2021 IASI Championships Task Force

Formed under authority of IASI Board of Directors December 6th, 2020 Updated February 2021

In Force to end of 2021 IASI Long Course Season

The TPC recommended that the LSC develop a task force with the responsibility to modify and finalize the planning for these meets. If approved, the task force will have authority to completely modify the plans for these championship meets. The task force may move the meets to a virtual-only format, move the meets to different dates (possibly late April or May) or cancel the meets all together. The following individuals have agreed to be a part of this task force:

  • Eliot Winer

  • Samantha Hedrick

  • Jordan Kloth

  • John VanMeter

  • Phil Barnes

  • Ramsey Venst

The Board approved the TPC recommendation at the December 6th, 2020 IASI Board of Directors meeting. The task force's mandate was extended during the February Board meeting to the end of the 2021 IASI Long Course Season.

This page will provide information on meetings, discussion, structure of meets, timings, changes, etc.

Long Course Season

March, 2021

Task Force meetings will resume in April to plan for the Long Course Championship(s).

April 14th, 2021

  • Reviewed availability of facilities - CRWC available last weekend of July, Wellmark available previous weekend to, and the last weekend of July. Both facilities forecast capacity restrictions.
  • Reviewed athlete numbers from 2019 Long Course Champs - including Relay Only Swimmers
  • Reviewed timelines of each event and numbers in each session
    • 10&Under, 11-12 sessions should not have a time or deck space issue if run as separate meet
    • 8&Under championship session could run as a separate session on the Saturday during the 12&Under meet
    • For 13-14 and Senior Meet:
      • Relays as run in 2019 will present a time issue if only 4 lanes available per heat for relays
      • Will need to split prelims to meet forecast capacity limits for both facilities
      • If no relays, offer 50's of breast, fly and back plus increase number of allowable events per meet 
        • Options for relays include limiting number per club per event (1 or 2 teams per club max), chase starts for 4x100 relays
  • Conclusions:
    • Replace Silvers meet with 12&Under championships at the Wellmark YMCA the second last week of July (23rd-25th - may need afternoon of 24th for long distance?).  Looking at adjusting qualifying times (slower) for some events to offer more opportunities while maintaining capacity limits.
    • Senior Champs at UofI CRWC with 13-14 and Senior events (prelims/finals) - split prelims to meet capacity limits - this will allow spectators (probably less than 100 per session). Use current Q times.
    • Work with UofI and meet host on COVID protocols and submission of safety plan to Rec. Department.
    • Decide on relays for Senior Meet by mid-May
    • Provide update at HoD

April 22nd, 2021

  • Assigned HoD assignments for information gathering
  • Reviewed updates to session numbers


Short Course Season - completed February 2021

The same motion approved the following initial outline of the 2020-21 IASI Short Course Season Championships as follows:

Cancel the two 2021 Short Course Silver Championship Meets and replace these meets with a Combined Silver Championship Series of Meets:
o Meets will be run at multiple facilities, as Intrasquad, Dual, or as possible Invitationals
▪ Each meet will use the same format with the same order of events.
▪ Ideally, these meets should all be held the same weekend, if not possible, spread out over multiple dates.
o No Qualifying Times - gives all swimmers in our LSC the opportunity to compete.
o Age Group Results (14 and Under events) from all meets will be combined with the top 24 of each event advancing to the IASI Age Group Championship meet.
o Athletes 15 and Older will have the opportunity to compete as well, granted they have not yet attained a qualifying IASI Championship time in the event (see below).
o Relays will not be run at these meets due to social distancing limitations.
● Changes for the 2021 Age Group Short Course Championship Meet include:
o All events are timed-final with individual sessions for each age group, 10 & Under, 11-12 and 13-14.
o To qualify, athletes must finish in the top 24 in each event of the Combined Silver Championship Series of Meets.
▪ No alternates – There will be empty lanes if swimmers who have placed in the top 24 from Combined Silver Championships Series choose not to compete at the 2021 Age Group Championships.
o Relays will not be run at these meets due to social distancing limitations.
● Changes to the Iowa Swimming Short Course Championships:
o Continue to run the meet as a prelim/final meet with multiple Prelim sessions:
▪ Allow the host to determine how many sessions will be needed depending upon current facility and state regulations.
▪ Prelim session assignments to be determined by club rather than times. So, each club as a whole will have a designated Prelim session.
▪ Athletes who finish in the top 16 of the combined Prelim results advance to finals.
o The LSC has secured Wellmark YMCA as a secondary site in the case that University of Iowa CRWC is unable to host.
o Relays will not be run at these meets due to social distancing limitations.
▪ Instead, offer the 50’s of strokes and the 100 IM.
▪ This is a good year to offer these events since many athletes have shortened seasons and limited training opportunities.
Because there are no relays and there will be additional individual events to swim, Increase the maximum number of individual entries to nine with the addition of these individual events.
January 12th, 2021

A letter to the LSC membership is currently being processed with the present (as of January 12th) plan for the fall/winter championships (Age Group and Short Course).  Both meets are planned to be held at the Wellmark YMCA in Des Moines on the weekends shown in the meet schedule. The Age Group Championships will be a timed final meet for 10&Unders, 11-12s and 13-14s with those qualifying based on times achieved over the past two years - the top 24 in each event will qualify for the meet. There will be no relays and there will be additional events for the 13-14s. The Short Course Championships remains a prelims/finals meet for those athletes meeting the currently published Q times for Seniors.

(A lot) more detail to follow.

January 25th, 2021

Both meets are in the sanctioning process with some changes incorporated from the Town Hall meeting.  Meet Announcements and events files will be sent out as soon as the meets are sanctioned.  Task force now assisting with Sectionals.

January 29th, 2021

Both meet announcements have been released along with the event files. Pages have been set up on the LSC website. 

February 4th, 2021

Task Force meetings have been postponed until required or after the Short Course Champs for a review. The Task Force will continue through the Spring/Summer season.