What ages participate?

All children who wish to participate must be able to dive/jump into the pool and must be able to complete one lap unaided.  Swimmers may compete through the summer of their 18th year.  

What strokes do swimmers compete in?

Swimmers compete in individual and team relay events in backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly.  After age 8, the swimmers are grouped by age and gender, with girls and boys competing together before age 8.  Swimmers are selected for races in each meet by the coach.

When does the season begin and end?

Practices usually begin indoors in the spring at a local pool (to be designated.).  Once the weather warms, the team will practice outside in the evenings in June at the Washington Borough pool.  After school gets out, practices begin every morning at 7:00 a.m. Practice times are scheduled by age group.  The season ends in the beginning of August with championships for all those swimmers who qualify, based on their times during the season.

Who do the swimmers compete against?

The Washington Borough Sharks are part of the Penn-Jersey League and compete against local teams in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

When and where are the meets?

Meets begin at 6:00 p.m. and swimmers are expected to be at the pool one hour before.  Meets vary in length, but usually last between 2 to 2¾ hours long.  Some meets are held in our home pool in Washington and some meets are held at the other team’s home pool.  The meets are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

What equipment do I need to provide and where can I get it?

Swimmers must wear a bathing suit that is appropriate for competition. These types of suits can be purchased on line or from local sporting good stores.  Also, they may purchase a Washington Borough Sharks team swim suit from the approved vendor for the swim team.  It is recommended that swimmers have goggles and an approved swim cap.

What do parents need to do?

Provide transportation for the swimmers to and from practice and swim meets.  Volunteering at the meets includes marshalling the youngest swimmers to their races, timing the swimmers, running time scores from the timers to the scorers and cheer for the swimmers at all meets!  Other volunteer tasks are efficiently organized by the swim team parents’ organization.