06/02/2017 @ 4pm
NC Open Water Champs, Southern Zone Open Water Champs, RHF Military Mile, and The Poseidon
Fri - 1K & 400M, Sat - 1 mile, 800m, 2K, 3K, 5K, & The Poseidon 10k
Seven Lakes-West End, NC

About the Event

What //

Fri - 1K & 400M, Sat - 1 mile, 800m, 2K, 3K, 5K, & The Poseidon 10k

When //

Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 4pm

Where //

718 7 Lks N
Seven Lakes-West End, NC 27376

Overview

MEET DIRECTOR: SUSANNE COOPER
susannecooper@gmail.com
(910) 638-3118

NC Open Water Championships is proud to host:

The Southern Zone Open Water Championships
The RHF Military Mile (benefiting the Rick Herrema Foundation)
The Poseidon
**Please see RACE DAY INFORMATION TAB regarding suit restrictions and fingernail length guidelines.

This is truly an extraordinary event weekend in the world of swimming. Friday night will kick off two fantastic races:

The Southern Zone Championship 1k, a race only for those swimmers located in the Southern zone of the United States who have qualified to be a part of this elite team. It is a fast, exciting race.

The 400 Meter Dash: A RACE FOR EVERYONE! Even non-swimmers can make this short trek. It is a fast and fun race for novices to elites. There will be a buddy wave, allowing some of newest, and often youngest, swimmers to Open Water compete and have fun. If you would like to be a buddy for this race simply go to the "Registration" tab and register to swim as a buddy. All you will need is a Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming.
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

PARKING INFORMATION FOR FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY:

Parking for the Friday night races will be at the soccer fields. Please enter the main gate for 7 Lakes North, tell the guard you are there for the Open Water Race, and the guard will direct you in. The following is the address for the 7 Lakes Fitness Center which sits adjacent to the soccer field you are to park in, for the Friday Night Races only. 

114 Edgewater Dr, West End, NC 27376 (Friday night parking ONLY)

**If you are a Southern Zone Swimmer you may park at this location for the duration of the event weekend. You will be given a pass to park here. If you are a VIP, you may also park at this location for the duration of the event weekend. You will be given a pass to park here. 

Please DO NOT park along the road or dam; vehicles will be towed.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER AND SOCIAL: Everyone is welcome to join the Open Water dinner at Filly and Colt’s Restaurant and Bar, located at Little River Golf and Resort. It is just a short distance from the event site and also host to this weekend’s events. The Friday night Fajita Bar dinner is a pre-fix meal, drinks included, and can be registered for on the “Registration Page” of the event site. Coaches, officials, and VIPs will all be the Sandhills Sandsharks' special guests, no need to register, just contact (susannecooper@gmail.com or annechristenson7@gmail.com). 

Saturday Races:

IMPORTANT:
USA SWIMMING PROHIBITS THE USE OF WET SUITS AND THE WATER TEMPERATURE DOES NOT MERIT THEM.

The Southern Zone Championships will kick start our Saturday races, beginning with the Southern Zone 5k followed by the Southern Zone 2k, these two races are only for those elite swimmers who have qualified to be on the Southern Zone’s team. It is going to be an exciting race to watch!

The Rick Herrema Foundation (RHF) Military Mile will kick start all the OPEN events, meaning anyone, from anywhere, at any age can register and swim. The RHF Military Mile will directly benefit our local military families, PLEASE see the tab “RHF Military Mile” for more information on this amazing local military foundation. We know ALL our active soldiers will be able to swim the RHF Military Mile, and are offering the race at 50% off, for active duty soldiers only. If you can not make the swim but wish to help, please contact:
annechristenson7@gmail.com

5k Open: This race is exactly as it sounds, it is a 5k swim (5 laps around the course), OPEN TO ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SWIM. You do not need to be a local nor do you need to be a registered USA Swimmer, you just need to want to swim. The registration process will give you a Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming. ALL MASTERS SWIMMERS MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR A Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming. Please see the “Registration” tab for all the information on registration. 
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

