Meet Information
2001 Short Course National Championships

Meet Information

George F. Haines International Swim Center, 2625 Patricia Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95051. 408/246-5050, fax 408/246-5055.South on 101, exit right on San Tomas Expwy (north, exit left). Right onto Homestead, right onto Las Palmas. Left onto Patricia Dr. South on 280, exit left onto Saratoga Ave. (north, exit right). Turn left onto San Tomas Expwy, left onto Homestead Rd., right onto Las Palmas, left onto Patricia Dr.

Two courses, heated outdoor competition pool, both 25 yd 10 lanes. Adjacent are two 25 yd 6 lane warm-up pools. Covered bleachers for 5000 spectators and participants, and new locker room facilities. Electronic timing, with Colorado 5000 Timing devices and aquagrip pads. Full snack bar will be available. Santa Clara Valley enjoys a Mediterranean climate. May temperatures are typically moderate-warm, but early mornings and evenings can be cool.

(408) 246-5050 - Emergencies only 

Meet Officials
Meet Referee: Bud Meyer
Admin. Referee: Anneliese Eggert 
Meet Director: Alma Guimarin

General Meeting
All swimmers, coaches and officials should be represented at the general meeting Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at 6:15 pm. Matters pertinent to the operation and conduct of the meet will be presented.

Coaches Meeting
A meeting of the Masters Aquatic Coaches Association (MACA) will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 am at the Swim Center.

Coaches Hospitality
Coaches Hospitality is available to coaches who are MACA and/or ASCA members. MACA Membership is available through Emmett Hines at, or on the MACA web site.

Coaches School
A MACA Coaches Certification School and Seminar will be held Wed. May 16 from 1 to 5 pm at the Courside Club, Los Gatos, CA. All Masters coaches and swimmers are welcome. Cost is $40 ($35 for MACA members). For information and a registration form contact Dan Frost (831) 899-7213; email:, or visit the MACA web site.

All participants must register prior to competing to sign an emergency card, safety information statement, and liability release and receive a meet program and other meet information. Registration will be at the pool on Wednesday, May 16, from 12:00 - 7:00 pm and on Thursday through Sunday from 7:00 am until the end of each day's events. Check-in for all events and relays will be available in the pool area.

All events will be deck seeded. Men's heats will precede women's heats. All events except the 400 IM, 1000 and 1650 free will be seeded by age group, with the oldest age group first, slowest heats seeded first within each age group. The 400 IM, 1000 and 1650 Free will be seeded slowest to fastest by time only.

Check-in Deadlines for All Events
This is a deck seeded meet. Check-in is required for all events - no exceptions, and may be done in person at the registration area. Coaches or teammates may check in for those swimmers whose travel plans do not permit check-in by the deadlines. There will be no telephone or Internet check-in on any day either preceeding or during the meet. Failure to check-in will result in the swimmer being scratched from the event.

Check-in Times
You must check-in each day for the events you plan to swim that day, and prior to the check-in deadline. Generally the check-in deadlines will be approximately one hour prior to the estimated time the event will start. There will be no check-in for any events on Wednesday, May 16th. The check-in deadlines will be posted by May 5, 2001 on the USMS web site. You will also receive a list of check-in deadlines when you register. No separate mailing regarding check-in times will be made to distance event entrants.

The National Championship is open to any swimmer at least 19 years of age as of April 12, 2001. If a swimmer wishes to affiliate with a Masters club, the club and swimmer must both be registered with the same Local Masters Swim Committee (LMSC). If there are questions about affiliation, the swimmer shall be entered "unattached." Foreign entries must include a copy of swimmer's International Travel Permit and fees in U. S. dollars.

Age Groups
Individual events: 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49 ... 100-104. Relay events: 19+, 25+. 35+, 45+, etc. (in ten year increments as high as necessary determined by the age of the youngest relay member). Age for the meet is determined as of May 20, 2001.

Individual Events: 11-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Relay Events: 22-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2

Team Scoring
Team scoring will be divided into three divisions: Large, Medium, and Small. Each division contains three categories - men, women, and combined. Mixed relays are scored only in the combined category.

The USMS Championship Committee will determine the team divisions after the entry deadline based on the number of entrants from each club.

Medals will be awarded for first through tenth places in each age group. A USMS Championship patch will be given to each individual and relay team member for the first event won. Swimmers winning more than one event may purchase additional patches for each additional event won. Unclaimed awards will not be mailed unless arrangements are made at the meet. Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each category of each division.

Gold Medal Sponsorship
Gold Medal Sponsors will be recognized in the official program as supporters of Masters swimming, entitled to V. I. P. hospitality on deck and receive a commemorative gift. Cost of one sponsorship will be $50. Order sponsorships on meet entry form.

