Individuals and teams qualify for the State Meet by competing in Regional Meets. There are no District competitions organized by TAPPS.

There will be three divisions for high school boys and three divisions for high school girls (Division I 6A, Division II 5A and Division IIIĀ  4A/3A/2A/1A combined). Girls and boys will not compete against each other including relays.

Qualification for the State Meet is by time only, and swimmers must qualify at the Region Meet to which the school is assigned. The top 3 swimmers in each event at the Region Meet are automatic qualifiers for the State Meet. They will be seeded by time at State. The next 7 fastest times from any Region will fill out the 16 qualifiers, provided their times are faster than the Upper Limit Qualifying time. No swimmer will be entered with a time slower than the upper limit time.

Detailed information concerning Swimming including Participation, Meet Management, Entry Procedures and Forms and Rules may be found in Sections 177, 178, 179 and 180 of the TAPPS Bylaws.