Welcome to the Iowa Girls State Swimming and Diving Meet. Please read the following information carefully.
Sessions: There are three sessions to the State Swimming & Diving Meet. The State Diving Meet will be held at 11:00 Friday, November 8. The natatorium will be cleared of all spectators after the State Diving Meet. The preliminary swimming events will take place on Friday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m. The State Swimming Finals (including all state qualifying relay events) will be held at noon on Saturday, November 9. Tickets are $10.00 for each session. A complete State Meet schedule can be viewed by clicking here.
New for State Meet Spectators: The IGHSAU staff has been analyzing the spectator lines in the last few years. In that time, there have been issues with spectators in the lines, culminating in fights that have required police assistance. Because of these issues, spectators will no longer be allowed to camp, set up tents or form lines before the start of Friday and Saturday's meets. All placeholders, such as chairs and tents, will be confiscated if found on the YMCA/YWCA grounds. Spectators can begin lining up for admission into the natatorium 20 minutes prior to the admission gates opening. Campers/RV's will be allowed to park in the lot east of the electronic message center at the YMCA/YWCA. A reminder that the IGHSAU will be using GoFan Digital Huddle for spectators wishing to purchase tickets in advance. Spectators utilizing GoFan will be able to enter the natatorium 30 minutes before fans purchasing tickets on-site. The timeline for lining up for all three sessions will be as follows:
Friday, November 8
11:00 a.m. State Diving - There will be a single line that opens at 10:00 a.m. Spectators may get in line at 9:40 a.m. for admittance.
5:00 p.m. - State Prelim Meet - There will be two lines. Spectators with GoFan tickets may begin lining up for entrance at 3:10 p.m. with admittance at 3:30 p.m. Spectators purchasing tickets on-site may begin lining up for admittance at 3:40 p.m. with doors opening at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9
Noon State Swimming Finals - There will be two lines. Spectators with GoFan tickets may begin lining up for admittance at 10:10 a.m. with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. Spectators purchasing tickets on-site may begin lining up at 10:40 a.m. with admittance beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: There are two ways to purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online at the GoFan State Swimming & Diving website and also on-site at the natatorium entrance located on the north side of the complex. All tickets purchased at the YMCA/YWCA must be paid in cash.
Go Fan Tickets: It is recommended that spectators purchase tickets online with GoFan Digital Huddle Tickets. Tickets are now on sale by clicking on the GoFan website. By ordering your tickets online, your state swimming and diving tickets are delivered to your mobile device and validated onsite at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA. You will also be able to enter the Friday Swimming prelims and Saturday finals 30 minutes earlier. GoFan ticket holders for the Saturday finals will also be provided with free heat sheets (1 heat sheet per ticket holder). Tickets are $10.00 for each session. There is a $1.50 handling fee to purchase online.
IF YOU PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE - DO NOT VALIDATE OR REDEEM YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THE STATE MEET.
ALL TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION – Saving seats is prohibited and will be monitored by onsite security. Anyone that is caught saving seats will be removed from the natatorium.
Directions to the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA: Driving directions to the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA can be viewed by clicking the Google Map page. Simply enter your starting point on Google Maps to get turn by turn directions to the State Meet site.
Marshalltown Information: A list of restaurants, hotels, and attractions in Marshalltown can be viewed by clicking here: https://www.marshalltown.org/visit/things-to-do/. It is recommended that you call establishments ahead of time to make sure that they are open.
Entering the Natatorium: Spectators will enter through the natatorium main entrance on the north side of the YMCA/YWCA. There will be two lines: one line for spectators purchasing tickets in advance at the GoFan website and another line for spectators purchasing tickets at the YMCA/YWCA.
Parking: There is ample, free parking available in the YMCA/YWCA lots. Please note that the Marshalltown railroad and railroad tracks are near the YMCA/YWCA facility. Do NOT park on or near these tracks or on the Marshalltown Railroad property or you will be towed. The Marshalltown Sea Cadets will be on-site to assist spectators.
Wristbands: Spectators MUST wear the wristband to gain entry into the natatorium. The wristband is your ticket and allows entrance in and out of the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA. Anyone who leaves the building without a wristband will not be allowed back into the building unless another wristband is purchased. There will be a different colored wristband for each session. A reminder to spectators that smoking is prohibited anywhere on the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA grounds.
Spectators traveling in RV’s/Campers: The Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA will not allow camper/RV’s in the YMCA/YWCA lots until NOON, Friday, November 8. Spectators traveling in RV’s/Campers are expected to park them in the YMCA/YWCA East Parking lot. NO GRILLS OR FIRES IN THE PARKING LOT.
STREAMING: There will be a free live stream of all three sessions of the State Swimming and Diving Meet available on the IGHSAU website. The links will be posted on the website Friday morning.
MERCHANDISE: Image Sport will be selling Official 2018 State Swimming merchandise throughout the meet. Programs will also be on sale at the merchandise area for $5.00. There will be heat sheets for the Saturday finals on sale at the merchandise area.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris Pose photography will be taking photos of this year’s State Swimming & Diving Meet. His site address is https://cposephoto.pixieset.com/. The password to enter the site is: cowbell
FILMING: There is no special place designated for teams or fans to videotape from. Paying spectators are not restricted from videotaping as long as the video equipment is hand-held. Tripods are prohibited.