAL Championships 

End of season meet for Age group swimmers not attending Championship meets. This meet is run as a Championship meet without time standards.
Missouri Valley Swimming
Championship Meets
Championship meets for our KC Blazers are listed below. Each meet has a time standard necessary to be eligible to enter. These are qualifying meets and they are the culmination of all of your training, hard work and dedication throughout the season. If eligible, Blazers swimmers are expected to attend.
MVS District Championships

District Championship meets are held twice a year; once for the Short Course season (prior to Champs) and once for the Long Course season (prior to Champs). The swimmer competes on an individual basis.

Who attends: Swimmers who have achieved a [MV Short Course or Long Course Districts time standard] are eligible to enter in the events for which they have qualified and are eligible for up to two Bonus events. These are Timed Final events. 
MVS Championships

Champs meets are held twice a year; once for the Short Course season (end of February; 25 yard pools) and once for the Long Course season (end of July; 50 meter pools). The swimmer competes both on an individual basis and for club points. The club also organizes relay teams to compete for club points. Similar to districts, this swim meet has qualifying time standards which are harder to achieve than District Q time standards. Swimmers need to be consistent with their training and work hard to be able to achieve these time standards.

Who attends: Swimmers who have achieved a [MV Short Course or Long Course Championship time standard] are eligible to enter in the events for which they have qualified and are eligible for up to two Bonus events for which they qualify. 
USA Swimming
Regional & National Meets

USA Swimming divides the 59 LSCs into four zones: Eastern, Central, Southern and Western. Like each LSC, each zone holds championship invitational meets at the end of the summer seasons for select age group and senior swimmers for LSCs within that zone. “Zones” are the zonal championship meets for age group swimmers. At Zones, each LSC compiles a team of its fastest age group swimmers to compete against other LSCs in the same zone, and these swimmers compete under the name of their LSC (not their clubs).

Who attends: Swimmers who have achieved a ‘AAA’ Motivational Time Standard will be eligible to be a part of an all-star team representing Missouri Valley. Swimmers compete individually in their qualifying events and on relays as determined by the MoVal Zones Head Coach.

USA Swimming divides the country into four Zones – Eastern, Western, Central and Southern – Like each LSC, each zone holds championship invitational meets at the end of the winter and summer seasons for select senior swimmers for LSCs within that zone. “Sectionals” are the zonal championship meets for senior swimmers and swimmers generally compete under their own club’s name. The Sectionals meets do not have age specified qualification time standards. There is only 1 time standard for all ages in every event.

Who attends: Swimmers who have achieved a qualifying time standard for one or more events.
Futures Championships 

A stepping stone between Sectionals and Junior Nationals.

Who attends: Swimmers who have achieved a qualifying time standard for one or more events.

National/Junior National Championship

This is one of the highest levels of competitive swimming. Swimmers must achieve specific time standards to attend the meet. From these meets, swimmers can be chosen for various national teams.

Who attends: Swimmers who have achieved a qualifying time standard for one or more events.
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