1. Freestyle Relay — Four swimmers on each team, each to swim one-fourth of the prescribed
distance using any desired stroke(s). Freestyle finish rules apply.
2. Medley Relay — Four swimmers on each team, each to swim one-fourth of the prescribed
distance in the following order: first, backstroke; second, breaststroke; third, butterfly; and
fourth, freestyle. Rules pertaining to each stroke used shall govern where applicable. At the
end of each leg, the finish rule for each stroke applies in each case.
3. Rules Pertaining to Relay Races
A) No swimmer shall swim more than one leg in any relay event.
B) When automatic relay take-off judging is used, each swimmer must touch the touchplate
or pad in his/her lane at the end of the course to have finished his/her leg of the
C) In relay races a swimmer other than the first swimmer shall not start until his/her teammate
has concluded his/her leg.
D) Any relay team member and his/her relay team shall be disqualified from a race if a
team member other than the swimmer designated to swim that leg enters the pool in
the area where the race is being conducted before all swimmers of all teams have finished
the race. Exception: When an in-the-water start is required or such start is
approved by the Referee.
E) Each relay team member shall leave the water immediately upon finishing his/her leg,
except the last member.
F) In relay races the team of a swimmer whose feet have lost touch with the starting platform
(ground or deck) before his/her preceding teammate touches the wall shall be disqualified.
G In relay races involving in-the-water starts, the team of a swimmer who has lost touch
with the end of the course before his/her preceding teammate touches the wall shall be
disqualified, unless the swimmer in default returns to the original starting point at the