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  2015 Summer Nationals

We're only a few short days away from the 2015 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship at the SPIRE Institute! We're eagerly awaiting your arrival. Make sure you have double checked your luggage and aren't forgetting anything before your trip. We'd like to thank our staff and volunteers as they continue to work hard at finalizing the details for the meet.



The USMS website is the location for all official information regarding the 2015 USMS Summer Nationals. At you'll find the complete meet schedule and we'll post the latest results. Remember to tell your friends, family, and teammates that the complete schedule, results, and live streaming will be available at

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

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The SPIRE Institute is located just north of Interstate-90 in Geneva. Look for the signs as you exit the freeway. The driveway is on the east side of the street, immediately adjacent to Wendy's. When you arrive, please look for the signs directing you straight to the natatorium parking lot. Reminder that parking is $10 a day, and you can purchase a weekly pass for $40 on Wednesday at Registration.

When you arrive inside the main entrance, please make your way down the hallway. Straight ahead will be a table with waiver forms. Please stop and complete one.


After you have completed your waiver form, please proceed down the hallway toward the elevator and the registration area. Present your completed waiver to the volunteers, who will distribute your goodie bag, meet program, and credentials.

Once you've received all your items, you'll be directed toward the adjacent windows where you can complete additional registration steps if necessary. If you purchased a Gold Medal Sponsorship package, you will also receive your credential and gift at this time. Gold Medal Sponsorships cannot be purchased on-site.

The social event will take place on Saturday, August 8. If you purchased tickets to the Wine Tasting Extravaganza Social, your tickets can be picked up at this time. If you did not purchase tickets, you can do so at this time. Cash, credit, and checks will all be accepted as forms of payment.

If you need to check-in for your event (200m or longer), you can do so at this time. iPads will be available for you to use at the event check-In table. Online check-in opens tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 4.).


If you would like to enter a relay, you may fill out a form at the solutions table and enter your relay at this time. Relay sheets are available online and can be filled out and brought to the meet. Relays cost $12 to enter. Checks, cash, and credit card are accepted. Checks can be made out to the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Please see the Relay Entry portion of the meet program for deadlines. For more information, check out the Relay Information page.

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Final results will indicate splits for all swims (excluding pad malfunctions). Split requests have been submitted on behalf of all swimmers for records and Top 10 for initial distances of all individual events (except for backstroke) and for all relay lead-off splits. Therefore swimmers need not submit split requests for those events. Split requests for records or Top 10 are required for initial distance(s) of an individual backstroke event. The swimmer is responsible for picking up the Split Notification Form from the administrative official, filling it out, and presenting it to the administrative official prior to the swim. Automatic split times will be submitted for USMS Top 10, however automatic split times from individual events will not automatically appear in the USMS event results database. If you would like a split time to be added to the event results database, please email your request after the meet. 

Realtime results as well as daily results by age group and searchable results will be available online throughout the event.

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Competition Pool Warm-Up Times:

  • Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m.

  • Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. and for 30 minutes following the last heat of the women's 1500 freestyle or 5 p.m. (whichever is later)

  • Friday through Sunday: 6:30 a.m. until 7:50 a.m. and for 30 minutes following the last event each day

  • Friday: 30 minutes following the last heat of the 400 IM

  • Saturday: 30 minutes following the last heat of the men's 400 freestyle

  • Sunday: 30 minutes following the last heat of the women's 400 freestyle.

Warm-up Pool Times:

Thursday through Sunday: 7 a.m. until the conclusion of the day's final event

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. Any swimmer who acts in an unsportsmanlike or unsafe manner within the swimming venue may be considered for appropriate action or penalty by the referee (rule 102.13.3). Pull buoys, kickboards, fins, hand paddles, and snorkels are not allowed in the competition or warm-up pools.


Sprint Lanes

One or two lanes will be designated as one-way sprint lanes during the pre-meet warm-up sessions in the competition pools under supervision of marshals or on-deck coaches. Relay starts are not allowed. The sprint lane(s) 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', i.e. visible from outer space, shirts standing by the sprint lanes.

All swimmers, coaches, and officials are encouraged to attend or be represented at a general meeting located in SPIRE Fuel on August 5, at 5 p.m. 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.



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Coaches' hospitality will be located in Gold Medal Hospitality. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be served during competition days. Eligible coaches (see below) will be issued access passes to 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 current USMS Recognized coaches and members in good standing of USMS and should be prepared to provide proof of USMS membership at the meet. Check out the full coaches hospitality policy for more information.


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 hospitality passes only on the days they are assigned and work.

