Open Water Carnival - Hosted by Rice Aquatics
WHAT: Gulf Open Water Swimming Championships
WHEN: Sunday, September 30th 2018
WHERE: Twin Lakes Scuba Park, Manvel TX 77578. Lake is located on Highway 6 just 1.8 miles east of TX 288. Directions - Go south on TX 288, past the Sam Houston Tollway about 8 miles. Exit Highway 6 and go east (left). Twin Lakes Scuba Park is 1.8 miles down on the right side of the road.
NOTE: There is a $5 per vehicle (cash) charge to park. No changing rooms available, but there are portable bathrooms.
WHO: This open water / lake swim meet is open to all swimmers in the Black 1/2, Green 1/2, White 1/2 and Senior 1/2/3 groups. Swimmers aged 12 & Under should confirm with their coach before committing to the meet and distances offered.
800 meter Free open to swimmers aged 9 & Over. 1600 meter Free open to swimmers aged 11 & Over. 3200 meter Free open to swimmers 13 & Over.
**Swimmers aged 9-10 may only swim in the 800 FR. Swimmers aged 11-12 may swim either or both the 800 and 1600 FR. Swimmers aged 13 & Over may swim either or both or all 800, 1600 and 3200 FR.
SPECIAL NOTE: 2018 Gulf Open Water Champs ALL STAR TEAM Announcement: The Gulf Open Water Champs on Sunday, September 30th, 2018, will be a qualifying event to represent the Gulf at the Annual Fort Myers Open Water Festival and LSC Challenge at Miromar Lakes (date TBD after USA Swimming Convention). An amendment will be sent out with more information on qualifying once a date has been selected for the LSC Challenge competition.
The 1600 is the qualifying race for 11-12's (age as of the day of April meet)
Ther 3200 is the qualifying race for 13 and over (age as of the day of April meet)
1. 9:00 am, 800 meter swim, check in 8:00 am to 8:30 am
2. No earlier than10:15 am, 1 mile swim, check in 8:00 am to 9:00 am
3. No earlier than 11:30 am, 2 mile swim, check in 8:00 am to 10:00am
All USA swimmers will be started at the scheduled start time. Staggered starts by age or sex may be used at the discretion of the meet referee dependent upon the number of swimmers entered in each event. There will be pre-race instructions given 10 minutes prior to each race.
CHECK IN: All swimmers must check in with the clerk of course. All swimmers will be numbered by clerk of course for identification. Each swimmer must be numbered 30 minutes prior to the start of their race.
The race course will open for warm up at 8:15am. Warm up will close at 8:45am.
RACE INFO: The race course will be 800 meters. The race will start and finish in the water. It will be swum in a Clockwise direction with buoys staying on your right shoulder. The finish shall take place at a finishing chute that will lead to a floating dock. This is a qualifying event for the Gulf Open Water All Star Team.
SAFETY NOTE: Each swimmer will be given a race number during the check in phase of the meet. After the pre-race meeting the swimmers will enter the lake from one dock and check in with the volunteers in charge of tracking the swimmers. These volunteers will be taking the total number of swimmers entering the water and their race numbers. During the finish phase of the competition the swimmers will exit from the opposite pier and have the same volunteers record their finish time, race number and order finish.
First race for each swimmer is $30 and includes a meet tshirt. Each additional event is $10 per swimmer.
DEADLINE TO UNCOMMIT / REVIEW EVENTS: This meet does NOT follow the normal meet entry procedure. Because this is an open water lake swim, swimmers will not be automatically entered in the meet. Swimmers must accept and click "yes my swimmer will attend" to be entered in this meet. Put the DISTANCE you want to enter in the NOTES section and besure to save changes.
The deadline to commit and enter the meet is Friday, September 14th. Swimmers will be placed in events as soon as they commit, so the review for this meet will close on Friday, September 21st at 10am.
At the close of the review on the 21st at 10am, a meet file will be generated and sent to the host team and all swimmers will be billed accordingly regardless of actual meet attendance.
If you have any questions about this meet, please email your group coach.