Regular entries extended to 6 pm on Thursday, June 18.
The first 30 online entrants will receive an additional special giveaway!
WPI Sports & Recreation Center, Worcester, MA Sanctioned by NE-LMSC for USMS, Inc: 025-S007
Enter this meet online on Club Assistant software.
Warm-up: 8 am
Start: 9 am
MEET ENTRY CAP PROCEDURE: The meet will be declared FULL when we have received complete entries from 400 swimmers. On the day that the meet becomes full, we will accept all paper entries received that day, and any electronic entries received by 11:59pm, and then we will stop accepting entries.
There will be no warning posted before entries are closed. If the meet is not full by June 15, we will accept late entries until the meet becomes full, or at the late entry deadline.
Entries will not be processed unless they are complete, including valid 2015 USMS registration. If your entry is not complete when the meet is declared full, it will be rejected. Please check the meet web site to see if entries are being accepted, or if the meet is full.
MEET ENTRY FEE: The cost of registration is $25 plus $5 per event.
EVENT ENTRY CAP: Each of the 200m events (Fly, Back, Breast, Free, and IM) and the 400m Free will be capped at 40 entries per gender. This is to help ensure a timely conclusion of the meet.
POOL: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Sports and Recreation Center, host of the Bay State Conference Championships, New England Senior Championships, MIAA Boys North & Central/South Championships, America East Conference Championships, and the NEWMAC Championships.
Ten-lane SCM competition course with five additional lanes of warm-up/warm-down.
Electronic timing and LED scoreboard.
Vast deck space for 500 swimmers. Spectator seating for over 400 persons.
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.
DIRECTIONS: GPS address- 151 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 end of 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. Proceed straight towards the parking garage on the right.
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 first light, then turn right at the first entrance. Take first right, then proceed to the entrance of the parking garage.
ELIGIBILITY: 2015 registered United States Masters Swimming (USMS) swimmers 18 years or older as of June 20, 2015. Also, 2015 registered masters swimmers from other countries.
RULES: 2015 USMS rules apply. We will use dive-over starting. If you want more time to exit the pool please notify the meet referee in advance.
ENTRIES: Maximum of five (5) individual events, plus two (2) relays per swimmer. You must include a seed time for each entered event. Entry times of “NT” will not be accepted. Mail your entry form, copy of your 2015 USMS card (required), and check (payable to Worcester Area Masters Swim Club) to: WAM Invitational, 14 North Parkway, Worcester, MA 01605.
Entries with problems will be listed on the meet web site. Please check the meet web site frequently to make sure there were no problems with your entry.
No refunds will be issued for entry fees for any reason. Swimmers may not change workout group affiliation after completing their first relay or individual event.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Regular entry deadline is Monday, June 15. Paper entries must be received by June 15 in order to be considered meeting the regular entry deadline. We will close all entries on the day we reach 400 complete entries, regardless of the date. Enter early to guarantee your spot!
LATE ENTRIES: After June 15, if the meet is not FULL, you may submit a late entry online, which must be received by 6pm on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Late entries will only be accepted online.
There is an additional $20 late entry penalty. Late entries received after June 18 and incomplete late entries will not be accepted. Please submit all late entries online. Please check the website to see if late entries are being accepted.
HEAT SEEDING: All events are timed finals. Heats seeded by sex from slowest to fastest. The Meet Director or Meet Referee shall have the right to change seed times that are obviously incorrect based on previous performances. Entries without seed times will not be accepted.
AWARDS: Certificate for mounting an adhesive label record of your performance in each individual event.
Team awards will be given to the top three Large (31+ swimmers), Medium (10-30), and Small (4-9) NEMSC workout groups. Workout group size is based on swimmers entered in the meet.
ALL EVENTS REQUIRE POSITIVE CHECK-IN: All events will be deck seeded from entry form times. All events will close for check-in and will be seeded at 8:15 am. When you arrive at the pool, be sure to visit the check-in table immediately to check-in for your events.
ORDER OF EVENTS: 200m Free, 50m Back, 50m Breast, 100m Fly, 100m IM, 200m Medley Relay, 50m Free, 200m IM, 100m Free, 100m Back, 100m Breast, 50m Fly, 200m Free Relay, 400m Free, 200m Back, 200m Breast, 200m Fly.
WARM-UP/WARM-DOWN: The entire pool will be available for warm-up at 8:00-8:50 am, while the meet will begin at 9 am. Lanes 2,3,8, and 9 will be open for one-way sprints at 8:30 am. There will be a 15 minute warm-up in the competition pool immediately following the conclusion of the 200m Medley and 200m Freestyle Relay events. The 5-lane warm-up/warm-down area will be available during the entire session. All lanes will be available for warm-down 30 minutes after the last heat of the session.
RELAYS: Relay swimmers must be entered in at least one individual event. Relays will be deck entered at the meet and must be submitted by the deadline announced at the meet—approximately one hour before the event. Swimmers will be allowed one relay for each relay event; swimmers may not be on a single-sex and mixed-sex relay of the same event. Due to USMS rules, all swimmers on a relay must be affiliated with the same USMS team.
SCORING: The first sixteen places in each individual age group event will score in the following sequence: 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
The top sixteen relays in each age group event will score double points.
TEAM BANNERS: You are encouraged to bring your team’s banner. We will have blue tape or Command hooks to post banners. Please do not use duct tape or any other adhesive that will leave residue on the walls.
HOTELS: Please see the meet website for information about hotels in the area.
MEET WEB SITE: The official meet web site is at: http://www.wam-swimming.com/waminvitational. The website will provide current meet information, psych sheets, timelines and a list of entry problems with deadlines for resolution. During the meet, the web site will feature instant results, updated events timeline, and live scoreboard. Please check the website frequently to be sure there are no problems with your entry.
MORE INFORMATION: Email queries to WAMinvitational@gmail.com. Please visit the meet website for additional information and frequently asked questions about the meet. Sign-up for the WAM Invitational E-Newsletters at the meet website to stay updated with email announcements about the meet.