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    Going to USA Masters Games?

    I'm trying to figure out if I'm crazy for signing up to participate in the USA Masters Games in Greensboro this summer. Anyone else going? Which events? How competitive are you?

    I have mostly signed up because open water swims are hard to come by in areas that I can get to and from pretty easily just the day of. I have done a few open water swim competitions over the years, but I'm not particularly competitive (read: I'm not very fast). I'm wondering if I've set myself up for a situation where I'm not just last, I'm way behind. Don't get me wrong, I'm basically at this for my health and fitness and because I genuinely enjoy swimming (especially open water) so I don't mind being at the back of the pack, but I'm curious about where I'm likely to fall as I prep.

    I'm looking forward to getting to watch some of the pool events as well. I have never gotten up the guts to sign up for a pool meet - I do not have a local Masters group to swim with so I don't have a group to go with or the training in starts and turns and all that stuff that would make me feel comfortable competing in the pool, but maybe this will get me going.

    I'm interested in hearing from other who have signed up or are considering signing up. Thank you!

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    I think it would sure be worth a shot for you to sign up and go.

    I wish I was going! but have a conflict in schedule. If the venue is same next year, I would certainly consider going and treat as if another swim meet. Heck, maybe enter a few track and field dashes as a lifetime first.

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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    I was thinking about signing up for this event, but when they randomly dropped the entry price it make me wonder if they are lacking participation. I hate to travel to NC, stay in a hotel for 5 nights and be the only swimmer in my age group.
    I know the facility is top notch and North Carolina is a great place to visit, I'm just wondering if the meet is taking off the way they had hoped it would.
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    I had considered going, but it was going to be much too expensive. Curious that they dropped the entry price. ?? I liked that it was going to be SCM, though.

    My understanding is that this is not going to be an annual event....just in Olympic years.

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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    This may be a dumb question, but how old do you have to be to be able to compete at USA Masters?
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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    I believe the plan is for it to be even number years.

    I wish they had a participant list. When I sign up for open water swims there's usually a way to see who else is signed up to get an idea of how many participants there are.

    I live in NC and am only planning on doing the open water swim so in theory I could just get up super early the morning of and arrive just for my event so the expense is not really an issue for me. I was hoping to make kind of a weekend of it and stay in Greensboro and catch some of the pool events as well and see what their Games hub is like. I didn't realize they had dropped the price until after I'd signed up and went back through and read some of their old newsletters so the idea of their being a lack of participation hadn't really occurred to me.

    It'll be interesting to see if this takes off.

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    You need to be 21. I think that they do age groups based on your age as of December 2016, but you have to actually be 21 by the time the games start.

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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsroberts View Post
    I believe the plan is for it to be even number years.
    Yeah, that's right. From this page:
    http://www.usamastersgames.com/page/...256-14835.html
    The USA Masters Games are planned as a summertime event, to be held every even year, beginning in 2016. Even years are also Olympic years, which is perfect timing for a multi-sports event that will include a number of Olympic sports.
    I had considered going this year. I went to SC Nationals and I really liked the pool. Problem is that I live on the other side of the country so it would be a big (and expensive) trip for me. Since I already made the trip once this year, I decided to wait and see where it is in 2018 and hope to hit it then. Also, it will be interesting to see how well attended the event is this year. That may sway my decision to attend in 2018 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmlr38 View Post
    Also, it will be interesting to see how well attended the event is this year. That may sway my decision to attend in 2018 as well.
    Given its location might attendance this year be negatively affected by recent legislative activity in North Carolina? (Not wanting to raise a possibly sore subject, but still, it might have dissuaded some people from attending.)
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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    Although this is the first I've learned of it, USA Masters Games seems very similar to the National Senior Games (aka Senior Olympics), which I've known of and have participated in, but only at the NJ state level. I think the senior games age only goes down to 50ish. Based on their websites, the USA Masters Games seem to be in even years and the National Senior Games are in the odd years. There are state National Senior Games in NJ each year even though the National games are only in odd years. In swimming you can qualify for the National Senior Games by achieving NQT (I think they are the same as USMS) or by placing (I think 1st-4th or maybe more?) in your state's events typically held the year before the national games. At my age (65-69) this is relatively easy to do, since there are rarely more than 4 swimmers in an age group at the state meet in NJ.

