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Once you learn how to swim, you need to learn how to take care of yourself so that you can swim your best. Swim meets can be long days and long weekends. Bring lots of snacks and lots of drinks that are not made mostly out of sugar.
Fruit juices and water, granola bars and peanut butter sandwiches will make you feel refreshed and ready to swim, while giving you that quick pick me up and not weigh you down. Bring many changes of clothes, especially sweatpants and sweatshirts.