2023 New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship

New England LMSC

Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2, 2023

USMS Sanction : 023-S001

New England LMSC

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Swimmer Registration Thu, Feb 2, 2023
03:00 PM
Mon, Mar 27, 2023
11:59 PM

This competition is limited to the first 600 entrants.
Currently there are 466 entrants.

New England LMSC Short Course Yards Championship
March 31 – April 2, 2023

Hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute Swimming & Diving at Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609

Sanctioned by the New England LMSC for USMS Inc., Sanction # 023-S001


Friday, March 31, 2023
  • Distance Session: 9:00am
    • Warm-up opens: 7:45am
    • Check-in closes: 8:30am
  • Main Session: 2:00pm
    • Warm-up opens: 7:45am auxiliary lanes, 1:00pm competition lanes
    • Check-in & relay entries close: 1:30pm
Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Distance Session: 9:00am
    • Warm-up opens: 7:45am
    • Check-in closes: 8:30am
  • Main Session: 12:00pm
    • Warm-up opens: 7:45am auxiliary lanes, 11:10am competition lanes
    • Check-in & relay entries close: 11:30am
Sunday, April 2, 2023
  • Distance Session: 9:00am
    • Warm-up opens: 7:45am
    • Check-in closes: 8:30
  • Main Session: 11:00am
    • Warm-up opens: 7:45am auxiliary lanes, 10:10am competition lanes
    • Check-in & relay entries close: 10:30am
FACILITY: The WPI Sports & Recreation Center pool will be configured as a 10-lane, 25-yard competition course plus 6 auxiliary lanes for continuous warm-up unless, after reviewing the entry totals and estimated meet timeline, the meet organizers decide that 12 competition lanes and 4 auxiliary lanes are warranted. There is deck space for 500 swimmers, seating for over 400 spectators in the stands, and wheelchair access to all public spaces, including the pool, locker rooms, and stands.

POOL LENGTH CERTIFICATION: The length of the competition course without a bulkhead is in compliance and on file with USMS in accordance with articles 105.1.7 and 106.2.1.

TIMING SYSTEM: A Colorado Timing System will be used with automatic timing (touchpads), a one-button semiautomatic backup system, and a backup watch on each lane. Times from this competition will be eligible for USMS record and Top 10 consideration.

  • Online Entries Only. Share this short URL with your team: https://bit.ly/nelmsc-scychamps23
  • Entry Deadlines: Regular entries close March 20, 2023, at 11:59pm. Late entries ($20 surcharge) close March 27 at 11:59pm. Entries for any or all sessions may close early upon reaching 600 swimmers or meet timeline limits, so enter early!
  • Entry Caps: Swimmers may enter 13 individual events and 5 relay events. Relays will be deck-entered. See the distance event caps described below. If needed, the event director can add or adjust event caps.
  • Event Order: Scroll to the bottom of this page to view the Order of Events.
  • Meet Director: Paul Bennett at wpiswimming@wpi.edu.
ELIGIBILITY: Current (2023) members aged 18 or older of U.S. Masters Swimming or another World Aquatics-recognized governing body. Age is determined by the swimmer’s age on April 2, 2023, except 18-year-olds must be of age on March 31. 

ENTRY FEES: $30 meet fee + $7 per individual event for entries submitted before the regular entry deadline. Late entries will incur a $20 surcharge. These fees are nonrefundable. Your credit card statement will reflect a charge from “TNT Swimming.”

NEW MEMBER INCENTIVE: The New England LMSC board will provide $50 reimbursements to the first 30 meet registrants who joined USMS (in the NELMSC) for the first time after October 31, 2022. Prior NELMSC meet subsidy recipients are not eligible.

To join USMS, click here. To find your USMS number, click here. To log in to My USMS and print your card, click here.

CHANGE/ADD EVENTS: You cannot change events after submitting your entry. To add events @ $7 per event, send an email message to wpiswimming@wpi.edu with your name, the event(s), and seed time(s). TNT Swimming will charge the credit or debit card you used to enter the meet and email you a receipt.

DISTANCE EVENT CAPS: The 1000y and 500y freestyle events are each limited to the first 160 entries received and the 400y IM is limited to the first 80 entries. Plastic lap counters will be available for the 1000y and 500y freestyle events, but swimmers will need to find someone (teammate, coach, etc.) to count for them.

