Conference Championship: How does it work?

June 18, 2021

Each season, we hold a SEISA Conference Championship. While the location may change, the format does not.

Typically we’re all up early (and the coaches are sufficiently caffeinated) to run the meet in two separate sessions, beginning at 8am with our 6U, 8U, and 10U crews. Occasionally this splits families between both sessions, and we feel for you, but the energy at this meet needs to be electric, so make sure you pack plenty of snacks and drinks, avoiding the Red Bull please. It’s also recommended to bring some extra towels, clothes and sunscreen as we do occasionally camp outside.

COVID Protocols

We will be following the same protocols as the meet on June 14. Masks will be required for all athletes, and spectators while inside of the building. This includes in any camp area and pre/post race for athletes. These are Madison’s rules and we will enforce them as needed for our athletes to avoid disqualification and/or removal from the meet.

Cloth masks are recommended over the single-use paper masks, as they will hold up better through the course of the meet.

Concessions and food trucks will be on premise.

Meet Timeline

Here’s a basic rundown of what you can expect:

  • 7:00 – 8:30am: Team stretches and warm-up period (possibly earlier, depending on the meet location)
    • BST will warm up between 8:00 and 8:30, please arrive IN YOUR SUIT between 7:30 and 7:45am. Lanes 1 & 2.
  • 8:30am: Meet starts with the Medley Relay
  • 8:30am – Noon-ish: Fast swimming happens here
    • Coach Greg loses voice approximately 10:45am
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm: Short break, and PM warm-up period
    • BST will warm up between 1:00 and 1:30, please arrive IN YOUR SUIT between 12:30 and 12:45pm. Lanes 1 & 2.
  • 1:30pm: Session 2 starts (includes 12U, 14U and 18U)
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm: Fast swimming, coaches yelling crazy things at people who can’t hear them. Celebrations, okay, yeah you get it…
  • 5:00pm: Wrapping up and heading for home!

What to Bring

While the timeline may not be 100% accurate each and every year, this is the best timeline we can muster up for our newer families. We recommend bringing the following items to every meet, but this one especially:

  • Sunscreen! The swimmers are typically outside
  • Shoes/Socks for keeping feet warm and rested
  • Shorts/Pants and some sort of shirt (especially if it’s a chilly day)
  • Health snacks and drinks (Sports drinks are fine, but avoid caffeinated drinks and candy bars)
  • Playing cards, headphones, extra chargers for personal electronics, book(s) — entertainment, not distractions
  • Chairs, pop-up tent/umbrella, blankets/towels to sit on
  • Items to help follow whatever COVID protocols are in place (Masks required)

Can’t wait to see you soon and swim fast!

— Coach M.



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