2019 YMCA Long Course National Championship
EPPLEY Recreation Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
July 30-Aug 3, 2019 (Tuesday thru Saturday)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO CHASE-STARTS THIS YEAR - UPDATED

Change in Starting Locations for Preliminary Sessions:

In previous years, we have started most preliminary events from both ends of the pool using a chase start protocol. This year we are starting all heats of preliminary events at one end of the pool:
  • The 50 Meter events will start at the diving board end of pool
  • All other events will start at the Instructional pool end of the pool
  • At the finish all swimmers will remain in the water until the next heat has started using flyover starts (except 50-meter events, backstroke events and medley relays).
This change has been made to enable our ability to conduct the meet in a Championship manner with a smaller team of officials and timers.


Saturday, July 20, 2019 For Everyone
 

YMCA LONG COURSE NATIONALS

Site Announcement

Following the completion of the 2018 YMCA Long Course National Championship Meet, the YMCA of the USA and the Meet Committee have been working to identify the best location for the 2019 meet. We explored multiple options, and a number of facilities were contacted and a group of meet volunteers and Y staff conducted site visits at potential facilities.

We understand the frustration the delay in announcing the dates and location has been for all concerned.  That being said, the YMCA is committed to running an excellent, safe, efficient and rewarding event for the athletes, coaches, families and volunteers, and we wanted to make a decision based on high confidence that a facility would be fully able to partner with us to do so.

We are now able to announce that the 2019 YMCA Long Course National Championship Meet will be held July 30 through August 3 (Tuesday - Saturday) at the University of Maryland - Eppley Recreation Center in College Park, MD.

Much due diligence has been done to identify solutions to problems which occurred last year.  This year changes will include:

  • An aggressive turnover of air within the facility
  • Showers on Deck for swimmers to use prior to entering the pools
  • A larger Athlete Village
  • An updated Audio System to improve clarity for announcements (on the deck and in the spectator stands)
  • Backstroke Wedges
  • Tuesday start for meet in order to accommodate additional entries from meets occurring on the preceding weekend.
We hope you will join us this summer for the 34th YMCA Long Course National Championship Meet.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 For Everyone
 

SAFE SPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR POOL-DECK ACCESS (Click link)

IMPORTANT NOTICE
 

ATTENTION: COACHES, VOLUNTEERS, OFFICIALS and ADULT ATHLETES (18 and older) 

To ensure compliance with all Safe Sport laws and regulations and to continue to strengthen our ability to protect youth in our care from abuse, ALL coaches, volunteers/officials, and competing athletes age 18 and older must complete the following steps to participate in the YMCA Long Course National Championship. 
  • COMPLETE ANNUAL TRAINING: ALL coaches and volunteers/officials, and athletes participating in the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA)'s National Championship, must have taken an approved  training course from Safe Sport, USA Swimming LEARN, Safe Sport training provided at their local YMCA or Praesidium since August 3 2018 (the past 12 months)
    • To take the free online child protection training and mandated reporter training at Praesidium, use registration code: yusa_swim to access the training.  Link to Praesidium Quick Start Guide
    • Remember to keep a copy of your training completion certificate from the class you took.  You will need to present a copy of this to attend YMCA National Championships
  • SIGN & ACKNOWLEDGE CODE OF CODE OF CONDUCT: All Coaches, volunteers/officials, and athletes 18 and over must read and sign the YMCA of the USA's National Championship Code of Conduct
  • PRESENT DOCUMENTS at CHECK-IN: All attending/participating coaches, volunteers/officials, and athletes 18 and over will need to present their training completion certificate and the complete 4 pages with their signature of the Code of Conduct.  See FAQ on Approved Training Complete Certificates

    • Coaches and athletes (18 and over) will present their documents at Coach/Team Check-in.  
    • Officials will present their documents during officials check-in, 
    • Volunteers will present their documents to the Meet Volunteer coordinator or the Officials Coordinator at check-in
REMINDER: Background Screening Policy