RELAYS: There is no relay entry fee, but every relay swimmer must be entered in at least one individual event. All four swimmers on a relay must be affiliated with the same club in their respective USMS member records. Swimmers cannot swim on both a same-sex relay and a mixed-sex relay for the same event. Women’s, men’s, and mixed relays may be swum in combined heats. This year the 800y freestyle relay is a scoring event at this meet.

RELAY ENTRY DEADLINES: All relay entries must be deck-entered at the meet by 1:30pm Friday, 11:30am Saturday, and 10:30am Sunday using the official relay entry form

AGE GROUPS: The individual event age groups are 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, etc. in five-year increments as high as necessary. The relay event age groups are 18+, 25+, 35+, 45+, etc. in 10-year increments, determined by the youngest relay member’s age.

RULES: 2023 USMS Rules & Regulations apply. Please read Article 402 “Conduct of Members” and act accordingly at all times.

Your meet entry must match your club affiliation and, if applicable, New England Masters Swim Club workout-group affiliation in your USMS member record. You cannot change your club or NEM Swim Club workout-group affiliation after completing your first relay or individual event. If you have questions about your USMS registration or competition eligibility, see the NELMSC’s Demystifying USMS primer or contact NEmembership@usms.org.

This meet will use dive-over starting. If you want more time to exit the pool, please notify the meet referee before your heat.

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Attendees are NOT required to wear a mask. The meet organizers reserve the right to alter COVID-19 protocols based on WPI's policies and local, state, and national guidelines at the time of the event. Any updates will be posted on this page and emailed to registered swimmers before the event. Do not attend if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19 within two weeks of the conclusion of the event, please notify wpiswimming@wpi.edu.

SEEDING: All events will be timed finals, seeded by time after check-in closes. All events will be seeded slow to fast, except the 800y freestyle relay will be seeded fast to slow. Each day’s distance session event (1000y freestyle, 500y freestyle, 400y IM) will alternate between women’s and men’s heats. The meet director or meet referee can change seed times that are obviously incorrect based on previous performances.

Barring emergency or injury, no-shows at the blocks by seeded swimmers are frowned upon.

SEED TIME PRIZE: The first 10 swimmers who finish with the exact time submitted on their entry will receive a $25 gift card. Limit: 1 per swimmer.

CHECK-IN: All events require positive check-in either in-person or online via SwimPhone. Online check-in for each session will open at noon Thursday for the Friday sessions, noon Friday for the Saturday sessions, and noon Saturday for the Sunday sessions.

Everyone who enters WPI Sports & Recreation Center must stop and identify themselves at the hallway table, regardless of what time they arrive. Swimmers who have not already checked in for their events online via SwimPhone will be asked to check in in-person before entering the pool area.

Online and in-person check-in will close for each day’s Distance Session at 8:30am and for the Main Session on Friday at 1:30pm, Saturday at 11:30pm, and Sunday at 10:30am. Swimmers who do not check in on time will be scratched from the events for which they have not checked in.
WARM-UP/WARM-DOWN: Each day the auxiliary lanes will open for warm-up/warm-down at 7:45am and close 30 minutes after the Main Session ends. The warm-up period in the competition lanes will open for the Distance Session each day at 7:45am and for the Main Session on Friday at 1:00pm, Saturday at 11:10am, and Sunday at 10:10am, or when the Distance Session ends. Warm-up in the competition lanes will close 10 minutes before each session’s first event.

Swimmers must enter warm-up lanes FEET FIRST (no diving) except in designated one-way sprint lanes.

SPLIT REQUESTS: Official split requests for individual events must be submitted using the Split Notification Form. Per USMS rules, for individual events other than backstroke you must notify the meet referee of your intent to record an initial split time before the meet is over; for backstroke events you must notify the referee before swimming that event. If possible, please submit all initial split requests before the event is swum.

All relay leadoff splits (50y split in 200y relays, 100y split in 400y relays, 200y split in 800y relays) will be recorded as automatic official splits.

However, the initial splits within each relay leadoff leg (50y split in 400y relays, 50y and 100y splits in 800y relays) will not be automatically recorded, and therefore require submission of a split request form and referee notification as described above to be considered an official time.

