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Swim Terminology

When you are new to Swim Team there is a lot that you feel that you don't know. The what's and why's get very confusing along with when and how to volunteer for a meet. This is where you can find that information.

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What does N, R, X & XX mean?

James River Aquatic Club rank swimmers by category of timed ability through time standards. By using categories the swimmers are able to be successful in meets by swimming against "like" swimmers of the same ability level.  It would not be fun for a N swimmer to have to swim against a XX swimmer. By no means are these categories meant to make one swimmer feel inferior to another swimmer, it is used to make sure all swimmers are successful with in their swimming abilities.

N = Novice – generally the first level of competition. In regular meets, each team may swim an unlimited number of novice swimmers in the novice events. Each meet will have two novice events. Freestyle is a novice stroke in all meets. One other stroke (alternating among backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) will be designated as a novice stroke.

R = Regular – the second level of competition. In standard meets, each team may enter only three regular-level swimmers in each event. 

X – the third level in summer swimming. X times are generally equivalent to United States Swimming "B" times. In standard meets, each team may enter only three regular-level swimmers in each event.

XX – the highest level in summer swimming. XX times are generally equivalent to United States Swimming "A" times. In standard meets, each team may enter only three regular-level swimmers in each event.

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Yards Vs Meters

Most pools that participate in the JRAC league are meters with the exception of two. Due to the difference in lengths while swimming these pools the time that is listed on the postings at the pool will be different than what is posted in your simmers history on JRAC as well as the Swimtopia site. The swimmers time will be converted into meters to be used by JRAC and Swimtopia. The following two pools are yard pools:

GINTER PARK RECREATION ASSOCIATION - Mid Division

GLEN ALLEN COMMUNITY CENTER - Large Division

*Conversion - Multiply yard time by 1.105 and round to two decimal places.

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Why isn't my swimmer swimming a specific event?

There can be numerous reasons why a swimmer isn't swimming a specific event.  

1.  In all regular swim meets a participant may only swim 3 individual events and 1 relay. Therefore no swimmer is able to swim all events listed in a meet.Only in Champs meets may an individual swimmer swim 4 individual events and 1 relay.

2.  The swimmer is not able to swim a legal stroke. The coaches are monitoring and evaluating all swimmers during practice. If the swimmer isn't able to swim the stroke legally the coach will not enter the swimmer into that event at the swim meet. Once the swimmer is able to execute the stroke legally they will be entered into that event once that stroke is the novice stroke.

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3.  If Champs is close and the swimmer is close to "moving up" in level the coach may not enter the swimmer in that event to give them a better opportunity at Champs.

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Why is a N swimmer swimming in a R heat?

The only time a swimmer can swim out of category is a Novice may "Swim up" as an R swimmer if there aren't enough R swimmers to fulfill the 3 swimmers per team allotment allowed at each meet. At no time though may a swimmer be swum down and swimming up a N to an R is the only exception to swimming out of category. 

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What are the Age Groups?

Mites. -- 8 & Under

Midgets -- 9-10

Juniors -- 11-12

Intermediates -- 13-14

Seniors -- 15-18

For swimming purposes, a child participates in the age group that corresponds to his or her age as of June 1, 2016.

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What does QUA mean?

At the time postings you may see a QUA beside your swimmers time. This means qualifying time for Champs. Please note though this doesn't mean that the swimmer automatically goes to Champs. The top two times for each category in each event will be invited to swim at champs. Each team is only allotted two swimmers in each N, R, X and XX times therefore the fastest times will be invited.

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What is DQ?

DQ - Short for disqualification. If a swimmer is observed to have failed to swim a stroke in the prescribed manner, then he will be disqualified by a strokes and turns official.

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Why are DQ's Important?

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What is NS?

NS - Means the swimmer No Showed. If you see this beside your child's name and they are at the meet go find a coach and let them know. Mistakes happen and your child might have swum in the wrong heat or in the wrong lane either by swimmer error or coordination error. Sometimes with Novice and these being learning events this can be rectified but not all times can these things be resolved.

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What is the difference between IM & Medley Relay?

IM - Short for Individual Medley, a individual (1 swimmer) 100-meter event. In JRAC, 25 meters of each stroke are swum in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

Medley Relay - A relay event with 4 participants (two boys maximum) swimming a measurement of 100 meters in total each leg being 25 meters. Each participant swims a different stroke of each leg of the competition. The order of strokes in this event is backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.

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