February 16, 2024

Greetings Coaches! 

We are excited to start building the Gulf Select Team for this year's Duel in the Pool competition  Our goal is to send the fastest swimmers in each event- and we need your help to make this happen.  Please review the information below. If you have an athlete/athletes you think have a chance to make the team- please have them fill out the athlete application.  Applications and all related selection procedure requirements are due 4/2 at 11:59pm. 

This information is being released to coaches only at this time- in two weeks, the athlete application will be sent to all members of Gulf Swimming.  Our hope is you will handle the communication with your team prior to the public release.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Duel in the Pool Head Coach Laura Davis at [email protected] or Gulf Executive Director Julie Bachman at [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE:  participant cost is not finalized but could cost up to $600.  We are still working on certain aspects of the trip and are faced with some uncertainty regarding the budget.  We will realease this information by the end of March or sooner.


Venue / Dates/Cost:

All-Star teams from Illinois, Gulf, and Indiana Swimming will be competing in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 31 – June 2 at the third annual Age Group Duel in the Pool. This long course Prelims/Finals meet will showcase the fastest athletes, ages 11 – 16, from three of USA Swimming’s highest performing LSCs and promises to be an exciting three days of fast swimming. Travel days to and from Indiana will be Thursday, May 30 and Monday, June 3.  The cost of the trip for participants is $600. 

LSC Team:

·  Each LSC may enter up to 72 swimmers – 12 girls and 12 boys in each age group: 11-12, 13-14, 15-16. Swimmers are limited to four (4) individual events for the meet. 


·  Each applicant’s age and corresponding age group shall be determined by the first day of the competition, May 31, 2024.

·  For the 11-12 age groups, applicants with the highest power point value from either SCY or LCM times in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400/500 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 50 Back, 100 Back, 50 Breast, 100 Breast or 200 IM will automatically make the team.

·  For the 13-14 and 15-16 age groups, applicants with the highest power point value from either SCY or LCM times in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400/500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM or 400 IM will automatically make the team.

·  The remaining spots for each age group will be filled by applicants with the most power points for their two highest power point values from either SCY or LCM times. ONLY power point values for those events swum at the Duel in the Pool meet will be considered. (11-12 age group events: 50-100-200-400-500 Free, 50-100 Fly-Back-Breast and 200 IM. 13-14 and 15-16 age group events: 50-100-200-400-500-800-1000 Free, 100-200 Fly-Back-Breast and 200-400 IM.)  The Age Group Power Point Systems calculator in Meet Manager 8.0 will be used.  Note: 11-12 yr-old swimmers will use the 12-yr-old power points, 13-14 yr-old swimmers will use the 14-yr-old power points, and 15 -16 yr-old swimmers will use the 16-yr-old power points.

·  Only SCY or LCM times achieved in 2023 – 2024 short course yards season from September 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024 that are listed on the USA Swimming SWIMS database for this qualifying period will be eligible for consideration.  In order to be selected for the All-Star team, applicants must have swum in at least one (1) Gulf Swimming sanctioned meet in the 2023 – 2024 season. 

·  Each applicant must submit the required Swimmer Application form by the entry deadline.  Additionally, the coach/team shall enter each applicant into the meets titled “Meet Events-DIP SCY Entry Times-31May2024-001.zip” for SCY entry times AND “Meet Events-DIP LCM Entry Times-31May2024-001.zip” for LCM entry times using the Hy-tek meet event files posted on the Gulf Swimming website HERE. Email completed entry files to Henry Clark, [email protected]     

·  All applications are due by 11:59 PM on April 2, 2024. The final All-Star team will be announced on April 9, 2024.  The $600 payment will be due after the final All-Star team is published.  Payments shall be made by credit card through Gulf Swimming’s Gulf Pay system and is non-refundable.



Athlete Application

Selection Information

Entry Files (SC and LC) to submit times: send to [email protected]: