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    Re: The Breaststroke Lane

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    Pretty sure USMS has a rule against diving from a block into such shallow water. If they don't they should, that is dangerous. I'm glad you weren't hurt.
    The pool where I swam when I was young (youth team and high school) was barely 4 feet, no deep end. It is still in use. At some point since I left, they drained it and lowered the bottom. I still don't think it is 6 feet. I am going next weekend to swim a high school alumni meet there. Starts should be interesting, since I am used to the deeper pools now.
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    Re: The Breaststroke Lane

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    Pretty sure USMS has a rule against diving from a block into such shallow water. If they don't they should, that is dangerous. I'm glad you weren't hurt.
    I agree. This was their 3rd sanctioned meet, so I assumed everything was "legal". I was going to do all in-water starts, but I decided at the end of warm-ups to give it a try. Doing one timid start from the deck was a good way to test the depth, and I just concentrated on keeping my dives very flat and shallow.
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    Re: The Breaststroke Lane

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    Pretty sure USMS has a rule against diving from a block into such shallow water. If they don't they should, that is dangerous. I'm glad you weren't hurt.
    They do have a rule, and Sewanee was in compliance:

    106.2.3 Water Depth
    A Starting end—Minimum water depth for racing starts, as measured for a distance of 3 feet, 3˝ inches (1.0 meter) to 16 feet, 5 inches (5.0 meters) from the end wall, during either competition or practice shall be as follows:

    (1) In pools with water depth less than 3 feet, 6 inches (1.07 meters) at the starting end;
    (a)The swimmer must start in the water. [M]
    (b) Backstroke starting ledges are not permitted. [M]

    (2) In pools with water depth 3 feet, 6 inches (1.07 meters) to less than 4 feet (1.22 meters) at the starting end, the swimmer must start from the deck or from in the water. Backstroke starting ledges are not permitted. [M]

    (3) In pools with water depth 4 feet (1.22 meters) or more at the starting end, platforms shall meet the height requirements of article 106.11.1. [M]

    B Racing course—Minimum water depth shall be 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) throughout the course. Based on facility availability, the Championship Committee may waive this requirement for national championship meets. [NC]

    106.11 Starting Platforms
    106.11.1 Height (subject to the provisions of article 106.2.3)

    A Long course and short course meters—The front edge of the starting platform shall be no less than .50 meter (1 foot, 8 inches) nor more than .75 meter (2 feet, 5˝ inches) above the surface of the water. [M]

    B Short course yards—The front edge of the starting platform shall be not higher than 2 feet, 6 inches (.762 meter) above the surface of the water. [M]


    [M*]—Predicated upon facility availability, LMSCs may waive strict
    compliance with these requirements when sanctioning local competition.

    [M]—Mandatory requirement; sanctioned events may be conducted in
    facilities not meeting these requirements but the results of those events
    shall not count for USMS records and Top 10. It must be noted in the meet
    information that events conducted in these facilities are noncompliant.

    [NC]—Mandatory requirement for national championship meets and international competition.
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    Barely!!!!
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