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It's only a few short days until you will be arriving in College Park, Md., at the Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium for the start of the 2014 Marriott USMS Summer National Championship. This is the last email you will receive prior to your arrival, so we wish you safe travels and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Meets of this magnitude do not happen without the tremendous support of local volunteers. The
2014 Marriott USMS Summer National Championship is made possible with the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and the financial support of local businesses and USMS National Sponsors.

We hope you have an extraordinary and memorable experience in College Park. If there's anything that we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to call on us. We are here for you!


*Shuttle Services begins Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. Previous email stated Wednesday in error.


The USMS website is the location for all official information regarding the 2014 Marriott USMS Summer Nationals. The USMS site has the complete meet schedule and will post the latest results.

Remember to tell your friends, family, and teammates that the complete schedule, results, live streaming
, and daily online coverage will be available on: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and

Use Active Network's Meet Mobile to get heat sheets and instant results on your mobile device. Just download the free Meet Mobile app on iTunes or Google Play on your iPhone, iPad, or Android.

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When you walk across the footbridge from the garage, you may either walk along the back of the building and turn left to the athlete entrance and registration area or walk through the small parking lot to the side entrance of the building. Upon entering the side entrance, take the stairs or elevator to level 1 and proceed to the information desk. We will be happy to assist you further there.

Registration will be in the west gym on level 0 of the Eppley Recreation Center. We will have it split into sections by last name. Please make sure registration is your first stop at the meet. 

Registration is the nerve center of the meet. When you sign your waiver and check in at registration, you'll receive your goody bag and meet program along with a registration packet that will include your credential and any items you purchased (shuttle pass, gold medal sponsorship, social information). Use the computers located in the gym to check in for all deck seeded events. You can pick up and turn in relay entry forms in this area. Awards can be picked up as the meet progresses in the awards classroom off the pool deck. 


After you've completed the registration process, please go to the vendor village and visit the USMS sponsors and other vendors. This is THE place for stocking up on all things aquatic and supporting those companies and organizations that sponsor U.S. Masters Swimming. The vendors at this year's meet include: Agon, All American Swim Supply, Aqua Sphere, blueseventy, FINIS, Garmin, Malibu C, Nationwide Insurance, Nike, P2Life, TRISWIM, Speedo, and TYR.


The competition pool will be open for warm-up on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. On competition days, the competition pool will be open from 6 a.m. until 7:50 a.m. and the warm-up pools will be available from 6 a.m. until the conclusion of the final event. The competition pool will also be open for warm-up for 30 minutes following the last heat of the 400 IM on Friday, Aug. 15. The competition pool will be open for at least 30 minutes following the last event each day. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, the competition pool will remain open for 1 hour following the last heat of the 1500 free, or 30 minutes if the last heat ends after 6 p.m.

There will be at least 1 lane of warm-up space dedicated to Masters swimmers at the Outdoor Aquatic Center between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. We will increase the lane space at the Outdoor pool as needed. There will also be pool space available on Wednesday afternoon/ evening for warm-up for swimmers travelling from out of town but not entered in the 1500 freestyle.

Warm-up Procedures

Swimmers must enter the pool feet first in a cautious and controlled manner. No diving or backstroke starts will be allowed, except in designated sprint lanes. Pull buoys, kickboards, fins, snorkels, and hand paddles are not allowed in the competition or warm-up pools.


Sprint Lanes

During the warm-up periods in the competition pool, one-way sprint lanes will be made available under lane marshal supervision. These lanes are the only lanes where diving is allowed and swimmers will only go in one direction. The sprint lanes will be designated with signs.

On-Deck Coaching
The USMS Coaches Committee will be providing on-deck coaching during all warm-up sessions on competition days. These coaches will be available to start you, time you, and give feedback if requested. Look for them in their "viz green," (visible from outer space), shirts standing by the sprint lanes. 
camaraderie All swimmers, coaches and officials are encouraged to attend or be represented at the general meeting in the natatorium seating area at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12. There will be discussions of matters related to the meet by the meet hosts and key officials. In addition, there will be an opportunity for Q&A for all attendees.
on-deck coaching

Coaches' hospitality will be located in pool storage off the pool deck. You may access the area from the pool deck or athlete entrance. Breakfast, lunch, and between-meal snacks and refreshments will be served during competition days. Eligible coaches (see below) will be issued passes daily to access this area.

Coaches of a participating club may be eligible for a hospitality pass based on the number of participants their club has in the meet. In order for coaches to be eligible for hospitality at Nationals, they must be members in good standing of USMS and should be prepared to provide proof of USMS membership at the meet.

