Swimming, also known as aquatics, is one of the most popular sports in the world. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays.

Special Olympics swimming is a summer sport where athletes train and compete from January through June.

Swimming Guidelines

Available Events and Distances

Athletes may compete in two (2) individual events: 

  • Butterfly – 25M, 50M, 100M
  • Freestyle – 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M
  • Backstroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
  • Breaststroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
  • IM – 100M, 200M

2020 Sectional Competitions

  • There will be no Sectional competition for 2021.

2020 State Competition

  • Competition will be remote this year.  Programs will swim at their home pool and submit official times for divisions and medals.

Participation Information

  • All sessions must align with the current SONJ RTA guidelines.
  • Masks MUST be worn when on the pool deck and only remove when entering the pool.  Coaches, volunteers, and spectators must wear a mask at all times.
  • No equipment should be shared between athletes and must be sanitized between athlete use.
  • Refer to the “Swimming Guidelines” at the top of the page for more information.

Criteria for Advancement

  • There will be no sectional competition.
  • Programs will swim at their home pool and submit official times for divisions and medals.

General Guidelines

  • No more than fifty (50) total individuals at a venue at one time.
    • This includes athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers, and spectators.
    • No more than three (3) athletes per lane.
  • While at the venue, ensure all participants practice social distancing and maximum group number limitations as outlined in the current RTA plan.
  • Programs must use as few volunteers as possible for training/practice. Spectators are discouraged to attend training/practices.
  • Athletes must provide their own swimwear, bathing cap and goggles.

2019 Summer Games Results

Use the button below to download results from the 2019 Summer Games held June 7-9 2019 at The College of New Jersey.

Results by Athlete 

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.