Our Partners

Lake Erie Senior Champs

March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018
February 16, 2018


Lake Erie Senior Championship

Sponsored by

Firestone Akron Swim Team

March 2-4, 2018

Held under USA Swimming Sanction #LE 17040 SS Time Trials #LE 17041

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: Ocasek Natatorium, University of Akron, 382 Carroll Street, Akron, OH


POOL: 25 yards by 8 lanes, with Colorado Timing system and digital scoreboard Continuous warm-up and warm-down during competition will be availableSaturday and Sunday events will be split between male and female swimmers in two 25 yard pools with finals at night in 1 pool .Concessions will be available throughout the meet. Free parking in lots adjacent to the natatorium. The competition course has been certified in accordance with 104.2.2C (4). The copy of such certification is on file with USA Swimming. The depth of the pool at the start end is 14 feet. The depth at the turn end is 8 feet.


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.



                          Warm up: 4:00 – 5:30 PM Meet @ 5:35 PM



  Prelim warm up: 7:15 – 8:45 AM Meet @ 8:50AM

  Finals warm up:

Start time will be announced during the meet. Warm up will be 1hour and 15 minutes with meet Start 5 minutes after the conclusion of warm-up



  Prelim warm up: 7:15 – 8:45 AM Meet @ 8:50 AM

  Finals warm up:

Start time will be announced during the meet. Warm up will be 1hour and 15 minutes with meet Start 5 minutes after the conclusion of warm-up.


Warm up time may be split by team if the average number of swimmers per lane is scheduled to exceed 15 swimmers per lane The finalized warm up plan will be found at by Wednesday February 28 2018.



TEAM SUPERVISION: Teamswho 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 FEES: Individual events $8.00 Relays: $16.00; and a $2.00 per swimmer LESI surcharge. There is a $1.00/swimmer handling fee for entries not received in an electronic file. Make checks payable to: FAST


ENTRY LIMITATIONS: Swimmers may enter as many events as they choose but swim no more than 3 individual events per day; exclusive of relays. No refunds will be given. Swimmers may compete in no more than 9 individual events for the meet. Clubs may enter an unlimited number of relays (except as noted below), but only two relay teams per club are eligible to score points. Clubs may only enter (1) one team in the Mixed 200 medley and Mixed 200 free relays. Relay-only swimmers must be included with the original entry.


DECK ENTRIES: Deck entries will be offered on a space available basis and seeded at NT. Deck entries will close 35 minutes prior to the beginning of each session. Deck entry fees will be: $16.00 for individual events and $32.00 for relays. Deck entry swimmers, new to the meet, will pay the $2.00 surcharge and must provide proof of USA Registration.


ELIGIBILITY: This is a CLOSED competition, open to all Lake Erie swimmers who are

· 15 and over, or

· who attend high school, or

· Non-high school swimmers 14 and under who have achieved a 15-16 AAA cut time

All swimmers must be current athlete members of USA Swimming and have met the time standard requirements. All swimmers must be members in good standing of Lake Erie LSC. Coaches must be current coach members of USA Swimming and must check in for each meet or session they attend. All coaches must display the deck pass (wristband is required to be worn by all coaches) issued by the meet host. Age is as of the first day of the meet, March 2, 2018. On deck USA Swimming registration will not be available. All time standards are in short course yard.


QUALIFYING TIMES: Please see event listings for the time standards which are NAG B (15-16). Non-conforming times may be entered but must satisfy the associated time standard for the course. All entry times should indicate whether achieved in yards (Y), short course meters (S), or long course meters (L). MM will convert nonconforming times.


Any non-high school 14 and under may swim Senior Championships as long as they have an AAA (15-16) time in the event they are entering.


 Swimmers should enter an event only if their time falls within the range of the listed time standard for that event as of the entry deadline. Teams of swimmers who fail to achieve the qualifying time at the meet will receive a notice of those times that cannot be verified in the SWIMS database. Teams shall submit proof of time or a fine of $10.00 for each swim listed in the notice. Failure to resolve time verification issues within one week of receipt of notice shall result in debit to the team’s account in the amount of the fine. Unattached swimmers will receive similar notice.


SWIMMERS WITH A DISABILITY: Swimmers with a disability may enter an event (such as the 100 free) and swim it with a longer yardage event (such as the 200 free) provided his/her time for the lesser yardage event (100 free) is equal to or faster than the listed qualifying time for the longer yardage event (200 free). 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. .

Friday night competition will be held in one pool ONLY. Friday events are TIMED FINALS.

All events will be deck seeded

1000 free and 1650 free will be timed finals run fastest to slowest. The 1000 free will alternate heats for women and men.

The 1650 will have all heats swum in the prelim session, swum fastest to slowest. There will be a 15 minute warm up prior to the 1650.

All heats of other events will be run in slowest to fastest heat order. Preliminary events will be circle-seeded in accordance with USA Swimming rules.

All other Saturday/Sunday individual events will be prelim/final. The Lake Erie scratch rule (attached) will be in effect.  

