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.  Read below for futher information on the upcoming 2022 season.

2022 Sectional Competitions

Central Sectional Competition

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Sectional Competition Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Location: TBD
Time: Registration: 12:45 pm , Competition: 2:00 pm
Events:

  • Athletes may compete in two (2) individual events: 
    • Butterfly – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Freestyle – 25 M Assisted/Flotation, 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M
    • Backstroke – 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M
    • Breaststroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Individual Medley – 100M, 200M
    • Freestyle Relay- 4 x 25M
    • Freestyle Relay - 4 x 50M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 25M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 50M

Areas: 4,10,11

East Sectional Competition

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Sectional Competition Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Location: TBD
Time: Registration: 8:30 am, Competition: 9:00 am
Events:

  • Athletes may compete in two (2) individual events: 
    • Butterfly – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Freestyle – 25 M Assisted/Flotation, 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M
    • Backstroke – 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M
    • Breaststroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Individual Medley – 100M, 200M
    • Freestyle Relay- 4 x 25M
    • Freestyle Relay - 4 x 50M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 25M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 50M

Areas: 5 and 6

North Sectional Competition

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Sectional Competition Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Location: TBD
Time: Registration: 8:30 am, Competition: 9:00 am
Events:

  • Athletes may compete in two (2) individual events: 
    • Butterfly – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Freestyle – 25 M Assisted/Flotation, 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M
    • Backstroke – 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M
    • Breaststroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Individual Medley – 100M, 200M
    • Freestyle Relay- 4 x 25M
    • Freestyle Relay - 4 x 50M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 25M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 50M

Areas: 1,2,3,9,12

South Sectional Competition

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Sectional Competition Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Location: TBD
Time: Registration: 8:30 am, Competition: 9:00 am
Events:

  • Athletes may compete in two (2) individual events: 
    • Butterfly – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Freestyle – 25 M Assisted/Flotation, 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M
    • Backstroke – 25M, 50M, 100M, 200M
    • Breaststroke – 25M, 50M, 100M
    • Individual Medley – 100M, 200M
    • Freestyle Relay- 4 x 25M
    • Freestyle Relay - 4 x 50M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 25M
    • Medley Relay - 4 x 50M

Areas: 7,8,13

2022 Summer Games

SONJ is excited to announce the return of Summer Games in 2022!  Competition will be held on Friday through Sunday, June 10-12 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.

Additional Swimming Information

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain traveling down the arm, or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat
Criteria For Advancement

• Athletes must participate in area competition in order to be eligible for sectional competition.
• Coaches are responsible for submitting the activation list at the sectional competition for those athletes who qualify to advance.

General Guidelines

• Athletes must provide their own swimwear, bathing cap, and goggles.
• Lunch will not be served at sectional dates. Athletes may choose to bring their own snacks and beverages.

Individual and Relay Participation Information

Individual 

Individual athletes will advance from the Sectional competitions to the State competition by placing first or second in their respective divisions in ANY 1 of their events at the Sectional meet. If an individual swims 4 events at Sectionals, they only need to receive Gold or Silver in 1 of those events to advance and compete in ALL of their events at Summer Games.

Relay

• If a relay team wins Gold or Silver at Sectionals, all 4 athletes move on to Summer Games, to do their individual and relay events.
• If an athlete(s) wins an individual event Gold or Silver, but does not come in first or second with a relay, the relay team does not advance as a group.
• If a relay team does not receive a Gold or Silver as a team, the relay team does not advance, unless each individual achieves a Gold or Silver in individual events – securing advancement of each of the team members to Summer Games.
* Reference the established Relay Substitution guidelines to reformat teams at Summer Games, if members of relay teams do not qualify for advancement from the Sectional level to Summer Games on the next page.

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.