Freestyle Frenzy hosted by TCAT (REG 10/5)

Oct 26, 2019
October, 5 2019
Annual 2019-2020, Coaches, Short Course 2019-2020


2019 Freestyle Frenzy Swim Meet

Hosted by

Twinsburg Competitive Aquatics Team

SATURDAY, October 26, 2019

Held under USA Swimming Sanction # LE 20007 SS


In granting this sanction 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.


LOCATION:  Twinsburg Fitness Center, 10084 Ravenna Rd, Twinsburg, OH  44087.  The fitness center is located next to the Twinsburg High School.


POOL   25 yards by 6 lanes. Pool depth is 5ft 6 inches at the turning end and 12ft 6 inches at the starting end. The competition course has not been certified in accordance with 104.2.2C (4). There will be a continuous warm-up/cool down pool next to the competition pool. 

Locker rooms may be accessed from the pool deck.  There will be seating for swimmers on the pool deck.  Seating will be labeled by team.  The number of bleachers a team will have will be determined by the number of entered swimmers.


RACING STARTS:  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.


STARTING TIMES Warm-ups will be from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.; competition starts at 8:20 a.m.  Afternoon warm-ups will begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the morning session and last for 45 minutes with competition starting 5 minutes after the end of warm-ups.  The finalized warm up plan, and estimated start times will be posted on by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  Warm-up sessions will be split if the average number of swimmers per lane is scheduled to exceed 15 swimmers per lane.


Both sessions may be combined and swum in the morning if entries warrant. Events may be combined but scored separately by gender and age. Teams will be notified by October 17, 2019 and given an opportunity to withdraw any of their 11 & Older swimmers with full refund.


TEAM SUPERVISION:  Teams who are entering swimmers but will not have a coach at the meet should arrange ahead of time for another coach to supervise their athletes.


RETURN TO PLAY LAW:  Under the Ohio Return to Play Law governing concussions, all coaches and officials (in state or out of state) are required to have proof of training in concussion signs and symptoms. This training is available for free and can be found at  All coaches and officials are encouraged to take this training. It is your responsibility to take care of this requirement.


ENTRY LIMITATIONS:  Swimmers may enter up to 5 events/day.  The Mixed 10 & Under 500, 11-12 500, Open 500 and Open 1000 may be limited in heats depending on the 4-hour limit and time constraints.  This will be determined by the entry deadline and entries will be based on when they were received (first come/first serve). Swimmers closed out of these events may enter another event if space is available or receive a refund.


DECK ENTRIES:  Deck entries will be accepted at the discretion of the meet director and information about deck entries will be published after the entry deadline on by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  If deck entries are taken, they will be on a space available basis up to 35 minutes before the start of the session and seeded at NT.  Deck entrants should sign up at the deck entry table @ $10/event.  Deck entry swimmers new to the meet will be charged $3.00 LESI surcharge and must provide proof of USA Swimming registration.


ELIGIBILITY:  Swimmers must be current athlete members of USA Swimming.  Coaches must be current coach members of USA Swimming and must check in on day of the meet.  All coaches must display the deck pass (wristband) issued by the meet host.  On deck USA Swimming athlete/coach registration will NOT be available.  Age is as of the first day of the meet, October 26, 2019.

All applicable adults participating in or associated with this meet, acknowledge that they are subject to the provisions of the USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy ("MAAPP"), and that they understand that compliance with the MAAPP policy is a condition of participation in the conduct of this competition.


QUALIFYING TIMES:   There are no Time Standards for any events.  If the swimmer has no time, please include a time even if it is a practice time.  No Time (NT) will not be accepted! 


SWIMMERS WITH A DISABILITY:   Entries for swimmers with a disability should be handled in the following manner: (1) enter the swimmer in the Hy-Tek database (or on the regular entry form); (2) list in the email accompanying the Hy-Tek entry file (or on a separate sheet of paper) the name of the swimmer, the stroke(s)/distance(s) s/he wishes to swim, the entry times, the day/session s/he wishes to swim the event(s), and the manner in which s/he prefers to be seeded (with a longer distance or with a different age group); and (3) provide any information about special accommodations needed by the swimmer. The final determination of seeding will be made by the Meet Referee after consultation with the swimmer and his/her coach.


CONDUCT:  The meet will be conducted according to the rules set forth in the current USA Swimming Rules and Regulations and the Lake Erie Swimming Policy & Procedures.   Events will be contested in a 25-yard course.  All events are timed finals. The Lake Erie scratch rule (attached) will be in effect.  Heats will be swum slowest to fastest except for the 500 and the 1000 Free which will be swum fastest to slowest. These events will be swum as mixed events and scored by gender. Open Events will be scored 14U and 15O.


