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Swim Association Invitational League (SAIL)

The Swim Association Invitational League, one of the biggest recreational swim leagues in the Southeast, has been a tradition for generations of Greenville County families. The 32 teams are organized in divisions – red, purple, white, blue, green and gold – based on size and points earned. The season starts in June and ends with a countywide Championships and Classics Meets in July.

SAIL Divisional Meet

Each SAIL division holds a swim meet in which all teams in that division compete as a team for the Metcalf Cup (most points earned by their team) and the Quality Points award (team points divided by number of swimmers).

The Divisional Meet is the focus of the season. The results of Divisionals are used to determine the placement of the 32 teams for the following season. Therefore, it is important to have as many swimmers as possible, participate and help the team.

SAIL Championships and Classics Meet

The results from all of the Divisional Meets are combined as if it was one meet to identify the fastest 40 SAIL swimmers in each age group and event to compete individually in Classics (top 16 swimmers) and Championships (next fastest 24 swimmers).

The Championships Meet (Places 17-40) is held the following Saturday after the Divisional Meet and the Classics Meet (Places 1-16) is held the day after Championships Meet on Sunday afternoon. For 2015, the Championships Meet was held on Saturday, July 18 and the Classics Meet was held on Sunday, July 19. In 2016, Championships & Classics (C&C) will be held on Saturday, July 16 (Championships) and Sunday, July 17 (Classics) at Westside Aquatic Center.

SAIL Intent to Swim Form for Championships and Classics

Managing the Championships & Classics (C&C) meets requires the cooperation of more than 4,000 participants. All swimmers who earn their spot in this meet are encouraged to participate.

However, when unable to compete for any reason, we want to allow other swimmers to fill these limited spots. A scratch denies a swimmer an opportunity and leaves an empty lane diminishing the quality of the meet.

Therefore, it is imperative that all swimmers make a commitment to swim (or not) in C&C by an announced date. A swimmer scratching after that date incurs a meaningful fine. 

SAIL Handbook

The purpose of the SAIL Handbook is to formalize the procedures and practices for the Greenville, South Carolina SWIM ASSOCIATION INVITATIONAL LEAGUE. It is, by design, an incomplete document, which is updated and revised frequently. The current copy is available here: SAIL Handbook

The intent of the committee who compiled the SAIL Handbook was to form the foundation for the passing of information to new SAIL Representatives, and insure that all SAIL Representatives work toward the common goal of having a first class, competitive summer swimming program for the children and member pools in Greenville County.

SAIL Website

SAIL Reps, coaches, and computer operators will need to register on the website each year to receive up to date information. The Handbook, Bylaws, Technical Rules, assorted forms, and minutes are posted here. Visit www.swimsail.org for more information.

2016 SAIL Scholarships

(2016 Information) Each year SAIL awards two $1,000 scholarships to a male and female senior swimmer. This year’s scholarships are sponsored by Upstate Pools and Derrick Chandler of Chandler Insurance. Applications for the SAIL scholarship are due by May 20, 2016.

The selection process is driven by the information provided on the application form.

(2016 Information) Sweetwater Pools is also offering a $1,000 scholarship to a current SAIL swimmer. The application form as well as requirements needed for consideration are available at www.swimsail.org. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2016.

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