The Open Water Championship

Jun 26, 2019 (09:00 AM) - Jun 26, 2019 (01:00 PM)
May, 23 2019


 The Open Water Championship Sanction

Wednesday June 26, 2019

LOCATION: The Meet will be conducted at Hueston Woods State Park – College Corner, OH, at Acton Lake Beach. This venue was the site of the 1996, 1999, and 2004 Central Zones Open Water Championship.

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The Open Water Championship serves as the LSC Open Water Championship for Ohio Swimming, Lake Erie Swimming, Allegheny Swimming, Kentucky Swimming, and Michigan Swimming. The competition will be organized according to these age classifications:

        AGE DISTANCE> COURSE: This lake course is a 1 Kilometer Course. One lap = 1 Kilometer

  • 15 & Over 4 Kilometer
  • 13 - 14 3 Kilometer
  • 11 - 12 2 Kilometer
  • 10 & Under 1 Kilometer

Swimmers will compete as individuals. However, swimmers may also compete on relays. A relay consists of three (3) swimmers, in the same age group/same sex, from the same club. The cumulative finishing times of the three fastest swimmers in each age group/sex/club will make up the A relay. The second fastest cumulative times will make up the B relay, etc. The fastest cumulative time will be used to determine the winners and the place. Only the Top 2 Relays are eligible for Points & Awards. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

13-14 and 15 & Over Age Groups Check-In Begins: 9:00 am (Swimmers not checking in will be scratched)

  • Pre-Race Briefing: 9:30 am - (15&Over) 10:30 am (13-14):
  • Competition starts: 10:00 am (15 & Over) 11:00 am (13-14)

10 & Under and 11-12 Age Groups Check-In Begins: 10:00 am (Swimmers not checking in will be scratched)

  • Pre-Race Briefing: 11:30 am
  • Competition starts: 12:00 noon (11-12) 12:50 pm (10&U)

Events will be swum in order. Events may be started prior to the completion of the previous event(s) at the discretion of the Referee. Details of the competition schedule will be discussed during the Clinic.

enlightenedCHECK-IN Swimmers must report to the check-in table appropriate for their age and sex and report to the Meet Volunteer that they are present and prepared to swim. At that time the swimmers will be briefed regarding instructions for the competition deemed necessary

SAFETY PROCEDURES: There will be a mandatory Pre-Race Briefing held before competition begins to discuss the course, rules and safety procedures. The Referee will remove any swimmer from competition who does not attend the clinic or is found to be inattentive during the clinic. Course will be patrolled by qualified safety personnel.


ENTRY FEES: $35.00 per individual event – non-refundable, plus $2.00 Ohio Swimming Surcharge. Teams submitting entries for three or more swimmers per event will be eligible for relay competition. Relay fees are free per each group of three swimmers, per age group, per event, per team. There is no limit on the number of team relays, but only the top 2 relays per team per event will score

Athlete conduct will be governed by Part Seven of the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations Handbook. Intentional obstruction, interference or intentional contact with another swimmer may be deemed "Unsporting Impedance" and lead to disqualification. Swimmers shall maintain clearance from other swimmers except at the start, turn, and the finish or where the course or race conditions dictate otherwise. Parents and swimmers should be advised there are a significant number of entrants, open water swimming may be expected to involve inadvertent contact with other swimmers. It is important that swimmers keep a cool head while in the water

ELIGIBILITY: No swimmer will be permitted to compete unless the swimmer is a member as provided in Article 302. USA Swimming registration will not be accepted at the meet. Swimmer(s) must be registered with Ohio/Indiana/Lake Erie/Alleghany Mountain/Kentucky/Michigan Swimming to be accepted into this meet. Age as of June 26, 2019 shall determine the swimmer’s age for the Open Water Championships. Swimmers shall have the National BB time for the 200/400/500 freestyle distance for his or her age group (see page 5). This cut shall have been achieved during any USA Swimming sanctioned event since January 1, 2018 through the Entry Deadline. Pre and or post verification of the entry times is not required

START/FINISH An “in-water” start and a “beach finish” will be used for each individual event.
TIMING SYSTEM A Timing System will be provided.
TIME LIMITS Time Limits - swimmers must finish within 30 minutes of the first swimmer in their event to be eligible for scoring and award.
SCORING: Individual events will be scored as follows: 20, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Relay events will be scored as follows: 40, 34, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 18, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
Team competition will be scored as follows: The combined points scored by attached members of the team shall determine the team score.
Individual Awards>1 st through 16th place will receive medals.
Relay Awards> 1 st through 3d place will receive medals
Team Awards>1 st through 3rd place will receive plaques
BONUS AWARDS>> Individual Event Winner – TYR Jacket & Relay Event Winner – TYR Swim Backpack
Ceremony: The awards ceremony will be conducted at the conclusion of each Age Group
GENERAL ADMISSION There is Free admission for this Ohio LSC Championship Meet. (Free is good).
 MEET WARM-UP PROCEDURES: An area adjacent to the competition will be available for continuous warm-up and warm-down during competition. Swimmers found in the water outside of the designated area and not engaged in competition will be scratched from the meet regardless of whether or not they have completed their events
PROGRAMS: Psych sheets will be available on-line at
REFRESHMENTS: Concessions will be provided 
Parking is free with over 500 spaces available (Free is good). 

RECORDING DEVICES Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in changing areas, rest rooms, or locker rooms.

CHANGING AREAS Except where venue facilities require otherwise, changing into or out of swimsuits other than locker rooms or changing facilities, or other designated areas, is prohibited.

DISABILITY ATHLETES We welcome registered athletes with cognitive or physical disabilities, and the Referee will make reasonable accommodations to facilitate participation. We request you notify the Meet Director or the Meet Referee in advance, to allow us to understand the nature of any accommodation being requested. OUTREACH ATHLETES We welcome Registered Outreach Athletes to participate, and we willing to waive the entry fee and Ohio Swimming Surcharges, provided the athlete has been registered by the LSC as an Outreach Athlete.

DRONES Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (beach, athlete/coach areas, spectator areas and open ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials and/or spectators are present