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.

Available Events and Distances

  • Backstroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
  • Breaststroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
  • Butterfly – 25M, 50M, 100M
  • Freestyle – 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M
  • Individual Medley – 100M, 200M
  • Freestyle Relay – 4x25M, 4x50M
  • Medley Relay – 4x25M, 4x50M

Participation Information

Athletes may compete in two individual events and two relay events.

Criteria for Advancement

Individual athletes must complete in the Area competition in order to be eligible to compete in Sectional Competition.

Individual athletes will advance from the Sectional competitions to the State competition by placing first or second in their respective divisions in any one of their events at the Sectional meet.

General Guidelines

  • Coaches may use additional criteria to evaluate athletes for higher level competition.
  • Athletes must provide their own swimwear, bathing cap and goggles.

Sports Registration Checklist

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