Region E Swimming

What Is Swimming?

Swimming, which is considered a lifetime activity, is appropriate for a range of ages and abilities. Competition events are based on a variety of strokes.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in swimming compete locally in a region qualifier. Gold medal winners from the regions are then eligible to advance to the state championship, Summer Games, which is held in Normal each June.

Swimming Events Offered in Illinois

  • Backstroke – 25, 50 and 100 meter
  • Breaststroke – 25, 50, and 100 meter
  • Butterfly – 25, 50 and 100 meter
  • Freestyle – 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter
  • Individual medley – 100 meter (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle)
  • Relays – 4X25 meter, 4X50 meter, 4X100-meter freestyle, 4X25-meter medley (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle)

Competition Information

All Special Olympics Illinois swimming competitions abide by IHSA rules. Any modifications to these rules done by Special Olympics Illinois can be found in the linked rules interpretation.

Special Olympics Illinois Swimming Rule Interpretations

Facility Information

Enter through the pool Pool Entrance (door S3). There is limited spectator seating on the second floor overlooking the pool.

Event Details

8:15 AM – Agency check-in
8:30 AM – Locker room opens
8:45 AM – Report to staging
8:50 AM – 1st call to bullpen
9:00 AM – 1st event

Volunteer Information


Athletes should bring their own towels, water, swimsuit, deck shoes.


Athletes will be placed into divisions prior to the event based off of their qualifying scores. Athletes will be awarded at the end of each race.


A lunch and water will be provided.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok andβ€―X.β€― 


Mar 23 2024


8:00 am - 2:00 pm




Stagg High School
8015 W. 11th St, Palos Hills, IL 60465
Christa Sullivan


Christa Sullivan
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