Into the Summer!
Summer may officially begin with the summer solstice. But swimmers
and their parents know that summer really starts with that
first dive into the outdoor pool, probably sometime around Memorial
Day weekend. The PVS summer schedule includes a number of competitive
long course meets, including several championship meets. We’re
looking forward to seeing you on deck this summer!
PVS Championship Meets
course season culminates with several championship meets in July. As
always, championship meets require championship officiating. While walk-ons
are always welcome, it is especially helpful to have the roster completed
before the meet. If you know if and when you can help, please go online
and submit an application to officiate.
LC Senior Championships will be held July 12-15 at the University
of Maryland. Officials wishing to work at this meet should submit the
found on the PVS website. You must apply no later than July 5
for specific deck positions. However, late applications and walk-ins
are also welcome and will be assigned to available positions. This meet
will be our only Officials Qualifying Meet of the season, offering
the opportunity for formal evaluation at the N2 or N3 levels. Our lead
evaluator for this meet will be Bill Rose. Bill is a long-time official
who has held many leadership positions in USA Swimming. Bill is the
Administrative Referee for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Any official
interested in being evaluated at Senior Champs must apply
in advance. Complete information regarding the National Certification
program is available on the USA
Concurrent with Senior Champs, PVS
LC Junior Championships will likewise be held July 12-15 at
the University of Maryland. Officials wishing to work at this meet should
submit the application
found on the PVS website. You must apply no later than July 5
for assigned deck positions.
On the following weekend, July 19-22, PVS LC 14 &
Under Championships will be held at Fairland Aquatic Center. The application
to work at this meet can likewise be found on the PVS website. You must
apply no later than July 12 for specific deck positions. Once again,
late applications and walk-ins are welcome and will be assigned to available
Are you up for a road trip? The Eastern Zone has scheduled two exciting
meets outside our area this summer, and PVS officials are invited to
participate on deck. August 2-5 is the
Eastern Zone Super Sectional LC meet at the University of Buffalo in
Buffalo, NY, featuring some of the top swimming talent from across the
Eastern Zone. Our own Jack Neill will be the Meet Referee for this event,
which is one of nine stops this summer for the Speedo Champions Series.
Summer Zones will be held August 8-11 at the Collegiate School
Aquatics Center in Chesterfield County, near Richmond. This facility
is home to the 2008 Olympic Trials pool that was purchased by Poseidon
Swim Club and moved to Virginia.
You Make the Call
Which of the following is considered legal?
The swimmer assigned to Lane 3 starts and finishes the race in Lane
The swimmer assigned to Lane 3 starts in Lane 4 and finishes in Lane
The swimmer assigned to Lane 3 starts in Lane 3 and finishes the race
in Lane 4.
None of the above.
See the answer at the bottom
of this newsletter.
Education Travel Reimbursement
Did you know that Potomac Valley Swimming will contribute to your travel
expenses for working at national level meets outside our jurisdiction?
In March 2007, PVS instituted the Officials Education Travel Reimbursement
program. This program is intended to encourage PVS officials to further
their skills by participating in national level meets. Complete details
can be found on the PVS
Did You Know?
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials are being held at the CenturyLink Center
in Omaha, Nebraska—the same venue that was used for the 2008 Trials.
This is not a pool per se, but rather a sports arena, much
like the Verizon Center. Construction on the competition pool began
on May 22 in the arena. The city of Omaha hosts five Fortune 500
companies, and is home to Warren Buffet. It’s also the home of
the College World Series, which for at least one day coincides with
Trials; TD Ameritrade Park, the new home of the Series, is only four
blocks from the CenturyLink Center.
Lead/Lag Judging uses four stroke judges, two judges walking each side
of the pool. When there are sufficient judges, this method insures more
consistent observation of all swimmers. How does it work? In a typical
wall-to-wall jurisdiction, the lead judge normally starts at the 15m
mark while the lag judge is positioned between the 15m mark and the
start end. As the heat begins, the lag judge watches the initial strokes
and kicks while the lead judge observes that the swimmers conform to
the 15m rule (except, of course, in breaststroke). Once the swimmers
have all passed the 15m mark, both judges follow them down the course,
observing strokes and kicks. As the swimmers separate, the two judges
likewise separate to maintain balanced observation, typically with lead
judge observing the lead swimmers in the jurisdiction while the lag
judge observes the lag swimmers—typically two and two (assuming
an eight lane pool), but depending on how the swimmers separate it could
be three and one. As the swimmers approach the turn end of the pool,
the lag judge stops at the turn end 15m mark while the lead judge continues
the observation into the turn and the initial actions of the second
leg of the race. As the swimmers head back toward the start end, the
lag judge becomes lead and the lead judge becomes lag. This coordination
continues until the race finishes.
you have a question about officiating or a tip you’d like to share?
Is there a rule that you’d like to have clarified? Do you have
a suggestion for a future item in this newsletter? If so, please send
your questions/comments to the newsletter editor, Jack
Olympic Swimming Trivia
Eric Moussambani from Equatorial Guinea won brief international
fame at the 2000 Summer Olympics when he swam the 100m freestyle in
1:52.72 — so slow that it was more than twice the time of the
finalists in the event, and slower than the 200m world record. His time
would have been a world Masters record at the time — in the 100
to 104 year group. Moussambani gained entry to the Olympics without
meeting the minimum qualification requirements via a wildcard draw designed
to encourage the participation of developing countries. Before coming
to the Olympics, Moussambani had never even seen a 50m pool. He took
up swimming a mere 8 months before the Olympics and had only practiced
in a 20m pool.
Resolution to ‘You Make
“A” is the correct answer. Article 102.22.4 states that
“a swimmer must start and finish the race in the same lane.”
Under USA Swimming rules, an athlete is not penalized for swimming
in the wrong lane.
June 25 - July 2
London Olympic Games:
July 27 - August 12
- August 4