Senior Circuit Meet @ Miami University(USA Swimming Meet)

Feb 28, 2020 (05:00 PM) - Mar 1, 2020 (09:00 PM)
February, 14 2020


 For SPY SENIOR Swimmers with USA Swimming Membership and are in High School

2020 Ohio Swimming Long Course Senior Circuit Meet

Held under the Sanction of USA Swimming Inc. OH-20SC-74 and OH-20SC-75TT

PHILOSOPHY OF THE MEET The Ohio Senior Circuit’s intent is to promote excellence within the ranks of Ohio Swimming and elsewhere. The purpose is to provide a venue for those swimmers aspiring to attain Sectional and National qualifying times, but also to give all Senior swimmers the opportunities to participate in a high quality competitive meet

SPONSORED BY Ohio Swimming Inc

HOSTED BY Miami University Aquatic Club

DATE February 28-March 1, 2020 LOCATION Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 750 S. Oak St. Oxford, OH 45056

Order of Events:


  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday AM Prelims Warm Up 7:30 am – 8:45 am. Meet Starts – 9:00 am
  • Friday, Saturday Finals Warm-up 4:00 pm – 5:20 pm – Finals start - 5:30 pm
  • Sunday Finals:  Warm Up 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 


• The Ohio Senior Circuit meet is open to all swimmers who meet the following criteria:

- High school athletes, who are in or beyond their freshman year and are eligible to compete in a high school swim meet during that academic year; - Collegiate or Masters athletes;

- Disabled athletes who meet the eligibility criteria that are required of other meet participants.

• No swimmer will be permitted to compete unless the swimmer is a member as provided in Article 302. All entries must contain their USA Swimming number. USA-S registrations will not be accepted at this meet.

• Age on the first day of competition will determine eligibility for the meet.

• By the act of entering this meet, each team, coach and /or swimmer agrees to abide by USA Swimming Rules and Regulations and the Ohio Swimming Policy Book (posted on the OSI website).

• Any swimmer entered in the meet, unaccompanied by a USA Swimming member coach, 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 without the use of the backstroke ledge. It is the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer's legal guardian to ensure compliance with this requirement.

• This is an open meet. If the meet is oversubscribed, the Host club reserves the right to give priority to OSI LSC Swimmers.


• Entries will be seeded as follows: Long Course Meters, Short Course Meters, Short Course Yards. Times cannot be updated once received. • A swimmer who is either not entered or incorrectly entered by fault of the host club should be properly placed in the appropriate events.

• A swimmer, otherwise qualified, who was mistakenly not entered by his/her entry chairperson, may be added to open lanes until Thursday, February 27 at 5:00 pm provided he/she pays the appropriate entry fee plus a $25.00 processing charge (per swimmer) to the host club. No additions will be made after that time.


• Swimmers may swim a maximum of 3 (three) individual events per day (including time trials)

. • Swimmers may enter a maximum of 6 (six) Individual Events for the meet.

• No Individual minimum qualifying time standard shall be enforced at the Senior Circuit meet. • “NT” entries will not be accepted. Please estimate an entry time.

• To guarantee a preliminary swim for the 1500 freestyle event, enter the athlete with a SCY time and indicate to the entry chair that the athlete wishes to swim in the preliminary heat.

• If a swimmer wants an official intermediate split from a longer distance event, they must notify the meet referee before the event and complete an Ohio Time Certification form.


• No relays will be contested at this meet. 


• Individual Events - $8.00 per entry.

• Surcharge - $5.00 per swimmer (OSI Fund)

• Time Trials – $15 per individual event.

• Entry Fees for Senior Circuit Meets are established annually by the OSI Board of Directors.

• All entry fees are to be paid to the meet host prior to the start of the meet

RULES USA Swimming Rules and Regulations will govern the conduct of these Championships and will serve as the official guide for technical and procedural rules except as modified specifically herein.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT All meet directors, coaches and officials serving in an official capacity at a sanctioned event must be current members of USA Swimming and should be prepared to show proof of current USA Swimming membership. All persons acting in any coaching capacity in a sanctioned event must be currently certified coach members of USA Swimming.


• Single preliminary sessions for all swimmers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a final session in those evenings consisting of Bonus D (16-year olds and under), Bonus C, Consolation and Championship heats for all events except those which are marked as timed final events. (Swum in the order C, B, A, D).

• The D Bonus final will only be contested for events 200 yards and under. The D Bonus final is limited to 16-year old and under athletes, who did not qualify for the A, B or C final. Eight (8) lanes will be used for all heats in preliminaries and morning timed final events.

