>Please excuse my ignorance, but what is USS? Is it United States
>Swimming? If that was the case, what is a USS meet? Who participates
>in them? Thanks.
Yes that's what it stands for. It is the governing body of swimming
in the United States. A USS meet is a meet sanctioned by USS and is seperate
from college, high school, YMCA, and many dual meets, although I have been
at dual meets with my club team that were sanctioned so that the times would
count to use as entry times for other meets.
People swim USS when they are out of their high school or college
seasons and before they enter high school. I've seen four year olds in them
as well as 22 and 23 year olds (although I don't think there is an official
age limit as long as meets have a "senior division" which is usually 16+).
The term USS team refers to many club and YMCA teams. To be a top
swimmer you basically have to swim with a USS team when your school team isn't