Region J 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 Illinois 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 held at the Summer Games during June in Normal.

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 – 4×25-meter, 4×50-meter, 4×100-meter freestyle, 4×25-meter medley (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle)

Competition Information

Males will race on the north end of the pool. Females will race on the south end of the pool. Relays will take place in the north pool once all single races are complete. Awards will be done on the pool deck after the last relays. Races may be combined to one end of the pool if event size allows.

Facility Information

The aquatic center pool is large enough to host both sets of races at the same time on opposite ends. Athlete seating is on the pool deck. Spectator seating is upstairs. An elevator is available. Locker rooms and restrooms are on site. The facility has its own parking lot.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please click on the button below to register to volunteer.


Athletes should bring their own towels and other swimwear.


Swimmers will be placed in divisions by ability for each event. For efficiency, some divisions will swim at the same time. Awards will be given based on finish in the division.


Water, Powerade and snacks will be available. Lunch is not provided. A concession may be open.

Special Guests

Athlete Leaders from the competing regions will be on-hand to help with key portions of the event.

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.


Please check back after the competition to review the final results.

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€―Β 


Mar 24 2024


9:00 am - 6:00 pm




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6168 Center Grove Rd, Edwardsville 62025
Steve Whitlatch


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