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Summer swimmers range in skill. At the top end, you have the Dynamo swimmers. These kids swim year-round, and are the kids who rarely lose an event. They lap your kid in the IM. They may even lap your kid in a 50-free. They wear a swim cap (from their club or high school) and don't loan their goggles to a newbie. They won't miss any of their events and they probably won't use a Sharpie to write 'Eat My Bubbles' on their shoulder. You'll see a huge difference in swim talent at the 11-12 and up age level.
In the 9-10 age group and younger, an athletic kid, who doesn't swim often, can usually compete with a year-round swimmer in most events, especially free style events.
And there are the kids just there for fun. They want to hang out, swim a few events, see some friends, and be part of the team. These kids may not have a swim cap, will go through 12 pair of goggles in June, and will leave their new flip flops and your 30A beach towel at Wynterhall. And they will miss at least one event during the night because they are on the playground or in line for a sno-cone. The great part about summer swim team is that all skill levels are welcome and able to participate. You may be in heat 4, but you're in the event.
Spoiler Alert: Only Heat#1 counts toward the team score. The other Heats are exhibition, but don't tell your kids.
Parents vary in knowledge, and participation. At one end, you have the Dynamo parents. They bring a chair, a cooler, and usually snag a heat sheet. They usually won't stand at the end of a lane screaming for their kid to kick harder or to swim faster. The newbie parent will be overwhelmed with the new terminology (heat, event, IM, medley, bullpen) and is not the best person to work the bullpen. In general, the parents all seem to enjoy the meets. Occasionally, you'll have the helicopter mom, making sure their kid is in Heat 1 of four races, making sure the other team doesn't make any lineup errors (perhaps counting the number of events of the other team's aces) and raising hell if anything goes wrong. And they will scream at a coach, protesting a thunder or rain delay. Every team has one.
Your team's schedule is based on team size and overall record for the past couple of seasons. And you'll notice certain teams won't swim against each other. Some folks take this way too seriously. We won't name names, but a team had/has a legendary swim dad who didn't play well in the sandbox. Know what I mean? Well, his team and and another team won't be paired up until that dad's kid is above swim age. Swim teams range in size from 50 to over 300 kids. The average for Dunwoody seems to be about 100 kids.
Once in a while you will see a tie. A tie is sometimes really a tie. Other times a tie score means the event ended early. And sometimes, a tie is the compromise when one team
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Chastain 506 Georgetown 287
Redfield 404 Deerebrooke Waters 347
Fontainebleau 355 Byrnwyck 355
Vermack 533 Deerfield Spalding Lake 233
Dunwoody North 457 Zaban 307
Village Mill 390 Mill Glen 390*
Roxboro 426 Dunwoody CC 352
Kingsley 392 Wynterhall 352
The Branches 406 Gainesborough 389
Dunwoody North 400 Huntley Hill 396
The Branches 487 Mill Glen 303
Redfield 446 Deerfield Spalding Lake 312
Roxboro 419 Kingsley 343
Vermack 474 Dunwoody CC 304
Georgetown 404 Village Mill 388
Wynterhall 501 Deerbrooke Waters 254
Fontainebleau 415 Zaban 340
Byrnwyck 493 Zaban 241
Fontainebleau 458 Huntcliff 326
Georgetown 504 Brittany Club 283
Kingsley 417 Dunwoody North 379
Princeton Sq 439 Mill Glen 360
Redfield 404 Wynterhall 389
Vermack 395 Roxboro 395
Garden Hills 433 Village Mill 354
The Branches 448 Hammond Hills 347
#1 Vermack 2-0-1
#2 The Branches 3-0
#3 Kingsley 2-1
#4 Georgetown 2-1
#5 Fontainebleau 3-0