2021 Sarasota Sharks Take a Bite out of COVID Invitational

Sarasota Sharks Masters

Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18, 2021

USMS Sanction : 141-S002

Sarasota Sharks Masters

Swim Meet Registration


Registration Schedule

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Individual Registration Wed, Mar 10, 2021
12:00 AM
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
11:59 PM
Relay Team Registration Wed, Apr 14, 2021
08:00 AM
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
11:00 AM

This competition is limited to the first 200 entrants.
Currently there are 171 entrants.

Relay Online Registration closed at 11:00 AM on Wed, Apr 14, 2021.

2021 Sarasota Sharks Take a Bite out of COVID Invitational

Sarasota, Fla, April 17-18, 2021

Sanctioned by the Florida LMSC for USMS, Inc.


NOTE: This meet will be limited to USMS members registered in the Florida LMSC. Your USMS membership number must begin with the digits "14" to be eligible to swim in this meet. A list of eligible swimmers can be found here.

Meet Director 
Rick Walker, rwalker@sarasotasharks.org
Entry Coordinator
Anna Lea Matysek, FLtopten@usms.org

Dates & Times:
Saturday, April 17: Warm-up 11:30am; meet starts 12:30pm
Sunday, April 18: Warm-up 7:30am; meet starts 8:00am

Facility:  The beautiful Sarasota Selby Aquatic Center, 8501 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, Fla., 34238. Pool is an outdoor, 50-meter x 25-yard Myrtha pool. Daktronics timing will be provided for competition. A 25-yard warm up pool will be available at all times. The pool is generally regarded as one of the top facilities in Florida. Pool chillers and heaters keep the pool temperature at optimum levels (79 to 82 deg. F) for competition year-round. 

Pool Length Certification:  The length of the competition course is in compliance and on file with USMS in accordance with articles 105.1.7 and 106.2.1.

Timing System:  The primary timing system will be automatic timing. Times can be submitted for USMS records and USMS Top 10 consideration.

  • MASKS must be worn on the pool deck and in the locker rooms.  Please bring your own masks.
Warmup Procedures
  • Warmup will limit swimmers to no more than 4 swimmers per lane. Please spread out and attempt to fill 2 swimmers in all lanes before adding a 3rd swimmer, then fill 3 swimmers in all lanes before adding a 4th swimmer. CIRCLE SWIM (staying on the right-hand side) during warmups.
  • DO NOT congregate at the end of the lane during warmups. Maintain proper social distancing. Limit your warmup and cooldown times, as this will be a large meet and we need to ensure that everyone has a chance to warm up and cool down.
  • Thirty minutes before the meet starts, one or two lanes may be designated for one-way starts off the blocks.
Race Procedures
  • Swimmers in the next heat should remain behind the timer chairs until after the timers have pushed buttons and returned to their chairs.
  • RELAY PROCEDURE:  Relays will be seeded in every other lane (Lanes 2, 4, 6, etc.).  Relay swimmers should remain behind the timer chairs or off to the side of the pool, and at least six feet apart from each other, until it is their turn to get onto the starting block.  After swimming a relay segment, the swimmers should move into the empty lane next to their race lane (Lane 2 swimmers move into Lane 1, for example), and float in that lane until the race is completely over.
Food and Drinks
  • The Water Monster will not be in use.  Please bring your own water.
  • Bring your own nutrition.  The snack bar will not be open.
Locker Rooms and Showers
  • Showers will be available.  Five-minute limit in the shower.  Outdoor showers on the pool deck will also be available.  Masks must be worn in the locker rooms other than when you are in the shower itself.
  • Maintain social distance in the locker rooms. 
  • Spectators are discouraged.  However, volunteers are needed at the meet and spouses and companions may work as volunteers.  To sign up as a volunteer, go to sarasotasharks.org and sign in to your TeamUnify account. Then click on "Events & Competition" >> "Team Events" to find the signup list for the meet.  (If you do not have a login, please send an email to Rick Walker, rwalker@sarasotasharks.org, to sign up as a volunteer.)
COVID-19 ALERT:  Please DO NOT attend the event if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  MASKS are required to be worn at all times (even on the pool deck) except when swimming.

Eligibility & Rules:  Current USMS rules will govern. All athletes must be 18 years of age or older as of April 17, 2021 and registered with US Masters Swimming for the 2021 membership year, and registered in the Florida LMSC (your membership number must begin with the digits "14").  Meet age is your age on April 18, 2021.

Entries:  Swimmers may enter six (6) events each day PLUS relays. Meet entry fee is $40 for one day or $55 for both days. The 1000 Free (Saturday) will be limited to 32 swimmers.  The 1650 Free (Sunday) will be limited to 24 swimmers.  On Sunday, after the 1650 Free there will be a 30-minute warmup period before the rest of the day's events.  Online entries only. No deck entries. Credit cards will be charged by "ClubAssistant.com Events."

WAITLIST:  As of March 21, 2021, the 1650 Free and the 1000 Free are almost FULL.  If you are unable to enter one of these events, you may add your name to the waitlist by sending an email to Rick Walker.

Deadlines: Online meet entries must be completed by 11:59pm, Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Seeding: Entries for all events will be seeded slowest to fastest. All events will be seeded mixed-gender.

Split Times:  Relay leadoff split times will be recorded and submitted for each leadoff swimmer.  Swimmers must submit a split request form (available
here or at the meet) for any other split times.

Relays: Relays will be deck entered and seeded prior to each race. As always, there is no extra charge for relays! Only team members registered for the meet may participate. Mixed relays consist of two women and two men. Some relay events may be combined if there are not many relay teams entered.

Heat Sheet & Results: Heat sheets will be posted at the meet and will be available at http://southeastzone.org/. If you want a printed heat sheet, please print your own and bring it with you to the meet. Results will be posted at the meet and online at  http://southeastzone.org/ within 14 days of the completion of the meet, and submitted for USMS Top 10 consideration at the end of the season.

Breaks in the meet will be taken at the discretion of the meet referee. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN NUTRITION AND WATER BOTTLES.


Saturday, April 17, 2021 - Session 1 - Saturday
Warm-ups start at 11:30 AM
Meet Session starts at 12:30 PM
# Sex Event
1 Mixed 1000 Y Free
2 Women 400 Y Medley Relay
3 Men 400 Y Medley Relay
4 Mixed 400 Y Medley Relay
5 Mixed 200 Y Free
6 Mixed 50 Y Back
7 Mixed 100 Y Fly
8 Mixed 200 Y Breast
9 Women 800 Y Free Relay
10 Men 800 Y Free Relay
11 Mixed 800 Y Free Relay
12 Mixed 50 Y Free
13 Mixed 400 Y IM
14 Mixed 50 Y Fly
15 Mixed 200 Y Back
16 Women 200 Y Free Relay
17 Men 200 Y Free Relay
18 Mixed 200 Y Free Relay
Sunday, April 18, 2021 - Session 2 - Sunday
Warm-ups start at 7:30 AM
Meet Session starts at 8:00 AM
# Sex Event
19 Mixed 1650 Y Free
20 Women 400 Y Free Relay
21 Men 400 Y Free Relay
22 Mixed 400 Y Free Relay
23 Mixed 200 Y IM
24 Mixed 100 Y Back
25 Mixed 200 Y Fly
26 Mixed 100 Y Breast
27 Mixed 500 Y Free
28 Mixed 100 Y IM
29 Mixed 50 Y Breast
30 Mixed 100 Y Free
31 Women 200 Y Medley Relay
32 Men 200 Y Medley Relay
33 Mixed 200 Y Medley Relay

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "SARASOTA SHARKS, INC.."

Online Registration closed on 4/13/2021.
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