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

Regional swimming competition. Locker room opens at 8:30 AM. First event will be at 9:00 AM.

Facility Information

Please enter via the pool entrance.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Athletes should bring their own PPE as well as swimming equipment, swimsuits and towels.


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.


Lunch 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 is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



Mar 25 2023


9:00 am - 2:00 pm




Stagg High School
8015 W. 11th St, Palos Hills, IL 60465
Annie Riddering


Annie Riddering
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