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Step 1: Mark the heat sheet in the meet program.

Heat sheets list every event in the meet in order. These heat sheets will be available on the website the morning of the meet. The heat sheet includes the number of the event as well as the distance and type of event (for example 50 yard freestyle).

The number of heats and the names of the swimmers will be listed next. Typically, heats are swum from slowest to fastest. If it is the first time a swimmer has swum the event, this will be indicated by “NT” for “no time” and they will swim in the earliest heats. Finally, each swimmer is assigned a lane.

  • Use a highlighter to mark your swimmer’s events.
  • Don’t forget to check to see if they are swimming in any relays.

Step 2: Write down the information on swimmer’s arm for quick reference.

  • Write meet information written on their arm (or thigh) with a Sharpie to help them keep track of their events. Swimmers will also use the permanent markers to write their name on their backs - this helps the clerk of course line up each swimmer for their events.
  • Use four columns to show: event number, heat number, lane number and stroke.
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