2010 USMS One Hour Postal National Championships

USMS 1-Hour Swim

Friday, January 1 - Sunday, January 31, 2010

USMS Sanction : 38-10-02

Postal Swim Registration


Registration Schedule

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Individual Registration Fri, Jan 1, 2010
12:00 AM
Thu, Feb 11, 2010
02:59 AM
Relay Team Registration
Sun, Feb 21, 2010
02:59 AM
Relay Online Registration closed at 2:59 AM on Sun, Feb 21, 2010.

Preliminary results are currently posted on www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats10/   All corrections must be sent to Jessica Jakobi, jjakobi@comcast.net, no later than Tuesday, March 23, 2010.



Hosted by Tamalpais Aquatic Masters
Sanctioned by Pacific Masters Swimming LMSC for USMS, Inc. # 38-10-02

Date:  The One Hour Postal must be swum in its entirety during January 2010.


All online individual entry submissions must be completed by 11:59PM HST on February 10, 2010.

Complete split sheets must be received by the event director by February 20, 2010 (see Splits below).

Mailed paper individual entries must be received by February 10, 2010.

All online relay entry submissions must be completed by 11:59PM HST on February 20, 2010.

Mailed paper relay entries must be received by February 20, 2010.

Objective:  To swim as far as possible in one hour in any pool you choose that is 25 yards or longer. Event results are sent in electronically or by mail so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. Some people do the One Hour Postal event for competition, while others do it for fitness; all who wish to participate are welcome. The recorded distance (total yards swum) that you submit determines the order of finish.  If two or more swimmers report the same distance, a tie will be declared.

Location:   You may swim the One Hour Postal in any pool 25 yards or longer. (For events swum in meter pools, multiply the distance swum by 1.0936 and round down to the nearest five yard increment. Submit the distance in yards.)

Eligibility:   This is a USMS-sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2010 with USMS (or the equivalent organization for non-U.S. swimmers).  Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status.  Entries submitted by mail must include a copy of your current 2010 registration card.  Online entries will be verified automatically.

Individual Events:  Men and women compete separately in age groups of five-year increments:  18-24, 25-29, 30-34,…100+.  The swimmer’s age on the day he or she actually completes his or her swim will determine his or her age group. Swimmers who change age groups during the event may enter twice, but must swim the event twice, once in each age group.

Relay Events:  Relay events will be contested in three categories:  3 men, 3 women, or 4 mixed (2 men, 2 women).  Each relay member MUST also enter the individual event and be registered with the same USMS Club.  Unattached swimmers are not permitted on relays. The youngest relay member’s age shall determine the relay’s age group. Age groups are 18+, 25+, 35+,…95+. The cumulative yardage for the individual swims will be the relay yardage.

Club Event:  Each Club will be entered automatically in the Club event. At least three divisions will be recognized, based on the number of individual entries from each club, as determined by the event host and the Long Distance Committee Chair. Relay yards will not be included.

Fees:  $7.00 for each individual entry ($10.00 for non-US swimmers) and $18.00 for each relay entry.  Fees are non-refundable. Online entries must be paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Mailed in entries must be paid by check or money order only – no cash.  Foreign entrants may enter online with a credit card, or enter by mail submitting fees in U.S. funds via international money order or bank check drawn on a bank with a U.S. affiliate.

Awards:  The top 10 finishers in each age group in the individual event and the top 6 relay teams in each relay age group will receive USMS Long Distance National Championship medals.  First place finishers in each individual and relay age group will also receive a USMS championship patch, Only one patch per event per participant will be awarded. Awards will be presented to the top 3 clubs in each division of the club event.

Rules: The 2010 USMS Rules govern these events, including swimsuits. Drafting, flotation, and propulsive devices (pull buoys, fins, paddles, wet suits, etc.) are not permitted. No more than two swimmers may share a lane. If a lane is shared, each swimmer must stay on his or her side of the lane during the entire race (i.e. no circle swimming).  An adult acting as a starter/head timer/referee shall be present at all times during the swim.  Each swimmer must have a verifier to count laps and record cumulative splits every 50 yards or 50 meters. The timing of the event may be done with a stopwatch or electronic timing device. Distances are to be rounded down to the nearest completed five yard increment (i.e., round 2764 yards to 2760 yards). See Location section for conversion from meters to yards. One person may serve as a counter for no more than two swimmers per heat. No adjustment may be made for swims completed at altitude.

Splits: Cumulative split times must be recorded to the nearest second (final times for national records to the nearest 100th) on the official event split sheet available at  http://www.usms.org/longdist/1hr_3000_6000_splits.pdf . This split sheet must be kept for each swimmer, and a copy with the swimmer information completed at the top must be sent to the event director. ONLINE ENTRIES: If submitting your results online, you will be asked to enter only 500 yard or meter split times for the One Hour Postal. Enter the splits when asked. Online entrants MUST scan/email or mail their official split sheets to the event director for the entry to be deemed complete. Split sheets for online entries must be received no later than Saturday, February 20, 2010. MAILED ENTRIES: If mailing in an entry, you must mail the split sheet with the entry form which must be received by February 10, 2010.

Meters Note: This 500 split entry system is set up primarily to accept Yards input, and many Meters input will work as well. We have discovered that there are a few circumstances where Meters entries cannot fit this mold. We apologize for this issue and plan to have it corrected next year. For those Meters entries that do not work, please submit your entry by mail.

T-Shirts/Caps:  The 2010 USMS One Hour Postal National Championships T-shirt is available in both women's and men's sizes at a cost of $17 for USMS ($20 XXL) or $20 for FINA Masters. Caps will be available for $6.00. Please go to www.tammasters.org/HourSwimEntry to view the design.

Results:  Complete results will be available via the internet. Preliminary results will be posted on the USMS website at www.usms.org by March 12, 2010 for two weeks.  All corrections must be sent to the event director during those two weeks. Final results will be posted approximately one week later.

Online Relay Entries: Online relay entries will open on February 11, 2010. Online relay entries must be completed by 11:59PM HST on February 20, 2010.

Mailed Relay Entries: Please visit www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats10/1hrentry_relay.pdf to download relay entry forms or send a SASE to: Tamalpais Aquatic Masters, Relay Entries, P.O. Box 150516, San Rafael, CA  94915-0516

Questions: Contact event director: Jessica Jakobi at HourSwim@tammasters.org or 415.454.2302 (9AM-9PM PST). For online entry questions, please contact Jon Haveman at jonhs@tammasters.org.


Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "US Masters Swimming."

Online Registration closed on 2/11/2010.