  • COACHES -All coaches attending the Championship must have cleared a background screening within the past 2 years. This background screening is the responsibility of the coach and his/her YMCA and will be verified by the signature of the executive director or CEO on the team's Meet Declaration Form. Currently registered members of USA-S may have already met this requirement.
  • VOLUNTEERS/OFFICIALS/TIMERS -Each Volunteer, Official and Timer is subject to a background check to be performed by the Championship Meet Committee at no cost to the individual.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 211  
 

INVITATION/MEET HANDBOOK (Click link)

The 2019 YMCA Long Course Nationals Championship Handbook (aka, Meet Invitation) provides information for Coaches, Swimmers and Parents to prepare, enter, attend, and compete in the championship. The Handbook is a must-read for everyone attending the Championship. ....More

Sunday, May 26, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 1732  
 

HOTELS (Click link)

Y-USA is pleased to announce a large selection of hotel options with varied room rates. With affordability in mind, we have partnered with the local hotel community to lower overall travel costs for participants, their families and coaches. Please note the deadline to reserve the rooms at these reduced rates may vary from hotel to hotel. Please plan to reserve your room no later than June 25.

We are also exploring dorm housing options with the University. Please check back in a few weeks for an update. ....More

Monday, May 13, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 732  
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE WEB SITE UPDATES (Click link)
Receive email updates as new information is posted on the web site ....More

Saturday, July 20, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 116  
 

KEY INFORMATION FOR COACHES (Click link)
Important 2019 LC Nats Championship meet operations information for Coaches ....More

Saturday, July 20, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 81  
 

DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE
Late Notice - Dorm Rooms Available
  • Single Occupancy Room (w/ linen): $70/night
  • Double Occupancy Room (w/ linen): $100/night
  • One (1) Bed in Double Occ. Room (w/ linen): $50/night
  • Parking Permit: $14/day
  • 70 available spaces  

Contact: Jennifer Lee Arseneault at jarsen17@umd.edu

Send the following information to her:
  • YMCA Name: _____
  • Authorized Representatives: _____
  • Address: _____
  • Arrival Date: _____
  • Departure Date: _____
  • Number of Attendees: Youth: _____, Adult: _____ (one adult chaperone per 15 youth is required)
  • Number of Single-Occupancy Rooms: _____
  • Number of Double-Occupancy Rooms: _____
  • Expected Check-In Time: _____
  • Expected Check-Out Time: _____


Saturday, July 20, 2019 For Coaches Only
 

WARM-UP PROCEDURES (Click link)

For Coaches: Warm-up schedule and procedures for Prelims and Finals: 2019 YMCA Long Course Nationals ....More

Thursday, July 18, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 70  
 

CAMPUS SHUTTLE
We understand the change this year to use Lot #1 for parking requires a longer walk to the Eppley Rec Center pool. 

We suggest that as the driver of a car or van, you drop off all your passengers at the swimmer drop-off area in front of the Rec Center and then drive to lot #1 to park.

We are in the process of working through details to have a shuttle bus/van running during periods of the day when people will be arriving and departing from the pool.  Most likely seating will be limited in the shuttles which is why we are suggesting you drop off passengers first.

As details become available, we will provide this information on planning and using the shuttle service as an update on this web site.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 For Everyone
 

ACTION PHOTO RESERVATION (Click link)

ProSwim Visuals is the official photographer for the meet.  Their specialty is action photos but they also take team photos and photos of the award ceremony swimmers.  Requests/ reservations for photos can be made online or taken at the their reservation desk at the meet. The link above is to their online reservation system.  

Action photos are by reservation only.  Due to the photography process, Proswim is only able to handle one swimmer per event heat.  Reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Action Photo reservations are $40 and include two heats (individual or relay) of coverage and a $20 online credit that will automatically apply toward any order you make when proofs are posted after the meet. Additional heats can be photographed for $10 per heat.  More information about Proswim's Action Photo reservation process can be found at How Does This Work.   ....More

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 20  
 

SPECTATOR TICKETS/WRISTBANDS ADVANCED SALES AND SPONSORSHIP (Click link)

Advanced sales of ALL SESSIONS ONLY Admission Wristbands and Meet Sponsorship.

SPECTATOR ADMISSION: Pre-order your spectator ALL-SESSION admission wristbands through the link above. All-sessions admission wristbands includes entry into the spectator stands for Tuesday night through Saturday prelims and final sessions. Time Trials session are free to attend. A Heat Sheet Program is included with each admission wristband.

