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Swimming is one of the most popular sports in world. Unlike other sports, swimming is a life skill that is taught, first, to ensure safety and, secondly, for sports and competition purposes. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays. 

Participants will be divisioned by Special Olympics South Dakota by gender, age, and qualifying time and/or distance for each event.

This sport offers a Unified option. This gives individuals both with and without intellectual disabilities a chance to compete on the same team. 

Competition Season

Swimming competition season takes place from March through May.

Events

  • 50 Meter Freestyle
  • 100 Meter Freestyle
  • 50 Meter Backstroke
  • 100 Meter Backstroke
  • 50 Meter Butterfly
  • 100 Meter Individual Medley
  • 4 X 25 Meter Relay
  • 4 X 50 Meter Relay
  • 4 X 25 Meter Unified Relay

The following are events for athletes with lower ability levels to provide more meaningful competition:

  • 15 Meter Freestyle
  • 25 Meter Freestyle
  • 25 Meter Backstroke
  • 25 Meter Breaststroke
  • 25 Meter Butterfly
  • 15 Meter Walk
  • 15 Meter Flotation Race
  • 25 Meter Flotation Race
  • 15 Meter Assisted Swim
  • 25 Meter Assisted Swim
  • 15 Meter MATP Race
  • 25 Meter MATP Race

Upcoming Swimming Events

Black Hills Area Swim Competition

icon of a swimmer.May 3, 2025 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Young Center (BHSU) – Spearfish
Spearfish, SD United States + Google Map

2025 State Summer Games

icon of a track runner.May 29, 2025 - May 31, 2025
University of South Dakota – Vermillion
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, 57069
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