48th Annual Sunbelt Swimming Championships

Charlotte Swim Masters

Saturday, January 21 - Sunday, January 22, 2023

USMS Sanction : 133-S001

Charlotte Swim Masters, Inc

Swim Meet Registration


Registration Schedule

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Individual Registration Mon, Dec 5, 2022
01:00 PM
Mon, Jan 16, 2023
12:00 PM
Relay-Only Individual Registration Tue, Dec 6, 2022
09:00 AM
Mon, Jan 16, 2023
12:00 PM

Sanctioned by North Carolina LMSC for USMS, Inc.
Sanction# 133-S001

Meet Host:  MSA Masters and Charlotte Swim Masters

Meet Director: Joe Piscitelli, image4@mac.com

Meet Referee:  Marty Fehr, martinfehr21@gmail.com

Special Note: Please be aware this meet will need 200 entries to cover the cost of running the meet. We encourage swimmers to please register prior to the deadline. If the meet is cancelled for any reason, swimmers will receive a $30.00 refund. 

Facility:  The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (MCAC) is located at 800 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28202. Parking is available across the street from the facility on Saturday and in the facility parking lot on Sunday. The competition course will be an 8-lane 25-yard course with bulkhead.

The length of the competition course is in compliance and on file with the USMS accordance with articles 105.1.7 and 106.2.1, but as a bulkhead course, is subject to length confirmation. Eligibility for USMS Top 10 and records will be contingent on verification of bulkhead placement.

Inclement Weather:  If inclement weather occurs, the staff at the MCAC will determine by 7:00 PM EST on Friday, January 20th, 2023, if the facility will or will not open the following morning. If the facility opens, the meet will be held.

Rules:  Swimmers must be registered with USMS for 2023. USMS One-Event Registration will not be allowed. USMS rules will govern the meet. Swimmers are limited to five (5) individual events and two (2) relays per day. In water starts will be allowed for all events. 

Warm-up/Warm-down Procedures:  Swimmers must enter the pool feet first except in designated sprint lanes at designated times. Pull buoys, kickboards, hand paddles, fins, and snorkels are not allowed in the competition pool or in the warm-up/warm-down area. The competition pool will be available during warm-up periods, and three (3) continuous warm-up/warm-down lanes will be available during the meet. 

Deadlines:  All entries must be received by NOON on Monday, January 16th, 2023.  Late entries will not be accepted. Deck entries for individual events will not be accepted. 

Fees:  Online entries only with a $60.00 flat fee, which is paid by credit card to CHARLOTTE SWIM MASTERS. The $60.00 fee includes up to five individual events and two relay events per day. This fee also includes a commemorative souvenir. 

Relay Only Registration:  We are offering the option to enter only relays for a $30.00 fee. This fee does not include individual events or the commemorative souvenir. The relay-only registrations must be done online in advance and will not be offered at the meet. Only those swimmers who have registered for individual events or have registered for relay only events can swim in a relay. Each swimmer in a relay must be a member of the same affiliated team. All swimmers must be USMS members.

Relay Entries: Entries will be accepted at the meet by filling out relay cards and turning them in to the clerk of course on deck during the warmup session. A participant or coach can also email the relay entry or entries ahead of time to the Meet Referee at martinfehr21@gmail.com

Record Attempts:  1) Swimmers attempting to set a national record either in an individual event or a relay event are strongly encouraged to notify the meet referee before the event either in person or by emailing martinfehr21@gmail.com.  2) If the official time breaks an existing USMS record the swimmer or swimmers (relays) will need to connect with the meet referee and complete a Records Submission Form prior to the conclusion of the meet. Please print one ahead of time and bring to the meet. We will have limited copies available at the meet. 

Split Requests: If you are requesting an official split, please complete the Split Notification Form prior to the event. This form will need to be turned in at the clerk of course table on deck. 

COVID Safety Protocols:
MSA Masters & Charlotte Swim Masters reserves the right to alter COVID-19 protocols based on local, state, and national guidelines at the time of the event. Here is what is currently planned for the 48th Annual Sunbelt Swimming Championships. Any updates will be posted on this page and emailed to registered swimmers prior to the event.

