Interested in USA Swimming?
Contact the LPAC's USA Swiming Coordinator, Dawn Kaloz ([email protected]) for more information.
Who should consider joining USA Swimming?
All swimmers in levels Green and Yellow are strongly encouraged to be members of our USA Swimming program. Black Advanced swimmers should seriously consider it. Black Level swimmers who are motivated to advance to the next level could benefit greatly from it.
Why should I consider signing up for USA Swimming?
In short, more and bigger options, opportunities and competition.
USA Swimming offers the following options and opportunities not available in CPAL and similar club leagues:
- More and longer distance events: In age group swimming at the club level, the longest events in all strokes but freestyle are 50 yards for swimmers 12 and under and 100 yards for 13 and over, with freestyle and IM events of 100 yards for 12 and under and 200 for 13 and over. In USA Swimming, all strokes go to 200 yards, with IM going to 400 yards and freestyle up to 1650.
- Swimmer choice of events: In club swimming, the coaches select the events swimmers swim in dual meets to build a lineup that is most likely to win a meet and improve the chances for the team to win a league championship. While our coaches contribute to event selection at USA meets, with no league championship standings in play, the swimmer chooses the events they swim.
- More meets to swim: CPAL schedules 4 dual meets and one crossover meet per team in each 5 month winter season. Several invitational meets are typically available as well. Our USA Swimming program typically selects 9 local USA meets in which to participate, essentially doubling the meet opportunities in a given season. There are many more USA meets that are held during the winter swim season. Each of these are available to a USA Swimming registered swimmer to attend.
- More events per meet: In club swimming, a swimmer typically competes in three events and one relay in a meet that lasts one morning. In USA Swimming, the meets typically span Friday through Sunday, with two or three age grouped sessions each day. An individual swimmer is able to compete in 4 events per session and 5 if there are long distance events.
The structure of the USA Swimming organization as well as the structure of meet lineups and scoring provide the opportunity for heightened competition for all levels of swimmers in the contexts of both personal and outward goals:
- Larger geographic area means higher levels of competition: LPAC is part of the Middle Atlantic LSC (Local Swimming Committee) of USA Swimming, which includes southern New Jersey, Delaware; and central to eastern Pennsylvania. Middle Atlantic Swimming is part of the Eastern Zone, which includes 11 other LSCs basically covering all states from Virginia to the north and east. Our USA season culminates in Middle Atlantic Junior Olympic, and Senior Championship meets, as well as Zones Championships for the Eastern Zone.
- Time Standards and Divisions provide added motivation and specific and aggressive goals: USA Swimmers are seeded and scored within C/BB/B/A/AA/AAA/AAAA Divisions which are based on national time standards. This gives the developing swimmer the opportunity to place high within their division, providing a greater sense of accomplishment. As a swimmer improves, the specific times to get to the next Division - culminating in Championship qualifying times - set much more specific and substantial goals than “beating my best time.”
We also travel as a group for at least one away meet. This has typically been in the Fall to State College. We also travel to other regional facilities for Junior Olympics and Silver and Senior Championships. These are great opportunities for additional team building and fun.
In these ways, USA Swimming affords LPAC swimmers enhanced opportunities for competition and development. The program is flexible and, aside from the annual $75 USA Swimming registration fee, it’s pay as you go, so you choose how many and which meets you attend.
Questions regarding USA Swimming should be directed to our USA Coordinator, Dawn Kaloz ([email protected]).