USA Swimming Mbrs only:The Mark J Braun Fall Classic

Nov 19, 2021 (03:00 PM) - Nov 21, 2021 (05:00 PM)
October, 22 2021



The Mark J. Braun Fall Classic Hosted byLake Erie Silver Dolphins

November 19-21 2021

LOCATION:  SPIRE Institute, 5201 SPIRE Circle Geneva, Ohio
ENTRANCE The building entrance is between the Aquatics and Track Building located at the Aquatics building’s Northeast side. No other doors will be open for entry. Parking has moved as well.  MAP

Coach Mickey will be covering meet. Her cell (937) 605-1999 

Tentative Timeline:



COVID PROTOCOLS: Spire requires masks to be worn in all buildings on Campus; therefore, ALL COACHES, SPECTATORS, VOLUNTEERS, OFFICIALS AND SWIMMERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN SWIMMERS ARE SWIMMING. Swimmers should have a ziplock bag or “tupperware” container to house their mask while in the water.

POOL SET UP: The meet will take place in two 25 yard pools split by age group and gender on Friday evening and Saturday & Sunday mornings.

  • Ï  Friday: All boys events will compete in the deep end/diving board end of the pool; all girls events will compete in the scoreboard end of the pool

  • Ï  Saturday morning: Open girls and 13-14 boys events will compete in the deep end/diving board end of the pool; Open boys and 13-14 girls events will compete in the scoreboard end of the pool.

  • Ï  Sunday morning: Open boys and 13-14 girls events will compete in the deep end/diving board end of the pool; Open girls and 13-14 boys events will compete in the scoreboard end of the pool.

  • Ï  Saturday and Sunday afternoons will be one pool and compete in the deep end/diving board end of the pool

  • Ï  Saturday finals will all be in the deep end/diving board end of the pool


All warm-up sessions are open warm-ups. There will be no assigned times or lanes.

Friday, November 19

  • 4:15 – 5:30 pm Warm-ups
  • Competition will begin at 5:35 pm

Saturday, November 20 & Sunday November 21 AM Session

  • 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Warm-ups
  • Competition will begin at 8:35 AM

Saturday November 20  AFTERNOON Prelim Session

  • enlightenedwarm-ups will NOT begin before 11:30 AM Warm-ups will be 45 minutes
  • SPY Kids please be at pool by 11:30am so we can warm up as soon as we can
  • Competition will begin 50 minutes after the start of warm-ups

Saturday November 20 Finals

  • warm-ups will NOT begin before 5:15 pm with a 45 minute warm-up.
  • Be at pool, ready to warm up at 5:15pm
  • Finals will begin 50 minutes after the start of warm-ups.

Sunday AFTERNOON Session

  •  warm-ups will NOT begin before 12:30 PM;
  • SPY kids be ready at 12:30pm  Warm-ups will be 45 minutes
  • Competition will begin 50 minutes after the start of warm-ups

The instructional pool will be available for continuous warm-up during warm-ups and throughout the meet.


  •  Psych sheets are posted on meet mobile. The meet is titled The 2021 Mark J. Braun Fall Classic. The meet will be on meet mobile barring any technical difficulties.
  • Swimmers will have to check in/circle in for their events each day prior to the start of warm-ups. Check in will be done in the hallway outside the pool. Check in sheets will be done by team
  •  Deck Entries: will be taken on a space available basis. Deck entries will be seeded NT. Deck entries will open at 4:00 pm on Friday and 7:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Deck entries will close 45 minutes prior to the start of each session. Individual events are $12.00 and relays are $18.00. There is a $3 surcharge for swimmers new to the meet. Please bring exact change or a check
  • Ï  We will conduct Fly-over starts at all sessions except Finals.

  • Ï  The backstroke wedges will be available for Finals only

  • Ï  12 & UNDER APPROVED SUITS Click here  for a complete list of the suits that will be  allowed  for athletes 12 and under. Please make sure your suit is approved before wearing it to a meet.

