Lovejoy is in Region 3, so we compete at Regionals against everyone in our district that qualified (6 fastest in each event), and also the top 6 qualifiers from districts 9, 10, and 11, as well.
Regional meets are two day meets, with the prelims occurring during the school day on Friday, and the finals – top 16 per event – occurring on Saturday. State qualifiers are pulled from the “A” finals of Regional meets only. The #1 AND #2(NEW in 2016-17!) finisher in each event of the finals on Saturday is an automatic qualifier for the State meet in Austin. Once ALL regional meets have concluded, UIL will pull the NEXT 8 FASTEST times from the A FINALS from ALL Regional meets around the state, and then those “call ups” will be posted on the UIL website by searching http://www.uiltexas.org > athletics > highschool sports > swimming > State Meet > State Meet Qualifiers > qualifiers and call ups
The important part about Regional meets is that swimmers truly have to swim their fastest at the final race of regionals -the finals – in order to be in the running for making it to state! This means that even if a swimmer has a race that is “fast enough for state” at any other time in their season, the only race that “gets” them to state is the A final of their regional meet. Most swimmers wear their fast suits (“fastskins” or “carbons” or “super suits”) to both the prelims and the finals, due to the nature of the prelims/finals.
Lovejoy Swimmers and Divers sometimes have their “shave party” and team dinner to prepare for their Regional meet. This dinner is attended by all team members, regardless of whether or not they are competing at Regionals – everyone comes to support those that are still competing on the Road To State!