Competition Name
2019 Walla Walla Swim Club Sweet Onion Open
Meet Dates
Sat, 6/15/2019 - Sun, 6/16/2019
HOST:  Walla Walla Swim Club, PO Box 351, Walla Walla, WA 99362

LOCATION:  Memorial Pool, 505 East Rees Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362

MEET FORMAT:          Timed Finals, 2 day split meet format

Sat & Sun Morning (Sessions 1 & 4): 12 & Under Warm-ups 7:00 – 7:45.  Events start at 8:00 a.m. .
Sat & Sun Distance Sessions (Sessions 2 & 5): There will be a 15 minute warm-up after the end of morning sessions.  Saturday Afternoon (Sessions 3 & 6):  13 & Over - There will be a 45 minute warm-up beginning at the conclusion of the preceding session with events beginning 1 hour after the conclusion of the preceding session.

Current USA Swimming Rules will govern the dual-sanctioned meet as a Combined Meet.  Inland Empire Swimming rules shall also apply.
USA Swimming safety guidelines and warm-up procedures will be in effect for the entire meet. “No-Recall” starts will be in effect. The referee of the meet shall be the final authority for the conduct of the competition. IES scratch rules will be in effect.   USA Swimming swimmers entered in the meet must be certified by a USA Swimming member coach as being proficient in performing a racing start or must start each race from within the water. When unaccompanied by a member-coach, it is the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer’s legal guardian to ensure compliance with this requirement.

Only swimmers, coaches, officials and meet workers are permitted in the deck area. Spectators will not be allowed in the deck area without proof of current USA Swimming membership. The deck area is considered to be a 3 foot area from the edge of the pool and the area behind the start platforms up to the timer chairs. 

POOL COURSE:  Outdoor 8 lane, 50 meter pool. The pool is equipped with the Colorado Timing System with touch pads at both ends. Starting blocks meet USA Swimming height and water depth requirements at the start end. The competition course has not been certified in accordance with USA Swimming article 104.2.2C(4). The length of the competition course has been measured and (with touchpads) is in compliance with USMS articles 105.1.7 and 106.2.1: Times achieved in the meet will be eligible for USMS Top 10 and records. The start end of the pool depth is 13 feet.  The turn in of the pool deck is 4 feet.  Swimmers will use in water starts at the turn end for 200 meter relays.  The warm-up pool is attached to the main pool and is available during the meet.

TIMING:  Colorado Timing System with touch pads at both ends of the pool will be used.  WWSC will make every effort to provide timers.  However, assistance from other teams will no doubt be needed and greatly appreciated. 

All participants must be currently registered with USA Swimming, or with U.S. Masters Swimming at the time of meet entry.  USA-S numbers must be included with the entries.   Age on the first day of the meet shall determine the age group for the swimmer.  On-deck registrations are not permitted. Swimmers not represented by a coach must check in with the meet referee before warm-ups. Athletes with a disability are welcome and are asked to provide advance notice of necessary accommodations.

COACHES:  All coaches must be currently USA Swimming certified or USMS certified Masters Coach. All USMS coaches must complete and submit the USA Swimming liability form prior to the start of warm-ups.  Proof of current certification must be supplied to the meet referee or administrative office upon request. Valid Coach Membership cards must be visible at all times at the meet.

AWARDS & SCORING:  Ribbons will be awarded for first through eighth place in individual events in the following age groups 8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39…105-109.  . Ribbons will be awarded for first through third place in all relay events. Events will be seeded by time.  All combined events will be scored and ribbons awarded separately by gender and age group.  Heat winner prizes will be awarded. Individual high point awards will be given to the top scoring girl and boy in each age group.  USMS swimmers will be scored as a separate division and ribbons for 1st through 3rd place will be available upon request from the office.  Teams are requested to appoint one adult to pick up awards at the end of the meet.

