I'm not currently a
member of USA Swimming. Can I still swim? No, the meet is available to registered members
of Ohio Swimming, Inc. due to insurance purposes. However, Ohio
Swimming has a Single Meet Membership available for only $15.00. Click
for complete instructions.
The distances seem long. Are they?
Not at all. Actually, the distances are much shorter than your regular
practice. Most 10 & under and 11-12 year olds are covering 2,000 to
4000 yards in practice. The 1K race is 1,093 yards, and the 2K race is
2,186 yards. So you can see, the distance you will be swimming is less
than you would in a normal practice.
Why is this meet on a Wednesday?
Public Recreational Facilities like Heuston Woods State Park in College
Corner, OH are
very crowded and busy on weekends, and not available for large
competitive events during the summer.
Are Open Water events officially sanctioned by USA
Swimming and Ohio Swimming?
Yes. The 2018 meet received sanction number OH-18LC-01 from Ohio Swimming,
Inc., as part of the Ohio LSC Championship Series. USA Swimming
requires sanctioning by the local LSC.
Who is eligible to swim in this meet?
All 2018 USA Registered Swimmers which have achieved the National
BB standard or better in the 200 Freestyle (10 & Under) or 400/500
Freestyle (11 & over) (Click
here for the time standards page)
Why are the swimmers running out of the water?
Open Water Swimming Events this year wil have in "in-water" start, and
a beach finish.
How can you race in a lake when there are no lanes?
Open Water Swimming follows a designated course. The course is clearly
marked, and will be covered at the Open Water Clinic at 9:40 a.m. on
Wednesday June 27, 2018.
Why does the meet entry fee seem so high?
There are many expenses associated with Open Water Swimming.
Lifeguards, on site EMTs, and other safety
personnel are mandatory
at USA Swimming Open Water Meets. You will find a one kilometer course,
start & finish chutes, tents, and other equipment; all which must
be hauled out to the lake. Oh,
did we forget to mention the Meet T-shirt is included in your entry fee?
Are there relays at Open Water meets?
Swim once, time counts twice. Your time in the individual event also
counts toward your relay time. Each Relay is comprised of 3 swimmers,
in each event, for each Team.
Let's take an Example: In Event 1,
Girls 10 & Under 1 Kilometer Open Water, the top 3 times for the
Northern Kentucky Clippers will be added together and designated as the
Relay. The 4th thru 6th fastest time for the Northern Kentucky Clippers
designated as the CLPR "B" Relay. This process is automatically done
following the completion of each event. Since Relays score double
points, your individual swim is very important to total points for your
What happens if it rains?
We have placed our order for "sunshine and 85 degrees". In case of
inclement weather, we will simply delay the start of any event until it
is safe to proceed. Most storm fronts move by in 30 minutes. If there
is a delay, it should be short.
Should I bring anything special to this meet (versus a
Sunscreen and a beach chair, and a camera. You will be outside from
9:00 a.m. until
approximately 1:00 PM. Stay hydrated with water and sports drinks.
What about sharks?
There are no known man-eating predators in Acton Lake at
Hueston Woods State Park. However, we do hope to see plenty of
Stingrays, Marlins, Dolphins, Eagles, Cobras, Clippers, Raiders,
Polar Bears, Mako's, Sea Dragons, more than a few Seahawks, and bunches
of other (umm) wildlife. Yes, Sharks too, but these are
from Washington Township (they usually don't bite).