USA Only: Speedo Summer Sectionals

Jul 15, 2021 - Jul 18, 2021
May, 25 2021




Thursday, July 15 – Sunday, July 18

Wednesday, July 14: Team Warm-Ups 1:00 – 7:00 PM 




SPIRE Institute

5201 Spire Circle

Geneva, OH 44041





Virtual Technical Meeting

Monday, July 12, 2021: 6:00 PM Eastern

A meeting invitation will be sent out to registered teams the week prior.  A coach from each team is REQUIRED to attend this meeting.



Warm-Ups & Start Times*

*All times listed below are subject to change based on final entry numbers and the potential need for staggered arrivals and staggered warm-up times.


Wednesday, July 14

Team Practice:  1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Four 90-minute slots; reservations required:

  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Coaches will need to complete the google form with a reservation request.  The form will be posted on the event website. 


The qualifying period is from June 1, 2019, through the entry deadline.

Limits: A swimmer may enter an unlimited number of individual events but may compete in no more than 6 individual events for the meet and in no more than 3 individual events per day.  Time trial events count toward a swimmer’s daily limit (3 events), but do not count toward a swimmer’s meet limit of six (6) events.


Bonus Events: Swimmers who have achieved fewer than 4 individual event time standards may supplement their entry with bonus event(s) so that the total of individual events (qualified swims plus bonus swims) does not exceed 4 for the meet. (i.e. 1 qualified and 3 bonus, 2 qualified and 2 bonus, 3 qualified and 1 bonus). Swimmers must meet the Central Zone Section 3 Bonus Time Standards for each bonus event. Please be certain to check the box indicating “bonus” for each event that is a bonus event.


This meet will be conducted in long course meters using ten (10) lanes.  This event is a 4-day competition.

If feasible, the meet will be conducted in a prelims/finals format with one prelim session and one final session per day unless COVID-19 restrictions prohibit.  All relays will be timed finals.   The 800 Free & 400 Free Relays will swim during the finals session.  The 400 Medley Relay will be on Sunday and the top 10 seeded relays will swim during the finals.  Teams will choose prelims or finals. 

Teams may only enter two relays per event (A & B)  Relays will not be paraded.

In all other events, four heats of swimmers from preliminaries will advance to finals where A, B, C, and D heats will be contested in those events. The A, B, & C finals will consist of the top 30 swimmers from prelims.  The D finals will be the next 10 fastest 18 & Under athletes.   The Section reserves the right to flight prelims based on entries and timelines.  Order for finals will be as follows:  A, B, C, D.

The A Final will parade out; Swimmers in the A Final should report to the ready room 15 minutes prior to the start of the race.  Additional heats will report to the blocks.

If the above format cannot be executed, the meet will be prelims/finals with two prelim sessions

  • A Flight Session (prelims)
  • B Flight Session (prelims)
  • Championship Finals (A, B, C, D Finals).  and one finals session each day.  Relays may be eliminated.  Refunds will be given if relays are eliminated.

If the above is not feasible the meet will be conducted in the following manner

The sessions each day will consist of the following:

  • A Flight Session (timed finals)
  • B Flight Session (timed finals)
  • Evening Championship Session – top 40 swimmers per event (timed finals)
  • No relays

All prelim events will be conducted using flyover starts. 

The finalized meet format will be decided by Sunday, July 11 and communicated to all teams.


Individual Events: $ 16.00      

Relay Events:  $25.00

Surcharges:  $ 35.00 per athlete (including relay only swimmers)


All fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable once the entries have been checked out in OME unless the meet is cancelled due to COVID-19.   If the meet is cancelled, all fees will be refunded. 



Thursday-Sunday, July 15 – July 18

Only for athletes competing in that session’s events.

Times are subject to change depending on number of swimmers entered

Thursday-Saturday, July 15 – July 17

  • Prelim Warm up:     6-8:20 am                 
  • Competition:            8:30 am
  • Finals Warm up:      4:30-5:45 pm                             
  • Competition:            6:00 pm  

Sunday, July 18:  

  • Prelim Warm up:     6-8:20 am                
  • Competition:             8:30 am
  • Finals Warm Up:       3:30-4:45 pm
  • Competition:             5:00 pm


Coaches will pick up meet packets when arriving on Wednesday for their assigned warm-up.  Coach and athlete passes will be included in the meet packet.  Coaches are responsible for getting the credentials to their athletes.


All coaches desiring event credentials MUST complete Step 6 (Deck Passes) in OME when entering their athletes in the meet. There will be no on-site process for additional coaches to be issued a deck pass.  The deck pass ratio will be as follows

  • 1 – 9 swimmers – 1 coach pass
  • 10 – 19 swimmers – 2 coach passes
  • 20 + swimmers – 3 coach passes


Coaches must present their valid coach membership cards or valid Deck Pass app screens, along with a photo ID, in order to receive their event credentials.  All event documents will be posted on the event website at


At all times when in the venue, all athletes must be under the direct supervision of a USA Swimming member coach. Swimmers whose coaches are not present at the meet should arrange in advance for an assigned coach and plan to arrive at the COVID-19 screening station with that coach in order to obtain athlete meet credentials.  Swimmer Assignment Forms should be submitted in advance via email to the Meet Director at the assigned site.