Greetings Parents and Swimmers,
The dates and locations for our YMCA championship meets were finally recently solidified. Thank you for your patience while the hosting YMCA teams have been working hard to secure pools for these meets. While the rough schedule has been on our website for some time, we have recently added new details, some of which are also being provided in this email. You will receive an email from our entry chair when these meets are open for entries.
As stated previously, swimmers are expected to be at every championship meet for which they qualify. To be eligible to compete in the championship season, swimmers must have completed their 3 YMCA meets. All BBD swimmers who have met this criteria compete in Clusters (expect some of our HS boys), and all 8 and Unders who have met the criteria also are expected to compete in the 8 and Under State Meet.
The season will conclude for 8 and Unders following the 8 and Under State Meet (February 18th) unless a swimmer has a 9 and Up State Meet qualifying time. For swimmers ages 9 and Up, their season will conclude following the latest meet for which they qualify. Please ask a coach if you feel you need clarification on any of this. Time standards for the championship meets with qualifying times are on our website under the “Time Standards” tab.
Please be sure these dates are on your calendar!
Eastern Clusters – NO QUALIFYING TIMES, ALL SWIMMERS (EXCEPTION FOR SOME HS BOYS)
FRIDAY 2/10 – SUNDAY 2/12 – SPLIT BETWEEN TWO LOCAL VENUES.
SWIMMERS ONLY COMPETE IN THEIR DESIGNATED SESSION, AND 9 AND UP SWIMMERS HAVE THE CHOICE OF SWIMMING IN DISTANCE EVENTS ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
FRIDAY, 2/10 @ NORTHVILLE HIGH SCHOOL – DISTANCE EVENTS
Girls 9/10 – 200 IM, Boys 9/10 – 200 IM, Girls 9/10 – 200 free, Boys 9/10 – 200 free, Girls 11-18 – 400 IM, Boys 11-18 – 400 IM, Girls 11-18 – 500 free, Boys 11-18 – 500 free
SATURDAY, 2/11 & SUNDAY, 2/12 @ LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL
Saturday AM @ LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL – 8 & under boys & girls
Saturday PM @ LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL – 9/10 boys & girls
Sunday AM @ LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL – 11/12 boys & girls
Sunday PM @ LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL – 13-18 boys & girls
8 and Under State Meet – NO QUALIFYING TIMES, ALL 8 AND UNDER SWIMMERS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2/18, 3 PM START @ GRAND TRAVERSE BAY YMCA
PLEASE NOTE THAT ARRIVAL/WARM-UP TIME HAS NOT BEEN PROVIDED. We assume most families will drive in on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, due to it being the holiday weekend, we are unable to secure a team hotel block. Some families have made arrangements to stay overnight on Saturday in Traverse City.
9 and Up State Meet – QUALIFIED SWIMMERS ONLY
SATURDAY, 3/4 AND SUNDAY, 3/5 @ SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
*THIS MEET WILL BE HOSTED BE OUR TEAM, AND OUR PARENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO VOLUNTEER. PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE FOR HOTEL BLOCK INFORMATION IN BAY CITY/SAGINAW. *
Great Lakes Zone Championships – QUALIFIED SWIMMERS ONLY
FRIDAY, 3/17 – SUNDAY, 3/19 @ SPIRE INSTITUTE, GENEVA, OHIO
PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE FOR HOTEL BLOCK INFORMATION IN GENEVA, OH.
Following Zones, qualified BBD swimmers will also complete in the Michigan Age Group State Championships (MAGS), a USS meet. Here is the information for that meet:
Michigan Age Group Championships (MAGS) – QUALIFIED 14 AND UNDER SWIMMERS
FRIDAY, 3/24 – SUNDAY, 3/26 @ EAST KENWOOD HS, GRAND RAPIDS, MI
PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE FOR HOTEL BLOCK INFORMATION IN GRAND RAPIDS.
Finally, our National Team will head to Greensboro, North Carolina for YMCA Nationals April 3-7th.
Last, but not least, please save the date of Wednesday, April 19th for our 9 and Up Banquet. This event will require pre-registration and space will be limited. We will also host a banquet for 8 and Unders at the YMCA…info coming soon!
We look forward to a fun and exciting end of our season!
BBD Boosters Board and Coaches