Meet Information
2002 Short Course National Championships

Meet Information

University of Hawaii's Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, 1337 Lower Campus Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822. 808/956-7510, Fax 808/956-4637. East on H1 Freeway, exit right on University Avenue. Turn right at first light onto Dole Street. Take first right onto Lower Campus Road.

Two courses, heated outdoor competition pool, both 25 yd. 8 lanes. Adjacent are 10 lanes for warm-up. Tented bleachers for 2,000 spectators and participants. Electronic timing with Colorado Timing T-4000. Full snack bar will be available. University of Hawaii at Manoa enjoys a warm climate, with daytime temperatures in the 80s.

Meet Officials
Meet Referee: Bob Brown
Admin. Referee: Anneliese Eggert 
Meet Directors: Amy Patz and Janet Renner

General Meeting
All swimmers, coaches and officials should be represented at the general meeting Mon., May 13, 6:30 PM in the Athletics Lecture Hall, located near the pool.

Coaches Certification School
The Masters Aquatic Coaches Association is planning on conducting a Masters coaches certification school in conjunction with the meet. Information will be available from 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 Mon., May 13 from 12:00 - 7:00 PM, and on Tues. through Fri. from 6:30 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 unless meet management determines that the meet can be completed in a timely fashion with preseeded events. Women's heats will precede men's heats for each event. All events except the 400 IM, 1000 Free, 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 entry time for each sex regardless of age.

Check-in Deadlines for All Events
This is a deck seeded meet. Check-in is required for ALL events, 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, prior to the check-in deadline, for the events you plan to swim that day. Generally the check-in deadline will be approximately one hour prior to the estimated time the event will start. If the Championship Committee and meet management concur that the meet can be completed in a timely fashion with pre-seeding, check-in may be waived for some events. Events without check-in will be pre-seeded. The check-in deadlines will be posted on the USMS web site by 5/7/02. 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 May 17, 2002. 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 national registration card.

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 17, 2002, and a swimmer must be at least 19 by May 17, 2002.

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 score points in the combined category. The USMS Championship Committee will determine 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. Unclaimed awards will not be mailed unless arrangements are made at the meet. Awards will be given to the top three clubs in each category of each division.

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.

Warm-up Times
The competition pools will be open for warm-up on Mon., May 13 from noon until 7 pm. On Tues. through Fri., the competition pool will be open for warm-up from 6:30 am until 7:50 am. On Wed., Thurs. and Fri. there will be an additional 30 minute warm-up in the competition pools immediately following the first distance event each day. The competition pool will re-open for 30 minutes after the last event on all days of competition. On competition days, the warm-up lanes will be available from 6:30 am until the end of competition.

Warm-up Procedures
Swimmers must enter the pool feet first in a cautious, controlled manner. No diving or backstroke starts will be allowed except in designated sprint lanes. No diving or backstroke starts will be allowed in the warm-up pools. One or two lanes shall be designated as ONE-WAY SPRINT lanes during the pre-meet warm-up sessions in the competition pool only. No sprint lanes will be designated 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.

Time Verification (formerly OVCs)
Swimmers needing verification of time(s) or who wish their time(s) to be entered into the USA Swimming National Times Database (for entry into USA-S national meets) should complete a form at the meet and prior to the swim. Contact the Admin. Referee: 
Anneliese Eggert
(707) 664-4247

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. The cost of one sponsorship will be $50. Order on the meet entry form.

Open Water Event
On Saturday, May 18, an open water race of approximately 1.25 miles will be held in the waters off Waikiki. Entries are available by e-mail from:

Coaches Hospitality
Hospitality is available to coaches who are MACA and/or ASCA members. MACA membership is available through Emmett Hines at, or on the MACA website:

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 9, 2002. No refunds for dropped events.

Entry Procedure
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 the swimmer's national registration card (foreign swimmers) must accompany entry form. Failure to include a national registration card 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 four (4) individual events without meeting the National Qualifying Times (NQT) established for those events. Competitors may enter up to two 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.

Entry Fees
Fees are $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. If there are questions about an entrant's check, full cash payment in US dollars will be required before entrant is allowed to swim. Refund requests must be received in writing before April 9, 2002. No refunds for events not swum. Relay only swimmers must submit an entry form, mail in the $30 surcharge, and be received before April 9, 2002. All fees should be payable to:2002 Masters Nationals.

Mail Entry and Fees to:
Postmarked by April 2, 2002 or received by April 9, 2002.
Standard Mail:
Fred Tester
417 Keaniani St.
Kailua, HI 96734.
Telephone: (808)262-7545 phone and fax (for entry information only)

Relay Entries
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. Such changes must not affect the age group of the relay. The relay entry fee is $12.00 per relay. Forms are available here.

Entry Deadline
All US entries must be postmarked with official US postmark (no business meters) by April 2, 2002, OR received by April 9, 2002. Online entries will be accepted until midnight HST on April 9, 2002 (online entries available soon). 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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