2014 Breadbasket Zone and COMSA
Short Course Swimming Championship
March 28-30, 2014
USMS Sanction: 324-S002
The Breadbasket Zone (BBZ), COMSA and Colorado Mesa University (CMU) invite you to the 2014 BBZ & COMSA Masters Short Course Swimming Championships. The pool is 25 yards by 50 meters, and will be set up with 10 short course yards competition lanes. A Colorado Electronic Timing System with backup timing and scoreboard readout will be used. Bleacher seating is available for up to 750 people, with additional on-deck seating available. We recommend bringing your own chairs for on-deck seating.
This is a USMS sanctioned meet. Swimmers must be at least 18 years of age on the day they swim. A valid 2014 United States Masters Swimming (USMS) membership is required to compete, and must be furnished with the entry. Online USMS registration is available at http://www.comsa.org/joining/join-online.html. Contact the COMSA registrar at mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
All 2014 USMS Rules apply, including a NO FALSE START RULE, and whistle alerts announcing the start of each race. No paddles, kick boards or pull buoys are allowed during warm-ups.
Entries and Fees
$12 surcharge per swimmer
$4 per individual event (max of 5 events per day)
$25 late fee (for paper/mailed entries received after entry deadline)
No charge for relays
Fees must accompany Registration Form and Consolidated Entry Form (for mail in entries only), and must be paid in U.S. Dollars by credit card, check or money order.
Preferred method for receiving entries is online on Club Assistant software.
If paying with check, make check payable to: COMSA
Online entries are preferable and are due by Monday, March 24th at midnight. Paper Entry Forms & Fees are DUE IN HAND Monday, March 17, 2014, at 5 p.m. Late paper entries will be accepted after the entry deadline until Monday, March 24th at Noon, and must include a $25 late fee. PAPER/MAILED LATE ENTRIES THAT DO NOT INCLUDE THE LATE FEE WILL BE REJECTED. Late entries being charged to a credit card will have the late fee automatically applied. Late entrants will be eligible for individual placing and points earned, but are not guaranteed a participation award.
If not registering online, mail or deliver entries to:
COMSA State Meet Entry
1628 Birchwood, Sarasota, Florida 34231
No entry verification will be made via telephone.
Event Seeding All events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be seeded fast to slow. “No Time” entries will not be accepted. All events are timed finals, one swimmer per lane. Men and Women may be combined in events of 200 yards or longer at the discretion of the meet director. Deck seeding is strictly at the discretion of the meet director.
Meet Check-in and Positive Check-in
All athletes must check-in upon arrival on their first day of competition. At check-in, athletes receive their T-Shirt and participation award. Each athlete need only check-in to the meet once, on their first day of competition.
ADDITIONALLY, participants in the 1650 Free, 1000 Free, 500 Free, and 400 IM must positively check-in for those events, separately from the meet check-in process. There will be clearly marked, separate areas for meet check-in and positive check-in. Deadlines for positive check-in are as follows:
1000 Free Positive Check-In closes at 2:00 p.m.
1650 Free Positive Check-In closes at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
Positive Check-In for the 400 IM and 500 Free closes at 8:00 a.m.
Lane assignments may be changed at any time, at the meet director’s discretion.
Age Groups and Relays
Age for the meet is determined as of March 30th, 2014.
Individual Events: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,...100+
Relay Events: 18+, 25+, 35+, 45+, etc. 10-year increments as high as necessary determined by age of youngest relay member. Relay cards will be available on deck, and will be accepted each day according to deadlines announced at the meet. All relay members must be USMS members and be individually registered for the meet ($12 fee for relay-only swimmers).
Swimmers may enter up to 5 individual events per day; 12 maximum for the meet, plus relays. If more than 5 events are entered on any day, the meet host reserves the right to eliminate any of the additional events over 5.
Individual Events: 11-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Relay Events: 22-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2
Team Awards: Scored by total point counts, Men and Women combined. A swimmers points go to the team specified during their State registration. Swimmers will not be allowed to change teams after registration has closed. Top six point-scores will be awarded. In order for relay points to count towards team awards, all swimmers on a relay must be registered for the meet under the same team.
COMSA and the Bread Basket Zone will run a Beer Relay which will be the last event of the day on Saturday and a perfect kick-off to a fun evening. We are developing plans regarding special entry requirements and will communicate to coaches and participants well before the meet regarding how to sign up for this fun event. See the video posted on COMSA Facebook page to see an example. https://www.facebook.com/ComsaSwimmers?ref=hl
Each swimmer receives a participation award. To guarantee that you receive a meet T-Shirt (available for purchase); you must pre-order and indicate your size on the entry form. A limited number of extra T-shirts may be available at the meet. Late entrants are not guaranteed a participation award and may not receive a T-Shirt.
Heat Sheets and Results
Heat sheets will be posted online and in several locations around the pool deck. Results will be available on the COMSA website at http://www.comsa.org.
