2018 Spring Nationals—Update No. 3

Swimmers, take your mark. Are you ready to GO? We are busy gearing up for your arrival and hope you are ready for a superb meet. Carefully review all pre-event details below.
The USMS website has all of the official information regarding the 2018 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship . The USMS site has the complete meet schedule and will have the latest results. Remember to tell your friends, family, and teammates that the complete schedule, results, and livestream will be available at usms.org.
Heat Sheets and Timeline
You'll be pleased to know that the meet program , including heat sheets for deck-seeded events and the estimated timeline, are now posted on the meet information page .
If there are any problems with your deck-seeded events in the psych sheets , please email championship@usms.org  ASAP. The timeline is based off historical scratch rate data for deck-seeded events. Since all days begin with a deck-seeded event, the timeline should only be used as a general guide.
Those not on deck may follow the livestream, real time results, or Meet Mobile to keep track of the actual running of the meet.
Important Updates

To keep events moving along, we WILL be using flyover starts at Spring Nationals. After you touch the wall, you'll stay in the water until the next heat dives off the blocks, then you'll exit the pool.

Please visit the Spring Nationals Important Announcements page for the following:
Need Something at the Meet?
Check out the USMS Partner Village for the latest racing gear and your favorite swim products, plus interactive games, fun prizes, and swag.
Baseball Social Tickets Available
Tickets still remain for the Friday night social. Get yours by May 1. All swimmers with a Friday night social ticket will be entered into a drawing. Two lucky swimmers will have the opportunity to team up with three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines and world-class swimmer and FINA Masters world record holder Jeff Commings for an on-field activity. Winners will receive a personalized Indianapolis Indians jersey and a signed copy of Rowdy Rising.
Coaches Hospitality
Coaches of participating clubs may be eligible for hospitality passes based on the number of participants their club has in the meet. In order for coaches to be eligible, they must be current USMS-certified coaches and members in good standing of USMS. Coaches’ hospitality will be in the VIP Hospitality area, located down the hall from the competition pool. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be served during competition days. Eligible coaches and on-deck coach volunteers will be issued passes to this area. More information is available in the USMS National Championship Coaches Hospitality Policy. Questions? Email events@usmastersswimming.org.
Food and Hospitality
  • We encourage you to take advantage of the four water stations on the pool deck in each corner of the facility—bring a water bottle!
  • If you prepurchased a VIP Hospitality Pass, it will be available at athlete registration.
  • VIP Hospitality is located on the south end of the pool behind the diving platforms. Check our hospitality page for schedule.
Healthy food
2018 Capt. Ransom J. Arthur Award Presentation
Don’t miss the ceremony honoring the 2018 Capt. Ransom J. Arthur, M.D., recipient, which will take place on the pool deck Friday, May 11, between the mixed 200 freestyle relay (event 15) and the mixed 200 medley relay (event 16). The RJA Award, honoring USMS’s founding member, is USMS’s most prestigious award and is given annually to a volunteer who’s made significant contributions to the goals and objectives of Masters Swimming. All recipients have made outstanding contributions at the national, regional, and local levels through accomplishments that benefit and enhance USMS programs.
Things You Need to Know
  • Parking pass holders may park in the Natatorium Sports and Riverwalk garages on levels three and above. If you purchased a parking pass, you will receive the pass in the mail by May 1. If you do not receive your pass, please email info@indyaquaticmasters.com.
  • Passes will not be available onsite for purchase, distribution, or replacement. If you do not have a multi-day pass, park at the Vermont Parking Garage (hourly rates apply). Plan ahead and review the parking map.
  • Hosts have announced a free social event for family and friends looking for fun on Friday, May 11: The Chip Ganassi Racing tour at 2 p.m. Chip Ganassi Racing is the home of the 11-time IndyCar Series championship and four-time Indianapolis 500 winning team. Sign up for this fun, free event. 
  • Volunteer Sign-up is still open.
Relax and recover with sports massage before or after your events. Massage therapists will be available on the pool deck 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day on the north end of the competition pool, underneath the scoreboard. Cost is $1 per minute for a maximum of 30 minutes. Sign-up sheets will be near the massage area. Therapists will be accepting checks or cash.
Meet Merchandise
The event merchandise vendor, Fine Designs, Inc ., will be on-site offering several merchandise items* in a variety of styles and colors including T-shirts, polos, hoodies, and shorts. Customization of merchandise will be available to commemorate your accomplishments with your own personal style. Fine Designs, Inc. will be located in the upper Main concourse level within the Partner Village. Be sure to check your goody bags for a special promotional discount coupon!

*Select items will be available onsite.
The average high temperature for May in Indianapolis is 73 degrees, with an average low of 52 degrees in the evening. Be sure to check the local Indianapolis weather news websites for up-to-date forecasts before you pack. WRTV 6 , WISH TV 8 , or WTHR 13 .
If you have questions, please contact us.

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