5k Open POSEIDON Start: This 5k will also kick off the FIRST LEG of the POSEIDON, A 10K combined event. The POSEIDON is the marathon of swimming! These swimmers are in for a grueling race but each Poseidon finisher will receive a medal, special Poseidon shirt, and the winners will receive an amazing trophy and gift certificates to Red Bowl Asian Bistro and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Again, this is an OPEN race, anyone can register but only the strongest swimmers will finish.
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

3k Open:This race is exactly as it sounds, it is a 3k swim (3 laps around the course), OPEN TO ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SWIM. You do not need to be a local nor do you need to be a registered USA Swimmer, you just need to want to swim. The registration process will give you a Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming. ALL MASTERS SWIMMERS MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR A Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming. Please see the “Registration” tab for all the information on registration.
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

3k Open POSEIDON: This 3k is also the SECOND LEG of the POSEIDON, A 10K combined event. The POSEIDON is the marathon of swimming! These swimmers are in for a grueling race but each Poseidon finisher will receive a medal, special Poseidon shirt, and the winners will receive an amazing trophy and gift certificates to Red Bowl Asian Bistro and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Again, this is an OPEN race, anyone can register but only the strongest swimmers will finish.
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

2k Open: This race is exactly as it sounds, it is a 2k swim (2 laps around the course), OPEN TO ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SWIM. You do not need to be a local nor do you need to be a registered USA Swimmer, you just need to want to swim. The registration process will give you a Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming. ALL MASTERS SWIMMERS MUST ALSO REGISTER FOR A Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming. Please see the “Registration” tab for all the information on registration. 
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

2k Open POSEIDON: This 2k is also the THIRD AND FINAL LEG of the  POSEIDON, A 10K combined event. The POSEIDON is the marathon of swimming! These swimmers are in for a grueling race but each Poseidon finisher will receive a medal, special Poseidon shirt, and the winners will receive an amazing trophy and gift certificates to Red Bowl Asian Bistro and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Again, this is an OPEN race, anyone can register but only the strongest swimmers will finish.
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

800M OPEN AND 800M BUDDY SWIM: The 800m swim follows directly along the dam, down to one end and back. This is also an OPEN swim, anyone can register, and it is a great race for novices or our younger swimmers. If you are still feeling unsure, make it a buddy swim. A buddy must only have a Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming. If you are going to swim as a BUDDY, and you are not a USA Swim member, simply go to the “Registration” tab and register as a buddy, you will be able to get your Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming when you register; there are no other entry fees. ALL MASTERS SWIMMERS MUST REGISTER FOR A Single Meet Membership in USA Swimming​.
**(USA Swim has set a time limit on each race. If you are unable to complete the race in the alotted time frame you will be pulled from the water by boat.)

FOOD AND VENDORS

MEAN BEAN COFFEE: Will be on site all day, selling delicious food, drinks, coffee, and SMOOTHIES. Please see the “Sponsors’” tab for special race day offers from Mean Bean Coffee.

CONCESSIONS: Will be available all day, selling drinks, food, and snacks.

OFFICIAL USA SWIM SANCTIONING INFO:
 
North Carolina Open Water Championships
June 2-3, 2017

Host: Sandhills Sandsharks Swim Team

Sponsored: NC Swimming and Sandhills Sandsharks

Sanctioned By: Held under the Sanction of USA Swimming, Inc.,
USA Swimming Sanction: issued by North Carolina Swimming, Inc.
Sanction #NC17056OW

Location: Seven Lakes, NC 

Eligibility:        
All swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming Inc., INCLUDING MASTERS SWIMMERS.  THERE IS NO RECIPROCITY FOR OW RACES WITH MASTERS..
Current non-USA Swimming participants (including buddies AND MASTERS) must register for their races and for USA Swimming Single Event Registration ($20) 

Buddy swimmers:
Must be registered with USA Swimming using Single Event Registration by May 22 (on Sandshark.org website.  They will be included in meet recon)
Must register for their race—but will not be charged for the race.

Awards:                      
Poseidon swimmers who complete all 3 races will receive awards
Top 8 in each Age
Group race will receive medals; top 3 in each Non-Club race will receive medals.

