Swim meets are an important aspect of swim team, where a swimmer can apply the work put in at practice toward a tangible, measurable goal. Meets are fun, they can build self-confidence and self-esteem, and can motivate swimmers to work hard and to apply themselves in practice. Swim meets are also a great family experience. They're a place where the whole family can spend time together.
For more information including a general introduction to swim meets, please visit USA Swimming's website.