What is the difference between the AIC Swimming Season and MCA Swim Club Swimming Season?
The swimming season at Marist College Ashgrove can be broken up into 2 seasons: the AIC season and the MCA Swim Club season.
AIC swimming season – 1st week of October to the 2nd week in March – covers the pre=season training period and the AIC lead-up meets culminating in the AIC Swimming competition in early March.
MCA Swim Club swimming season – early May to the mid-April each year – covers those swimmers who join the MCA Swim Club to represent the club at local, regional, state and national meets.
How is the AIC swimming team selected?
Selection in the Marist swimming team for the AIC Swimming Championships is decided by a panel of swimming coaches based on a number of factors.
- Times recorded at Friday night lead-up meets and QSA/ BSA carnival results.
- Attendance at training, Swim Camp and lead-up meets.
- Attitude at training and lead-up meets.
Students who meet these requirements will be selected as a member of the AIC swimming team, either as an Individual swimmer, relay swimmer or reserve. We encourage a sense of team spirit within the swimming program and encourage boys to strive for personal improvement throughout the season.
What are Friday Night Lead-Up meets?
During Term 1 a number of time trial meets (called lead-up meets) are conducted at various venues in Brisbane. All AIC swimmers are required to attend these meets in order to post times that will be used for selection of the final team. A schedule of these meets is available here.
If the lead-up meet is away from Marist College Ashgrove then transport will be organised from school to the venue and back to Marist College Ashgrove. Students wear the swimming team uniform, Ash Togs, and Marist Cap.
AIC Swimming has finished – Can I still swim?
At the conclusion of the AIC season, Marist students may wish to continue their training within the swimming program.
The MCA Swim Club operates year round, offering aquatic development services to boys and girls of all ages. Marist students can join the swimming club at any time. An annual membership fee is applicable, and in Terms 2 and 3 fees are discounted for the students of the College.