2023 State Swimming & Diving Coaches & Competitor Information

State Meet Information:  Congratulations on qualifying to the 58th Iowa Girls State Swimming and Diving Meet. It is our goal that you and your athletes have a memorable experience at the state meet. For things to go well, we ask that coaches and competitors read the information below carefully.

Competitors List and Entry Form: This form can be downloaded here. The form MUST be received by the State Office by 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 6. Forms should be e-mailed to Jason Eslinger at ([email protected]). No faxes. 

Bus and Van Parking: There are designated spots for team busses and vans. Busses will park under the Sixth Street Bridge while team vans will park in the designated northwest parking area. Please refer to the map by clicking here.

YMCA Gymnasium To Be Utilized by Teams: Teams will have their team headquarters in the YMCA/YWCA gymnasium only (No belongings in the main pool or the cool down pool). Swimmers will be in the gymnasium or the cool down pool when they are not competing. All bags, coolers and team items are to be put in the gymnasium. There will be monitors in the gymnasium for swimmers to view the races as well as personnel to help swimmers report to their races.  Competitors may also utilize the east side bleachers to sit if they have upcoming events. To gain access to the east side seating, swimmers should enter and exit the pool area through the south doors of the wet hall. No spectators will be allowed in the gymnasium.

OUTSIDE FOOD: Teams are allowed to bring in coolers with them when they enter the facility, but outside food cannot be ordered or brought to the natatorium and will not be allowed in the Marshalltown Natatorium. Please reinforce this with the team’s parents.

COACHES AND COMPETITOR SEATING: There will be a seating section for coaches on the south side of the natatorium and there will be a portion of the southwest corner of the deck to stand.

Competitor Seating: There are two areas for competitors to view the meet. Competitors may utilize the first three rows of bleachers on the south stands and sit on the bleachers on the east side of the pool. We want everyone to cheer on their teammates but respectfully ask competitors to utilize the gymnasium or warm-up pool if none of their teammates are competing so other swimmers may utilize the available space to cheer on their teammates.

No competitors will be allowed in this deck area.  Coaches will situate themselves so that the deck official in that area will not be hampered in performing his/her duties. Coaches should also stay out of the staging area where the event and award parades are being organized. 

No Event Parades During Friday’s Preliminary Meet: There will be no event parades before each event on Friday morning. Competitors will need to report to the blocks on their own. There will be closed-circuit monitors in the gymnasium along with available personnel to help alert competitors report. However, it is the athlete’s responsibility to report to the starting blocks.

Grand March on Friday morning – Please read carefully. The grand march of teams takes place prior to the start of the Friday morning preliminary meet. When the pool closes at 10:45, teams must report to the YMCA/YWCA gymnasium to be lined up. Each team will have an Olympic-style placard that has the school name on it that they will carry as they march into the gymnasium. Teams will march in alphabetic order. Since athletes will be marching from the gymnasium, athletes must wear some sort of footwear for the parade. Once the march has ended, there will be a short presentation honoring the power point team coaches service awards and regional coaching and athlete meet award, followed by the National Anthem. Coaches, if you feel that your swimmers in the 200 Freestyle need to continue to warm-up they may do so after participating in the parade. Once your team has been recognized and lined up with the other teams, your 200 freestyle swimmers are free to return to the warm-up area to prepare for the race. If your team is not competing on Friday and will not be at the preliminary meet, please let me know for scripting purposes.

Team Photo Needed: Thank you to the schools that have already email me your team photos. If you have not yet sent this to me, please email it to me at [email protected]. Your team photo will be shown on the big screen in the natatorium while teams are taking part in the parade. If you have not yet sent your photo to me, please do so before Noon on Wednesday, November 8.

PASS GATE: ONLY actual contestants (qualifiers) including one designated alternate per relay, head coach, assistant coach, and team manager may enter through the pass gate. Packets with bag tags and deck passes are to be picked up at the pass gate. Reminder, only coaches employed by the school will be allowed on deck. This does NOT include club and volunteer coaches. DECK PASSES WILL BE LIMITED TO THREE (3) PER SCHOOL - NO EXCEPTIONS. A purchased wristband will not allow deck access. You MUST have a deck pass. Schools that make passes available to non-school coaches, parents or athletes in addition to those who qualified risk forfeiture of team allowance.

TICKET PUNCHED SIGNS: We have made "ticket punched" placards for all swimmers that qualified for the state swimming and diving meet. If you were not a regional champion, there will be Ticket Punched signs for all state-qualifying athetes.

MANAGER’S PASS: To keep the south deck less congested, a pass for your team manager will be in included in your packets. The pass is designated for managers and gives them access to the back hall, gymnasium, and warm-up/cool-down pool. It does NOT give them access to any deck areas. We are trying to keep this area restricted only to coaches with deck passes. 

