United States Masters Swimming holds eleven National Long Distance Championships each year. The championships are open water as well as postal events as follows:
- One mile (quarter-mile straightaway or open water course)
- Quarter-mile straightaway (2 miles)
- Open water (greater than 1 and less than or equal to 3 miles)
- Open water (greater than 3 and less than 6 miles)
- Open water (greater than or equal to 6 miles and less than 9 miles)
- Open water (greater than or equal to 9 miles)
- Postal 1 hour
- Postal 5 and 10 kilometer (in 50-meter pool)
- Postal 3000 and 6000 yard (in a 25-yard pool)
Information, entry forms, and results of national championships, are available here:
- 2013 Championships
- 2012 Championships
- 2011 Championships
- 2010 Championships
- 2009 Championships
- 2008 Championships
- 2007 Championships
- 2006 Championships
- 2005 Championships
- 2004 Championships
- 2003 Championships
- 2002 Championships
- 2001 Championships
- 2000 Championships
- 1999 Championships
- 1998 Championships
The USMS History and Archives Committee is searching for results and some information missing for a number of older events (date, location, etc.). See this file for a list of events where information is needed. If you have access to some of the missing information, please send it to Archives@usms.org.
- Pace Chart - All Events (.pdf): This chart covers swimming paces from 3:00 per 100 to 1:00 per 100 for all 5 postal events.
- Interval Pace Chart (.pdf): For distances from 100 to 3000, we have listed the interval times if a swimmer maintains a specific pace, ranging from 3:00 per 100 to 1:00 per 100.
- One Hour Pace Chart (.pdf): For a pace of 5:00 per 100 to 1:00 per 100, this OHP pace chart provides exact distances for each pace interval, plus the formula to determine one's own pace.
Postal Split Sheets
Championship Host Information
Championship Bidding Information
- Bid Instructions (.pdf) - Instructions on how to bid for long distance open water and postal championships. Championships are awarded by the Open Water and Long Distance Committee at the annual meeting held approximately two years prior to the championship being awarded and are due no later than 30 days prior to the annual meeting.
- Open Water Championships Bid Form (.xls) - Form to be used for bidding on long distance open water championships. Please download Bid Instructions document for instructions on how to fill out this form.
- Postal Championships Bid Form (.xls) - Form to be used for bidding on long distance postal championships. Please download Bid Instructions document for instructions on how to fill out this form.