How are relay teams determined?
Relays are comprised of the fastest possible combination of swimmers. For the Freestyle relay, the coaches use the seed times in the 25m or 50m freestyle event. The 4 fastest available swimmers become the “A” relay for the meet, the next 4 become the “B” relay and so on. The coaches will create as many relays as possible to give the maximum number of swimmers the opportunity to participate. For the medley relay, the coaches use the available seed times in each of the 4 strokes to create the fastest combination of swimmers. In order for a swimmer to participate in the medley relay, they need to have legally completed the stroke in a previous meet. As with the free relay, the coaches will create as many relay teams as possible for each meet. The coaches will use the official event times or posted time trial times to create these teams. If your swimmer is asked to participate in a relay for prelims, they need to commit to be available for finals should the team qualify.
Relays are created after individual entries are determined so that the coaches have confirmation of the available swimmers. If your child is on a relay team, it is very important that they participate in the meet. Coaches will through the regular season create A,B,C, D relays based on individual and relay team performance. Relays are formatted the same way relays are created for Prelims and Finals. Relays are determined by the coaching staff and it is primarily based on times and performance however they may be switched from time to time. However, the coaches will communicate and discuss with any relay team that has been a "Unit" for a number of races if he/she feels a changes is necessary. Coaches will inform affected teams no later than Tuesday of the week of a change.
If time trials are performed during practice to help determine relays for the upcoming meet, the Head Coach(es) will communicate this out prior to the time trial day. All time trails for age groups will be conducted at the same time (in the same age group practice time). If a swimmer has been practicing “up”, they will need to practice with their age group in order to participate in the time trial.