Individual sessions or individual day spectator Admission Wristbands can be purchased at the meet. A Heat Sheet Program is included with each adult session or day admission

CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSOR: Sponsor the championship for $50 (WITH or without any all-session admission purchases). Sponsorships help to provide travel assistance for swimmers in need. 

Note: Advanced sales close at 12 midnight on Thursday July 25, 2019.  After this date, ALL Sessions Admission tickets can be purchased at the meet. ....More

Thursday, July 11, 2019 For Spectators Visits: 390  
 

CHAMPIONSHIP APPAREL (Click link)

Don't forget to purchase commemorative apparel items from this year's YMCA LONG COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! The YMCA of USA is proud to have our partner Metro Swim Shop provide this year's apparel. There will be lots to choose from onsite at the meet, but don't hesitate to shop ahead in the comfort of your home. ....More

Thursday, July 11, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 350  
 

MAPS (Click link)
Four maps: Campus overview, Rec Center outside area overview,
Rec Center interior overview, pool deck.

NOTE: 7/13/19 - maps change to reflect vendors have been moved to outside of Swimmer/Coaches pool entrance rather than adjacent to Athlete Village on Level 0
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Thursday, July 11, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 151  
 

MEET RESULTS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS (Click link)

Meet results, links to competition videos, meet photos, social media links. ....More

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 173  
 

INSURANCE AND DECLARATION FORM STATUS (Click link)

For Coaches Only: Each YMCA that participates in the YMCA National Championship must have a valid Insurance Certificate on file at the YUSA that cover the period through April 5, 2019. The link is to a list of teams with their current Insurance Certificate expiration dates. If your insurance certificate is out of date or will be out of date during the championship, please follow the instructions on the linked page to send your current insurance certificate to YUSA. Note: This list will be updated frequently until the start of the Championship. This list will also include a link for you to check to make sure we received your faxed/emailed declaration form ....More

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 93  
 

ON CAMPUS PARKING (Click link)

PARKING AT THE EPPLEY RECREATION CENTER

Parking spaces on the University of Maryland campus are a scarce resource.   Several hotels in the area offer shuttle service to areas on campus including the Eppley Recreation center.  You might consider leaving your car at your hotel and taking a shuttle or walking to the pool if you are staying in one of the on-campus hotels.

PARKING LOT:

The primary parking location for coaches, spectators and volunteers is Lot 1 which is located on the southwest side of the football stadium.  It is approximately a ten-minute walk from the parking lot to the pool.  

COST:

The cost of parking in Lot 1 is $12 for the day or $40 for the week (Monday thru Friday).  There is no fee for parking in Lot 1 on Saturday.  Persons with a parking pass for this lot will be permitted to enter, leave and re-enter multiple times in the same day. 

DROP-OFF: 

There is a designated Drop-off area for passengers in front of the Eppley Recreation Center on Farm Drive. 

PURCHASING PARKING TICKETS: 

The only way to park in Lot 1 is to "Pre-Purchase a Daily or Weekly Parking Pass Online."  The attendant will only allow a car with a pre-purchased parking permit to enter the lot.  Anyone arriving at Lot 1 without a printed copy of their pre-purchased Parking pass will be redirected to one of several visitor lots on Campus.   Note: you cannot purchase parking passes/permits at the parking lot. They must be purchased online before you get to the lot. All of these alternative visitor lots are a further walking distance from the pool and the metered parking cost will be $3 per hour.  In most cases, Metered parking is more expensive than the $12 all-day parking fee for the Lot 1.

Once in the lot, you must leave your parking permit on your dashboard.  Any cars found in Lot 1 (Monday-Friday) without a valid parking pass on their dash are liable for a $75 ticket.   

HANDICAP PARKING: 

People with a valid handicap tag will be allowed to park in a group of handicap parking spaces to the left and right of the main entrance of the Recreation Center (Farm Drive and Valley Drive.)  Handicap spaces are also available in Lot 1.  You may pre-order a parking pass and display it on your dash at the handicap spot or pay by the hour at the meter associated with the handicap space.  In addition to the parking pass, you must have a handicap license plate or handicap hang tag.