Saturday and Sunday preliminary session events will be split between male and female swimmers in two 25 yard pools. Swimmers should select their events accordingly. There will be no break between events. All finals will be swum in one pool.

The Mixed 200 FR and Mixed 200 MR (2 male, 2 female) are timed finals with all heats swum at the start of finals. There will be a 10 minute break following the relays at finals. All other relays will swim all heats in the prelim sessions and are timed finals.

Saturday/Sunday Finals: A/B/C Finals will consist of the top 16 swimmers in each event in the A/B heat and a C heat of 18 under swimmers. Collegiate swimmers and 19O swimmers are ineligible for the C final unless empty lanes are available.


SEEDING & CHECK IN: All events will be seeded on the deck. Swimmers should check in for all of their day’s events prior to the start of warm-up, but no later than 30 minutes before the start of the session. Check in sheets will be posted on the pool deck. Heat and lane assignments will be posted in various locations around the facility. It is the responsibility of each swimmer to report to the blocks on time for his/her event. There will be NO CLERK OF COURSE. Relay cards must be turned in upon call in order to be seeded. In accordance with 102.1.4, events may be seeded together but scored separately.


AWARDS: Individual High Point and Runner-up

              Female Team (Top 2)

  Male Team (Top 2)

  Combined Team (Top 3)



Scoring Divisions: Collegiate and Non-Collegiate Divisions will be set up for the meet

Individual events: 20,17,16,15,14,13,12,11,9,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

Relays: 40,34,32,30,28,26,24,22,18,14,12,10,8,6,4,2



ADMISSION COST:                                      $5.00 per Person: $3.00 for Psych Sheets

Finals admission: $3.00 per Person $1.00 for Heat Sheets



Results: Final results will be posted on the Lake Erie Swimming web site at


TIME TRIALS: Will be offered after the Saturday and Sunday prelim sessions only if time allows and does not cause the warm up of finals to start unreasonably late. Swimmers may sign up for time trials at the table located next to the admin table in the diving end. Individual events $20.00; Relays $40.00. Time trials are included in the 3 individual event/day limit.


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. All entry into the pool for warm-up is feet first from the starting block end of the pool. Swimmers must enter the pool feet first in a cautious manner with one hand in contact with the pool edge. There is no diving during warm-up, except in designated sprint lanes. The final 20 minutes of a 45-minute warm-up will be conducted as follows.

 (a)            Lanes 1 & 8 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 & 7 sprint lanes for racing starts from the starting block end of the pool, one length only and exiting the pool

(c)            Lanes 3-6 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.


Continuous warm-up is available between bulkheads during prelim competition.




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.


DECK CHANGES: Deck changes are prohibited.


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.


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.

Meet Director’s E-mail:

Official’s Chair: Al Kominek,


COACHES: Packets for coaches will be available at the computer table.


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. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!





Friday Night Final - 4:00 Warm-Up, 5:35 meet start

(Timed Finals)

March 2, 2018



Girls #

Cutoff Time

Equal to

Or faster than


Age Group/Stroke

Cutoff Time

Equal to

Or faster than


Boys #



1000 Freestyle*





200 Medley Relay





50 Butterfly





50 Backstroke





50 Breaststroke





800 Free Relay




*The 1000 freestyle will be swum fastest to slowest, alternating women and men.



Saturday AM – 7:15 Warm-Up, 8:50 meet start (Prelim/ Finals)

March 3, 2018

Girl’s events and boys events will be swum concurrently in separate ends of the pool during prelims. There will be no break between events, so swimmers should choose their events accordingly.

Girls #

Cutoff Time

Equal to

Or faster than


Age Group/Stroke

Cutoff Time

Equal to

Or faster than


Boys #



Mixed 200 Free Relay**(TF with

all heats in finals)





400 Medley Relay***(TF)





200 Backstroke





100 Freestyle





200 Breaststroke





100 Butterfly





200 Individual Medley





500 Free





200 Free Relay***(TF)









** 200 Mixed Free Relay all heats will be swum at finals followed by a 10 minute break

*** 400 Medley and 200 Free Relays will be swum in prelims only

Order of Finals: 13, 14, 10 minute break, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.



Sunday AM – 7:15 Warm-Up, 8:50 meet start (Prelim/Finals)

March 4, 2018

Girl’s events and boys events will be swum concurrently in separate ends of the pool during prelims. There will be no break between events, so swimmers should choose their events accordingly.


Girls #

Cutoff Time

Equal to

Or faster than


Age Group/Stroke

Cutoff Time

Equal to

Or faster than


Boys #



Mixed 200 Medley (TF with

all heats in finals)





100 Backstroke





200 Freestyle





400 Individual Medley





50 Freestyle





100 Breaststroke





200 Butterfly





400 Free Relay(TF)









** 200 Mixed Medley Relay all heats will be swum at finals followed by a 10 minute break

*** 400 Free Relay will be swum in prelims only

**** 1650 free will be a timed final event with all heats swum fastest to slowest in prelims.

Order of Finals: 31, 32, 10 minute break, 33,34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44.