Final Results
Complete final results may be ordered for $15.00 and will be mailed following the meet. Individual swimmer's final results with splits will be available at the meet for $5.00 each. Results will be posted on the USMS web site, with links from the Pacific Masters web site and the Santa Clara web site.

Warm-up Times
Warm-ups start on Wed, May 16, 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm. There will be a daily warm-up in the competition pool from 7:00 am to 8:50 am, and immediately following the 500 free on day four. This additional warm-up will be 30 minutes in duration. In addition throughout the meet, there will be a total of twelve warm-up lanes available in the warm-up pool and diving pool.

Warm-up Procedures
Swimmers must enter the pool feet first in a cautious and controlled manner. No diving or backstroke starts are allowed at any time in the competition pools during warm-ups, except in the designated sprint lanes, and at no time in the warm-up pools. ANY SWIMMER WHO ACTS IN AN UNSPORTSMANLIKE OR UNSAFE MANNER WITHIN THE SWIMMING VENUE MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION OR PENALTY BY THE REFEREE (USMS Rule 102.15.3). Pull-buoys, kick boards, fins, and hand paddles are not allowed in the competition pool or warm-up pools 

Any swimmer failing to report to the proper lane in the correct heat of their event will be scratched from that event and will not be permitted to swim that event at another time.

Official Verification Card (OVC)
For an OVC (USA Swimmers only), contact the following official prior to the meet: 
Anneliese Eggert
(707) 664-4247
fax (707) 664-1347

On Saturday, May 19, immediately after the 200 free relays and preceding the 500 free, members of the Santa Clara Aquamaids and members of the US National Synchronized Swim Team will do an exhibition.

Concessions, Vendors, Souvenir Items
A snack bar will be open each day of the competition. Vendors will offer merchandise in the tented areas around the pool. Meet T-shirts and other merchandise will be available.

For questions, please e-mail the Meet Director at

Entry Procedures
Use official entry form or photocopy of the entire form. Read all instructions and fill out form completely. Incomplete forms or forms with "pending" in place of a USMS registration number will be rejected. A legible copy of each swimmer's International Travel Permit (foreign swimmers) must accompany entry form. Failure to include an International Travel Permit may result in swimmer being charged a fee before being allowed to compete. A USMS swimmer changing club affiliation prior to Nationals must send either a USMS registration card or a letter from the local registrar with new club affiliation and effective date.

National Qualifying Times
Competitors may enter a maximum of three individual events without meeting the National Qualifying Time (NQT) established for those events. Competitors may enter up to three (3) additional events in which they have swum a time equal to or better than the NQT in the past 2 years. The NQTs for all events are listed here. Designate the events in which NQTs have been met with a T in the designated column. There are no NQTs for the 90 and over age groups.

Entry Times
All entered events must include an entry time. "NT" entries will be rejected.

Number of Events
If the swimmer qualilfies, they may swim up to three events per day with a maximum of 6 events during the meet. A swimmer may enter either the 1000 or 1650 freestyle, but not both.

Sixth Event Rule
If, in the opinion of the USMS Championship Committee, the meet is deemed too large to be run in an efficient manner, all swimmers' sixth event will be dropped. If six events are entered, indicate with the number 6 your least desired event in the column designated with the number 6. If not indicated, your last event on the entry form will be dropped. No changes of the designated 6th events will be allowed after April 12, 2001. No refunds for dropped events.

Relay Events
Relays may be entered at any time until 4:00 pm the day before that relay is scheduled to swim. After that time, only the swimmers on the relay may be changed. The relay entry fee is $12.00 per relay. Forms are available here.

Entry Fees
$4 per individual event plus $30 surcharge per swimmer. Fees must accompany entry form and must be paid in U. S. dollars by check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH. Entry is not complete until check has cleared the bank. Refund requests must be received in writing before April 12, 2001. No refunds for events not swum. Relay only swimmers must submit an entry form, mail in the $10 surcharge, and be received before April 12, 2001. All fees should be payable to: Santa Clara Swim Club.

Mail Entry and Fees to:
Postmarked by April 5, 2001 or received by April 12, 2001.
Standard Mail:
Santa Clara Swim Club
Short Course Nationals
P.O. Box 2672
Mission Station, Santa Clara, CA 95055
FedEx delivery and Hand Delivery only to:
Santa Clara Swim Club
Short Course Nationals
2625 Patricia Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Entry Deadline
All U. S. entries must be postmarked with official US postmark (no business meters) by April 5, 2001, OR received by April 12, 2001. Online entries will be accepted until midnight PDT on April 12, 2001. Entries received after this date will be returned to sender. Mail early. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for proof of receipt. Photocopy entry forms and personal checks for your records and verification.

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