    Last years (2015) National Senior Games were in Minneapolis I think in July, and although I planned to go, I didn't make the trip. Next years (2017) games are in Birmingham and scheduled for early June. I don't believe they include any OW events at the senior games. The state meet in NJ is USMS sanctioned and connected as my times from the state meet show up in my usms database. I also know you can check the past state meet times on the state meet website in NJ. I'm not sure whether they post the national meet times.
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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    Quote Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
    Given its location might attendance this year be negatively affected by recent legislative activity in North Carolina? (Not wanting to raise a possibly sore subject, but still, it might have dissuaded some people from attending.)
    I think that's a good point to raise. The USA Masters Games website I think tries to address this without specifically mentioning that legislation by talking about the inclusive nature of the games and some of the ways Greensboro in particular is an inclusive/progressive city.

    It would be nice if the Games site had a forum or something - maybe then we would know what is attracting people to or keeping people away from the event. I haven't really seen any commentary about it anywhere.

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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    Anyone else going? Which events?

    I'm going.

    I liked the idea of an SCM meet in an excellent pool, the schedule worked for me, and I can drive to it. The pool events are over three days (four if you count distance day; five if you count OW), and you're allowed to enter up to 10 events. I entered 9.

    How competitive are you?

    People who are slower than me think I'm ultra-competitive. People who are faster know better.

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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsroberts View Post
    I believe the plan is for it to be even number years.

    I wish they had a participant list. When I sign up for open water swims there's usually a way to see who else is signed up to get an idea of how many participants there are.

    I live in NC and am only planning on doing the open water swim so in theory I could just get up super early the morning of and arrive just for my event so the expense is not really an issue for me. I was hoping to make kind of a weekend of it and stay in Greensboro and catch some of the pool events as well and see what their Games hub is like. I didn't realize they had dropped the price until after I'd signed up and went back through and read some of their old newsletters so the idea of their being a lack of participation hadn't really occurred to me.

    It'll be interesting to see if this takes off.
    I asked about a participant list about a week ago. They said that they are planning on posting one in July.
    As far as attendance, I'm in. I don't know how many people will be there, but I'm not sure we can tell a lot about the price drop because it appears they did it across all sports. I too am hopeful for a big meet but even if not I bet it will be fast and a lot of fun.

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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    not going because its scm.....had it been lcm i might have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    not going because its scm.....had it been lcm i might have.
    It does seem like a strange decision to use SCM. I'm sure there are lots of swimmers in the eastern half of the country looking for a long course taper meet this summer who don't want to travel to Oregon. This meet could have attracted a lot of them.

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    Re: Going to USA Masters Games?

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    It does seem like a strange decision to use SCM. I'm sure there are lots of swimmers in the eastern half of the country looking for a long course taper meet this summer who don't want to travel to Oregon. This meet could have attracted a lot of them.
    The Colonies Zone LCM Championship is at the University of Maryland in July, so that's a great option for those people.
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    The 2018 Games location is supposed to be announced July 31

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan Ekman View Post
    I asked about a participant list about a week ago. They said that they are planning on posting one in July.
    As far as attendance, I'm in. I don't know how many people will be there, but I'm not sure we can tell a lot about the price drop because it appears they did it across all sports. I too am hopeful for a big meet but even if not I bet it will be fast and a lot of fun.
    Thanks for the info about the participant list release. I'm all signed up already and I'm sure the pool is a bigger draw than the open water, but it will be interesting to see what the participation is like. I plan to be the last one ashore, but happily so as long as I'm faster than the last time out. Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    It does seem like a strange decision to use SCM. I'm sure there are lots of swimmers in the eastern half of the country looking for a long course taper meet this summer who don't want to travel to Oregon. This meet could have attracted a lot of them.
    the dates of this meet would have worked great for me...had it been lcm
    london became a "we dont want no americans" with their 1 year with a european club and then the total disaster with pools and entries.
    oregon totally messes up family as its durning band (texas state 5a champs)
    so this meet would have been my "go to meet" had it just been lcm. i asked the very 1st day the details were emailed to me if it was lcm...nope scm...game over
    i'll be in 500fsw oregon...so so glad its just 500 and not 5000 like medelin was...never again
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    JS - any idea where the lake is that they mention on the site for the games? It doesn't show any location for the OW swim that I found.

    And I'm sure you'll do just fine.
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