Enclosed are materials to be given to your coach for the 2018 AA District IV Swimming and Diving Championships. Swimming will be held at Williamsport Area High School on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1, 2018. The PIAA D4 Diving Championships will be held at the Bloomsburg Middle School on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Bloomsburg again has agreed to host open diving boards on Friday evening, the day prior to districts.

Please note that this material may pertain to your school, even if you do not sponsor a swim team. It is possible for individual swimmers or divers to qualify for the district meet.

Contact Information

Janis Arp
Cell: (570) 419-0532
janisarp@comcast.net

Brad Smith
district4swim@gmail.com

Important Links

2017-18 District IV Information

The District IV AA Diving Championships will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Bloomsburg Middle School.  The District IV Swimming Championships will be held on Wednesday evening February 28, and Thursday March 1, 2018 at Williamsport Area High School.

Schedule

Open warm-ups begin at 3:30 p.m. for both days. Swimmers will not be permitted on deck before 3:30 p.m. and they will not be permitted into the building before 3:00 pm – so please plan accordingly. All lanes will be open for warm-ups.

The pool will be cleared at 5:40 p.m.

The meet begins at 6:00 p.m. on both days. DOORS WILL OPEN FOR THE PUBLIC AT 5:00 p.m.

Coach's scratch meeting at 4:30 p.m. – All swimming coaches must attend in classroom A-126 off of the hallway upstairs. Captains meeting at 5:45 p.m. for all team captains and independent swimmers will be held on the pool deck.

General Information

Swimming entry information will be sent in a follow-up email from Brad Smith. This will contain entry file information, time frames for entries, and instructions for independent coaches.

Boys and girls will advance a minimum of one (1) swimmer to the PIAA Championship Swimming Meet. Subsequent PIAA qualifiers will be announced early the week prior to the PIAA Championships.

Up to four swimmers per school per event may be entered in the meet. One relay per school per relay event. A maximum of 8 swimmers can be listed per relay event.

Each athlete may swim 1 individual event and 3 relays, or 2 individual events and 2 relays.

All entries for swimmers (individual or relays) must include:

  1. Full Name
  2. Grade
  3. Event
  4. School Name

Locker room facilities will be provided. Swimmers are responsible for their own valuables. The auxiliary gymnasium will be available for any  swimmer who just needs a quiet area.

Officials and coaches ONLY will be permitted in the pool office.

Swimmers who are not competing will not be permitted on the pool deck.

An Athletic Trainer will be available on site for assistance to swimmers as needed.

Medals will be awarded to the swimmers who place first through sixth in each individual event, and the same for relays.

Spectator admission will be $4.00 for students and $6.00 for adults.

PIAA Championship Programs and Merchandise will be sold at the event in the lobby.

A concession stand will be available each evening.

All spectators will enter through the main lobby at the front of the Commons Area.

Parking

Team buses may drop off swimmers in the bus loop in front of the commons area and then must park in A Lot.

Team vans may use spot in B Lot.

Personal vehicles may park in B Lot.  Security will be available to direct traffic.

Facilities

Bloomsburg Middle School has two (2) one-meter diving boards for the diving competition.

Williamsport High School has an 8 lane pool with electronic timing (Colorado System).

Team Entries

Each team shall be permitted to enter a maximum of four (4) entries in an individual event, and one (1) relay team in a relay event, providing the swimmers meet the qualifying restrictions. Please include a roster of all male and female swimmers in Hy-Tek. It is also important that coaches include male and female divers on your roster in Hy-Tek so their points they score are included in the final meet score. This will also enter them in the State Meet if they qualify.

Schools that do not sponsor swimming may not enter relay teams.

Arrival

The natatorium will not open early. Please advise your teams not to arrive 2 or 3 hours in advance – you will not be permitted to enter the building until 3:00 p.m.

ALL spectators enter at the ticket booth in the commons area of the building.

