If your meet is in April, you're just about out of time. Serious gear, especially shirts can take a while to learn. Suits can be learned in a few straps-up sessions, provided you are already using good form- i.e. sitting back, driving your knees out, etc. Give your time constraint, I would recommend getting some simple, easy to learn gear. The Titan Centurion is a good suit for the money- gopain.com sells them for 85 I think. Personally, I had a hard time making a RageX work with for me- but a lot of folks swear by them. If you do order from Titan or Inzer, use one of their dealers as ordering direct from the manufacturer can take a while. Good luck and welcome to the wacky world of gear.