Brute Squad Award
The elite group of aquatic wonders who complete the 200 Fly, 400 IM, and 1650 Free will be presented a T-shirt during a break before the 800 Free Relay on Sunday.
Sprint Squad Award
The elite group of speedsters who manage to complete the 50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back, 50 Breast, and 100 IM will be presented a T- shirt during a break before the final Relay on Sunday.
The Jack Buchannan Award
This award is presented during the opening ceremony on Saturday to the male and female swimmer who has made major contributions to Masters Swimming. Nomination forms are available at http://www.comsa.org
The Lou Parker Award
This award is presented during the opening ceremony on Saturday to the outstanding COMSA Coach of the Year. Recipients must be current USMS members. Nomination forms are available at http://www.comsa.org
The top 10 swimmers in each individual event will receive a ribbon. No awards for relays. An individual high-point award will be given to the highest scoring swimmer, male and female, in each age group.
Psych sheets will be posted at http://www.comsa.org 2-3 days before the first day of the meet. Contact the meet host with corrections to errors found on the psych sheet. Entry confirmation can be provided by mail if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included with the entry. We cannot verify entries by phone or e-mail, nor can we guarantee notification if your entry is rejected. COMSA is not responsible for entries we do not receive. Entries may be rejected for failure to complete the entry form, failure to provide proof of current USMS membership, failure to include fees and late receipt.
Bus Transportation – Full Weekend of Transportation for $32.00!
COMSA has secured two 55 passenger buses for the trip to and from Denver and for transportation in Grand Junction to and from the pool etc. COMSA will subsidize your costs so that you pay only $32 for the weekend of transportation. We expect that these buses will fill up quickly and the online entry is only way to secure a seat(s). We will do positive check in for the 1000 Yd Freestyle from the bus.
Bus Ticket Schedule Options:
Leaving Denver 8am on March 28, leaving Grand Junction 1pm on March 30
Leaving Denver 8am on March 28, leaving Grand Junction 4pm on March 30
Leaving Denver 2pm on March 28, leaving Grand Junction 1pm on March 30
Leaving Denver 2pm on March 28, leaving Grand Junction 4pm on March 30
Where to Catch the Bus in Denver Area:
Pre-paid and reserved bus ticket holders should catch the bus at the following address. Return trip will also deliver you to this address. You may safely park your car here for the 3 days.
Wooley Mammoth Parking Lot
18540 US Highway 40
Golden, CO 80401
Fairfield Inn & Suites
225 Main Street
Online Group Booking Codes:
Queen Bed /Sofa Sleeper:CMSCMSA
Two Queen Beds: CMSCMSB
1-970-243-322 or 877-307-5678
205 Main Street
Online Group Booking Code: CMS
King Bed or Two Queen Beds
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
236 Main Street
Online Booking Codes:
Suites with King:CMSCMSA
Suites with 2 Queens: CMSCMSB
Complimentary at all hotels: Breakfast Buffet, Internet Access, Exercise Room, Newspaper, Pool/Spa
Please ask for the COMSA rate when making your reservation. The rates are as follows for March 27, 28 and 29, 2014:
Hampton Inn: $99.00
Fairfield Inn and Suites: $99.00
SpringHill Suites: $99.00
Please make reservations by February 25th to guarantee this rate.
THE FIRST 100 RESERVATIONS WILL HAVE $25.00 REMOVED FROM THEIR BILL AT CHECK-OUT
Friday, March 28th 2014
2p.m. Warm-Up/3p.m. Meet Start (seeded fast to slow)
1 1000 Freestyle (mixed)
2 1650 Freestyle (mixed)
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
8:00 a.m. Warm-Up/9:00 a.m. Annual COMSA meeting
Opening ceremonies/9:15 a.m. Meet Start
3/4 400 IM
30 MINUTE BREAK/WARM-UP
5/6 200 FREE RELAY
7/8 100 BACK
9/10 50 FLY
11/12 200 BREAST
13/14 100 FREE
15/16 400 RELAYS *
10 MINUTE BREAK
17/18 50 BREAST
19/20 100 IM
21/22 200 FLY
23 200 MIXED MEDLEY RELAY
6x25 150 BEER RELAY
Sunday, March 30th, 2014
8:00 a.m. Warm-Up/9:00 a.m. Meet Start
25/26 500 FREE
30 MINUTE BREAK/WARM-UP
27/28 200 MEDLEY RELAY
29/30 100 BREAST
31/32 200 BACK
33/34 50 FREE
35/36 800 RELAYS *
10 MINUTE BREAK
37/38 200 IM
39/40 100 FLY
41/42 200 FREE
43/44 50 BACK
45 200 MIXED FREE RELAY
*Longer Relays: These relays are swum Women, Men and Mixed together. A swimmer may swim only one relay in each event. These relays do not count toward team points.
**The length of the competition course is in compliance and on file with USMS in accordance with articles 105.1.7 and 107.2.1, but as a bulkhead course, is subject to length confirmation. Eligibility of times for USMS Top 10 and Records will be contingent on verification of bulkhead placement.