At a recent executive committee meeting the Georgia High School Association decided to expand their state swimming championships from two to four meets.
Previously there were only two meets held for two combined groups of classes– one for the 6A and 7A divisions and another for the 1A-5A divisions. Beginning with the next academic year there will still be two meets, with two sets of individual champions, as they have been: one from 1A-5A, the other with 6A and 7A combined. The difference will be that 4 state titles will be awarded: one for classes 1A-3A, one for Classes 4A-5A, one for Class 6A, and one for Class 7A (the biggest schools, generally).
With only two state championship meets a number of swimmers from small high schools often struggled to qualify for a state championships. However, the expansion from two to four team titles will give these swimmers a chance at being competitive within their respective divisions.
In addition, changes were made that will allow the top 30 place finishes in finals to score – whereas in previous years only the top 20 place finishes in finals scored points.
Edit: A previous version of this article indicated that the meet would be split into 4. Instead, it will be split into 2 for the purposes of competition and individual titles, but 4 team awards will be given.