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2019 October Open




USA Swimming Sanction #_______

Facility: The meet will be held at Principia College, 1 Maybeck Place, Elsah, Illinois, 618-374-2131. The facility features an eight-lane, 25-yard pool with non-turbulent lane lines, Paragon starting blocks and Daktronics timing system. Warm up/Cool down will be available in two lanes in the shallow end of the pool behind the bulkhead.

Note: the warm up and cool down area is NOT to be used for recreational swimming.

  • Spectator seating will be provided on the pool balcony.
  • Please, no flash cameras are to be used prior to and during the start of each race.
  • Locker rooms will be available for changing.
  • It is requested that all spectators turn off their cell phones while on the pool deck as they can interfere with the operation of the starting system.

Each team will be given a designated area in the gym for their team area. Lawn chairs and coolers may be brought into the gym. Vendors will also be selling merchandise in the gym. No smoking is permitted inside the building. Tidalwaves parents will provide a delicious array of food and drinks for sale in the concession area.

PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be an ATM on site for this one-day event. It is encouraged that swimmers and their families arrive to the meet with an adequate supply of cash in small denominations.

Location: Travel onto IL RT 100 “The Great River Road.” Enter Elsah via Elsah Road and continue on Elsah Road, turning right at the stop sign. This will be Beltrees Road; there will be a sign for Principia College at this intersection. Travel 1.2 miles; the college’s campus entrance will be on the right. The pool is located on the extreme left of the campus; look for the signs.

Approval: The meet will be a USA “Approved” meet. This is a closed YMCA meet. Rules: YMCA rules and USA Technical Rules will govern the meet. Use of audio or visual recording devices, including cell phones, is not permitted in changing areas, rest rooms, or locker rooms.

Meet Referee: Patty Draves will serve as meet referee; [email protected] or (314) 570-6805

Entries and Deadline: Age of swimmer as of 10/6019 will govern and determines the age group for competition. An open girls and boys 200 free relay may be entered. Entry times must be in short-course yards only. Email entries to [email protected] by September 27th, 2019.

An event file will be accessible on our website, by September 6th, 2019. It is the responsibility of the teams to check their entries for error. Deck entries will be accepted in open lanes of existing heats only.

Note: The email information entry must include a team roster with each swimmer’s birth date provided.

Team warm-up assignments and worker schedule will be posted on our website by Thursday, 10/03/19. Each team may enter an unlimited number of entries in each event.

OPEN EVENTS: There will be 2 categories of open events. The Open 400 IM, 500 Free and 1650 free may be chosen by a coach for any swimmer who is deemed capable of completing the race in a safe & comfortable manner in a reasonable amount of time. Any of these races will be included in the 4 event maximum count.

The open 25 & 50’s of each stroke are to be reserved for ONLY Novice swimmers who are competing in their first meet. A coach should use their discretion when it comes to swimmers in this Novice category. No swimmer with previous experience should be entered in the Novice Events. USA SWIMMERS:

This will be a USA Swimming approved meet (held under the sanction of the USA Swimming, Ozark Swimming sanction number TBA). Those teams that want their swimmers swims observed and times recorded in the USA Swimming data base (SWIMS) must provide the name (First, middle, last) date of birth, and USA Swimming athlete registration number with their invitational entries. Please do not build an ID in Team Manager if the swimmers are not registered with USA Swimming as this will delay the process of getting times submitted into SWIMS. Any swimmer entered in the meet must be proficient in performing a racing start or must start each race from within the water. When unaccompanied by a coach, it is the responsibility of the swimmer or swimmer’s legal guardian to ensure the compliance with this request.

Fees: Individual events are $7.00 per event. Relays are $28.00 per team. There will be an $10.00 per swimmer surcharge to defray pool rental fees. Deck entries will be $9.00 per event and payment must be submitted as entry is made. Mail summary form and check to made payable to “Tidalwaves Swim Team” to TCAY Tidalwaves, c/o Clare Clancy, Entry Chairperson; 1202 Seasons Drive Godfrey, Il; [email protected]; 618- 920-8577.

Start Clinic- There will be a brief opportunity for NEW SWIMMERS to meet with the meet referee to review starting procedures. This clinic will begin immediately after the final warm-up session. Swimmers must report to the on deck bleachers and the clinic will run 5-10 minutes.

NEW**** All Meet payments due from participating teams are due by the start of the meet. If payment is not received by the start of the meet, a 5% administration fee will be charged. 

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