  • Ï  enlightenedEach swimmer is allowed to bring two (2) spectators. Admission is included in the entry fees. Please wear a mask & social distance in the spectator area

  • Ï  Aquatic Outfitters will be on-site for all your aquatic needs*

  • Ï  Northwest Designs will be on-site selling meet apparel.*

  • Ï  Fuel and Cafe Hours

    • Ë  Friday: Cafe 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

    • Ë  Saturday: Cafe 7:00 AM-11 AM Fuel 11 AM-6:30 PM

Ë  Sunday: Cafe 7:00 AM-11 AM Fuel 11 AM- 4:00 PM

*Vendors will be located in the hall above Fuel

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive in the past 10 days, please stay home and do not attend the meet. COVID-19 Symptoms include:

  • Ï  Fever or chills

  • Ï  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Ï  Muscle or body aches

Ï Headache Ï Sore throat Ï Cough

  • Ï  New loss of taste or smell

  • Ï  Congestion or runny nose

  • Ï  Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea Ï Fatigue


Held under USA Swimming Sanction #LE 21018 SS    Time Trials: #LE 21019 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.

In applying for this sanction, Lake Erie Silver Dolphins agree to comply and to enforce all health and safety mandates and guidelines of USA Swimming, LE, the State of Ohio and Ashtabula County (local jurisdiction).

RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID 19:   An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. 

USA Swimming, Inc., cannot prevent you (or your child(ren)) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in USA Swimming sanctioned events. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to participate in a USA Swimming sanctioned event, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. 


COVID PROTOCOLS: Spire requires masks to be worn in all buildings on Campus; therefore, ALL COACHES, SPECTATORS, VOLUNTEERS, OFFICIALS AND SWIMMERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN SWIMMERS ARE SWIMMING.  Swimmers should have a Ziplock bag or “Tupperware" container to house their mask while swimming.  

LOCATION:  The SPIRE Institute Aquatic Center 5201 Spire Circle Geneva, OH 44041.
The building entrance is between the Aquatics and Track Building located at the Aquatics building’s Northeast side.

POOL:  The competitive swimming pools measure 10 lanes by 25 yards in a 50 meters Olympic size pool, with 2 moveable bulkheads for subdivision of the pool.  The competition will take place in both pools unless the entry is small enough to be conducted in one pool only.  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 Course 1 is 8’2” at both ends (start end is under the scoreboard).  The depth of the pool at Course 2 is 14’ at both ends (start end is closest to the control room).


  • Friday night warm-up: 4:15 pm- 5:30 pm, with the meet starting at 5:35 pm.  
  • Both Saturday and Sunday morning session warm-ups will begin at 7:00 am with the meet beginning at 8:35 am.  
  • The afternoon warm-ups may be split into multiple 30-minute sessions beginning immediately after the conclusion of whichever morning session pool finishes first.  If not split, the afternoon warm-ups will be 45 minutes and will begin 15 minutes following the conclusion of whichever AM pool finishes first.  
  • Finals on Saturday will not begin before 6:00 pm after a 45-minute warm-up.  
  • Team assignments may be issued for morning and afternoon warm-ups.  
  • The finalized warm-up plan, estimated timelines, and pool determination can be found on the Lake Erie Swimming website ( by Wednesday, November 17,2021 


  • Individual events $9.00;
  • Relays: $12.00;
  • plus a $3.00 per swimmer surcharge 

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  It is your responsibility to take care of this requirement.



  • 13 and over swimmers may compete in two events on Friday and in no more than three events per day on Saturday and Sunday (exclusive of relays).
  • Swimmers in the 12 & Under sessions may compete in up to three events on Friday, three events on Saturday and four events on Sunday (exclusive of relays).
  • Time trials count toward the daily event limitation.
  • Teams may enter no more than two (2) relays per event in the 13-14 & Open relays.  Relay-only swimmers are not permitted.  
  • PLEASE NOTE- determination of how the meet will be split by pools WILL NOT be determined until after the meet entry process has been closed.  The meet host reserves the right to split the pools by gender or age group following review of event entries.  Please take this into consideration when entering events. 


Swimmers must be equal to or faster than the time standards listed below

  • 12 and Under Swimmers -NAG 2021-2024 BB times
  • 13 and Over Swimmers -NAG 2021-2024 A times

The host team reserves the right to enter its own swimmers into any available events in any session still considered not to be closed due to timeline restrictions, even if they have not achieved the qualifying times.

  • Swimmers should enter an event only if they have achieved the listed time standard for that event. 
  • 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.  Proofs of time shall be from an observed swim or from a sanctioned or approved competition only.  
  • A fine of $10.00 for each swim listed in the notice for which acceptable proof of time is not provided will be levied against the team or unattached swimmers. 
  •  High School dual meets and YMCA meets are not acceptable proof of times.

