SwimRI Local Heats & Party: 2022 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship


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This winter SwimRI is once again helping its parent club, New England Masters Swim Club, compete for the national club title in the 2022 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship by running organized heats (and a post-swim party) for USMS-NEM members on Sunday, January 30th, at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. If you're not a 2022 USMS-NEM member, click here to join or renew.

In this USMS-sanctioned event you may swim whatever stroke(s) you wish, at whatever pace you wish, continuously or with breaks. All participants must be USMS members and adhere to the event rules. To read about the long history of the 1-Hour Swim, click here.

By reserving a spot in our local heats via the signup form below you agree to honor your committment (barring emergency) and consent to NEM Swim Club coaches officially registering you in the 2022 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship by submitting your splits and yardage on your behalf.

The $32 swimmer fee includes the $10 USMS event registration fee, a $2 SignUpGenius processing fee, and a $20 nonrefundable donation that covers pool costs and supports the Roger Williams University varsity swim team, in exchange for which the college swimmers will record splits for us during our Hour Swim heats. You can donate more onsite at the swim via cash or check. If you prefer, you may bring your own split-taker.

The NEM coaches reserve the right to adjust swimmers' heat and lane assignments if/as needed.

Sunday, January 30th @ Roger Williams University (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)

Check-in and warm-up open at 7:40am. Heats start at 8:30, 9:50 & 11:10. As usual, we will hold the post-swim party at Aidan's Irish Pub, where we'll announce the winner of the total yardage betting pool. During check-in at the pool, each participant will have the option to contribute $5 cash to the pot and guess the aggregate yardage of all three RWU heats.

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Can't join us on January 30th? If there is a enough demand, we may organize other heats on a different day. Otherwise, ask a friend to count for you during January at your pool and submit your results online via the official event website. Every yard counts toward NEM Swim Club's total!

For more info contact douglas.sayles@swimri.org.


Related files:
1-Hr ePostal Pace Chart.pdf (153KB pdf)



Annual SwimRI Team Events

January-February:

USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship heats (16 swimmers per heat) for NEM Swim Club members at Roger Williams University in Bristol and post-meet team luncheon at Aidan's Pub.

March (during Harvard's Spring Break):

New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship Meet (800+ swimmers) at Harvard University's Blodgett and Saturday night team dinner party at a nearby pub.

July:

Newport to Jamestown Save The Bay Swim fundraiser (400+ swimmers) to help protect Narragansett Bay, the largest estuary in New England. Join the SwimRI Save The Bay Team. There is a pre-swim team photo and often a post-swim team brunch or party later that day.

September (the second Saturday):

Swim Across America - Rhode Island Swim (600+ swimmers) at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett to raise funds for cancer research at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Join the SwimRI SAA-RI Team. There is a team photo. The 2022 event will include a water carnival atmosphere including a DJ, events for all ages, a sponsor/vendor village, and an after-party on the beach.  SwimRI often ends up at George's of Galilee.

November (the Saturday before Thanksgiving):

"Stuffies vs Steamers" Intra-Squad Dual Meet (~40 swimmer limit) at Providence College and team dinner at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Restaurant. Due to a pool scheduling conflict, the 2021 SvS meet and party will take place at Pods Swimming and Xaco Taco.

December:

New England LMSC Short Course Meters Championship Meet (400+ swimmers) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute & Saturday SwimRI team dinner.

For a more comprehensive list of upcoming events, click here.

USMS Event Sanctions Update - September 23, 2020

The USMS Board of Directors has extended its recommendation to not sanction in-person pool and open water events through Oct. 31 and to begin a phased return to competition on Nov. 1.

In the coming weeks, the board will release recommendations for sanctioned events, including event size, travel, and safety considerations. Local, state, and federal guidelines and orders, as well as facility requirements, will take precedence if they are more restrictive than USMS's recommendations. Updated USMS guidelines will be published and the COVID-19 Event Resources page will be updated with information as available.

Virtual events that can be completed in a pool or open water workout setting continue to be offered. National virtual events include:


COVID-19 Mitigation: Pool Reopening Resources

Rhode Island Guidance:

           ReopeningRI Website

           Phase 2 Initial Guidelines for Pools (6/15/2020 update)

           Summary of Phase 3 Guidance for Pools (7/2/2020)

  Center for Disease Control (CDC):

           Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

           How COVID-19 Spreads

 U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS):

           COVID-19 Restart Guide

           COVID-19 Member & Coach Resources

           Open the Pool Letter Template

           Club & Coach Services reopening consultation: clubandcoach@usmastersswimming.org

 USA Swimming: Facility Reopening Messaging & Planning (w/social distancing pool layouts)

 Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP): COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures

 Pool graphics without swimmers for teams/facilities to plan and illustrate swimmer configurations:

