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 2016-17 season. Families are responsible for applying for Colorado Swimming funding.Athletes who attended Junior Nationals AND Sectionals
may 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 Sectionals
may request funding for Sectionals only. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Suburban League provided they achieved a qualifying time at the Sectional meet (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).Athletes who attended only Husky Invite
may also apply for 'at-large' funding provided they achieved a minimum of a Futures Championship qualifying time.
Long Course Championship Plans
Similar to last summer, I wanted to provide some provide guidance on the summer meet schedule for our athletes at or near Sectional qualifying times (and beyond). First a quick note on rationale and developmental philosophy:We are at the stage in our program
where we need to seek top level competition in order to continue our growth individually and collectively. Thus, the first priority is providing our athletes opportunities to compete at the highest level possible. This in in line with our current schedule which includes meets with and against teams such as Fort Collins, Scottsdale, Irvine Novaquatics (in addition to Junior Nationals) where we can measure our progress against the best teams in the region and the country.My second priority
is providing 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.
Thus, here are my recommendations: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 Scottsdale Cactus Classic, 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.
There are a couple caveats to these recommendations:We have qualified two medley relays
for the Junior National Championships. We feel this is a tremendous opportunity for athletes who have not qualified individually to experience the highest level of competition. Both Coach Jackie and I got our first taste of National-level competition as relay-only athletes. Athletes who competed on qualifying relays will be given priority, though any athlete we choose may compete.
The Junior National Championships
begin Tuesday, August 8. Douglas County schools begin their school year Thursday, August 10. For athletes at in Douglas County schools, this means the meet runs during the first week of classes. Please discuss with the coaches if have particular concerns regarding this conflict.Graduating seniors
will likely report to their campuses in mid-August. It is important for these athletes to train and compete at a high level this summer. I have never seen an athlete see success competing collegiality without a good summer season prior to their freshman year. These athletes should therefore discuss with the coaches a schedule which allows them to compete at a high level while providing time to plan for their move.This year's LC State Championships
will be split between 13&O (July 21-23) and 12&U (July 28-30). The LA Invite runs the week prior to the 13&O LC State Championships in Fort Collins. It will be conducted over three days with relays likely run during the preliminary sessions. We will therefore NOT be sending our Junior National/Futures qualifiers to participate in relays.
Championship Meet Travel Plans
Because of the above caveats, please 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.
Los Angeles Invitational
For those planning to travel to LA, below is the meet information from last season. If you do not plan to attend this meet, please discuss your plans with the coaching staff.2017 LA Invitational Event Page
2017 Meet Dates: Thu, July 13 through Sun, July 16
Site: Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Univ. of Southern California
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 Information
Departure: Wed, Jul 12 - SWA 210; DEN 12:35pm - LAX 2:00pm
Return: Mon, Jul 17 - SWA 4109; LAX 10:00am - DEN 1:20pm
CSI 13&O Long Course State Championships
2017 Meet Dates: Fri, July 21 through Sun, July 23
Site: Edora Pool & Ice Center (EPIC), Fort Collins, 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.
Futures is the second step in USA Swimming's national progression. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet.Futures Championships Meet Info
2017 Meet Dates: Thu, Aug 3 through Sun, Aug 6
Site: Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, TX
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 Information
Departure: Wed, Aug 2 - SWA 5670; DEN 12:00pm - DAL 2:50pm
Return: Mon, Aug 7 - SWA 1892; DAL 7:35am - DEN 8:30am
Junior National Championships
This is the true 18&U national championship. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet.Junior National Championship Meet Info
2017 Meet Dates: Tue, August 8 through Sat, August 12
Site: Nassau County Aquatic Center, East Meadow, NY
Qualifying athletes may swim in up to two bonus events, provided they have achieved the published Bonus Event Time Standards.Tentative Flight Information
Departure: Sun, Aug 6 - SWA 3050; DEN 10:35am - LGA 4:25pm
Return: Sun, Aug 13 - SWA 5144; LGA 9:50am - DEN 12:20pm
Return plans may be flexible based on athletes' final events.
Age Group Zones
This meet is restricted to 14&U athletes only. As opposed to prior years, the selection process will be based on performance in meets only through July 1.Western Zone Age Group Championship Meet Info
2017 Meet Dates: Wed, August 9 through Sat, August 12
Site: Roseville Aquatics Complex, Roseville, CA
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.