Firestone Akron Swim Team

470 Castle Blvd | Akron, OH 44313 | P: 330.761.3274

2019 Early Bird @ Purdue

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019
April, 20 2019






MEET FORMAT:   All meet events will be Preliminaries/Finals format except for 400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle, and Relays. Finals sessions will feature 3 heats for each individual Prelim/Finals event. (Finals, Consolations and Bonus Consolations) Boilermaker Aquatics reserves the right to use “Fly Over” starts for all events. At the Meet Referee's discretion, events may be combined by age, gender, distance, and/or stroke provided there is at least one empty lane between such combined events. Distance events require athletes to provide their own timers (2) and counter (1).

ENTRY LIMIT:       Each swimmer will be limited to 3 events and 1 relay per day. If an entry is submitted with a swimmer in more individual events than allowed, the swimmer will be entered into the order of events until the rule is satisfied. Entry times must be in long course meter time or short course yard times. Entry times should meet or exceed the 15-16 “A” time standard. Deck entries will be accepted to fill existing heats only. BA reserves the right to limit entries and all events in order to achieve a reasonable timeline.  In the event the meet is full, teams will be accepted based on competitiveness, geographic diversity, participation in previous meets, officials provided, and timeliness of entries.

Once the meet entry deadline has passed, all entries are considered final and no refunds will be provided and all post deadline entries are considered and charged as deck entries.



SURCHARGES:      Individual events $5.00 per timed final event entry, individual events $6.00 per prelim/final event entry, and relay events $8.00 per entry. Each athlete is charged a $2.00 surcharge for entering the competition which in turn gets forwarded/paid to Indiana Swimming Inc. Entry fees can be paid by check addressed to Boilermaker Aquatics. The check should be included with the entry list which is mailed to P.O. Box 2782, West Lafayette, Indiana 47996-2782.


DECK ENTRY:       At the discretion of BA and Meet Referee, deck entries for individuals will be allowed in open lanes. The fees for individual deck entries is twice as much as the standard fee, and these fees must be paid in full in the form of cash at the time of entry. Deck entries can be completed any time prior to 45 minutes before competition begins.


POSITIVE SIGN-IN:                   Positive check in WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL SESSIONS of the meet. Sign-in sheets will be posted in the hallway, and will be pulled 45 minutes prior to the start of each session. Any swimmer not checked in will be scratched from the session. Any swimmer scratched may present to the meet referee prior to the start of the meet, and will be allowed to swim on a first-come basis only if the event has empty lane(s) available in the slowest (first) heat. Additional heats will not be added. If a swimmer misses their event, they will be declared a “no show” and will not be placed in any other heat to make up the swim.

SCRATCH RULES:                     After the results of preliminary heats are announced, swimmers have 30 minutes to scratch out the finals (including consolation and bonus heats.) If a swimmer who has not scratched fails to swim in any finals heat, that swimmer will be scratched from his/her first event the following day. This penalty will be imposed as many times as a swimmer misses a non-scratched finals event, declared false starts count as a miss. Fees for scratched events will not be refunded. If a swimmer who has not scratched fails to swim in any finals heat on Sunday evening, the swimmer’s teams will be assessed a fine of $50 per event.

TIMERS:                  Each participating team will be required to provide 2 timers per session. These volunteers should check in at the volunteer check-in table located in the foyer, 30 minutes prior to the start of the session. Please provide names, along with the day(s) and session(s) and contact number to the meet director.


MEET RULES:        Current USA Swimming and Indiana Swimming rules will govern this meet.

  • At a sanctioned competitive event, USA Swimming athlete members must be under the supervision of a USA Swimming member coach during warm-up, competition, and warm-down. The Meet Director or Meet Referee may assist in making arrangements for such supervision, but it is the swimmer’s responsibility to make such arrangements prior to the start of the meet.
  • Any swimmer entered in the meet must be certified by a USA Swimming-member coach as being proficient in performing a racing start or must start each race from within the water. When unaccompanied by a member-coach, it is the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer’s legal guardian to ensure compliance with this requirement.
  • Use of audio or visual recording devices, including cell phones, is not permitted in changing areas, restrooms or locker rooms.
  • Deck changes are prohibited.
  • Swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming to be accepted into this meet. Age as of May17, 2019 shall determine the swimmer’s age for the entire meet. Indiana Swimming does not process onsite memberships.
  • It is understood and agreed that USA Swimming shall be free from any liabilities or claims for damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of the event.
  • Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (pools, athlete/coach areas, spectator areas and open-ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials and/or spectators are present.
  • In swimming competitions, the competitor must wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces except as provided in USA Swimming rule 205.10.1. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials. Men’s’ swimsuit shall not extend above the navel nor below the knees, and women’s’, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the knee.
  • PARKING:              
  • Friday Afternoon, all visitors should be careful about parking in restricted areas. After 5:00 PM on Friday, most lots will become available and free throughout the remainder of the weekend. All paved and gravel areas are signed/posted for permit parking so visitors may not park in A, B, or C spaces unless a parking permit has been purchased and displayed. Please see the Boilermaker Aquatic Center Parking map for more details.

ADMISSION:           12 and under free                $8.00 daily pass                  $20.00 weekend pass



WARM-UP:              No lane assignments for warm-ups. There will be No Diving during general warm-up.  Feet first entry only. When doing racing starts, swimmers will start from starting end only. Swim one way. Walk back. Warm-Ups will not start earlier than the listed times. In the event that the competition is not full, warm-up times and schedules will be updated to make best use of our volunteers' time. Communication about these changes will be made by May 15th.

TIME SCHEDULE:            All times are Eastern Daylight Time. A final schedule will be released 10 days prior to the event. **Below is a tentative time line**