Short Course Travel Reimbursement
For athletes who attended Junior Nationals, Sectionals and/or Husky Invitational, be sure to complete the Colorado Swimming travel reimbursement form (click HERE
) before April 15. Athletes must have completed a minimum of 15 individual events in Colorado Swimming open meets (Suburban League and high school meets do not apply) during the 2017-18 season. Families are responsible for applying for Colorado Swimming funding.Athletes who attended Junior Nationals
should request funding for Junior Nationals only. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Western Zone as well as the Suburban League (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).Athletes who attended Husky Invite and/or Sectionals
may apply for 'at-large' funding provided they achieved a minimum of a Futures Championship qualifying time. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Suburban League (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).
Long Course Travel/Championship Plans
Having achieved Bronze Medal status and won Sectional level team championships two years running, our athletes have proven their ability to compete with the best teams in the nation. We will continue to progress individually and collectively only by continuing to seek top level competition. In many cases, this means we have to seek out that competition as we do not have the luxury of hosting major meets in our state.
We also want to provide at least one opportunity for all our athletes to compete together. With multiple qualifying meets in December and August, high school seasons November through May, and our college athletes returning to campus in August, our best opportunity is the mid-July window.
Lastly, we hope to provide each individual athlete three distinct opportunities each season:The opportunity to compete
where they will one of the better athletes and must learn how to prepare for prelims AND finals;The opportunity to challenge themselves
in a meet where they will gain exposure to the next level of competition; and,The opportunity to be right in the mix to learn
to be on point in the preliminary sessions.
In keeping with past seasons, we expect athletes to plan for the following schedule:All qualifying athletes
should attend LA Invite in July.Athletes are expected
to finish their season at the highest level meet for which they qualify individually (Junior Nationals, Futures, Age Group Zones or the 13&O LC State Championships).If athletes wish to attend
the Mel Zajac Int'l (National) or San Antonio (Sectional/Senior) Meet in June, they are encouraged to do so. However, we would prefer it to be in addition to the opportunities above rather than in place of one or both. (More on this below)
There are a couple caveats to these recommendations:The Junior National Championships
begin Tuesday, July 31, one week earlier than last year. This year's championship meet will concurrently with the Futures Championships.It is important for graduating senior athletes
to train and compete at a high level this summer. I have never seen an athlete see success competing at the NCAA level without a good summer season prior to their freshman year. Alex R and Patricia V L are testaments to this. These athletes should therefore discuss with the coaches a schedule which provides them the best opportunity to contribute to their team as freshmen.The 13&O LC State Championships in Thornton
is scheduled for the week following the LA Invite. The State meet will once again be conducted over three days with relays run during the preliminary sessions on Sat/Sun. We will therefore NOT be sending our Junior National/Futures qualifiers to participate in relays. Our State qualifiers will populate our relays.
Championship Meet Travel PlansPlease do not make travel plans until you discuss your athlete(s)' schedule(s) with the coaching staff.
The information provided below is for planning purposes once based upon those discussions.
Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet
2018 Meet Dates: Fri, June 1 thru Sun, June 3
Site: UBC Aquatic Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada
This is an international level meet to prepare our National group athletes for the Junior National Championships later in the summer. With the recruiting process for the top collegiate programs accelerating, it is more even important for our athletes to be prepared for elite competition as soon as possible.If National group athletes wish to attend the Mel Zajac Int'l they are encouraged to do so. However, we would prefer it to be in addition to LA Invite and State/Futures/Juniors rather than in place of one or both. Flight InformationDeparture:
Thu, May 31 - WS 1571/133; DEN 1:25pm - YVR 5:55pm (thru YYC)Return:
Mon, Jun 4 - WS 112/1570; YVR 6:00am - DEN 12:40pm (thru YYC)
George Block Invitational
Tentative 2018 Meet Dates: Thu, June 21 thru Sun, June 24
Site: NISD Swim Center and Natatorium, San Antonio, TX
2018 Meet Info is not yet available. The meet is a Prelim/Final format at one of the best aquatic facilities in the country. This is a parent directed meet. All flight, hotel, local transportation and meal arrangements will be the responsibility of attending families.If Sectional/Senior group athletes wish to attend the George Block Invitational they are encouraged to do so. However, we would prefer it to be in addition to LA Invite and State/Futures/Juniors rather than in place of one or both.
Los Angeles Invitational
2018 Meet Dates: Thu, July 12 through Sun, July 15
Site: Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Univ. of Southern California
2018 Meet Info is not yet available. A reminder this is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events. Also note altitude adjusted times are used for this meet. The times listed in the Deck Pass app reflect these adjustments.Flight InformationDeparture:
Wed, Jul 11 - SWA 1714; DEN 12:45pm - LAX 2:20pmReturn:
Mon, Jul 16 - SWA 2242; LAX 11:05am - DEN 2:35pm
CSI 13&O Long Course State Championships
2018 Meet Dates: Fri, July 20 through Sun, July 22
Site: Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton, CO
Athletes attending Junior Nationals or Futures should NOT plan to participate. Athletes attending the Age Group Zone Championship should plan to attend all three days.
Junior National Championships
Junior National Championship Meet Info
2018 Meet Dates: Tue, July 31 through Sat, August 4
Site: William Wollett Aquatic Center, Irvine, CA
This is the true 18&U national championship. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet. Qualifying athletes may swim in up to two bonus events, provided they have achieved the published Bonus Event Time Standards. We have already qualified one medley relay for the meet. We may include relay only athlete(s) as necessary/desired.Tentative Flight Information
Departure: Mon, Jul 30 - SWA 2479; DEN 8:15am - SNA 9:45am
Return: Sun, Aug 5 - SWA 3202; SNA 7:45am - DEN 11:10am
Return plans may be flexible based on athletes' final events.
Futures Championships Meet Info
2018 Meet Dates: Thu, August 2 through Sun, August 5
Site: Rochester Recreation Center, Rochester, MN
Futures is the second step in USA Swimming's national progression. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet. Similar to the LA Invite, Futures is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events.Tentative Flight InformationDeparture:
Wed, Aug 1 - SWA 1169; DEN 11:35am - MSP 2:30pmReturn:
Mon, Aug 6 - SWA 2418; MSP 9:10am - DEN 10:15am
Age Group Zones
Western Zone Age Group Championship Meet Info
2018 Meet Dates: Wed, August 8 through Sat, August 11
Site: Roseville Aquatics Complex, Roseville, CA
This meet is restricted to 14&U athletes only (age determined as of first day of the competition). The selection process will be based on performance in meets only through July 1. If you are undecided on whether to plan for this meet, please discuss with the coaching staff.
Long Course Travel Reimbursement
In order to participate, athletes must compete in 15 individual events from April 2-August 31 AND 30 individual event entries from September 1-August 31 in Colorado Swimming open meets (Suburban League, high school and dual/tri-meets do not count towards this total). Summer Junior National attendees receive 2.5-3.5 shares form the travel fund up to a maximum of $700, while Futures attendees receive 1.5-2.5 shares up to a maximum of $350.
Athletes attending only
the Los Angeles Invitational may request 'at-large' funding provided they meet a minimum of one Futures Championship qualifying time at the competition.Suburban League: Athletes MUST attend the Suburban League Pentathlon to be eligible for Suburban League funding.
Athletes are eligible to receive $200 for participating in Junior Nationals and $150 for participating in the Futures Championships.
Again, we will request funding for athletes attending only
the Los Angeles Invitational provided they meet a minimum of one Futures Championship qualifying time at the competition.