SwimRI Organizes Local Heats of USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship

UPDATE: These organized heats are now open to any USMS member regardless of club affiliation. If your preferred heat is full select another heat, let us know, and if possible we'll move people around to fill all the lanes.

This winter the SwimRI workout group is once again helping its parent club, New England Masters Swim Club, defend its national title in the USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship by running organized heats for USMS-NEM-SWMR members on January 26th at URI, February 9th at RWU and, if needed, a makeup heat on February 22nd at CCRI. If you're not a 2020 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. For past years' results, click here. To read about the long history of the 1-Hour Swim, click here.

By reserving a spot in our local heats via our SignupGenius form you agree to honor your commitment (barring emergency) and consent to NEM-SWMR coaches officially registering you in the 2020 USMS ePostal National Championship and submitting your splits and yardage on your behalf.

The $30 swimmer fee includes the $10 USMS event registration fee and a $20 nonrefundable donation that covers pool costs and supports the URI and RWU varsity swim teams, in exchange for which the college swimmers will count and record splits for us during our Hour Swim heats. You can donate more to either college team onsite at the swim via cash or check. If you prefer, you may bring your own counter/recorder.

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

Sunday, Jan 26th @ University of Rhode Island (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)

The URI complex opens at 7:30am for check-in. Warm up opens at 7:45. Heats start at 8:10, 9:30 and 10:50. All NEM members welcome as space allows -- priority given to those who practice at South County YMCA. At 12:30pm there will be a post-swim lunch party at Cap'n Jack's Restaurant -- family/friends welcome. For more info contact Stuart Cromarty at swimlane4consulting@gmail.com.

Sunday, Feb 9th @ Roger Williams University (48 swimmers = 2 per lane x 8 lanes x 3 heats)

Check-in and warm-up open at 7:30am. Heats start at 8:10, 9:30 & 10:50. 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. Each participant will have the option to contribute $5 cash to the pot and guess the aggregate yardage of all three RWU heats. To see last year's results, click here. For more info contact douglas.sayles@swimri.org.

Saturday, Feb 22nd @ CCRI Flanagan Campus (12 swimmers = 2 per lane x 6 lanes)

Makeup heat for NEM Swim Club members who cannot join us at URI or RWU. Heat starts at 10:20am and costs $15 per swimmer ($10 USMS event registration fee + $5 CCRI pool fee). Please arrive by 9:50am or earlier if you want to warm up. Arrange for your own counter in advance (consider asking a Saturday Masters practice swimmer to stay and count for you). For more info contact Stuart Cromarty at swimlane4consulting@gmail.com.

TO SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE HEATS, CLICK HERE.

Can't join us on the above dates? Ask a friend to count for you during January or February and submit your results online via the official event website by March 8th. Every yard counts toward NEM Swim Club's total!