          6 lanes  8 lanes  10 lanes  12 lanes  23 lanes

 Olympic Athletes and Swim Business Leaders: Letter to President Donald Trump

 New York Times 05/22/2020: Children May Be at Higher Risk of Drowning This Summer

 Fitter & Faster: Get Your Pool Open and Team Back in the Water Webinar 05/25/2020

 ONE: Swim Practice Social Distancing Protocol

 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA):

           Planning to reopen your learn to swim program

           Personal Protective Equipment safety practices for your staff

           Training in-water staff for reopening

 U.S. Swim School Association (USSSA): COVID-19 Update Webinar Series

 Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA): Coronavirus Resources & Reopening Guidance

 Counsilman Hunsaker: Pool Operator COVID-19 Resource Center

 Total Aquatic Programming LLC: Aquatics Panel COVID-19 Webinar 4/14/2020

 Evoqua: Portable Ozone Disinfection Cart

POSTPONED: SwimRI vs Granite State Penguins Virtual Time Trials Smackdown

In light of pool and school closings, the national state of emergency and increasingly rigorous public health precautionary measures surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the GSP-SWMR virtual dual meet is postponed until further notice.

SwimRI Members & Friends!

In lieu of the canceled New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship Meet, the Granite State Penguins have challenged SwimRI to a virtual dual meet consisting of time trials at our respective pools. We accept this challenge (assuming our pools remain open)!

GSP-SWMR time trials shall take place Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22. During this nine-day period, we ask our coaches and group organizers to offer time trials at Masters workouts in any manner they choose – a dedicated time trials practice, a set or two off the blocks, or a few timed reps here and there during next week’s practices.

Swimmers may also do timed events on their own (with a timer), including as few or as many events as they please in accordance with the event guidelines and limits described below.

This event is informal and unsanctioned. There are no officials. The times will not count for USMS purposes, but will for our team points competition and bragging rights. In these respects, have fun and amuse yourselves via friendly competition and good-natured banter.

SWMR has more USMS-registered swimmers than GSP. However, I’m told that GSP relishes its David vs Goliath role and plans to go all out to beat us, to which I say bring it on.

We’re accepting GSP swimmers into our SwimRI Facebook Group, so let the trash talk begin!

WHAT:  SwimRI vs Granite State Penguins Virtual Time Trials Smackdown

WHERE:  At any Masters practice or on your own in any 25y or 25m pool. Click to view local practice locations and schedules.

WHEN:  From Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 22, 2020

WHO:   Anyone who is or becomes a USMS member affiliated with NEM-SWMR or NEM-GSP by March 22. Click to join USMS or renew your membership.

EVENTS:  Any scoring events offered at the canceled NELMSC SCY Championships

  • Click to view the complete event list

  • Max of 12 individual event per swimmer (no per-day limit)

    • Up to 10 events from the Harvard Meet’s March 21-22 event list
    • 500y freestyle
    • Either the 1000y or 1650y freestyle

  • Max of 4 relay events per swimmer (no per-day limit)

    • 200y FR, 200y MR, 400 FR, 400 MR
    • A swimmer may only compete in the men’s or women’s or mixed relay -- e.g., you cannot swim in both the men’s and mixed 200y free relay
    • All mixed relays must consist of two women and two men

ENTRY PROCESS:

  • Times should be submitted that day or the next day – e.g., if you swim a timed 100y backstroke time trial on March 15th please submit that time by the 16th

  • Swimmers or coaches may submit multiple entries over multiple days

  • All entries must be received by 11:59pm, Sunday, March 22

  • GSP members shall submit times promptly to mindy.williams@simmons.edu

  • SWMR members shall submit times promptly to douglas.sayles@swimri.org

  • Emailed entries must include the following data:

  • Any times submitted without tenths or hundredths of a second will be completed with .99 or .X9

SCORING:  All events will follow the scoring system used at the NELMSC SCY Championships, up to 16 places per age group. Click here for scoring details.

RESULTS:  Mindy will promptly compile all submitted times and points by age group in Hy-Tek and provide to Doug for posting on the SwimRI website in PDF form.

  • Interim results will be updated online every one or two days assuming there are a sufficient number of entries to warrant regular updates
  • Swimmers from both teams are encouraged to monitor the interim results and to try and outscore each other

STAKES:  Bragging rights, and a potential wager involving beer

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:

If you feel sick do not attend any practices anywhere. People at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should consult a doctor before attending. Everyone should closely read this public health information and act accordingly: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/

In light of the cancellation of the Harvard meet and other large events in New England and across the country, there are legitimate questions surrounding all group gatherings of any size right now. However, the CDC deems chlorinated pool water safe (although the surrounding facilities are another matter), swim practices are generally limited to 5 to 30 people at a time, and many swimmers want to continue exercising as long as practices are still being offered.

It is in this context that we hope this virtual meet will add a bit of fun to help combat the current environment’s uncertainty and anxiety.

Good luck everyone. Be safe and go SwimRI!