The 2018-2019 Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series

The 2018-2019 Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series

Maryland is hosting a 6-meet swim series for 2018-2019. Meets are free to all registered Maryland LMSC Swimmers who register online. Registered swimmers from other USMS LMSC’s are welcome for a fee of $25 with online entry. Deck entry fee: $25 for Maryland LMSC swimmers (Fee waived for ages 65+). $30 for non Maryland LMSC swimmers. Payable by cash or check made payable to: Maryland LMSC. All swimmers who wish to deck enter must bring a copy of their USMS registration card. Swimmers may print their own copies by following the instructions on New Maryland USMS registrations will be permitted on deck and will be exempt from the meet fee. USMS renewals will not be permitted on the deck. The exact dates, event lists and other details for each meet will be posted on our website as details become available. Pre-liminary details are provided in this announcement but are subject to change. We encourage you and your teammates to attend the swim series. The meets are low-key and fun. There are post event “socials” at some meets. The annual Maryland LMSC general membership meeting will take place during the November meet. Details will be an-nounced via the Maryland LMSC Yahoo Group email list and will be posted on our website. The Swim Series Challenge will include the first Five meets held. An award will be given each swimmer who competes in all of those meets and/or completes any twelve (12) different individual conforming events. Maryland teams will be scored using the Club Scoring method. Details are posted under “Results” on our website. Series awards will be presented at the March final meet. CONDUCT: All meets will be sanctioned and have two officials. All partici-pants must be registered with United States Masters Swimming (USMS). Visit for USMS regis-tration and more information.

Most meets will be seeded strictly by time. In these meets men and women will compete together. Scores will be calcu-lated, as usual, by age group and by gender. Relays in all meets may be Mixed, Women, or Men. Mixed relays must consist of two men and two women. Swimmers may enter exactly one freestyle relay and exactly one medley relay. All members of a relay must be from the same regis-tered club. No unattached relays allowed. The relays will be swum according to standard USMS relay age groups (18+, 25+, 35+, 45+, 55+, 65+, 75+, 85+, 95+…). A preliminary meet program is usually provided to entrants the evening before the scheduled meet. Preliminary results will be provided the day after the event, in most cases. Each meet will use an online entry system. The system will be accessible via at least 14 days before each meet, and will close at 9:00 PM the Thursday prior to the meet. On the site click “Event”, find the meet of interest, click on the link and follow the instructions. Swimmers who enter online will be pre-seeded in the meet and in the meet program. Deck entries will be inserted into open lanes or into new heat(s) as required. Some events may have entry limits imposed and may be marked as “full” by the meet host/director, so swimmers who choose to deck enter may not be able to swim their favorite events. Online entry is strongly encouraged. Each swimmer will be allowed to swim up to three (3) indi-vidual conforming events and two (2) relays per meet (a med-ley and/or freestyle) unless otherwise posted on our web site. Positive check-in at the meet for those who enter online is not required with the following exception: Distances of 400 yards or greater shall usually require positive check-in before the start of the meet. Seeding of those distance events shall be done the day of the meet based on the actual people who complete a positive check-in to swim. Each meet will have a minimum of 50-100 of each stroke, 100 & 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle, and a 200 of another stroke. The 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley will be scheduled in at least two of the meets. The course for all meets is expected to be short course yards (SCY). Meet results will be submitted to USMS’s searchable database. This notice is subject to change.
Changes to rules and individual meet details may be posted on our website.
The 2018-2019 Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series


October 14 (Sunday) Mike Jacobson Ellicott City YMCA 3:00 PM 3:45 PM
November 11 (Sunday) John Vail Washington College++ 8:00 AM 8:45 AM
December 1 (Saturday) Mark Oliphant Talbot County YMCA 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
January 20 (Sunday) Elizabeth Hogan Arundel Olympic Swim Ctr. 2:00 PM 2:45 PM
February 9 (Saturday) Chris Stevens Severna Park (SPCC)* 3:00 PM 3:45 PM
March 17 (Sunday) Elizabeth Hogan Arundel Olympic Swim Ctr. 2:00 PM 2:45 PM
Check-in is required, for distances of 400 yards or more.
Individual deck entry is typically due by the start of warm up.
Deck-entered relays are typically due before meet start – details posted on each online meet en-try page.
Details will be posted on our website and via the Maryland LMSC E-Mail list.
++The Maryland LMSC annual General Membership meeting will take place during the
November meet.
*At the Severna Park Community Center at 2:00 PM there will be a YMCA Nationals informa-tional meeting for Maryland LMSC swimmers.