DIVING SHEETS: We ask coaches to turn in diving sheets during warm-up for computer operators to input data. Finalized diving sheets must be filled out and emailed to Jason Eslinger ([email protected])  no later than noon Thursday, November 9. A reminder, the Excel-based diving sheet must be used. Click hereto download the Diving Sheet. No swimming competitors will be allowed on deck during the diving competition Friday morning - all must be in the bleachers. Diving awards will be presented immediately following the diving competition.

REC POOL (WARM-UP/COOL-DOWN): NO INDIVIDUAL is to be on the equipment (slide, boat, etc.) in the rec pool. The Rec Pool area is specifically for swimmers to warm-up or cool-down. Should an athlete be observed on the equipment, they will be disqualified from the meet. Team are not to use the warm-up pool for team headquarters.

Meet schedule

Session 1: Friday, November 10 – State Preliminary Meet
7:30 a.m. —  Pass gate opens for team
8:30 a.m. —  Coaches Meet (In coaches room)
8:45 a.m. —  Swimmers meeting (in gymnasium)
9:00 a.m. —  Warm-ups
10:00 a.m. — Doors Open to general public (general admission)
10:45 a.m. – Pool closes to swimmers
11:00 a.m. – Parade of Teams/IHSSCA power point awards/IHSSCA Regional Awards/IHSSCA Coach /Athlete of the Year recognition/National Anthem, Start of prelim Meet
Following the completion of the State Prelin Meet, the YMCA pool will be cleared of spectators before the start of Friday night prelims.

Session 2: Friday, November 10 – Diving Meet

1:30 p.m. – Pass gate opens for team
2:30 p.m. – Pool opens for warm-ups (divers only)
3:30 p.m. – Doors Open to Public (general admission)
4:20 p.m. – Divers Meeting
4:30 p.m. – State Diving Meet

Session 3 – Saturday, November 11 – State Swimming Finals
8:30 a.m. — Swim teams may enter the YMCA
9:00 a.m. — Coaches’ meeting (coaches room)
9:30 a.m. — Pool opens for warm-ups
11:00 a.m. — Doors open to Public (general admission seating)
Noon  — Hall of Fame Ceremony/Golden Plaque of Distinction Award/Swimming Finals

FRIDAY SWIMMING WARM-UPS: Before the start of the Friday morning prelim competition, your competitors must be advised that in the interest of safety and establishing proper warm-up conditions, swimmers will use the pool as follows: 

  • 9:00 to 9:35: all eight lanes will be used for lap (circle) swimming. 
  • 9:35 to 10:10: Lanes 6, 7 & 8 circle swim, lanes 3, 4 & 5 relay exchanges deep end/turns shallow end, lanes 1 & 2 for sprints
  • 10:10 to 10:45: lane 8 will be used for lap (circle) swimming. Lanes 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 will be used for sprints. This leaves lanes 4 and 5 in the deep end for relay starts with the shallow end being utilized for turns. 


  • 9:30 to 10:15: all eight lanes will be used for lap (circle) swimming
  • 10:15 to 11:00 lap (circle) swimming will continue in lanes 6, 7 and 8. Lanes 3, 4 and 5 in the deep end will be used for relay take offs with the same lanes in the shallow end being utilized for turns. Lanes 1 and 2 will be used for sprints. 
  • 11:00 to 11:45: lane 8 will be used for lap (circle) swimming. Lanes 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 will be used for sprints. This leaves lanes 4 and 5 in the deep end for relay starts with the shallow end being utilized for turns.

Saturday Event Parades: There will an event parade before each heat during Saturday's finals. 

AWARDS: The top six place winners in each event will be presented awards at the awards stand. To prepare for the awards presentation, the first six place finishers are to report to the southeast corner of the pool located next to the door of the warm-up pool one event following their race. At the appropriate time, award recipients will parade to the awards stand to be presented with their medals. Competitors recognized on the awards stand must be dressed appropriately. This means warm-up or other school-issued clothing must be worn over the suit. Coaches, please remind your swimmers - to be recognized on the awards stand, they must report to the appropriate location at the appropriate time. We will wait a reasonable time for your athletes to report, but we will not hold up the flow of the meet waiting for them. We will proceed without your athlete if they fail to report in a reasonable time frame. Team trophies for first, second and third place teams along with the team-para champion will be presented at the end of the meet. The awards and parade itineraries can be downloaded by clicking here.

AWARD PACKETS: All competitors will receive a medal. Award stand finishers (1-6) will receive medals with ribbons. The 7th-through-32nd place will receive medals. Packets for all competitors and results are to be picked up by the coach following the conclusion of the meet from Kiersten Schneider located in the office adjacent to the coaches’ break room. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR AWARDS AFTER THE MEET.

STREAMING OF THE MEET: Free live streams of Friday's preliminary meet and diving meet, along with Saturday's finals will be posted on the IGHSAU website before the start of Friday's diving meet. This stream will also be available to swimmers to view in the gymnasium.

MERCHANDISE: Fine Designs is selling merchandise both on site and online.  Programs will also be on sale for $5.00. 

Congratulations and best of luck this week.

Jason Eslinger, Swimming and Diving Administrator.