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Marking Your Swimmer

You must mark your swimmer to reflect which Event, Heat and Lane they are racing. This is used to help remind both the swimmer and the Heating Area volunteers. Use the Heat Sheet to find and highlight your child's events. To learn how to read the Heat Sheet go to "Heating Sheets."

Write on clean dry skin with no sunscreen. You can even do this the night before in order to minimize sunscreen washing it away. Please also write your child's last name on their upper back. (Sunscreen will take sharpie off.)

Mark the arm as illustrated below in the picture in the order of Event/Heat/Lane.  Heat Sheets will be emailed out and posted on the website on Friday afternoon/evening.

Write Clearly and Legibly on your child's arm or thigh as illustrated in the picture.


Stroke: If you'd like to note the stroke do so after the lane designation.

  • FR = Freestyle
  • BA = Back Stroke
  • BR = Breast Stroke
  • FLY = Butterfly
  • IM = Individual Medley
  • FRR = Free Relay (All swimmers swim freestyle)
  • MR = Medley Relay (Each swimmer swims a different stroke: 1st = back, 2nd=breast, 3rd=fly, 4th=free)

Relay Marking: This will designate the relay leg the child is swimming.

  • 1/1 = Lane 1, first relay leg
  • 4/2 = Lane 4, 2nd relay leg  (In the Medley Relay this will be Breast Stroke)
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