• Fly-over starts will be used in preliminary session events at the discretion of the Meet Referee. • Eight (8) lanes will be used for prelim, finals/consolation/bonus heats and timed final events swum in the evening.

• The meet referee reserves the right to combine events in accordance with USA Swimming Rules & Regulations.

• The meet host reserves the right to use two ended starts during prelims on any or all days based upon the number of entries to manage the timeline. If two ended starts are used, even heats will start on the scoreboard side of the pool and odd heats will start at the Balcony end. If two ended starts are used, the meet host reserves the right to request timers from each participating team to staff the second pool. All 50 Meter events will start at the Scoreboard end. This will be communicated by the Wednesday preceding the event.

• A timeline will be posted in several prominent places; however, timelines are approximate.

WARM-UP PROCEDURES AND SAFETY GUIDELINES • Ohio LSC Swimming Safety Guidelines and Warm-Up Procedures will be in effect at this meet. • Open warmups for all sessions. • Specific details of warm-up procedures will be posted on the pooldeck. • Controlled warm up will go into effect no later than the last 30 minutes. Lanes 1 & 8 will be push/pace. Lanes 2 & 7 will be one-way sprint. Lanes 3-6 will be general warm-up. Additional one-way sprint lanes may be created, as necessary by meet management • There will be no diving or racing starts during general warm-up or in the general warm-up lanes during the controlled warm-up period. • Except during supervised racing starts, swimmers must enter the pool feet first in a cautious manner with one hand in contact with the pool deck.


  • Host Team Safety Responsibilities:
    • • Marshaling Requirements: a. A minimum of four (4) marshals, per pool, who report to and receive instructions from the Meet Referee and/or the Meet Director, shall be on deck during the entire warm-up session. b. Marshals shall have the authority to remove from the deck for the remainder of the warm-up session any swimmer or coach who is in violation of safety guidelines or warm-up procedures. c. One Marshal shall be assigned to each warm-up, warm down facility throughout the meet; which includes warm-up prior to meet, breaks during the meet, and during active competition. • An announcer shall be on duty for the entire warm-up session to announce lane and/or time changes and to assist with the conduct of thewarm-up.
    • • Host team must supply a certified lifeguard on duty at all times. Coach/Team Safety Responsibilities:
    • • Coaches shall instruct their swimmers regarding safety guidelines and warm-up procedures as they apply to conduct at meets and practices.
    • • Coaches shall actively supervise their swimmers throughout the warm-up session at meets and at all practices.
    • • Coaches should maintain as much contact with their swimmers as possible, both verbal and visual, throughout the warm-up period.
    • • Coaches should stand near starting end of the pool when starting swimmers on sprint or pace work. Miscellaneous Safety:
    • • Backstrokers shall ensure that they are not starting at the same time as a swimmer on the blocks, and they must enter the pool feet first. Swimmers shall not step up on the blocks if there is a backstroker waiting to start.
    • • Swimmers shall not jump or dive into the pool to stop another swimmer on a recalled start.
    • • Swimmers are required to exit the pool upon completion of their warm-up period to allow other swimmers adequate warm-up time. The pool is not for visiting or playing during the warm-up session.
    • • Warm-up procedures shall be enforced for any breaks and/or any areas used for warm-up and warm-down during the competition.

SEEDING Entries will be seeded as follows: Long Course Meters, Short Course Meters, Short Course Yards. Times cannot be updated once received.

Scratch and Positive Check-In Procedures:

- A swimmer who officially scratches from an individual event prior to the scratch deadline shall not have that scratched event count towards their maximum number of events for the meet or for that day. - The scratch deadline for Preliminary Events and Timed Final Events will be at 8:00 am on the day that individual event or relay is contesting the event as described in the meet information.

- Athletes entered in the 400 Free, 400 IM, and 1500 Free are asked, as a courtesy to other competitors, to scratch out for these events by the 8:00 am deadline. The 1500 may require positive check-in, as determined by the meet host. If positive check-in is required, it will be communicated to coaches / entry chairs in an email prior to the meet.

- Any swimmer not appearing for a preliminary heat or a timed final event shall not be penalized; however, that event will still be counted against their 6 event maximum for the meet and their 3 event per day maximum.

Scratching from Finals:

• Any swimmer listed as an original qualifier, qualifying for a bonus, consolation or championship final in an individual event who fails to compete in said final shall be barred from his/her next individual event, except as noted in ‘Exception for Failure to Compete’ below. A declared false start under 101.1.3F or deliberate delay of meet under 101.1.5 is not permitted and will be regarded as a failure to compete. In order to remain eligible for subsequent sessions, the swimmer must declare their intention to swim with the Admin Referee prior to completion of the current session.