SEEDING & CHECK IN: Events 1-4 will be preseeded.  All other Individual events will be deck-seeded.  All swimmers must check in at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their session for events seeded on the deck. Check-in sheets will be posted by team. Telephone check-in is NOT available; however, check-in sheets for 1000 Free will remain posted until one hour before the start time for the event.  The estimated deadline check-in time for the 1000 Free will be posted on the Lake Erie website by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  Swimmers who fail to check-in for the 1000 Free will be permitted to swim at the sole discretion of the meet referee if space is available after seeding deck entries.  No refunds will be given.

In accordance with 102.1.4, events may be seeded together but scored separately.  The Lake Erie scratch rule (attached) will be in effect.


CLERK OF COURSE:  Clerk of Course will be provided for the AM session only.


Swimmers without coach supervision: must contact the Meet Director or Meet Referee to be assigned to a coach on deck.


SCORING:  This meet is not scored. 


AWARDS:  Heat winner prize will be awarded


ADMISSION COST: $5.00 per person.  Spectators 65 & over and 5 & under are free. Psych/Heat Sheets will NOT be sold at the meet.  Meet information will be available on Meet Mobile.


Parking:  There is no fee for parking. 


RESULTS:  Will be posted on  Teams may request a backup at the conclusion of the meet.


SAFETY/WARM-UP: Lake Erie Swimming safety guidelines and warm-up procedures will be in effect at all times.  Coaches must maintain contact with their swimmers during warm-up and throughout the meet.  Swimmers must enter the pool feet first in a cautious manner with one hand in contact with the pool edge from the starting block end of the pool.  There is no diving during warm-up, except in designated sprint lanes. The final 15 minutes shall be conducted as follows:

 (a)      Lanes 1 & 6 push/pace from the start end of the pool (or general warm-up at the discretion of the Meet Referee or his/her designee).

(b)       Lanes 2 & 5 sprint lanes for racing starts from the starting block end of the pool, one length only and exiting the pool

(c)       Lanes 3-4 general warm-up, no diving or racing starts.  Any or all of these lanes may be converted to sprint lanes at the discretion of the Meet Referee or his/her designee.

Swimmers are to sprint one way and climb out at the far end of the pool.  Swimmers may be removed from warm-up for violating safety rules.

There will be continuous warm-up in the Rec area of the pool


CAMERA ZONES:  Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in changing areas, restrooms, or locker rooms.  Additionally, under NO circumstances will Camera Zones include the area immediately behind the starting blocks at either end of the racing course(s) while they are in use for race starts during competition and warm-up. Those failing to abide by this rule may be removed from the venue.


DRONES:  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.


DECK CHANGES:  Deck changes are prohibited.


INITIAL DISTANCE:  In order to be certain that an initial distance or lead-off relay leg is entered into SWIMS, the swimmer or the swimmer’s coach should notify either the meet referee or the admin before the event and provide the necessary watches as back-up to the electronic timing.  All lead-off relay splits will automatically be uploaded to SWIMS after admin approval; for all other initial distances, the proper paperwork must be completed after the swim in order for the time to be entered into SWIMS.


OFFICIATING OPPORTUNITY – Anyone that is a USA Swimming certified official is welcome and encouraged to join the Lake Erie Swimming (LESI) officials in working this meet.  Please contact the meet director or the Lake Erie Officials Chair in advance of the meet if at all possible to let either know of your availability.  We are also looking for anyone that is interested in becoming an official, for more information please contact the Official’s Chair.              

Official’s Chair: Bob Martens,


NOTE:  Only athletes entered in the meet, working coaches, officials, and meet workers are allowed on deck.  Other non-participants are expected to remain in the spectator area.







Evacuation Plan


In the event of an alarm or an emergency requiring an evacuation:

  • Remain calm
  • Do not gather belongings, just leave
  • Use nearest exit

Swimmers and Coaches

Follow EXIT SIGNS on the scoreboard end of the pool deck.

Spectators- Bleachers

Exit through EXIT SIGN on the balcony and walk down the stairs which lead to outside.

Locker rooms/Main Lobby

Exit through the pool emergency exit oors on the scoreboard end of the pool.