  • For individual events, the first 16 places in each age group will be scored as follows: 17-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points. For relay events, the first 16 places in each age-group will score double points.
  • New England Masters Swim Club (NEM) will not accumulate team points at this meet: Each USMS-registered workout group of NEM will compete as its own team against other NEM workout groups and USMS clubs (and, if applicable, Masters clubs from other World Aquatics member organizations).
  • A relay team consisting of four NEM members who are all affiliated with the same workout group can only score points for that workout-group team.
  • A relay team consisting of NEM members who are affiliated with different workout groups or no workout group can compete as an “NEM-Unattached” relay and record official times but cannot score points for a workout group team.
PSYCH SHEETS: Psych sheets, final team rosters and event entry lists, and an estimated timeline will be posted to SwimPhone, Meet Mobile, and the meet website on or about Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

HEAT SHEETS: Heat sheets will be posted onsite at the meet and online on SwimPhone, Meet Mobile, and the meet website after check-in closes and that day’s events have been seeded.

RESULTS: Results will be posted onsite at the meet and online on SwimPhone, Meet Mobile, and the meet website. Times recorded at this meet are not official until they are posted to the USMS meet results database.

  • Paper certificates for mounting adhesive label records (stickers) of your individual event performances will be available at the meet. Printable recognition certificates will also be posted on the meet website.
  • Ribbons will be available onsite for 1st through 8th place finishers in each individual event and 1st through 3rd place in each relay event, by age group.
  • Heat winners are eligible to receive a rubber duck. Quack!
  • A brief ceremony will take place after Sunday’s final event to bestow awards to the male and female high-point winners in each age group and to the top-scoring team in the large, medium, small, and squad divisions. Team-size parameters for each division (based on swimmers entered in the meet) will be determined after entries close. March 28th update: Large (21+ swimmers), Medium (11 to 20), Small (4 to 10), Squad (1 to 3).
  • Team and individual point rankings will be posted after each session to SwimPhone, Meet Mobile, and the meet website.
WI-FI: Limited Wi-Fi access will be available. Users will need to connect via the "wpi-open" network and follow the prompts. No support for Wi-Fi will be offered by WPI or the meet hosts.

TEAM BANNERS: You are encouraged to bring your team’s banner. Please use painter’s tape or Command hooks to hang your banners. Do not use duct tape or any other adhesive that will leave residue on the walls.

REFRESHMENTS: Healthy snack bars, bananas, pretzels, etc. will be for sale onsite at cost. Cash, check, and Venmo will be accepted (no credit/debit cards).

MERCHANDISE: Meet t-shirts and caps and 20 pairs of Speedo Vanquisher goggles will be for sale onsite. Cash, check, and Venmo will be accepted (no credit/debit cards).

MASSAGE THERAPY: Leslie Boyce of Alch3my Fitness will be offering massage services on deck all three days of the meet.

DIRECTIONS TO THE POOL: The GPS address for the WPI Sports & Recreation access road is 153 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609.

From the East: Take Mass. Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 11A (I-495). Proceed north to exit 25B (I-290), then west into Worcester. Take Exit 18 (Lincoln Sq., Rte. 9), turn right at the end of the ramp, then an immediate right before next traffic light. At next light, proceed straight through, bearing to the right on Salisbury St. Turn left at the first entrance after the hill and follow that road to the WPI Sports & Recreation Center at the roundabout.

From the North: Take I-495 south to I-290. Follow directions from east.

From the South and West: Take Mass. Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 10 (Auburn). Proceed east on I-290 into Worcester. Take Exit 17 (Lincoln Sq., Rte. 9), turn left at end of ramp, follow Rte. 9 west through Lincoln Sq., straight onto Highland St., then right at light onto Park Ave. Proceed through the first light, then turn right at the first entrance. Take the first right and follow that road to the WPI Sports & Recreation Center at the roundabout.


PARKING & SHUTTLE DIRECTIONS: Except for a limited number of handicap parking spaces, the rooftop parking garage by the pool is not available for this meet. See the alternate parking options below and plan accordingly.

