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General Information

 

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Swimming details are subject to change.

Please visit the Athletics website for up-to-date information

or contact the Athletics Department at meridian-athletics@mwschool.org

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We are excited to share information for the 2019-2020 swimming season, which will begin in late August.

 

About Meridian Swimming

Meridian is happy to offer both High School and Middle School Swimming for the 2019-2020 season!

 

High School Swim Team (Competitive) - For 9th-12th grade experienced swimmers. Tryouts required.

The High School Swim Team is designed to provide training and competitive opportunities for experienced swimmers. The High School Swim Team will train three times a week at Nitro Cedar Park. Additionally, swimmers will have the opportunity to participate in 5-8^ meets, one of which will be the traditional inner squad Red & Black Meet, and the final interscholastic competition of the season will be the TAPPS District Meet in January 2020. Although Meridian has experienced five successful years of high school swimming, the program is continuing to grow and welcomes experienced high school swimmers. All eligibility requirements must be maintained (academic, financial, physical and character good standing).

Tryouts - Tryouts are required to assess skill-level as this is a competitive sport with a minimum skill-level required to participate. Tryouts are scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st from 2:00-3:30pm. Swimmers must be registered and physically and financially eligible to tryout.

Minimum Skill Requirements - Student athletes should be able to swim:

  • 2000 total yards of swimming (not continuously, but on intervals)
  • All four strokes legally
  • Legal turns and finishes
  • A 500 freestyle continuously 
  • Two 100 IMs continuously

 

Parent ResponsibilitiesParticipation on the swim team includes an expectation that parents will commit to serving as a volunteer throughout the season. Parents are needed to serve in many roles: lane timers, tent set up, snack coordinator, social coordinator, photographer, etc.

Middle School Developmental Swimming - For student athletes who are experienced swimmers and aspire to be on the Meridian High School Swim Team once eligible. Minimum Skills Assessment required.

The Middle School Developmental Group is designed to provide training for experienced swimmers who hope to compete on the Meridian High School Swim Team once in 9th grade. There are no competitive opportunities outside of those inner squad competitions that could be included in practices and the traditional Red & Black Meet at the end of the season. The Middle School Developmental Group will train once weekly at Nitro Cedar Park along side the High School Swim Team. All eligibility requirements, except academic eligibility, must be maintained (financial, physical and character good standing).

Skills Assessment - All registered Middle School students are required to attend a skills assessment. The Skills Assessment is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st from 2:00-3:30pm. Swimmers must be registered and physically and financially eligible to attend the Skills Assessment.

Minimum Skill Requirements - Student athletes should be able to swim:

  • 1500 total yards of swimming (not continuously, but on intervals)
  • Legal strokes (all four), turns, and finishes

 

 Meridian will offer two groups for 2019-20 Swimming.

Team/

Group

Grades Eligible

Min. Part.

Max. Part.

Registration Deadline

Participation

Fee

Includes

First

Practice

Last Practice

 

High School Swim Team (Competitive)

9th –12th

21

30

May 7th

$500

(due Aug. 21)

  • up to 47 90-minute practices
  • 5-8 meets^
  • up to 2 Meridian swim caps* (to be used for meets only)
  • a Meridian Athletics spirit wear T-shirt

Aug. 22

Week of Jan. 13

Middle School Developmental Swimming

7th – 8th

5

12

May 7th

$325

(due Aug. 21)

  • up to 15 90-minute practices
  • a Meridian Athletics spirit wear T-shirt
  • interscholastic meets and swim cap not included

Aug. 28

Week of Jan. 13

 ^ Funds raised from the 2018-2019 Lap-A-Thon allows for an additional meet to be offered in the 2019-2020 season. Without similar fundraising in the 2019-2020 season,

meets in 2020-2021 will decrease by one. 

*Meridian swim caps available to the High School Swim Team only and are required for swim meets. Damaged or lost swim caps must be replaced at $10 each.

 

Minimums Required to Form Team/Group
  • Should a minimum number of qualified participants not be reached for the High School Swim Team, neither group will form for 2019-2020.
  • Should a mimimum number of qualified participants not be reached for the Middle School Developmental Group, just the Middle School Developmental Group will not form for the 2019-2020 season. 
 
Important Dates
  • Tuesday, April 5 - Registration opens
  • Tuesday, May 7 – Registration closes. Please note there will be no late registration for currently enrolled students.
  • Saturday, May 18 - Free Physicals Event.
  • Tuesday, May 21 - Physical forms due. Email a PDF to Physicals@mwschool.org. Physicals must be valid until February 1, 2020.
  • Wednesday, August 21 -
    • High School Tryouts and Middle School Skills Assessment at Nitro Cedar Park from 2:00-3:30pm.
    • Participation fees due (by check made out to Meridian School) at the conclusion of Tryouts and the Skills Assessment.
    • Mandatory Parent, Student Athlete & Coach Meeting at the conclusion of Tryouts and the Skills Assessment.
  • Friday, August 16 - Last chance to submit physical forms for 2019 Swimming.
  • Thursday, August 22 - First High School Practice
  • Wednesday, August 28 - First Middle School Practice
  • Week of January 13 - TAPPS District Meet and last practices
  • Wednesday, January 22 - End of Season Social and Recognition Ceremony from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Mays Cafe. For both the High School and Middle School Swimming student athletes and families.

 

How to Register - NOW CLOSED
  • Registration = April 5 - May 7, 2019.
    • Check registration status here.
  • No late registrations will be accepted for students who are enrolled at Meridian during the registration window.
  • New students who enroll at Meridian School after this registration window should inquire about Newly Enrolled Student Fall Sports Registration through the Meridian registrar at admin@mwschool.org. Physical forms for High School Swimming tryouts and Middle School Swimming Skills Assessments are due August 16, 2019.
 

Practices and Meet Schedules

  • The swimming season is late August through January.
  • See the Practice section of the website for details about practices.
  • See the Meet Schedule for details about swim meets. Parents are needed to volunteer to help with swim meets. (The Middle School Developmental Group is ineligible to participate in swim meets.)

 

Participation Fee

High School Swim Team = $500

Middle School Developmental Group = $325

 

How Do I Pay?
Please bring a check made out to "Meridian School" to tryouts. At the end of tryouts, each student athlete will know if they made the team. The participation fee depends on the group level (High School Competitive = $500 / Middle School Developmental = $325).  Participation fees must be paid the day of tryouts to secure your spot on the team. Only payments by check made out to Meridian School can be accepted for Swimming.
 
Meridian School wants all students to have the opportunity to participate. Financial assistance and/or payment plans are available for those who need it. Please contact financialaid@mwschool.org for questions about payment plans and/or Athletics scholarships.

 

2019-20 High School Tryouts & Middle School Skills Assessment Information

To learn about 2019-2020 Swimming Tryouts for the High School Swim Team or the Minimum Skills Assessment for the Middle School Developmental Group, please go here.

  

 

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Swimming details are subject to change.

Please visit the Athletics website for up-to-date information

or contact the Athletics Department at meridian-athletics@mwschool.org

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