• In the event of withdrawal or barring of a swimmer from competition the Referee shall fill the bonus, consolation or championship final, when possible, with the next qualified swimmer(s). First and second alternates shall be announced 2020 Ohio Swimming Long Course Senior Circuit along with the final qualifiers. The alternates shall not be penalized if unavailable to compete in the finals. 

• Where bonus or consolation finals have not been swum and a barred or withdrawn swimmer is known to the Referee, the Referee shall reseed the bonus, consolation and championship final, if necessary, to insert the alternate(s) in the appropriate lane(s), filling all lanes in the final.

• If the consolation final has already been contested, the championship final shall be swum without reseeding for the empty lanes(s). Failure to scratch consolation or championship finals according to the rules above shall result in a $50.00 penalty fee per event against the swimmer if the event is his/her last event of the meet. The penalty fee shall be billed to the club and paid to the host group member.

Exception for Failure to Compete: No penalty shall apply for failure to withdraw or compete in an individual event if:

• The Referee is notified in the event of illness or injury and accepts the proof thereof.

• A swimmer qualifying for a bonus, consolation or championship final race based upon the original results of the preliminaries notifies the Clerk of Course within thirty (30) minutes after the announcement of qualifiers for that race that they may not intend to compete and further declares their final intentions within thirty (30) minutes following their last individual preliminary event.

• It is determined by the Referee that failure to compete is caused by circumstances beyond the control of the swimmer.

FINALS SESSION EVENT ORDER • The order of the final events shall be the same as preliminary sessions except the 1500 Freestyle will be contested as the first event at Finals.

• The 50 Backstroke, 50 Butterfly and 50 Breaststroke will be contested in prelims only.

• The order of heats at Finals will be C (Bonus) - B (Consolation) - A (Championship) - D (16 year olds and under), if contested.

AWARDS & SCORING There will be no awards at the Senior Circuit Meet.

RESULTS The following information will be published on the meet host website at: 1. Results 2. Final Results, Team Manager Results file, and Meet Manager Backup file 3. Unofficial results will be posted to Meet Mobile.

TIME TRIALS • Time Trials will be conducted, time permitting, following the preliminary sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The start time will be determined by the meet host and communicated at the coach’s meeting, if one is held, or by announcement at the meet.

• Signups for Time Trials each day will close at two hours prior to the end of each preliminary session according to the estimatedtimeline.

• Meet Participants are limited to three individual events per day, including Time Trials. A declared false start is counted as one of these three individual events per day

• Time trial sessions will be limited to 1 hour. If on any day, the preliminary session ends less than 45 minutes before the start of finals warm-ups, the time trials will not be conducted on that day. • The Meet Host reserves the right to limit Time Trial events 400 yards or longer to a specific day, based upon the preliminary session timelines. Teams will be informed of this at the General Meeting.

• Events from the current day will be swum first, with events for subsequent days following in order. Event order may be modified for ease of seeding and timeline control. • Time Trials for non-meet participants are limited to individuals attempting to achieve a published National Cut (USA Zone, Y Zone, Sectional, Futures, Junior National, Y Nationals, US Open or Senior National). Entry times for time trials should be within ½ second per 50 yards/meters of the published Time Standard. The Meet Referee and/or Meet Director have full discretion and authority to review Time Trial entries.

• Time Trials are open to non-meet participants who are current athlete members of Ohio Swimming, Inc. You must show your current USA Membership card, Deck Pass membership card or an official club portal roster at the time of sign-up for Time Trials.

POOL/FACILITY INFORMATION • The Corwin M. Nixon pool is a 50-meter x 25-yard pool with adjacent divingwell. • The competition pool will consist of 8 Long Course lanes each in prelims and finals with a depth of 6 to 10 feet. Continuous warm-up and warm-down areas will be available in the diving well. • The competition course has been certified in accordance with 104.2.2C (4). The copy of such certification is on file with USA Swimming; • Note: Swimmers will not be permitted in the adjacent leisure pool. The meet will be conducted in LongCourse format (LCM). • No swimmer will be allowed on deck without a coach member present. If home club coach is not planning to attend event, swimmer must be assigned a supervising coach. If a swimmer arrives without a coach, he/she must contact the meet referee to locate a coach at the meet facility to be able to participate in warm-up or competition. • In compliance with USA Swimming Rules and Regulations; the use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms. Under no circumstances are cameras or any other recording device allowed in the area immediately behind the starting blocks at either end of the racing course(s) while they are in use for race starts during the competition and warm-up. Please refer to the Safe Sport section of the Ohio Swimming, Inc. policies and procedures for further information regarding the use of visual recording devices. • Deck changes are prohibited. • 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.