The GPS address to the Gateway Park Parking Garage is 51 Briden Street, Worcester, MA 01609, one mile from the pool. WPI will provide two 30-passenger shuttle buses to run on 15-minute loops between the Gateway Garage and the WPI Sports & Recreation Center. The last shuttle to the Gateway Garage will depart from the WPI Sports & Recreation Center one hour after the conclusion of each day's final relay event.

Additional street parking is available on Institute Road, Salisbury Street, and their off streets.

HOTELS: There are no hotel room blocks or discounts for this meet. You can find local hotels and rental properties through online services like Hotels.com, Bookings.com, Expedia, Google Hotels, Airbnb, and VRBO.

THINGS TO DO: The Worcester Cultural Coalition and Discover Central Massachusetts websites list places to stay, restaurants, events, and other attractions and sights to see in and around Worcester.

CONDITIONS: By entering this meet you hereby give United States Masters Swimming, the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee, and their assignee’s permission to take and use photographs and video recordings of you at the meet for promotional purposes. When entering the meet, every meet participant must complete and sign the USMS Participant Waiver. This waiver is built into the online meet registration process.

ORDER OF EVENTS: An estimated meet timeline will be added to the event schedule below after check-in closes. Breaks will be taken at the meet referee’s discretion. Bring your own nutrition and water bottles.

Friday, March 31, 2023 - Session 1 - Distance (1000 Free, Check-in closes 8:30 AM)
Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet Session starts at 9:00 AM
# Sex Event Psych
1 Women 1000 Y Free Psych
2 Men 1000 Y Free Psych
Friday, March 31, 2023 - Session 2 - Main (Check-in & relay entry close 1:30 PM)
Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet Session starts at 2:00 PM
# Sex Event Psych
3 Women 100 Y Fly Psych
4 Men 100 Y Fly Psych
5 Women 50 Y Free Psych
6 Men 50 Y Free Psych
7 Women 100 Y IM Psych
8 Men 100 Y IM Psych
9 Women 200 Y Back Psych
10 Men 200 Y Back Psych
11 Women 50 Y Breast Psych
12 Men 50 Y Breast Psych
13 Women 800 Y Free Relay
14 Men 800 Y Free Relay
15 Mixed 800 Y Free Relay
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - Session 3 - Distance (500 Free, Check-in closes 8:30 AM)
Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet Session starts at 9:00 AM
# Sex Event Psych
17 Women 500 Y Free Psych
18 Men 500 Y Free Psych
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - Session 4 - Main (Check-in & relay entry close 11:30 AM)
Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet Session starts at 12:00 PM
# Sex Event Psych
19 Women 200 Y IM Psych
20 Men 200 Y IM Psych
21 Women 100 Y Breast Psych
22 Men 100 Y Breast Psych
23 Women 200 Y Free Relay
24 Men 200 Y Free Relay
25 Mixed 200 Y Free Relay
27 Women 200 Y Fly Psych
28 Men 200 Y Fly Psych
29 Women 50 Y Back Psych
30 Men 50 Y Back Psych
31 Women 100 Y Free Psych
32 Men 100 Y Free Psych
33 Women 400 Y Medley Relay
34 Men 400 Y Medley Relay
35 Mixed 400 Y Medley Relay
Sunday, April 2, 2023 - Session 5 - Distance (400 IM, Check-in closes 8:30 AM)
Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet Session starts at 9:00 AM
# Sex Event Psych
37 Women 400 Y IM Psych
38 Men 400 Y IM Psych
Sunday, April 2, 2023 - Session 6 - Main (Check-in & relay entry close 10:30 AM)
Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet Session starts at 11:00 AM
# Sex Event Psych
39 Women 50 Y Fly Psych
40 Men 50 Y Fly Psych
41 Women 200 Y Breast Psych
42 Men 200 Y Breast Psych
43 Women 400 Y Free Relay
44 Men 400 Y Free Relay
45 Mixed 400 Y Free Relay
47 Women 100 Y Back Psych
48 Men 100 Y Back Psych
49 Women 200 Y Free Psych
50 Men 200 Y Free Psych
51 Women 200 Y Medley Relay
52 Men 200 Y Medley Relay
53 Mixed 200 Y Medley Relay

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "TNT SWIMMING."

Online Registration closed on 3/27/2023.
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