2019 Freestyle Frenzy Swim Meet


October 26, 2019

Morning Session


7:30-8:15 a.m. Warm-up, 8:20 a.m. Meet Start (Timed Finals)                                   

Girls #


Age Group/Stroke


Boys #



8 & U 50 Freestyle





9-10 50 Freestyle





10 & U 200 Freestyle





8 & U 25 Freestyle





9-10 25 Freestyle





8 & U 100 Freestyle





9-10 100 Freestyle





10 Minute Warm Up





Mixed 10 & U 500 Freestyle**




**Mixed events will be scored by gender and will be swum fastest to slowest; Heats may be limited**



Afternoon Session

Afternoon warm-up will begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the morning session.

Competition will begin at the completion of the 45 minute warm-up (Timed Finals).

Estimated start times will be listed at Wednesday, October 23, 2019.


Girls #


Age Group/Stroke


Boys #



Mixed 11-12 500 Freestyle**





11-12 50 Freestyle





Open 50 Freestyle*





11-12 200 Freestyle





Open 200 Freestyle*





11-12 100 Freestyle





Open 100 Freestyle*





10 Minute Warm Up





Open* Mixed 500 Freestyle**





Open* Mixed 1000 Freestyle**




**Mixed events will be scored by gender and will be swum fastest to slowest; Heats may be limited**






                Each swimmer/relay team shall be aware of the meet starting time and shall report to the proper meet authorities promptly upon call.

                        A.     Pre-Seeded Meets - Each swimmer/relay team shall report promptly to the Clerk of Course or starting blocks prior to the race in which the swimmer/relay team is entered.  Any swimmer/relay team not reporting for or competing shall not be penalized.        

                        B.     Events Seeded on the Deck –

                                (1)   Events seeded on the deck shall be closed for seeding no earlier than thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of the session.  Host may provide alternate methods of check-in (such as email, phone, fax) for swimmers who do not plan to arrive before the scratch deadline.

                                (2)   Any swimmer who has checked in for an individual event 400 yards/meters or longer must swim in the event unless the swimmer notifies the Clerk of Course or Administrative Official before the seeding of the event has begun that the swimmer wishes to scratch; failure to scratch prior to seeding and not swimming the event will result in a fine of $25.00 to the swimmer’s club or to the unattached swimmer, except as noted in "Exceptions for Failure to Compete" (below).  A declared false start or deliberate delay of the meet in events 400 yards/meters or longer is not permitted and will be regarded as a failure to compete.

                                (3)   Any agent of a team (coach, parent, swimmer, etc.) who checks in a swimmer for any event when that swimmer is not present at the meet may cause a fine of $2.00 per swimmer per day to be levied against that team.           

                                (4)   Events seeded on the deck and swum as a timed final with one or more heats swimming with finals shall provide the swimmer the opportunity to indicate their desire to swim only during the preliminary session by indicating this desire by placing a “P” next to their name on the sign in sheet.  Any swimmer failing to indicate this desire who does not compete during the finals session shall be subject to a fine of $25.00, except as noted in “Exceptions for Failure to Compete” (below).

                        C.    Scratching from Bonus Finals, Consolation Finals and Finals                        

                                (1)   Any swimmer qualifying for a C, B, or A (bonus and consolation final or) final race in an individual event who fails to compete in said final race shall be barred from further competition for the remainder of the meet, except as noted below in "Exceptions for Failure to Compete."  If such failure to compete occurs on the swimmer's last day of the meet, the swimmer’s club shall be fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00) by LESI. If the swimmer is not a member of a USA Swimming member club, the swimmer shall be fined $25.00.  A declared false start or deliberate delay of meet is not permitted and will be regarded as a failure to compete.

                                (2)   In the event of withdrawal or barring of a swimmer from competition, the Referee shall fill the consolation final or final when possible with the next qualified swimmer(s).  First and second alternates shall be announced along with the final qualifiers.  These alternates shall not be penalized if unavailable to compete in the finals.

                                (3)   When consolation finals have not yet been swum and a barring or withdrawal is known to the Referee, the Referee shall re-seed the consolation final and the final, if necessary, to insert the alternate(s) in the appropriate lane(s), filling all lanes in the final.

                                (4)   If a consolation final has already been contested, the final shall be swum without reseeding for the empty lane(s).              

                        D.    Exceptions for Failure to Compete - No penalty shall apply for failure to withdraw or compete in an individual event if

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

                                (2)   A swimmer qualifying for a consolation final or final race following preliminaries notifies the Referee or designee within thirty (30) minutes after the announcement of the qualifiers for that race that the swimmer may not intend to compete.  The swimmer must declare within thirty (30) minutes following his last individual preliminary event a final intention to scratch or swim.

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