SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers what they thought was the ideal season for high school swimming:
Question: What is the best season for high school swimming?
- Winter – 53.5%
- Spring – 23.5%
- Fall – 23.0%
More than half of voters picked the winter as the best season for high school swimming, with fall and spring coming in at a near-tie for second.
Winter is the primary swim season for high schoolers in most states. Between February and March, we see dual-gender state meets in Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and many others, along with single-gender state meets in Minnesota (boys), Illinois (boys) Michigan (boys), Colorado (girls) and many more.
The spring season narrowly edged fall for second in this poll, but neither had even half the votes that winter (53.5%) did. Spring gained 23.5% of the votes. States with spring season state meets include California and the Colorado boys.
Fall came in last in our poll despite being a pretty popular season for high school state meets. States with fall high school championships include Florida, Arizona, Minnesota (girls), Michigan (girls), and Illinois (girls), among others.
One factor that could play into this poll is weather. Most states compete almost exclusively indoors, but in places like California, outdoor pools are much more common, making spring a bit warmer and more conducive to a swim season than fall, or certainly winter.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters who they think should be #1 in our boys class of 2020 recruit ranks:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner