Wow, thanks for all this advice. I ended up shooting 2 meets, with complete honesty that they were my first time shooting swimming. Worked out well, and ended up earning more than I needed to break even.
My first time shooting swimming. The first date was shot between 630pm and 830pm. The second date was around 430pm until 8 or 830pm. All outdoors. I ended up really having to push my equipment as it got closer to night. I have been asked to do fall sports AND winter swimming already, which surprises me because those shots were far from great.
Please feel free to continue with the comments and advice, because I'll be doing it again this winter, this time indoors. Last week I purchased a EF 70-200 2.8L for fall sports, and so I will have that for the next run of swimming I do.
Boy, those cross pool markers were REALLY irritating, I was soaking wet from knees down from trying to get low enough to capture across the pool, and I had to be RIGHT over the water shooting, because of how many athletes and others cut right in front of my lens. Even as close as a foot, and they preferred to 'hop' over the pool corner than walk behind me. ROFL.
Comments on my images are welcome, though I've also learned a lot from seeing them myself. I've also learned a lot about sports in general since then by reading gmen's sports shooting interview.
Thank you all again, this is all very informative, I'm learning a lot!!
I am willing to both buy and sell prints to other photographers on this forum, for their personal collections only. Price pursuant to my cost of printing.