After a difficult year, we're thrilled to welcome nearly 900 swimmers to race in person July 21-25 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center for the 2021 USMS Short Course National Championship.

The event page has all of the official information, including travel and hotel details, and will have live coverage, including results and a video stream for your friends, family, and teammates to follow along virtually. Visit Greensboro is the go-to source for local restaurants, events, and attractions to make the most of your time in Greensboro.
Important Updates

USMS is committed to providing a safe and fun championship environment for this event. Please review the COVID-19 protocols for this event. Should any revisions be needed, we'll update this page and inform registered swimmers via email. Notable adjustments from previous years include:

  • Each day will be split into sessions with attendance limited to allow for social distancing. See below for more details.
  • Swimmers will only be allowed to access the facility (including the warm-up pools, restrooms/showers, etc.) during sessions in which they're entered.
  • Spectators won't be allowed, though swimmers who need assistance can apply for a companion pass (by July 16), and family and friends can volunteer as timers or lap counters to get a front row seat.
  • Relays won't be contested because of safety concerns and time constraints.

We’ll provide frequent email updates between now and the meet, so stay tuned for important information and enjoy your taper as you prepare for Short Course Nationals.

Miss out on event merch during meet entry? Looking for extras for friends or family? You're in luck: The Event Store will be open until June 30. Presale apparel items (T-shirts, tanks, hoodies, masks, and hats), along with a wide range of souvenirs and apparel, will be available at the Greenlayer booth in the USMS Partner Village throughout the event.

The Partner Village, located in the plaza near the facility entrance, is also your destination for the latest racing gear and your favorite swim products plus fun prizes and swag.
Schedule and Sessions

Because Short Course Nationals was postponed from April and the GAC is also rescheduling other programming to accommodate USMS, we're scheduling sessions within a 6 a.m.-4 p.m. window each day.

For distance events, all age groups will be in the same session, with the 1650 freestyle (July 21) and 500 freestyle (July 22) starting at 8:00 a.m. followed by a break and then the 1000 freestyle (July 21) and 400 IM (July 22).

For Friday-Sunday, the meet will be split into two sessions each day, with the older age groups (60-64 through 95-99) starting at 8 a.m. and younger age groups (18-24 through 55-59) starting around noon each day. Each session will be preceded by a warm-up session and will end by 4 p.m. each day.

Age groups will be oldest to youngest within each session, per USMS rules. All sessions will be combined genders. Men’s heats will precede women’s heats for each event.

A more detailed estimated timeline will be published in the coming weeks. Visit the order of events and meet information pages for more details. 
Entry Changes and Scratches
Entry changes including seed time updates and modifying events must be sent to Event Services by June 25. Additional events cannot be added to a swimmer's schedule.

The sixth event will not be dropped. Swimmers will have the opportunity to swim all individual events that were entered.

Empty lanes can dampen competitive conditions, and we'd like to avoid that when possible. Events 400 yards and longer will require positive check-in the week of the event so no action is needed to scratch.

If you're absolutely certain you won't be swimming any of the 50s, 100s, or 200s, please email Event Services to let us know. You'll be removed from those events before we seed the meet to cut down on empty lanes and provide for more competitive heats.

Please note that once we take you out of an event, we cannot put you back in. Scratches will be accepted through July 12.
What's Your Story?

We're looking to tell the stories of our meet participants for our coverage of the event. Did you overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to compete? Are you aiming to break records? It doesn't matter if this is your first meet or 50th, if you have a good story, we'd like to talk to you. Please send us a brief email at publications@usmastersswimming.org.
If you have questions, please contact us.

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This email was sent to swimmers registered for 2021 USMS Short Course Nationals and key contacts for the event.