Team Awards:        
The Poseidon Award will be given to all swimmers completing the 2K, 3K, and 5K,
 following the 800 M race.  No team awards will be given this year due to Zones.
            
Scoring:
This meet will not be scored due to Zones.

Entry Format:        
Hy-Tek Team Manager for USA teams; through Sandshark.org for everyone else (Club swimmers coming w/o a coach or team/Masters/all non-USA Swimmers.    Poseidon swimmers should be entered in the 5K/3K/2K AND in the 10K to allow tracking these swimmers.  There is no fee associated w/ the 10 K entry. Entry files can be sent to: susannecooper@gmail.com

Entry Times for Seedings in WAVES:
It is important that all swimmers submit entry times that are verifiable and provable in SWIMS.   
Top 10 swimmers, as determined in SWIMS, will be sent off in the first wave for the 5K.
Top 10 age group swimmers may be implemented for 3K (13/14) and 2K(11/12) at Meet Director’s discretion;  2nd wave will be remaining age group swimmers; 3rd wave will be all open/out of age group swimmers.
Poseidon swimmers will go with age appropriate waves of 2K and 3K.
There will be 2 minutes between waves.   
Acceptable times for consideration in top waves include the following:
1500 M/1650 Y for 5K/3K; then 800 M/1000 Y
  800 M/1000 Y for 2K; then 400 M/500 Y for 2K
Meter times are given preference; yard times are used if not enough meter times are available.

Deadline and Fees:    
Entry forms (include a copy of USA registration if swimmer is not on a team
entry) are due to the meet director by Tuesday May 23rd.  General entry fee is $30/swimmer.  Each race is $10. Late fee of $40 will be charged per swimmer between Wed, May 24 and Tues. May 30.  We cannot accept late entries after this date; there will be no on-site registration permitted.

Buddies for the 400/800--All buddies not currently registered with USA Swimming will need to apply for single event USA Swimming membership ($20).  Buddies do not need to pay any other fees.  Registration for buddy swimmers and all non-USA swimmers, including all Masters swimmers, is through sandshark.org; the USA Swimming membership is done as part of the registration for buddies, non-USA, and Masters.   

Check-in:        
All swimmers must be checked-in before the pre-race meeting. 
Check-in will begin once the preceding race has started.  
GPS race chips, and race numbers will be issued to swimmers at check-in.  Should the GPS system not be available, race numbers, written on swimmers’ left arms, will be primary means of determining race finish order.
A $40 charge will be incurred for failure to return the GPS chip.

Meeting:
Pre-Race Officials' briefings will be held 15 minutes prior to each race for the meet director to          
review the course diagram with all the swimmers in that race. 
All swimmers should attend. 
Note: Athletes straying from the course will only be corrected when safety is an issue.

Countdown:
30 minutes prior to each race, the announcer will count-down the start of the      
race in 5-minute intervals. 
10 minutes before each race, a GPS check in will be conducted to ensure that all swimmers are recorded entering the water, in accordance with USA Open Water Swimming Safety guidelines.  Any swimmer missing this check in will be disqualified. 
1-minute intervals will be announced for the last 5 minutes until the start of the race.

Start:             
The start will begin in the water. All races are counter-clockwise. All events of equal
distance will be swum at the same timeSwimmers must enter the water by walking over the pads to register their chips during the GPS check in 20 minutes prior to race time. Exception: we may have a new timing structure which would require check in by tapping the structure.

Finish:        
There will be either: 1 shoot with 3 pads under the Finish Tent.  The GPS chips will determine the official order of finish. Swimmers’ competition numbers will be “punched” as back up. Or there will an in-water finish line.  Swimmers would have chips on their wrists and will tap the top to register their time.

Protests:        
Must be filed in writing on the designated form with the Clerk of Course within 45 minutes from the time unofficial results are posted.

Escorts:        
Paddlers and escort boats will be spaced throughout the course under the supervision of the race committee to provide help to swimmers as needed. If a swimmer touches any escort craft, he/she must withdraw from the race.

Race Committee:    
Will consist of the Meet Referee, Site Director, and three coaches appointed by the Meet Referee.

