Eastern Zone Open Water Championship
(this is a team hosted event)
Eastern Zone Open Water Swimming Championship
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Quassy Amusement Park,
Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road) Middlebury, CT 06762
This is an open water freshwater lake swim. The weather and water conditions are unpredictable; please use good judgement if you are uncertain about swimming in open water. The 5K should not be an athlete’s first open water experience.
The course is set; however, the race committee reserves the right to change the configuration and/or direction of each event due to race day conditions. The details of race with landmarks are attached. Any questions about the course will be addressed at the pre-race meeting. The water temperature is expected to be in the range of 70 – 75 F.
Wetsuit rules for 2018: For open water swimming competitions in water with temperature below 20°C (68°F), men and women may use either swimsuits or wetsuits. When the water temperature is below 18°C (64.4°F), the use of wetsuits is compulsory. Wetsuits for both men and women shall completely cover the torso, back, shoulders and knees and shall not extend beyond the neck, wrists or ankles. The thickness of material/s used shall be minimum 3 mm and maximum 5 mm. In addition, the outer surface of the wetsuit shall not include outstanding shapes, such as ridges, fins, etc.
All swimmers who do not complete the course during the allotted time limit may be asked to retire from the race. Swimmers must finish within approximately 30 mins. of the first finisher for the 2K and 5K.
Recommended entry standards:
· For 12 and under events, Minimum of BB time standard in the 500yd freestyle or the 400M freestyle or successfully completed a minimum of a 500M open water swim in a bay, river, lake or at a beach.
· For 13 - 14 and 15-18 events: Minimum of an A time standard in the 1000yd, 1650yd, 800M, or 1500M freestyle or successfully completed a minimum of a 1K open water in a bay, river, lake or at a beach.
· For Senior/Open Event: Minimum of a AA time standard in the 1000yd, 1650yd, 800M, or 1500M freestyle for 15-18 Age Group or successfully completed a minimum of a 1K open water in a bay, river, lake or at a beach.
· Athletes not completing the 5K within 1 hour and 30 minutes may be removed from the course at the discretion of Meet Management.