This year's meet was again held at the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Hampstead, Carroll County on July 26, 2017. We were fortunate to have great weather, great swims, and as usual a meet well-staffed by the collective efforts of families across our league.
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2017 MD District AAU/CMSL Straehle Championship Swim Meet photo highlights from this years exciting event are posted below! Click on a thumbnail to enlarge an image and use the arrow keys to scroll through the pages.
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CMSL Straehle Championship Swim Meet (7/26/2017)
This was not only due to the spectacular weather on Wednesday, but also due to the extensive experience of the CMSL Board and Four Seasons swim club in hosting this event and their efforts related to planning, preparing for and conducting the event. The meet is an invitational meet where each swimmer must achieve a qualifying time for a specific event to participate. The qualifying times are set and reviewed by the CMSL Board of Directors at the beginning of each season.
The Central Maryland Swimming League (CMSL) provides competitive summer swimming programs for children of member pools to help advance aquatic skills, promote teamwork and principles of good sportsmanship, and develop a love of the sport. The league is comprised of 48 teams separated into nine divisions across four counties and Baltimore City. Division membership is determined each year based on the performance of a team during the previous year and may change from year to year. Each athlete, coach and team representative is an AAU member. With over 5,000 members, CMSL is the largest swimming organization within AAU.
The league provides swimmers with several levels of competition to assist in their development as athletes and well-rounded individuals. The official season consists of five dual meets, a league-wide invitational meet called the Straehle championship meet for which swimmers must have achieved minimum qualifying times, and divisional championship meets at the end of the season. All dual meets are held at member pools, usually on Saturday mornings in June and July. Many teams also organize additional inter-divisional and novice meets throughout the season to provide more opportunities for competition and fun. Some examples include competitive time trials, county-based invitational meets, rock-and-roll relays and dive-in movies. All CMSL meets have the same event structure which is separated by age and gender. The order of each CMSL event is IM, Freestyle, Butterfly, Breast Stroke and Relays. The distance of the events vary by age group.
The Central Maryland Swim League works to assure that both swimmers and parents alike have a positive introduction to swimming as well as a positive social interaction.