  • MSA Masters and Charlotte Swim Masters encourage participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but we understand it is a personal decision based on individual factors.
  • MSA Masters and Charlotte Swim Masters are not requiring COVID-19 vaccination for participation in this meet.
  • Do not attend if you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness. If you experience symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 within two weeks after the conclusion of the event, please contact Meet Director Joe Piscitelli at image4@mac.com
  • MCAC is a large facility that can typically accommodate up to 1000 people. Social distancing is encouraged. Spread out. 
  • Spectators will be seated in the balcony bleachers. No folding chairs on deck.
  • Please be flexible with your warm-up routine to avoid overcrowding and be considerate of your fellow swimmers. Do not stay on the wall for an extended period of time at any point during warm-up. 
  • The most recent USMS liability release form must be executed by each participant during the event registration process. To be clear, USMS liability insurance doesn’t cover transmission of viral or bacterial infections.

Scoring & Awards: Individual events will be scored 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1; Relays will be scored double. A slick paper plaque for peel-off stickers showing your place and time for each event you swim will be available to all entrants. These labels will be staged in folders on tables in the hallway outside the locker rooms once the event is completed. Team awards will be given for first and second place in-state and out-of-state teams.

Psych/Heat Sheets:
Please bring your own heat sheets; there will be a limited number available for sale and a few posted in the pool area.

  • Psych sheet will be emailed by 5 PM EST on Wednesday, January 18th,  2023. 
  • Any corrections will need to be submitted by 5 PM EST on Thursday, January 19th, 2023.
  • Heat sheets to be emailed to swimmers and coaches by 12 PM (noon) EST on Friday, January 20th, 2023.  


  • All events will be seeded by sex and time except the following events which will be seeded by time only: 1650, 1000, and 500 free.
  • The 1650 Swim, Event 1, will be limited to 24 entries.
  • The 1000 Swim, Event 2, will be limited to 32 entries. 
  • First come, first serve for both the 1650 Free and the 1000 Free.  
  • Positive check-in is required for the 1650 free, 1000 free, 400 IM, and 500 free or you will be scratched. Check-in deadlines will be confirmed once the entries are closed. These deadlines will be communicated when you receive your heat sheet.
  • All events will be seeded from slow to fast, except the 500 free, which will be seeded fast to slow.
  • The Meet Director reserves the right to combine sexes in any other events.

Lodging:  There are numerous downtown hotels within blocks of the pool.


Saturday, January 21, 2023 - Session 1 - 1650 and 1000 (Positive check-in required)
Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet Session starts at 8:30 AM
# Sex Event
1 Mixed 1650 Y Free
2 Mixed 1000 Y Free
Saturday, January 21, 2023 - Session 2 - Positive check-in req'd for 400 IM
Warm-ups start at 11:15 AM
Meet Session starts at 12:30 PM
# Sex Event
3 Mixed 200 Y Medley Relay
4 Women 100 Y Back
5 Men 100 Y Back
6 Women 400 Y IM
7 Men 400 Y IM
8 Women 50 Y Free
9 Men 50 Y Free
10 Women 200 Y Breast
11 Men 200 Y Breast
12 Women 200 Y Medley Relay
13 Men 200 Y Medley Relay
14 Women 100 Y Fly
15 Men 100 Y Fly
16 Women 200 Y Free
17 Men 200 Y Free
18 Women 50 Y Breast
19 Men 50 Y Breast
20 Women 100 Y IM
21 Men 100 Y IM
Sunday, January 22, 2023 - Session 3 - Positive check-in req'd for 500 Free
Warm-ups start at 7:30 AM
Meet Session starts at 8:15 AM
# Sex Event
22 Women 200 Y Free Relay
23 Men 200 Y Free Relay
24 Women 200 Y Fly
25 Men 200 Y Fly
26 Women 50 Y Back
27 Men 50 Y Back
28 Women 200 Y IM
29 Men 200 Y IM
30 Women 100 Y Free
31 Men 100 Y Free
32 Women 200 Y Back
33 Men 200 Y Back
34 Mixed 200 Y Free Relay
35 Women 100 Y Breast
36 Men 100 Y Breast
37 Women 50 Y Fly
38 Men 50 Y Fly
39 Mixed (Seeded fast to slow) 500 Y Free

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "CHARLOTTE SWIM MASTERS."

Online Registration closed on 1/16/2023.
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