Course Description: This is an open water freshwater lake swim. The weather and water conditions are unpredictable; please use good judgement if you are uncertain about swimming in open water. The 5K should not be an athlete’s first open water experience. The course is set; however, the race committee reserves the right to change the configuration and/or direction of each event due to race day conditions. The details of race with landmarks are attached. Any questions about the course will be addressed at the pre-race meeting. The water temperature is expected to be in the range of 70 – 75 F. Wetsuit rules for 2018: For open water swimming competitions in water with temperature below 20°C (68°F), men and women may use either swimsuits or wetsuits. When the water temperature is below 18°C (64.4°F), the use of wetsuits is compulsory. Wetsuits for both men and women shall completely cover the torso, back, shoulders and knees and shall not extend beyond the neck, wrists or ankles. The thickness of material/s used shall be minimum 3 mm and maximum 5 mm. In addition, the outer surface of the wetsuit shall not include outstanding shapes, such as ridges, fins, etc. All swimmers who do not complete the course during the allotted time limit may be asked to retire from the race. Swimmers must finish within approximately 30 mins. of the first finisher for the 2.5K and 5K.
Facility: Lake Quassapaug is a 296 acre lake situated in Middlebury, CT. Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Road) Middlebury, CT 06762 | P.O. Box 887 1-800-FOR-PARK or 203-758-2913 Fax: 203-598-7261 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.quassy.com Quassy was founded as an amusement park in 1908, sitting on the south shore of Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, Connecticut. On 20 plus acres, it boasts 22 amusement rides, a new Splash Away Bay Water Park and the beautiful Quassy beach. Discounted ride ticket code: swim2019 Water Quality Information: http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2799&q=488556 Changing into or out of swimsuits other than in locker rooms or other designated areas is prohibited. Meet Management may restrict access to specific competition areas, including the start, competition course, and finish areas. Only athletes, coaches, officials, and official meet staff actively participating in the meet shall be permitted in these areas. All coaches must present a valid USA Swimming coach card to the Meet Director prior to the commencement of any sanctioned swim meet, and must have this card with them to enter restricted areas of the race venue.
Eligibility: Open to all USA Swimming member athletes registered prior to first day of the meet. Must be registered USA Swimming athlete to enter.
A one-day CT Swimming/USA Swimming Membership registration is available for this event, but it MUST be completed prior to event day. No event-day USA/CT Swimming registrations will be permitted. 1-day registration is not valid for the 5K. Race day entries will not be accepted.
Age on June 29, 2019 will determine age for the meet. Recommended entry standards:
For 12 and under events, Minimum of BB time standard in the 500yd freestyle or the 400M freestyle or successfully completed a minimum of a 500M open water swim in a bay, river, lake or at a beach.
For 13 - 14 and 15-18 events: Minimum of an A time standard in the 1000yd, 1650yd, 800M, or 1500M freestyle or successfully completed a minimum of a 1K open water in a bay, river, lake or at a beach.
For Senior/Open Event: Minimum of a AA time standard in the 1000yd, 1650yd, 800M, or 1500M freestyle for 15-18 Age Group or successfully completed a minimum of a 1K open water in a bay, river, lake or at a beach.
Athletes not completing the 5K within 1 hour and 30 minutes may be removed from the course at the discretion of Meet Management.
5K (Open) The 5K race will be a 2.5 K double loop.. Athletes will start at the edge of the water on the Quassy recreational beach. The swim is planned for a clockwise swim on the outside of the turn buoys (buoys to the swimmer’s right). The finish will be a beach finish at the eastern end of the Pavilion Beach. Athletes not completing the 5K within 1 hour and 30 minutes may be removed from the course at the discretion of Meet Management.
Mini (12 & Under): The Mini Championship race will be a single, two buoy loop of approximately 750 meters. Athletes will start on the beach at the edge of the water on the Quassy recreational beach. Swimmers will turn right at the first buoy and right again at the last buoy to a beach finish at the Pavilion Beach.
2.5K (11 & Over) The 2.5K race will be a 2.5K single loop. Athletes will start at the edge of the water on the Quassy recreational beach. The swim is planned for a clockwise swim on the outside of the turn buoys (buys to the swimmer’s right). The finish will be a beach finish at the eastern end of the Pavilion Beach.
