High School Swimming
Exhibiting the 3 R's
Like everyone in the Raven Nation, our athletes are expected to demonstrate good character that includes respect, responsibility, and positive relationships. Swimming and diving may be individual sports, but we train and compete as a team. This team promotes good sportsmanship, and any swimmer or diver representing Alonso should exhibit these three pillars. Those who choose not to behave appropriately will face consequences such as not competing in certain competitions, not lettering for the season, or disciplinary action at Alonso.
Boys' and girls' teams train and compete together. In addition, diving is treated as a single event within a swim meet. All swimming is conducted in 25-yard pools, and diving is only performed on a one meter springboard. Swim and dive is a fall sport in Florida, so regular-season practices begin the final week of July, and the state competitions are mid-November. We abide by all rules and procedures established by Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Joining and Training
ATHLETES MUST HAVE ALL PAPERWORK SUBMITTED AND CLEARED IN THE ONLINE SYSTEM BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICES OR COMPETITIONS. (Paperwork info here.) School and county rules dictate that students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to participate on an athletic team. In addition, students must either be zoned to attend Alonso, or they followed the correct steps for school choice to attend here.
You must pay team dues; they are $25 if paid by check or cash and $26 if paid through the Booster Club website. (Information is on the Resources page.)
Alonso has no official tryouts, but the county-imposed team size is 25 athletes, so cuts will only be made if we surpass that number. A swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle nonstop in order to join; ability to swim at least 3 of the 4 competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) will give a swimmer more opportunities to compete.
Swim practices during the Fall 2019 season will be July 29th through October 30th.
Our practices are held at the Northwest Family YMCA (8950 W Waters Ave). The practice schedule for swimmers is as follows:
- Monday and Wednesday, 6:15-7:15 A.M. for ALL members of the team.
- Monday-Thursday, 4:00-5:00 P.M. Due to limited lane space, we will divide the team into 2 groups (freshmen and juniors in one group, and sophomores and seniors in the other) so that each swimmer only attends 2 afternoons a week. Swimmers who practice with clubs are encouraged to train with their clubs each afternoon throughout the season.
- Saturday, 9:30-11:00 A.M. for ALL members of the team.
- **Postseason**: from October 16th until Districts the final week of October, only those athletes competing in the District meet will continue attending practices.
No HCPS teams have official dive coaches, and Alonso does not have access to train at a pool with a diving board, so divers must train independently through private clubs. (Please see the Diving and Resources pages for more information!)
Meets are generally held in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, although some are during the school day (Western Conference, Districts) or on Saturdays (City Relays). Because swim and dive season coincides with hurricane season, almost all of our 2018-2019 meets had to be rescheduled. Therefore, the coaches ask that all athletes on the team plan to stay in town during the season, as they are expected to attend any postponed competitions.
In each meet, an individual athlete may compete in a maximum of four events (a maximum of two individual events). The girls' events (odd-numbered) precede the boys' (even-numbered).
- Events 1 & 2 - 200 yard Medley Relay (4 swimmers: 50 yard backstroke, 50 yard breaststroke, 50 yard butterfly, 50 yard freestyle)
- 3 & 4 - 200 Freestyle
- 5 & 6 - 200 Individual Medley (1 swimmer: 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle)
- 7 & 8 - 50 Freestyle
- 9 & 10 - 1 Meter Diving (can be held before or concurrently with swim events)
- 11 & 12 - 100 Butterfly
- 13 & 14 - 100 Freestyle
- 15 & 16 - 500 Freestyle
- 17 & 18 - 200 Free Relay (4 swimmers: 50 freestyle each)
- 19 & 20 - 100 Backstroke
- 21 & 22 - 100 Breaststroke
- 23 & 24 - 400 Free Relay (4 swimmers: 100 freestyle each)
Most of our meets will be dual meets and tri-meets (which are scored as "double dual" meets, so three separate dual meets are scored at a single competition).
In a dual meet , if both teams are allowed 2 swimmers per event:
- Individual races - 1st place = 4 points, 2nd = 3 points, 3rd = 1 point
- Relays - 1st place = 6 points, 2nd = 3 points, 3rd = 1 point
In a dual meet, if both teams are allowed 3 swimmers per event:
- Individual races - 1st place = 6 points, 2nd = 4 points, 3rd = 3 points, 4th = 2 points, 5th = 1 point
- Relays - 1st place = 8 points, 2nd = 4 points, 3rd = 2 points (max 2 relays per team can score)
In a dual meet, if both teams are allowed 4 swimmers per event:
- Individual races - 1st place = 8 points, 2nd = 6 points, 3rd = 5 points, 4th = 4 points, 5th = 3 points, 6th = 2 points, 7th = 1 point
- Relays - 1st place = 10 points, 2nd =54 points, 3rd = 3 points (max 2 relays per team can score)
At Western Conference and Districts, the top 16 places earn points:
- Individual places 1st = 20 points, 2nd = 17, 3rd = 16, 4th = 15, 5th = 14, 6th = 13, 7th = 12, 8th = 11, 9th = 9, 10th = 7, 11th = 6, 12th = 5, 13th = 4, 14th = 3, 15th = 2, 16th = 1
- Relay places 1st = 40 points, 2nd = 34, 3rd = 32, 4th = 30, 5th = 28, 6th = 26, 7th = 24, 8th = 22, 9th = 18, 10th = 14, 11th =12 , 12th = 10, 13th = 8, 14th = 6, 15th = 4, 16th = 2
These are the updated requirements to letter for the 2019-2020 season:
- Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. This is a requirement just to compete on any team at Alonso!
- Be "in good standing" with the team. Dues paid, no disciplinary actions taken, etc.
- Practice attendance: minimum 80%. If a swimmer has conflicting activities such as club swim or dive practice or family obligations, then he/she must discuss this with the coaches at the start of the season to establish a reasonable training schedule. The swim and dive coaches reserve the right to check in with the athlete's parents and other coaches throughout the season to verify attendance/completion of these conflicting activities.
- Meet attendance: have a maximum of 2 EXCUSED absences from regular season meets, and swim in the Western Conference meet. Swimming and diving may be individual sports, but an athlete who joins this team will be expected to commit to it. The coaches often must submit meet lineups days in advance, so if an athlete does not attend a competition in which he/she was seeded, another athlete usually cannot replace him/her in those races. Being out of town on the date of a rescheduled meet is not an excused absence.
- Points: score at least 10 points during the season. Points from relays are included.