You need to join a team and get in a meet already. You can't learn anything about competing on the freaking internet. There are Jersey teams, you're welcome to out to Lost Battalion in Queens. There's a meet in Jersey first weekend in May. Just do it already and quit worrying about your clothes or where you rank because until you do it once you rank below anyone who's ever done it.
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