Greenbelt Swim Meet
The Greenbelt Municipal Swim Team is for swimmers between the age of 5 and 18 and is a member of the Prince-Mont Swim League for Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. Swim meets are held in the summer in June and July with teams in the league, and home meets are at the Greenbelt Aquatic Center. This summer a home meet was scheduled for June 30 but it was canceled after a string of violent storms swept through the Washington region, leaving the Greenbelt Aquatic Center without power. The meet was then moved to the Fourth of July, Independence Day.
Greenbelt’s opponent in this meet is Whitehall Pool and Tennis Club (WPT) from Bowie, Maryland. Greenbelt is wearing green and black and Whitehall, blue and white.
Whitehall swimmers take in the competition.
Two lifeguards from the Greenbelt Aquatic Center
Greenbelt parents are serving as timers. Each swim meet is run by about 50 volunteers, and there are numerous roles such as announcer, false start notifier, judge, record keeper, referee, scorer, starter, and timer. Each lane requires three timers who record time using a stopwatch and then enter it on the swimmer’s event card.
A swimmer prepares to swim as timers and other officials confer behind her.
A group of swimmers wait for their event. On today’s meet schedule there are 49 events, and many of them have two, three, or even four heats, with up to six swimmers in each heat. The heats for individual events were determined before the meet based on submitted time. The relays take place at the end of the meet, and the swimmers are chosen based on today’s performance.
For backstroke, swimmers can raise their hand to request a pair of legs to hold on to.
Swimmers wait for their turn.
Girls 8 & Under 25 SC Meter Backstroke (SC stands for short course as the Greenbelt pool is 25 meters long)
Before going to their lanes, swimmers gather at these seats to check in and wait for their turn.
Girls 12 & Under 100 SC Meter IM (individual medley: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle)
A team coach hands out today’s relay assignments.
Between the individual races and relays, there is a short break. Here parents of the home team staff a concession stand with food and drinks as a fundraiser for the team. In the summer, the swim team is supported by the City of Greenbelt but for the other three seasons, when practices take place, it operates on raised funds.
Mixed 8 & Under 100 SC Meter Freestyle Relay. Each relay team has four members, two at each end of the pool.
Whitehall girls wait for their relay event.
Greenbelt relay participants
Final event of today’s meet: Girls 9-18 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay
Two Greenbelt swimmers after the meet
Swimmers line up after the meet for the handshake.
Friends from opposing teams greet each other.
These ribbons will be handed out at the team’s traditional after-the-meet pizza gathering.