2016 Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship

USMS 1-Hour Swim

Friday, January 1 - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

USMS Sanction : 386-S001

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Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 2017 Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship

Registration Schedule

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Individual Registration Fri, Jan 1, 2016
12:00 AM
Wed, Feb 10, 2016
11:59 PM
Relay Team Registration Sat, Feb 13, 2016
12:00 AM
Sat, Feb 20, 2016
11:59 PM
Relay Team Online Registration closed at 11:59 PM on Sat, Feb 20, 2016.

Extension Notice:
Because of the extreme weather conditions experienced during the month of January throughout the country, the USMS Long Distance Committee has extended from January 31st to February 10th the date by which all swims must be completed for the 2016 USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship. Entries will still be due by February 10, 2016. For those swimmers whose birthday occurs between February 1st and February 10th, their age will be their age of record as of January 31, 2016. For everyone else, it will still be as of the day they swam, and results will be compiled accordingly. This extension shall apply to all swimmers regardless of their LMSC.

Hosted by Tamalpais Aquatic Masters
Sanctioned by Pacific LMSC for USMS, Inc.
Take advantage of your chance to enter a national competition that is economical, free of travel, environment-friendly and can help to teach non-swimming adults how to swim!

Date: The Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal must be swum in its entirety during January 2016. 


You MUST be a currently registered member of USMS or a FINA member national governing body ON or BEFORE THE DAY OF YOUR SWIM!

Swim your One Hour ePostal event FIRST ~~~ Then enter/register for the USMS One Hour ePostal National Championship. For your convenience, have your completed split sheet handy to enter your splits at the prompt.


All online individual entry submissions must be completed by 11:59PM HAT on February 10, 2016.

Completed split sheets for individual National Record breakers must be received by the event director by February 10, 2016.

All online relay entry submissions must be completed by 11:59PM HAT on February 20, 2016.

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 so you can compare yourself to other swimmers doing the same event. Some people do the 1-Hour ePostal 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: Swimmers shall swim the 1-Hour ePostal in any pool 25 yards or longer. Please submit your splits and final distance in the course that you swam your event. For events swum in meter pools, the final distance will be converted automatically by the online entry system by multiplying the distance swum in meters by 1.0936 and then rounded down to the nearest five yard increment and integrated with the yard distances. For online entries for events swum in meter pools, please see the ONLINE ENTRIES section below.

Eligibility: This is a USMS-sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2016 with USMS (or the equivalent FINA organization for foreign swimmers) on or before the day of their swim. Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status. Online entries for USMS members will be verified automatically. All foreign swimmers who enter online must submit an electronic copy or mail a copy of their equivalent organization 2016 registration card to the event director by February 10, 2016.

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.

Fees: $7.00 for each individual USMS entry ($10.00 for foreign swimmers) and $12.00 for each relay entry. Fees are non-refundable. Online entries must be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) to "ClubAssistant.com Events".

Rules: The 2016 USMS Rules govern these events, including USMS Rule 102.12.1 regarding swimwear. Drafting, flotation, and propulsive devices (pull buoys, fins, paddles, snorkels, 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 every two lengths of the pool. 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). Online entries will be converted automatically from meters to yards if necessary. 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.

Unsporting Conduct: Any act of fraud, deception or dishonesty in connection with this event or knowingly providing false information including name, date of birth, age or gender on this event entry form may result in disciplinary action by USMS pursuant to USMS Rule 402.3, 402.4.3 and 402.4.4

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. Any split submitted without tenths or hundredths will be defaulted to .99 second. Any split submitted with tenths (.x) will be defaulted to .x9 second. Do not enter .00 if you have no tenths or hundredths of a second as a documented split. This split sheet must be kept for each swimmer.

Online Entries: When submitting your results online, please enter your total distance swum IN THE COURSE that you swam it and select the corresponding unit - yards or meters. You will then be asked to enter your 500 yard or meter cumulative split times for the 1-Hour ePostal. At the bottom of the page, your Official Distance will be displayed in yards rounded down to the nearest 5 yard increment. If you entered your total distance swum and your cumulative splits in meters, your Official Distance that will be displayed will have been automatically converted to yards and rounded down to the nearest 5 yard increment. Individuals entering online WILL NOT be required to submit a completed split sheet UNLESS that entrant has broken an individual national record. However, split sheets must remain available upon request of the event director; if it is not provided upon request, the individual entry and applicable relays may be disqualified. Please retain a copy of your completed split sheet for one year after the entry deadline.

Completed split sheets for individual National Record breakers must be received by the event director by February 10, 2016. Scan and email to Event Directors 2016onehour@gmail.com or mail to 2016 1-Hour ePostal National Championship, Tamalpais Aquatics Masters, PO #150516, San Rafael, CA 94915.

Please note that your online registration is not complete until you have received an automated confirmation of your entry via email. If you do not receive an entry confirmation email, please contact the event director.

Any entries received by mail will not be accepted and will be returned to sender.

Online Club Group Individual Entries: For Clubs with 30 or more individual entries who wish to use a group batch entry process, and pay with a single credit card transaction, please contact the event directors for further information at 2016onehour@gmail.com

Awards: Awards are 10 deep per age group in the individual event and 6 deep for relays.  This year you have two options for awards:  If you win an award and choose to decline it, Tamalpais Masters will donate $1 to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation in recognition of your swim. We will also e-mail you an environment-friendly photo of your award. Alternatively, you can opt to receive your award in the mail.  Physical awards are USMS Long Distance National Championship medals. Additionally, first place finishers in each individual and relay age group will receive a USMS Long Distance Championship patch. Only one patch per event per participant will be awarded.  You will enter your award preference (donation and photo or mailed award) when you enter the event online.

T-Shirts/Caps: The 2016 Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship T-shirts and caps will be available for purchase and will be mailed to the participants AFTER the event has concluded and the results have been finalized in March.
Navy blue T-Shirts are $17 (FINA $22).   
Tie die blue T-Shirts are $25 (FINA $30). Women's shirts are V-neck.
T-shirts are available in Men's S-2XL and Women's S-XL.
Caps are $10 (FINA $12). 
See T-shirt samples below.

One Hour ePostal Shirts and Caps may be purchased during your online meet entry or at this Shopping Cart link (shopping cart is now closed as of Feb 27, 2016).

 Complete results will be available via the internet. Preliminary results will be posted on the USMS website at www.usms.org by February 21, 2016 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.

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. Participants shall be allowed to swim in only one same-gender and one mixed-gender relay event. 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.

Online Relay Entries: Online relay entries will open on February 13, 2016. All online individual entries will be displayed by USMS Club and will include the entrant's yardage for the Club Relay Coordinators/Builder's reference. You will only be able to view a listing of YOUR CLUB'S USMS entries. Online relay entries must be completed by 11:59PM HAT on February 20, 2016.

Questions: Contact Event Directors at 2016onehour@gmail.com  415-497-3261

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

Online Registration closed on 2/10/2016.
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