NCAP holds first meet in Montgomery County MD since March 2020


By contributor David Meisel

April 23-25, Nations Capital Swim Membership (NCAP) hosted a meet consisting of their swimmers from their varied coaching websites throughout Montgomery County. This was the primary alternative for a lot of swimmers to compete (since March 2020) inside their county and get a really feel for what the upcoming summer season MCSL season might be like (with some exceptions).

Lakewood Nation Membership in Rockville, MD was the positioning of this PVS/USA Swimming Sanctioned meet.  The meet featured 8 lanes for competitors, the best of caliber USA Swimming officers, Colorado System Contact Pads, beginning blocks,  and a timer for every lane. Because the pool is brief course meters (SCM) the competitors felt like quick course, however the occasions have been correlated to a typical lengthy course meet schedule for the youngsters aged 9 and over.

Each precaution was taken to make sure the meet was COVID secure, from temperature verify upon arrival, particular person well being screening questionnaires, masks, all the best way to the configuration of the site visitors so all swimmers needed to observe to scale back the publicity to others. The unintended aspect impact of the directional movement of site visitors was an effective way to herd and make sure the swimmers have been attending to the correct locations!

Swimmers have been in a position to be simply separated by 6 ft by utilizing the huge area to unfold out and acquire their very own area for pre and publish swims.

There have been not more than 4 heats for any of the occasions, with a aim to scale back the variety of swimmers and improve the chance to make sure that this meet would meet and or exceed county steerage. In lieu of a heat down or heat up pool- the meet officers included 5 minutes between occasions to make sure the members might get the many of the pool and time on the meet.

A really sensible transfer by the meet organizers was to have kick boards subsequent to every lane that allowed for a secure place for swimmers to place their masks(which have been in zip lock baggage between swims).  The kick boards have been used to supply “weight” in order that the masks didn’t blow away through the swimmers event-as there was a relentless stream of wind via the three day meet.

The officiating workers lead by Ellen Colket with help by Tom Allison, Melissa Arne, and Jeff Klein ensured a profitable exceptionally properly run meet. 

Head Official Ellen Colkit
Photograph Credit score: David Meisel

Ellen has  been officiating all winter from NCAA DIV. 1 meets, to different USA Swimming occasions all through the united statesA.  She and her fellow officiators undoubtedly introduced “greatest practices” seen throughout the U.S. to this meet.

Volunteers getting their pre-meet briefing. Photograph Credit score: David Meisel

A particular because of Tom Ugast- CEO of NCAP for working with Montgomery County to set the instance that swim meets (with protocols) may be held inside the County.


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