Swimming was first introduced to Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) in 1974, making it one of the oldest competition events. Throughout the past 35 years, swimming has become one of the most popular sports and a staple event at Summer Games.
- Swimming Calendar
- SONC Summer Games Order of Events
- USA Swimming Website
- USA Swimming Disability Resources Web page (mostly geared towards physical disabilities and hearing/visually impaired, but still good information)
- USA Swimming Webinar on Swimmers with Disabilities
- Special Olympics Quick Start Coaching Guide
- Special Olympics Coaching Guide
- Other SOI Coaching Resources
SONC offers competition in 28 different swimming events, ranging in distances from 10 meters to 1,500 meters, and featuring all strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle).
Individual events are offered for all strokes, and relay events are offered to athletes in two of three levels. SONC offers walking and flotation events for athletes of lower ability.
SONC also offers relay events in the Unified Sports model, featuring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities (called Unified Partners) to compete together.
Athletes may select up to three events from Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3, but must stay within their level. Athletes competing in Level 2 or Level 3 events are eligible for on relay team event.
10m Assisted Swim
15m Unassisted Swim
25y Floatation Device
100y Individual Medley
100y/200y Individual Medley
Relay Team Events (Traditional & Unified Sports)
4×25/4×50 Freestyle Relay
4×50 Medley Relay
SONC Summer Games takes place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.
Many local programs host invitationals in the spring. Check out the listing of invitationals offered on this page. For programs looking to host an invitational, a suggestion for Order of Events can be found here.
Dare County Swimming Invitational- March 4, 2018
Special Olympics Dare County will be hosting a swimming invitational for surrounding counties on Sunday, March 4, 20189. This invitational will be held at the Outer Banks YMCA at 300 Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959. For more information on how to register, contact Kathleen Morgan at email@example.com.
Wake County Swimming Invitational- March 17, 2018
Special Olympics Wake County will be hosting the annual Wake County Swim Invitational on Saturday, March 17th. Meet will be held at the Pullen Aquatic Center, 410 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606. Click here to register. Registration is due by Friday, February 23, 2018.
Mecklenburg County Swim Invitational – Sunday, March 18, 2018
Mecklenburg County will be hosting a Swim Invitational at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Sunday, March 18, 2018. Click here for the schedule and more information .
- Mecklenburg County Swimming Invitational Entry Form
- Mecklenburg County Swimming Invitational Order of Events
Craven County April Showers Swim Meet – April 14, 2018
Special Olympics Craven County will be hosting a swim invitational on April 14, 2018 at the Twin Rivers YMCA, 100 YMCA Ln, New Bern, NC 28560. This event is open to interested counties. Registration will close on Friday, March 30, 2018. There will be a $10 cost per athlete. For more information on how to register, contact Steven Aster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Olympics U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational in Greensboro, NC – April 22, 2018
Don’t miss the premier swim meet of the season! Featuring Special Olympics programs from the southeast U.S., competition will be exciting! Please visit the Special Olympics U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational web page for more detailed information. More information to come after the first of the year.
Western Swimming Invitational – Saturday, April 28, 2018
Buncombe and Haywood will be hosting a Western Swimming Invitational at Waynesville Rec Center on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the aquatics sport development team, contact one of the members below or the Sports Department.
Colleen Gillan, Swimming SDT Director
New Bern, NC