The Winterfest Invitational Meet
Winterfest is a 2-day, invitational meet hosted by SPY and held each January at the Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The meet was held for the first time in 2000. By 2013, SPY was hosting more than 1700 swimmers from 46 different teams, hailing from Maine to Florida and as far away as Illinois.
The Winterfest Invitational will be held on January 10 though 12, 2014
and will include Friday night competition again this year!
On Saturday and Sunday, there are preliminary and final events, with finals being held each evening. In a competition like Winterfest, the coaches' motto is "night time is the right time"- and Winterfest provides top swimmers the opportunity for a "Swim off" battle with competitors of equal caliber.
Winterfest is one of the largest YMCA age-group meets in the country and is both a USA- approved meet and a YMCA-Sanctioned Championship meet. Winterfest has developed a reputation as a fun, fast, competitive, professional event held in a world-class setting.
For our younger SPY swimmers, it gives them a chance to participate in an elite competition with some of the country's top swimmers in their age bracket- an opportunity that they wouldn't otherwise get. For other teams, Winterfest provides their athletes with experience in a "fast" pool with a high level of competition, allowing their swimmers a good opportunity to make important cuts before championship season.
Team Awards are given for Top 3 Team Scores
Individual Awards are given for 1st through 8th place.
Visiting Swimmers: Click here to apply for the 2014 Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship
We hope to see you in January!
Important Contacts for Winterfest:
Important Links: all are available under the Meets/Events tab