2018 Central Zone Open Water Championships

Jun 14, 2018 (02:00 AM) - Jun 15, 2018 (02:00 AM)
June, 8 2018


To register for the Central Zone Open Water Championships visit Team Illinois website.



LOCATION: Lake Andrea, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie, WI, 53158


June 14th Open Water Clinic page  LINK

Clinic Information:This will be a great introduction to Open Water Swimming, and will cover: buoy turns, pack swimming, starts, positioning, and race strategy.  The swimmers will be swimming in both the pool as well as the lake for the clinic.

Clinic participants will have catered dinner (pasta, salad, garlic bread, drinks) at the conclusion of the clinic.

Once the swimming portion of the clinic is complete, we will do pre-registration/body marking for athletes competing on Friday morning (this is a huge deal to get this done the night before, rather than scambling in the morning).

Clinic & Dinner Cost: $15/athlete (you do not have to be a participant in the Open Water Race on 6/25, but should be a strong, competitive swimmer age 9&Up)

Dinner Only(parents/siblings): $6/person

Registration for the clinic is dependent on your LSC - TBA

June 15th Open Water Championships page  LINK

Min Qualifying Times - National "A" Time in longest pool event for swimmers age group.

PARTICIPATING LSC'S: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Lake Erie, Michigan, Midwestern, Minnesota, Missouri Valley, NOrth Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ozark, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

OPEN WATER COURSE: The open water event will be swum in Lake Andrea with all swims beginning and ending in the beach area. In-water start, in-water finish using finish/slap board. 

  • There is a large spectator area along the beach with ample parking nearby. 
  • Swimmers and spectators will have access to the adjacent Pavilion and concession area. 
  • The following distances will be swum by age group: 10 & Under: 1K 11-12: 2K 13-14: 3K Open: 5K 



A. Membership: All athletes must be regular (not seasonal) USA Swimming members with the LSC they represent. 

B. Swimmer’s Age: Age of swimmer on day of competition shall be the age for competition. 

C. Qualifying Time/Eligibility: Qualification times shall be the National A time in the following: 

  • Open 5K: Minimum 15-16 “A” Time in 400/500, 800/1000 or 1500/1650 Freestyle 
  • 13-14 3K: Minimum 13-14 “A” Time in 400/500, 800/1000 or 1500/1650 Freestyle 11-12 2K: Minimum 
  • 11-12 “A” Time in 200, 400/500, 800/1000, or 1500/1650 Freestyle 
  • 10&Under 1K: Minimum 10&Under “A” Time in 200 or 400/500 Freestyle 


A. The LSC must submit its Open Water entries as one team, using the LSC as the club designation. All individual entries shall be consolidated and submitted as one entry. Separate entries from individuals or clubs will not be accepted. LSC entry chair shall verify times before submitting entries to host. 

B. Each LSC must identify, on the official entry form, the name of the LSC and the name, address and telephone number, and email of the person in charge of entries for that LSC. 

C. Each swimmer entry must include first and last name, age as of June 16, 2017 and complete USA Swimming registration number. ENTRY RESPONSIBILITY: 

A. The coach, swimmer, or swimmer representative who enters any Central Zone Championship Meet thereby attests that all times on the entry are true and correct achieved qualifying times for each event entered and that all entered swimmers are eligible under current rules. He/she assumes all responsibility for false or incorrect times or times which are unacceptable under USA Swimming or Central Zone rules and shall be assessed a $100 penalty payable to the Central Zone for each false or incorrect entry unless absolved of the fine by the elected officers of the Central Zone, their designee or a Board of Review. Additional action or penalty may be taken or levied as deemed appropriate by the Central Zone or USA Swimming.

SEEDING/CONDUCT: All swimmers must report to the registration area before they swim to ID Card, body marking, cap, and wave number. 

Please make sure that fingernails and toenails are trimmed and all jewelry and watches are removed prior to the morning registration. Swimmers must be nail-checked before body marking. 

There will be no penalty for scratching, entry fees will not be refunded. 

Athletes must notify the Clerk of Course if they decide to scratch from their event after completing registration. 

No swimmer shall be allowed to use or wear any device that may be an aid to his/her speed. 

Swimmers will start in the water, and finish in water (hand touching finish board) 

Each age group (and possibly gender) will start separately. 

Colored caps will indicate age group and wave. 

TIME LIMITS: All swimmers must finish within 30 minutes of the first swimmer in their heat in order to place or score points. ABANDONMENT: Where emergency conditions require a race to be halted before it is completed, the race shall be restarted at the earliest possible time and the full distance completed. A Meet Committee will be convened if needed. 

SCORING: Open Water events: 20, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 

AWARDS: Individual Open Water events: 1-8 place: medals with neck ribbons; 9-16 place: ribbons

WARM-UP: Warm-up and warm down area will be in designated beach area adjacent to the open water course. This area will be lifeguard supervised. 

SPECTATORS: Picnic tables will be available in viewing area. Spectators are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

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