OW Referee:          
Thornton Burnette/Jim Riggs  thor8550@aol.com and  jsriggs1@bellsouth.net

OW Starter:           
Dargan Moore  

Meet Director:        
Susanne Cooper  susannecooper@gmail.com (administration/entries),

Safety:            
--Safety will be of paramount consideration during this OWS competition. Safety provisions contained in the USA Swimming Open Water Meet Directors Guidelines will be strictly followed.
--All applicable USAS rules, regulations and safety requirements will be enforced for the well-being of the swimmers. USA Swimming, Inc., North Carolina Swimming, Inc., and Sandhills Sandsharks, Inc., shall be held free and harmless from any and all liabilities or claims for damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of this event.
--Average water temperatures for June are 78-80 degrees F; air temperature is 80-90 degrees F.  Safety boats will be provided in accordance with the NC Open Water Championships Safety Plan 

Safe Sport:     
--Use of audio visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.  Deck changes are prohibited.
--Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (pools, athlete/coach areas, spectator areas and open ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials and/or spectators are present. Exceptions may be granted with prior written approval by the Vice President of Program Operations.

Disabilities:    
Sandhills Sandsharks welcomes all swimmers with disabilities as described in the USA Swimming Rules and Regulations, Article 105, to participate in our meets.  Coaches entering swimmers with disabilities that require any accommodations are required to provide advance notice in writing to the Meet Director by the entry deadline accompanying their meet entry file, including the need for any personal assistants required and/or registered service animals.  Failure to provide advance notice may limit Sandhills Sandshark’s ability to accommodate all requests.

Order of Events
Due to Zones, races will be moved to later in the day than in the past.  Zone races will precede NCOW races on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday Events
“Splash &  Dash” and “Newbie” 400 Meter race( Newbie race is for swimmers new to open water for whom the 800 may be too long— it’s just for fun!
Race will be 400 yards straight down the length of the dam.  Start will begin in waves.  The amount of time in-between each wave will be determined on the day of the race.   The race will end ½ hour (30 minutes) after the start.  All swimmers who have not completed the course will be asked to retire.  Positive check-in will begin at 5:00 pm. There will be a pre-race meeting at 5:45 pm.  Event will begin at 6:00 pm.

Saturday Events:
Rick Heremma Foundation Military Mile:
The race will start in the water. Swimmers will start in the water and will complete 1.5 circuits of a triangular well marked 1K course.  The course depth will be approximately 10-30 feet.  The water temperature is expected to be 78-80 degree F.  Event will begin at 10:45 am.

Open 5K:
This race will be 5 loops around a 1K loop of the designated course. The race will end 2 hours (120 minutes) after the start.  All swimmers who have not completed the course will be asked to retire.  Positive check-in will begin at 10:45 am. There will be a pre-race meeting at 11:30 am.  Event will begin at 11:45 am.

13 & 14/ Open 3K:
This race will be 3 loops around a 1K loop of the designated course.  The race will end in 90 minutes.  All swimmers who have not completed the course will be asked to retire. Positive check-in will begin at 1:00 pm. There will be a pre-race meeting at 1:45 pm.  Event will begin at 2:00 pm.

11 & 12/Open 2K:
This race will be 2 loops around a 1K loop of the designated course.  The race will end in 60 minutes.  All swimmers who have not completed the course will be asked to retire.  Positive check-in will begin at 2:15 pm. Pre-race meeting will begin at 3:00 pm.  Event will begin at 3:15 pm.

10 & under/Open 800 meter:
This race will be 1 loop around the designated course marked by a lane line. The race will end in
 80 minutes. Positive check-in will begin at 3:00 pm. Pre-race meeting will begin at 3:45 pm.  
Event will begin at 4:00 pm.
10 & under may have an escort swimmer.  All escorted swimmers will be in the 3rd wave.  

All races will be seeded as a single event, with first waves including top male and female swimmers. Places, awards, and published results for these events will be separated for each event, age group and gender.  Meet Director reserves the right to change seeding if a large number of entries warrant changes.

To view the entire USA Swim Sanctioning Document Please follow this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B42FqPTXoBMWSzlZb3JyWVRlRk0/view?usp=sharing