Swimming entry information will be sent in a follow-up email by Brad Smith.

Qualifying Times

All competitors must meet the qualifying times by February 21, 2018 in order to compete. All qualifying times must be met in PIAA-sanctioned meets (i.e. not YMCA, US Swim, etc.). Please indicate if times were met in a 25-meter pool, and please convert times to the 25-yard standard.

In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday or Thursday evening the tentative makeup date for swimming will be Saturday March 3 with times to be determined. The make-up for swimming will then be moved to an alternate site to be determined. If the event diving is also postponed we will announce new dates and times as soon as possible. Please let your athletes and coaches know this immediately. Should a major storm occur during the weekend that does not allow us to compete Saturday – we will advise you of alternative plans.

Schedule of Events

For both male and female swimmers.

Wednesday

200 Medley Relay
BREAK
200 Free
200 IM
50 Free
100 Fly
BREAK
200 Free Relay

Thursday

100 Free
500 Free
BREAK
100 Back
100 Breast
BREAK
400 Free Relay

District IV Diving Information

The time schedule for the District IV Diving Championships and team warm-ups at Bloomsburg Middle School is as follows below:

All divers must be entered into the meet, online by Monday February 19, 2018 prior to 4:00pm. Coaches should enter their divers using web entries. The Omadatrak website for entries will open on February 10 at 8:00 am, and will close on February 19 at 4:00pm. This site will display our meet which is named 2018 District 4 Diving Championships. The meet password is d4championship.

Brad Smith is working with the diving entries and his email is district4swim@gmail.com if you have questions concerning the entry process contact him. For the diving web entry system instructions go to http:/divingentries.omadatrak.com

Competition Day

9:00 am - Female Warm-up Time

9:45 am - Final Female Dive Sheets Required (signed at scorer's table)

10:00 am - Female Competition Begins (awards follow competition)

12:30 pm - Male Warm-up Time

1:15 pm - Final Male Dive Sheets Required (signed at scorer's table)

1:30 pm - Male Competition Begins (awards follow competition)

Diving Standards

All diving programs will be completed online as previously stated with instructions.

All rules from the Federation Rules Book will apply. The additional requirements are:

  1. All dives listed on diving entry must have been performed during the season and awarded a final average score of 5.0 or higher in any given meet. The cumulative total score of each dive should be 15 prior to the DD multiplication.
  2. Dives may be challenged. Coaches should have all of their diving score sheets (signed by referee) in their possession at officials meeting prior to the start of the Diving Championships to answer any challenges. If you cannot prove the dive was performed to an average of 5.0 or higher, the dive must be changed.
  3. Rule 9: Section 2, Article 2 now allows the finalists in the Diving Competition to be reseeded from lowest to highest score after semi-finals are complete. We will be following this new addition to the rule in our District Meet, as it is used at the State Meet.
  4. Each diver shall do eleven (11) dives: five (5) voluntary dives and six (6) optional dives.
  5. The five voluntary dives shall come from each of the five groups, and shall not have a combined DD of groups greater than 9.0. Of the six optional dives, no more than one optional dive from the same group is permitted through the semi-finals. (Rule #9, Section 4, Article 1)
  6. Information for each diver entered must include:
    • Name
    • Grade
    • Event
    • School Name

Divers must have successfully completed all optional dives listed on the entry form, prior to attempting those dives in the championship meet.

When you arrive at Bloomsburg Middle School, please check with the meet scorer, at the scorer's table. The athlete and coach must sign a hard copy of the dive sheet. If a coach wishes to change the dive list on Saturday, that must be done by 9:45 a.m. for FEMALE Divers and 1:15 p.m. for MALE Divers.

2 Male and 2 Female Divers will advance to the State Meet.

There is no charge for spectators for the diving meet.

State Swimming Information

The State Swimming and Diving Championships will again be held at Bucknell University. The date range is Wednesday, March 14 thru Saturday, March 17, 2018.