The title of this article is the link to purchase tickets

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 382  
 

OLYMPIAN SCHEDULED TO ATTEND SCNATS

Darian Townsend

  • Olympic Gold Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games

  • World record in the 200 IM in Berlin, Germany 2009

  • 2x NCAA Champion in the 200 free and 200 IM

  • NCAA Team Title in 2008
     
  • USA Swimming Team Captain in 2016

  • Arizona Senior Coach of the year for 2018/19
  •  
    Autograph session day and time will be announced shortly

    Thursday, June 27, 2019 For Everyone
     

    SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (Click link)

    This is a schedule of swimming events and activities for each day of the meet. The schedule contains events/activities, dates/times, and locations.  For coaches, swimmers, officials, and parents.   ....More

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 1155  
     

    OFFICIALS AND TIMERS INVITATION TO VOLUNTEER (Click link)

    Officials and Timers: You are cordially invited to help us at the 2019 YMCA Long Course Swimming Championship Meet.

    To properly conduct a championship meet of this magnitude requires a large number of officials and Timers to staff the deck each day. There is a need for YMCA Level I, YMCA Level II, USA-S Officials each day at Preliminaries, Time Trials and Finals.

    All officials attending the meet are strongly encouraged to sign up to work at this meet. Timer positions may also be available depending on the number of swim official volunteers.

    If you are experienced in timing, but are not an Certified Swim Official and would like to volunteer, we encourage you to do so.

    The link of this article is to a GOOGLE DOC pre-registration form.  

    Contact Rick Carson at rickcarson209@gmail.com if you have any questions
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    Monday, May 27, 2019 For Officials Visits: 219  
     

    MEET ENTRY - CHAMPIONSHIP (Click link)

    For Coaches: All Championship meet entries must be made through the YMCA Online Meet Entry System - Entry Deadline is Monday July 22, 2019 at 5:00pm ET

    Did you miss a swimmer? Did you miss an event for a swimmer? Did you fix all identified errors?

    Please make sure you review your entries for completeness and accuracy of entry times. ....More

    Monday, May 27, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 612  
     

    MEET ENTRY - TIME TRIAL (Click link)

    For Coaches: YMCA Long Course Nationals Online Meet Entry for TIME TRIALS. Time trials are only open to swimmers participating in YMCA Nationals. Time trials entry is separate from the Main Championship entry. Entry Deadline is Monday July 22, 2019 at 5:00pm (ET)

    Did you miss a swimmer? Did you miss an event for a swimmer? Did you fix all identified errors?

    Please make sure you review your entries for completeness and accuracy of entry times. ....More

    Monday, May 27, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 261  
     

    ATHLETE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (Click link)

    Athlete volunteers are needed to fill a special role in this year's YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championship. If you have a swimmer or group of swimmers interested in participating in color guard, water banner, National Anthem, or devotion during the prelims or finals, please see the attached information and application form. Deadline for application submission is July 22, 2019. FYI: Form is a downloaded MS Word document ....More

    Monday, May 27, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 90  
     

    EVENT FILE - MAIN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS (Click link)


    UPDATED 5/30 to correct W 400IM QT and to correct SM and SC QT

    For Coaches:
    Event file for main championship events. Entry deadline is Monday July 22 at 5:00pm - 

    IMPORTANT-BONUS EVENTS: Bonus events are events with event numbers ending in "B". To enter the 800 bonus event, you must qualify and enter the 1500 distance event and not have qualified for the 800 event. You can enter the 800 bonus event only if you have achieved the 800 bonus qualifying time. Alternatively, to qualify for the 1500 bonus event, you must qualify and enter the 800 event but not have qualified for the 1500 event. You can enter the 1500 bonus event only if you have achieved the 1500 bonus qualifying time.
    • Do not enter the 800 bonus event if you have achieved the qualifying time for the 800 main event. Alternatively, do not enter the 1500 bonus event if you achieved the qualifying time for the 1500 main event
    • Do not enter the 1500 bonus event unless you have entered the 800 main event. Do not enter the 800 Bonus event unless you have entered the 1500 main event
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    Sunday, May 26, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 700  
     