SWIMMER magazine cover SeptOct 2014
Perhaps at some point in your swimming career, you fell short of achieving a goal and haven't lost that vision of finally reaching it. You're training harder than ever and ready to dive in and finally accomplish this unfinished business. If this is your story, writer Susan Dawson-Cook wants to talk to you. She also wants to talk to swimmers using this Summer Nationals experience to prove something important to themselves. Maybe it's that you can come back after an injury or a difficult experience or the training and competition is helping you get your life back. SWIMMER readers love to hear a good story and yours could be the next one that inspires others! If you'd like to participate, please email Susan.

Looking to show off to your friends and family by wearing official 2015 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer Nationals merchandise? Then look no further than the Fine Designs merchandise station on the second floor vendor area inside the SPIRE institute. A variety of merchandise options will be available for purchase, including performance T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, hats, shorts, backpacks, pants, long sleeved T-shirts and more. Fine Designs will be set up all weekend, so be sure to stop by early and often to pick up your gear. Wear it proudly both at the meet and when you return home.
  • No outside food or beverage is permitted inside the SPIRE Institute. SPIRE Institute offers a full-service, healthy foods option food court just off the pool deck called SPIRE Fuel. This expansive food court features a soup and salad bar, grill station, pizza and pasta area, breakfast selection, and culinary theater.
  • Signage will be hung by facility staff. Please give all signage to facility lifeguards.
  • Are your friends or family members interested in volunteering at the meet? Lane timers and deck marshals are needed throughout the weekend to ensure the success of the event. Please sign up online or contact Matt Sajna with questions.
  • Enterprise is the preferred car rental agency of the greater Cleveland Sports Commission. For discounted rates, call 1-800-736-8222 and reference code 39G0170. Or book online and enter coupon code GR.


Visit our sponsors on the second floor vendor area inside the SPIRE Institute for discounts and special giveaways available only at the meet!

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Nationwide® is a proud partner of U.S. Masters Swimming. Members of USMS can save with exclusive auto insurance discounts. Stop by the Nationwide booth or visit us online to learn more!

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FINIS is teaming up with All American Swim to offer a special meet promotion.  

Gear up for your races by purchasing the Vapor Technical Racing Suit, and receive a FREE Torque Backpack! Visit the All American booth to learn how our products help athletes of all abilities master the basics as a means to excellence. 



Malibu Cthe # 1 Salon Hair and Skin SwimCare, is proud to support the USMS 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. And look for samples in your goody bag.

Myrtha Pools Logo

Myrtha Pools is happy to host the Summer Nationals in one of its newest facilities. Come by the booth and learn more about the Myrtha technology. 


Colorado Time Systems is sorry we couldn't make it this time around!  We will still be raffling off two Pace Clock Pros to two registered USMS programs. And remember that USMS members get a 15% discount on all Colorado Time Systems products. 

Use this discount code for online shopping: usms_1415

TYR logo

 Through vision, pursuit, and American ingenuity, TYR Sport has become a brand synonymous with the athlete. Starting from, powered by, and made for athletes, we are dedicated to re-imagining technologies that enhance experience at every level. For TYR training, competition, and performance products, visit our retail booth.

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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. 



 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 and technique to race-day strategy. Stop on by and meet the team!  



Come by the P2Life booth and chat with Laura, Rich, Tim, and David--Swimming World magazine's choice of top Masters swimmers in the world for 2013. We will also be offering samples of our NutriBoost Shake! 

All American Swim Supply
 All American Swim Supply will have a large variety of newly designed USMS t-shirts, embroidered polos, embroidered tube towels, TYR products, Aqua Sphere products, and swim equipment. Come by the booth and say hi!

Aqua Sphere, 2013 logo  

Aqua Sphere is committed to developing innovative products for active swimmers, enabling them to perform their best and feel comfortable in the water. We offer a complete range of premium swim products, including technical suits, body shaping swimwear, eyewear, and other quality training aids. Aqua Sphere will be represented by All American.  

Complimentary TRISWIM JUGS will be in the locker room showers. Also, look for TRISWIM chlorine out hair & skin care, FOGGIES anti-fog cleaning wipes for goggles, and DERMASPORT skincare samples in your goody bag. DERMASPORT is a facial line formulated specifically with the swimmer in mind. DERMASPORT reverses aging and promotes healthy skin. All products are considered "prestige" but are economically priced.

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Agon can help you create the swimsuit of your dreams. They are able to custom dye their swimsuits to include nearly any pattern, logo, or colors. Come by their booth and start creating the suit you have always wanted.


University Hospitals Sports Medicine

University Hospitals Sports Medicine excels in delivering superior care to athletes of all ages, providing a competitive advantage in the water, on the field, and in life. To make an appointment or find a location near you, call 216-983-PLAY.  University Hospitals is the Official healthcare partner of the Cleveland Browns. Please visit us at