Team Entries: USA Swimming clubs can enter as a group by emailing Electronic entries (such as from Hy-Tek Team Manager or other team management software) that are in CL2 or SD3/SDIF format emailed as an attachment to the entry chair at email@example.com. Please check that your team name, address, and contact information are listed correctly in this file. Meet files are posted on ctswim.org. Mail the printout and club check to: Jen Lyman, 4B Hamre Lane, Branford, CT 06405 Entries must be received via email or TM file (teams) by 11:59 PM on 06/11/19. Checks made payable to MRSC.
Rules: Current USA Swimming rules will govern all competition. Any swimmer not turning properly at the buoys will be asked to return to the buoy to take the turn properly. Failure to do so will result in the swimmer being disqualified.
From I-84 heading West: (From Boston, Hartford, Bristol, Cheshire, Waterbury) I-84 West to exit 17. Go straight off the exit onto Rt. 64. Continue on Rt. 64 for approximately four miles and the park will be on the right.
From I-84 heading East: (From Pennsylvania, Westchester, Danbury, Newtown) I-84 East to exit 16 take a right off the exit and follow Rt. 188 to the Rt. 188 / Rt. 64 intersection (approximately two miles). Take a Left turn onto Rt. 64 and continue for approximately one mile and the park will be on the right.
From Rt. 8 North: (Bridgeport, Stratford, Seymour) Rt. 8 North to I-84 West and then follow the directions from I-84 West.
From Rt. 8 South: (From Torrington, Winsted, Litchfield) Rt. 8 South to I-84 West and then follow the directions from I-84 West.
From New Haven: Take Whalley Avenue. It turns into Rt. 63. Follow Rt. 63 all the way to Middlebury. At the intersection of Rt. 63 and Rt.64 take a left onto Rt. 64 heading West. Continue on Rt. 64 for approximately four miles and the park is on the right side.
From New London, Groton, Mystic Rhode Island: 95 South to Rt. 9 North. In Middletown take Rt. 66 West to I-691 West. Then take I-84 West. Follow the directions from I-84 West to the park.
From Stamford, Norwalk:
1.) Take Rt.7 North to Danbury. Then follow the directions from I-84 East to the park.
2.) I-95 North to Bridgeport. Then follow the directions from Bridgeport (Rt. 8 North) to the park. From New York City and points south: Hutchinson River Parkway North to I-684 North. Pick up I-84 East toward Danbury. Once on I-84 follow the directions from I-84 East
Event details and schedule
- RACE REQUIRE REGISTRATION in BY 6:30a.m. (participation will be revoked without refund if late to registration).
- Pre-Race briefing Mandatory meeting will be held at 7:00am held outside the entry to the race course
2.5k and Mini Championship
- RACES REQUIRE REGISTRATION in BY 7:30am. (participation will be revoked without refund if late to registration).
- Pre-Race briefing Mandatory meeting will be held at 8:00am held outside the entry to the race course
Schedules and wave assignments are subject to change depending on number of entries and local conditions.
5K Championship (Eastern Zone National Selection Event)
Wave 1: 7:30 am – Male Swimmers Ages 17 & over
Wave 2: 7:35 am – Female Swimmers Ages 17 & over
Wave 3: 7:40 am – Male Swimmers Ages 11 to 16
Wave 4: 7:45 am – Female Swimmers Ages 11 to 16
750 Mini Championship
Wave 1: 9:00 am-Female Ages 12 and Under
Wave 2: 9:15 am- Male Ages 12 and Under
2.5K EZ Championship and CT Championship
Wave 1: 9:20 am – Male Swimmers Ages 15 to 29
Wave 2: 9:30am – Female Swimmers Ages 15 to 29
Wave 3: 9:40 am – Female Swimmers Ages 11 to 14
Wave 4: 9:50 am – Male Swimmers Ages 11 to 14
Wave 5: 9:55 am – Female & Male Swimmers Ages 30 +
Officials Sign-Ups: https://fast.ctswim.org/CTNet/CFPaintForm.aspx?f=181
Shoreline Aquatic Club