• Swimming was first
introduced to Special
Olympics North Carolina
in 1974, making it one
of the longest running
Since then, swimming
has become one of the most popular sports and is a staple
event at Summer Games.
• Various events are held on both days of competition at
the state level. The relay has preliminary rounds one
day and finals on the next.
• Each race in the pool is a heat, but within that heat,
there may be multiple divisions, or groupings, of
athletes competing against each other. A lane may be
left empty to indicate different divisions.
How many events can an athlete do?
All athletes have the opportunity to
compete in three individual events
and, for some levels, a relay.
Only athletes and
are allowed on
the pool deck to
also happen in the
seating area so
please be courteous.
All awards are given as each race concludes.
Athletes report directly to an awards area
after each event.
The pool is typically 25 yards long. Races in the
pool can range from 25 yards long to 1,650 yards
long, which is 33 laps!
The starting point is adjusted to offer the
10-meter assisted swim and the 15-meter
unassisted swim, while the 15-meter walk is
offered in the therapy pool.
Three types of relays are also offered.
Do You Know Your Swimming
1. What are the four basic strokes in swimming?
2. Relay races include how many swimmers?
3. What do swimmers stand on when they are about to race?
ANSWERS:1. BREASTSTROKE, FREESTYLE, BACKSTROKE, BUTTERFLY; 2. 4; 3. BLOCK