Swimmers may enter a maximum of five (5) individual events on Saturday and Sunday. Enter swimmers best meter times or converted yard times.  Entries will be limited to include all teams up to and including the team that has the 500th swimmer entered.  Failure of any swimmer to comply with the five events per day rule will result in the swimmer being scratched from all events after the fifth entered event of that session at the discretion of the meet director.  The 1500 Free and  800 Free will be limited to 4 heats.  The 1500 Free, 800 Free, and the 400 Free will be swum fastest to slowest in mixed gender heats.

We reserve the right to change the warm up and start times and meet format after the entries are received. Coaches will be emailed regarding any changes as soon as possible should there be a change.  The meet director reserves the right to limit entries to ensure that sessions fall within USA Swimming’s recommended guidelines for age group competitions.

RELAY ENTRIES:  Swimmers may enter a maximum of one (1) relay per day. All coaches must give the relay names and order to the computer staff before each relay swims

POSITIVE CHECK IN EVENTS:  Positive check-in will be conducted for the 400 Free, the 400 IM, 800 Free, and the 1500 free. Positive check in ends 1 hour prior to the scheduled start time of the respective event.

RESULTS:  Final meet results will be posted on the Inland Empire Swimming webpage at

EVENTS:  All events are timed finals.  There will be no bull pen.

ENTRY DEADLINE:      Wednesday, June 5, 2019

$3.00 per individual event
$12.00 per relay
$14.00 IES surcharge per athlete.
$5.00 Facility Surcharge per athlete

U.S. Masters Swimming entries – online only: for ClubAssistant link

MEET DIRECTOR:                    Charity Yaw, Erika Miller           
MEET REFEREE:                     Holly Howard                              
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL:  Shawn Reser                              
STARTER:                               Angela Bona    
STROKE & TURN:                   Brad Daly ,Lan Wong, Charity Yaw, Justin Goff
OFFICIALS CONTACT:            Holly Howard                              

OFFICIALS:  All USA certified officials are invited to work at this meet and should email Holly Howard at for scheduling purposes. USA credentials must be displayed at all times.

Best Western                            509-525-4700   7 E. Oak Street
America’s Best Value Inn         509-529-4161   305 N. 2nd Ave.
Comfort Inn & Suites                509-522-3500   1419 W. Pine Street
Hampton Inn                             509-525-1398   1531 Kelly Place
Holiday Inn Express                 509-525-6200   1433 W. Pine Street
La Quinta Inn                            509-525-2522   520 N. 2nd Ave.
Marcus Whitman Hotel             509-525-2200   6 W. Rose Street
Super 8 Motel                            509-525-8800   Hwy 12 & Wilbur Ave.
Travel Lodge                             509-529-4940   421 E. Main Street
Red Lion Inn & Suites             509-529-4360   325 E. Main Street
Courtyard by Marriott              509-876-8100   550 West Rose St.

DeSales Catholic High School Parking Lot     919 E Sumach St, Walla Walla (adjacent to the pool)
RV & Trailer Dry Camping only – no tents, no electricity, no water      

Blue Valley RV Park                 509-525-8282    50 George Street (near the pool)

RV Resort Four Seasons         509-529-6072   1440 Dalles Military Rd (in town)

Harris Park                               (541) 938-5330 78689 S Fork Walla Walla River Rd Milton-Freewater, OR
                                                                                    (21 miles, 45 minutes from the pool)

PARKING: Parking is available in the lot next to the pool.

LEISURE POOL:  We anticipate that the leisure pool will be open during it’s normal hours.  Swimmers who want to use the leisure pool must purchase a wrist band.  Cost is $3.50 for ages 3 – 18, ages 60 and up and for Veterans.  Adult admission is $5.00.  An adult must be with kids who are under the age of 7.

CONCESSIONS:  Concessions will be available at the meet. 

HOSPITALITY:  WWSC will be providing hospitality for all coaches and officials.

VENDOR:  WWSC will have a limited supply of caps and goggles for sale.
Memorial Pool
505 East Rees Avenue
City, State, ZIP
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Course Description
50 Meters / Outdoor
Date Entry Due
Wed, 6/5/2019