    EVENT FILE - TIME TRIALS (Click link)

    For Coaches: Event file for TeamManager/TeamUnify for the LCNats Time Trial Events. Only participants of the Long Course National Championship may enter these Time Trial Events. Entry Deadline is 7/22/2019 at 5:00pm ....More

    Sunday, May 26, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 260  
     

    OFFICIALS TRAINING INVITATION

    The following Officials Training classes will be held at YMCA Long Course Nationals

    SWIM OFFICIALS TRAINER

    • Must complete application form and be approved as a trainer candidate
    • Monday, July 29, 2019 - 4:00 - 6:00 PM AND Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lead Trainer - Ed Miller - Co-trainer - Eddie Hughes
    • There will be a charge of $40
    • Held in Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD
    • Please contact Ed Miller for more details: caefmilleriii@msn.com
    • Link to online Trainer Application form

    FACILITATION SKILLS TRAINING FOR SWIM OFFICIALS TRAINERS

    • Must be a trainer candidate or current YMCA Trainer
    • Monday, July 29, 2019 - 1:00 - 4:00 PM AND Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lead Trainer - Ed Miller - Co-trainer - Eddie Hughes, Judy Sharkey
    • There is no charge for FST
    • Held in Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD
    • Please contact Ed Miller for more details: caefmilleriii@msn.com

     SWIM OFFICIALS LEVEL I

    • For Certification or re-Certification 
    • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Lead Trainer - Judy Sharkey
    • There will be a charge of $40
    • Held in Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD
    • Please contact Judy Sharkey for more details: jmsharkey@aol.com

    SWIM OFFICIAL LEVEL II -

    • For Certification and Re-Certification (must currently hold a Swim Level I certification for Level II Certification or Level II Re-Certification every 3 years)
    • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Lead Trainer - Chris Jung
    • There will be a charge of $40
    • Held in Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD
    • Please contact Chris Jung for more details: chrisleexx@aol.com


    Friday, May 17, 2019 For Officials
     

    TRAVEL ASSISTANCE FOR ATHLETES - DEADLINE HAS PASSED (Click link)

    DEADLINE: 7/13/2019: YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) recognizes the commitment a swimmer makes to training and competing in swimming and diving competitions. We realize the financial strain these competitions can have on families. The YMCA of USA hopes to alleviate some of the financial pressures associated with participation by making financial assistance available to the parents/athlete to help support an athlete on local YMCA Financial Assistance with traveling to National Competitions (transportation and housing costs only) ....More

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 178  
     

    BACKSTROKE WEDGES (Click link)

    In response to our request, the University of Maryland has installed Backstroke Wedges in the Eppley Aquatic Center pool. The wedges are available at both ends of the 50 meter pool. Please watch this video to become familiar with the operation of the FINIS Backstroke Wedge ....More

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 For Swimmers Visits: 228  
     

    MEET FORMS-EXTRA (Click link)

    These forms are automatically generated during the Online Entry process. These templates are provided in the event you did not receive them during your Meet Entry process ....More

    Monday, May 13, 2019 For Coaches Only Visits: 148  
     

    COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY RECRUITING COACHES

    College/University coaches are welcome at all YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championships. We encourage you to come and see the talent that can be the future of your swimming team.

    We do request that all college coaches check-in at meet registration with their business card or school identification and a photo ID.

    You will receive the following:
    • Complimentary Admission
    • Complimentary Session Heat Sheets 
    • A listing of all attending teams, coaches and swimmers

    To pre-register, send an email to Tom Warrick, twarrick@comcast.net.  Include your name, email address, phone number, and the name of your University/college

    Monday, May 13, 2019 For Coaches Only
     

    VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHERS (Click link)

    To cover the Championship and provide pictures, volunteer photographers are needed. If you are interested, and willing to take picture to post on our web site during the Championship, please read and complete the linked application form. Note: Form is a Microsoft WORD document ....More

    Monday, May 13, 2019 For Everyone Visits: 58  
     

    2019 QUALIFYING TIMES (Click link)

    2019 YMCA Long Course National Championship Qualifying Times ....More

    Saturday, September 1, 2018 For Everyone Visits: 7742  
     

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