DECK ENTRIES: Deck entries may be taken on a space available basis up to 45 minutes before the start of the session and seeded at NT.  The decision about deck entries will be published after the entry deadline. Deck entrants should sign up at the deck entry table @ $12.00 per individual event and $18.00 per relay.  Deck entry swimmers new to the meet will be charged $3.00 LESI surcharge and must provide proof of times and of USA Swimming registration.  Deck entries will be allowed to score.  Deck entrants for whom there is no space will receive a refund.  

ELIGIBILITY: Swimmers must be current athlete members of USA swimming and have met the time standard requirements.  Coaches must be current coach members of USA swimming and must check in each day of the meet they attend.  All coaches must display the deck pass (wristband) issued by the meet host.  Age of swimmer is as of the first day of the meet, November 19, 2021.  There will be no on-deck registration for coaches or athletes.

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.

CONDUCT:  The meet will be conducted according to the rules set forth in the current USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.  Events will be contested in two 25-yard courses unless the entry is too small to warrant this. PLEASE NOTE- determination of how the meet will be split by pools WILL NOT be determined until after the meet entry process has been closed.  The meet host reserves the right to split the pools by gender or age group following review of event entries.  Please take this into consideration when entering events. Friday & Sunday events are timed finals.  On Saturday, all individual events will be prelim/final format. Championship heat only in the 10 & Under, 11-12, and 13-14 age groups, consolation and championship heats (in that order) for the Open events. Ten lanes will be used at finals which will be conducted in one pool.  Fly-over starts will be used in all prelim & timed finals sessions. All relays are timed finals and will be swum in prelims.  The 1650 freestyle will be swum fastest to slowest.  If both genders are competing in the same pool for the 1650, heats will be alternated between women and men. Swimmers in the 1650 will need to provide their own timer and counter.  The meet host reserves the right to combine/split sessions and events and/or limit the number of entries in order to control the length of the meet.

HEAT LIMITATIONSLESD reserves the right to limit heats of any event 400 yards or longer.  Teams will be notified by Friday November 12, 2021, if heat limitations will be imposed.


This is a deck seeded meet. All swimmers must check in for all of their events 35 minutes prior to the start of the session. Swimmers who fail to check in for their events will not be seeded. Heat and lane assignments will be posted on deck. Relay cards must be turned in upon call in order to be seeded. The Lake Erie scratch rule (attached) will be in effect.  Non-conforming times will be converted by Meet Manager.  Events may be consolidated but scored separately to conserve time.



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.

CLERK OF COURSE:  A Clerk of Course will not be provided at this meet.                


SCORING:                INDIVIDUAL…11-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 


Consolation heats will not be scored.

Open events will not be scored multi-age, but points for Open events will revert to that swimmer’s respective age group for high point totals.  


  • 12 & under Individual Events: Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd; ribbons for places 4-10. 
  • 12 & under Relay Events: Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.        
  • High Point and Runner-up Awards: 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14, and 15 & Over.
  • Team Awards:  1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest scoring teams, excluding the host team.


ADMISSION COST: Admission cost is included in entry fee; two (2) spectators per swimmer 

TIME TRIALS:  Time trials will be held Saturday and Sunday after the morning and afternoon sessions at the discretion of the meet referee.

  • Time trial entry fees are $15.00/individual event & $20.00/relay.
  • Time Trial entries close 90 minutes prior to the end of the session.
  • Time Trial events are open to swimmers already entered in the meet.
  • Time trials are included in the daily event limitation.  
  • Depending on the timelines and time trial entries, TT may be swum at the conclusion of the session or split into two pools when each pool is finished.  This decision will be made after the deadline for time trial sign-up.


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.  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 45 minute warm-up or final 10 minutes of a 30-minute warm-up shall be conducted as follows:

(a)             Lanes 0 & 9 push/pace from the start end of the pool (or general warm-up at the discretion of Meet Referee or his/her designee).

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

(c)             Lanes 2-7 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. Feet first entry only into the continuous warm-up lanes.

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.

INIITIAL 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. 

COACHES:  Heat Sheets will be distributed on the pool deck after check-in and seeding is completed.  LESD will do their best to have heat sheets available at the start of each session for all coaches.  There may be a coaches meeting during warm-ups if necessary.

12 & UNDER APPROVED SUITS: The tech suit restrictions, proposed by the Age Group Development Committee, went in effect for 12-and-under swimmers on September 1, 2020.  Click here for a complete list of the suits that will be allowed for athletes 12 and under. Please make sure your suit is approved before wearing it to a meet.

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.

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.