Special Olympics Swimming offers divisions according to athlete ability, age and gender. Individual events are offered for all strokes. Special Olympics offers walking and flotation events for athletes of lower ability at district competitions.

2022 Competition Options

Athletes can only compete in one in-practice or in-person competitions.

In-Practice Competition

Athletes that are not comfortable traveling to a district competition will have the opportunity to race during practice and submit scores to compete virtually against athletes across the state. Athletes will be divisioned against other competing athletes. Qualifying scores are due to your Regional Athletic Director on May 8th.  All final scores are due on May 22nd.

In-Person District Competition

SOWI will run Regional Competitions in compliance with the Return to Play Protocols based on the county hosting.

COVID-19 vaccinations are not required to compete at 2022 swim competitions, but providing your vaccination status helps SOWI better plan each tournament within the Return to Play protocol. Click here to submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

State Competition

Athletes will advance to a multi-day state competition via quota.

In-Person District and State Events

  • 25, 50, 100, 200, 400 Meter Freestyle
  • 25, 50, 100 Meter Backstroke
  • 25, 50, 100 Meter Breaststroke
  • 25, 50, 100 Meter Butterfly
  • 4×25, 4×50, 4×100 Meter Freestyle Relays
  • 100 Meter Individual Medley
  • 4×25, 4×50 Meter Medley Relay
  • 15 Meter Unassisted Swim
  • 15 Meter Walk, 25 Meter Assisted Swim, 15 Meter Kickboard (non-advancing events)

In-Practice Events

  • 25, 50, 100, 200 Meter Freestyle
  • 25, 50, 100 Meter Backstroke
  • 25, 50 Meter Breaststroke
  • 25, 50 Meter Butterfly
  • 15 Meter Unassisted Swim, 15 Meter Assisted Swim, 15 Meter Kickboard

Important Dates 

Medical Deadline: April 1

In-Practice Competition: Qualifying scores are due to SOWI on the same registration deadline as your district competition. All final scores are due June 6th.

In-Person (District) Competition:

Michaela Harrison 3 May 21 Menomonie
High School
May 4
Curt Evans 2, 4 & 5 May 7 TBD
April 20
Nicole Christensen 6 & 7 (Rock, Walworth, & Jefferson Co.) April 30 Waunakee
High School
April 13
Amber Weinfurter 7 (Racine & Kenosha Co.) & 8 April 30 YMCA at
Pabst Farms
April 13


State Competition:

Jason Blank July 29-31 Waukesha South High School (Waukesha) July 11

July 15


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