Hospitality passes are nontransferable and will be distributed as follows:

  • Clubs with 10 to 29 swimmers entered receive one pass

  • Clubs with 30 to 49 swimmers entered receive up to two passes

  • Clubs with 50+ swimmers entered will receive up to three passes

  • All on-deck coaches receive a hospitality pass only on the days they are assigned and work.
Chair Massage

Massage therapists will be available for swimmers throughout the event. Massage will be located on the pool deck, on the northern (window) side of the instructional (warm-up/warm-down pool). Professional therapists will be working continuously throughout the meet to make sure you perform your best. Sign-ups will be available at registration or in the massage area. Cost will be $1.50 per minute.



  • Dive, streamline, underwater, swimmer, swimmingThroughout the meet you may exit the pool either from your lane or via a ladder on either side of the course.
  • Seeding for all of the deck-seeded events, including relays, will be posted near the locker rooms, at each end of the Natatorium, and by concessions in spectator seating. All event results will be posted on the classroom windows by the war- up/cool down pool.
  • Swimmers wishing to have times entered into SWIMS (USA Swimming times database) must complete a form at the meet prior to the swim. Contact the administrative referee at the meet.
Visit our sponsors for discounts and special giveaways available only at the meet!
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Marriott is the title partner of the 2014 Summer National Championship and, to get in the spirit, we want to hear from you! Participants who share their #TravelVictories @MarriottIntl on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram throughout the course of the meet will have a chance to win Marriott Rewards Platinum upgrades or one of many GiftCards for use at any of our 4,000+ hotels worldwide. (Terms and conditions may apply.) 




Nationwide Insurance is the proud title sponsor of the 2015 Spring National Championship. To celebrate, Nationwide will be at the event to cheer on participants, offer giveaway items, and raffle off some great prizes!  Stop by for your chance to win! Plus, members of U.S. Masters Swimming can save with exclusive auto insurance discounts. 

Malibu C wellness beauty collection


 Malibu C, the # 1 Salon Hair and Skin SwimCare, is proud to support the USMS Marriott Summer Nationals. Try Malibu C's Swimmers Wellness Shampoo and Swimmers Wellness Conditioner as well as Malibu C Ultra Body Lotion located in the locker rooms. Come by the Malibu C booth to meet Professional Marathon Swimmer Mallory Mead, receive your FREE Swimmers Wellness Mini Malibu Makeover(r) and enter to win a Year's Supply of Malibu C Hair Care! 

Agon Swim, new logo will have grab bag suits at low prices for sale at the meet. Be sure to go by the booth to learn about how you can create custom-dyed sports apparel for your USMS program.

Colorado Time Systems, Playcore



Colorado Time Systems is sorry we could not make it this time around! We will still be raffling off 2 Pace Clock Pros to registered USMS clubs and workout groups though. 

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FINIS is offering an event special: 20% off of their training products at the booth, including their newest technical performance suit, the Vapor. You can also enter to win a number of raffle prizes--including a Vapor--pick up some swag, and check out the FINIS custom suit collection.  

All American Swim Supply

 All American Swim Supply will have a large variety of USMS apparel, embroidered polos, embroidered tube towels, Nike products, Nike Go-the Distance T-shirts, TYR products, Aqua Sphere products, and swim equipment. 


blueseventy will be on site selling all the essentials needed for a PR--tech suits, caps, and goggles. blueseventy staff will be available to answer all your questions- from fit to technique to race day strategy. Stop on by and meet the team!

P2Life Performance Nutrition, transparent

Come by the P2Life booth and chat with past Olympic medalists as well as Lara, Rich, Tim, and David - Swimming World Magazine's choice of top Masters Swimmers in the World for 2013. We will be also offering samples of our NutriBoost Shake!

Nike Small

Fast, Fluid, Sleek & Streamlined. Nike SWIM is defining the next generation of gear for sport through constant innovation in performance technologies--fit, fabric, and design. Nike competitive swimwear is designed to help reduce drag so you can slice through the water and shave time off your race. Stop by the Nike booth for the latest products.


TYR will be represented by All American Swim Supply. Please come by our booth and make sure you have the right equipment and the fastest products to help you perform your best.


For more than 84 years, Speedo has helped athletes achieve their full potential in the water. To learn more about Speedo, and to check out all of Speedo's newest suits, accessories, and gear, visit the Speedo retail booth in the vendor exhibit area.

Aqua Sphere will be represented by All American and will be selling technical suits, body shaping swimwear, eye protection, and other quality training aids. Come experience the comfort of Aqua Sphere!

TRISWIM Aqua Therapy Chlorine Out Hair & Skin Care is pleased to announce the swimmer's favorite... "return of the complimentary TRISWIM jugs of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion" in the locker room showers. Also, look for FOGGIES anti-fog cleaning towelettes in your goody bag. Please stop by the TRISWIM booth each day to enter to win a TRISWIM MEGA PACK.  TRISWIM and FOGGIES will be available for purchase at All American Swim Supply. Good luck to all the USMS swimmers and have fun!