2018 Jim McDonnell Lake Swims & U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water National Championship (2 miles)

Jim McDonnell Lake Swims

Saturday, May 26 - Sunday, May 27, 2018

USMS Sanction : 108-W001

Jim McDonnell Lake Swims

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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Swimmer Registration Mon, Jan 1, 2018
01:00 PM
Wed, May 23, 2018
11:59 PM


Reston Masters Swim Team is proud to host the 2018 U.S. Masters Swimming Middle Distance Open Water National Championship (2 miles). This event is open to currently registered members of USMS or a FINA-member national governing body. Category I swimwear is required for the championship.  Swimmers with One-Event registrations and/or CAT II swimwear shall not be eligible to compete in the Championship Race (but are eligibile to swim in all other races and the practice swim).

Entry Information
  • Sanction: Sanctioned by Potomac Valley LMSC for USMS, Inc., Sanction #:108-W001
  • Location: Lake Audubon, Reston, VA
  • Course Map: 1-mile open water course (map)
  • Host: Reston Masters Swim Team
  • Event websiteJMLS Event Information
  • FacebookJMLS Facebook Page
  • Info: Lynn Hazlewood, Email: lynhzlwd@usms.org
  • Timing and scoring: Lin-Mark Sports (Chronotrack authorized timing company)
  • Online Entries: This event will use online entries only — No Paper Entries
  • Payment: Online entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events".
  • Eligibility: Event is open to U.S. Masters registered swimmers 18 years and older or Masters Swimming members of a FINA member federation. To register for the event, you must provide proof of current membership or purchase a One Event registration (OEVT). You may take care of membership registration during your event entry process.
  • OEVT Instructions: During online registration you will pay the OEVT fee of $30. That will complete your One Event registration.

Events offered (to be swum in the order listed):

Swimmers may enter the 1-Mile Practice Swim, 1-Mile Race, and either the 2018 USMS Middle Distance Open Water Nationals or the 2-mile non-championship race (we will not be running separate races, but will separate the championship from the non-championship by time). OEVT and/or CAT II swimmers are not allowed to enter the 2018 USMS Middle Distance Open Water Nationals.There will be Chip timing for all swims.
Saturday, May 26: Open Water briefing plus Practice Swim
  • Open Water Clinic: Prior to the practice swim, there will be an open water briefing followed by a Q&A session.
  • 1-Mile Practice swim on race course (entry limit 250 swimmers; time limit 50 minutes after last wave starts)
Sunday, May 27: Race Day
  • 1-mile Races (CAT I & CAT II divisions; entry limit 400 swimmers; time limit 50 minutes after last wave starts)
  • 2-mile Races (entry limit for combined 2-mile races 400 swimmers)
2018 USMS Middle Distance Open Water Nationals (time limit 90 minutes after last wave starts)
2-mile Non-Championship Races (time limit 90 minutes after last wave starts)

Entry deadlines:
  • Standard Entries: Standard entry deadline is 11:59 pm on May 18, 2018
  • Late Entries: Late entry deadline is 11:59 pm on May 23, 2018. Late entries are subject to double fees as defined under Fee Schedule below.
  • Seeding: All swimmers will be seeded according to their entry times.
  • Note: There will be no day of entries.

Fee schedule:

Standard Fees (by May 18)

Late Fees (May 19 - 23)

$30 Event Entry Fee (required)

$60 Event Entry Fee (required)

$1.50 Online Entry Service Fee (required)

$1.50 Online Entry Service Fee (required)
$30 OEVT Fee (One-Event Registration Fee) $30 OEVT Fee (One-Event Registration Fee)
$15 1-Mile Practice Swim (Saturday) $30 1-Mile Practice Swim (Saturday)
$40 Per Race Entry (Sunday) $80 Per Race Entry (Sunday)

Online entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events".

Swimming Information

  • SeedingSwims are seeded fast to slow using the 1650 yard time. Seeding is by waves with 25 swimmers per wave.
  • Timing ChipsParticipants in races and practice swim will wear timing chips.
  • Temperature Restrictions: No wetsuits or heat retaining swimwear in water above 78 degrees. If swimmers are not able to meet the requirements for CAT I swimwear, then they may swim in CAT II with non-heat retaining swimwear and other swimwear configurations allowed in CAT II (see Swimwear Categories below).
  • Scoring Divisions for Races: Scoring divisions are divided by gender, five year age groups and swimwear category. All scoring divisions in a race swim simultaneously, but are scored separately. You may swim in only one scoring division for each race distance. With the exception of the 2018 USMS Middle Distance Open Water Nationals, you may change your Swimwear Category at the starting line.
  • Swimwear Categories: USMS Category I (CAT I): swimsuits shall be made from textile materials; may not be buoyant or heat retaining; for both men and women, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulder nor below the ankles. USMS Category II (CAT II): all other swimsuits, including wetsuits; no restriction on coverage. There are other differences, which you should be familiar with, so there are no surprises on race day. Swimwear categories are defined in "Article 303.7.2 Swimwear for Open Water Events" (www.usms.org/rules/part3.pdf, 2018 USMS Rule Book, pg 69).
  • Practice Swim Times: There will be no scoring for place for the practice swim. Times will be published in alphabetical order.
Additional Information
  • JMLS Refund/Transfer/Deferral/Cancellation Policy:

    Refunds, Transfers and Deferrals: There are no refunds except in the case of partial or total cancellation of the event (see Cancellation Policy). There are no deferrals of fees to next year and no selling/transfer of slots in swims.

    Cancellation Policy: The Jim McDonnell Lake Swims Cancellation Policy operates under the rules and administrative regulations of U.S. Masters Swimming (U.S. Masters Swimming Rule Book, Page 74, Article 303.11.1 and 303.11.2). With the exception of pre-cancellation, conditions under which postponement/cancellation of a swim, stoppage of a swim in progress and/or cancellation of the entire event usually involve issues that cannot be fully known ahead of time. We will endeavor to put the event on as advertised, but if it is not safe to put swimmers in the water, we will determine if an incomplete race should be declared “finished” and cancel the races that have not been started. In that case, we will distribute shirts and provide food. We will not re-schedule cancelled swims. We cannot provide FULL refunds. This policy will be in effect for both days.
  • Awards: Awards will be given for the 2018 USMS Middle Distance Open Water Nationals for 1st through 6th place. Awards for non-championship races will be given to 1st through 3rd place for age group scoring divisions.
  • T-shirts: Each 1-mile or 2-mile race participant will receive a maximum of one t-shirt with their entry.
  • Food: Lunch and drinks will be provided on Sunday only. Please remember to also bring your own fluids.
  • Host Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Herndon Reston, Rooms available at $89 per night for May 25-27 on the Marriott Reservation System. Book by April 27th, 2018 to get the special rate. Click Here to make a Reservation on-line or call and ask at 1 800 321 2211 or (703)-478-9400 for the Jim McDonnell Lake Swim Room Block at the Courtyard Herndon Reston located at 533 Herndon Parkway, Herndon VA 20170-5226
  • Benefit: The Jim McDonnell Lake Swims donate a portion of the event proceeds to charity. The 2017 recipients were Lymphoma Research Foundation, Herndon-Reston F.I.S.H. and Swimming Saves Lives Foundation..

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "WWW.RESTONMASTERS.COM."

Online Registration closed on 5/23/2018.
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