2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship
2017 National YMCA Long Course - Greensboro, NC
July 31-Aug 4, 2017

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The Greensboro Aquatic Center has discovered that the Backstroke Wedges mounted on the starting blocks at the Scoreboard end of the competition pool do not fully retract after being used for a start.  This problem is related to how the starting blocks are connected to the moveable bulkhead and does not occur at the diving well end of the pool where the starting blocks are connected to the permanent deck.

This problem creates the possibility of:

  • A safety issue for swimmers who might become entangled in a non-retracted backstroke wedge during the execution of a subsequent turn
  • Damage to the Backstroke Wedge from contact by swimmers.
There are six events which are affected by this problem:
  • Event 201/202 - 200 M Backstroke
  • Event 207/208 - 400 M Medley Relay
  • Event 301/302 - 100 M Backstroke

The original plan for these events was for the ODD heats to start at the diving well end of the pool and the EVEN heats to start at the scoreboard end of the pool (using chase starts to save time).

The new plan is for ALL heats of these six events to start at the diving well end of the pool.  This will add approximately 15 minutes to the preliminary timeline on Day 2 and Day 3.  For this slight increase in session time, we are able to eliminate the potential safety and damage issues.

For those wondering why this does not affect the 50 M Backstroke and the 200 M Medley Relay, those events were already scheduled for ALL heats to be swum from only one end of the pool.

Thank you for your understanding about this change.

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