2024 Sunshine State Games Events

Location and Schedule
May 31 – June 2, 2024

Dwight H. Hunter Northeast Pool
1100 NE 14th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601

Friday, May 31 Session #1 – ALL AGES
Warm Up: TBA (at least 40 min) Meet Start 4:30PM

Saturday, June 1 Session #2 – 13 & OVER
Warm Up: TBA (at least 40 min) Meet Start 8:30AM

Saturday, June 1 Session #3 – 12 & UNDER
Warm Up: at conclusion of session #3 (at least 20 min) Meet Start: TBA

Sunday, June 2 Session #4 – 13 & OVER
Warm Up: TBA (at least 40 min) Meet Start 8:30AM

Sunday, June 2 Session #5 -12 & UNDER
Warm Up: at conclusion of session #3 (at least 20 min) Meet Start: TBA

**A detailed warm up schedule and timeline will be sent to coaches on Wednesday, May 29th

Event venue, dates, and location are subject to change.

CLICK HERE for the Psych Sheet.

Entry Requirements
A zip file with be available with Entry Requirements and Registration information.

Tentative Entry Fees
$10 Facility Fee per swimmer/$3.00 Heat sheet fee per swimmer/ $5.50 per individual
event/$6.00 per relay event/$10.00 per deck entry

Payment must be brought to the meet and made payable to: Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville
Mailed payments may be sent to: Leonard Kraus, 1114 SW 91st Street, Gainesville, FL 32607

Entry Limit
All entries must be received no later than WEDNESDAY, MAY 22ND. The meet
will close when there are 450 committed athletes. Entries received after the entry deadline will be considered DECK ENTRIES ($10 PER EVENT) and accepted only to fill empty lanes.
All age groups are limited to three (3) individual events per day, nine (7) individual events for the meet, plus relays. Entries that exceed the entry limit(s) will be dropped when they exceed the limit for the meet or day.
Each team may enter two (2) relays per event and should designate their entries A & B.
An athlete may compete in a relay in their age group or the Open age group, but only one relay in that relay sequence.
Meet management reserves the right to eliminate relays to maintain a proper timeline.

Entry Form
Entries must be in USA Swimming SDIF format or Hy-tek, CL2 format. A signed hard copy printout is acceptable as proof of entry in place of the enclosed entry forms. Free text email entries will not be accepted. Dish and e-mail entries will not be accepted that are not accompanied by a hard copy entry, including the Master Entry Form. List all attending coached, contact phone numbers and Relay only swimmers in the body of the email. Corrupted unreadable or incorrectly formatted files must be corrected within 24 hours.
Errors in entries submitted electronically are the responsibility of the applicant. Electronic mail confirmation will be sent upon receipt of the file. If using the enclosed entry form, the form will serve as proof of entry. The legal name and current USA Swimming registration number for each swimmer must be listed on the entry form.
Florida Swimming requires a $50 penalty from teams that do not submit their entries in the Hy-tek format.

SEND ENTRIES TO: Preferred method – Email Entries to: Joy Kraus: coachjoy1@yahoo.com 304-654-0240
Mail Entries & payment to: MACG, PO Box 357194, Gainesville, FL 32635

ENTRY DEADLINE: All entries must be received by May 22, 2024. This is a popular meet and fills quickly. Teams are encouraged to submit their entries well in advance of the entry deadline. The meet will close when there are 450 committed athletes. . Entries received after the entry deadline will be considered DECK ENTRIES ($10 PER EVENT) and accepted only to fill empty lanes.

Open to all currently registered USA Swimming Inc. swimmers WHO RESIDE IN FLORIDA. On deck USA registration will be allowed and presented to the referee for proof.

DISABILITIES: Swimmers with disabilities are welcome to enter this meet. The athlete (or the athlete’s coach) is responsible for notifying the Referee prior to the competition of any disability of athlete.

Type of Meet
*50 Meter Course, Timed Finals
*Meet management reserves the right to limit the 400 IM and 400 Free events to top 24 of each gender and age group to remain within the Florida swimming 4-hour rule. Coaches will be notified prior to the start of the meet if this limitation is necessary.
*The 1500 Freestyle will be limited to the top 16 swimmers per gender and age group. It will be swam together and scored separately by age group 13-14 & Open. Coaches will be notified prior to the start of the meet if their swimmer is excluded. Swimmers excluded will be allowed to deck enter the events in available open lanes.
*All entries must be legal LC times or conversions from short course for all 400 Freestyle, 400 IM and 1500 races. NT entries will not be accepted, and entry times will be checked on the USA Swimming database.

Conversions will be allowed from Short Course Yards using the approved formulas below:
Let T= difference in number of turns between short and long course
(a) 50, 100, 200, 400 yards to meters Meter time = (yard time x 1.105) + T
(b) 500 or 1000 yards to meters Meter time = (yard time x .8751) + T
(c) 1650 Yard to 1500 meters Meter time = (yard time + 30 seconds)

Meet management reserves the right to use fly-over starts. Coaches will be notified before start of any session where fly-over starts will be used.

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Relay events: 18-14-12-10-8-6-4-2

SEEDING: 50-Meter-Long Course times will be used.
All 1500 events will be deck seeded and positive check in is required.

SCRATCHES: No penalty for scratching on the block, except for deck seeded events. Failure to swim once checked in to a positive check in event will result in that swimmer being barred from the next individual event he/she is entered in. Swimmers may not scratch an event to enter another event.

DISTANCE EVENTS: Swimmers must provide their own counter and timer for the 1500.

Sport Rules and Regulations
RULES: Current USA Swimming Inc. Rules govern the meet. Florida Swimming Rules and Regulations 223.10

SANCTIONED BY: Florida Swimming of USA Swimming Inc. Sanction #
In granting this approval it is understood and agreed that USA and Florida Swimming shall be free and held harmless from any liabilities or claims from damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of the event.

HOSTED BY: Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville. USA Swimming, the LSC, the Gainesville Sports Commission, the facility, and the Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesville shall accept no responsibility for liability or injuries sustained by any individual, athlete, coach, official, meet volunteer, or spectator while traveling to and from or while participating in this event. Damage to the facility, when proved, will cause the offending participant, if unattached, or the offending swimmer’s club, if attached, to be held accountable for repairs. All participants and guests must adhere to the facility rules and coaches must supervise their swimmers at all times. Glass containers are not permitted in the facility. Children must be supervised at all times.

POOL SPECS: Outdoor pool. Certified 8 lanes, 50 Meters, Non-turbulent lane lines. The water depth is at least 7 feet at the starting end and at least 3 feet 8 inches at the turn end.  Diving well will be used for warm up and cool down for competitors only. The warm up area will be monitored and is to be used strictly by competitors in the current session. Feet first entry is to be used only. Swimmers will be asked to exit if they are playing or being disruptive.

TIMING EQUIPMENT: Daktronics Timing system, non-slip touch pads, back up buttons and eight lane display board.for events 100 meters and above. Two additional hand times per lane will also be used. 50 meter events will be timed with 1 watch time and two buttons.

Meet Director: Leonard Kraus
Meet Referee: Quinn Sampson
Starter: Ale Maruniak
Head Marshal: John Whitaker
Stroke & Turn: Erin Peters
Administrative Referee: Joy Kraus

**Officials wishing to volunteer at any session, please contact: Ale Maruniak ​at alejandra.maruniak@gmail.com
COACHES MEETING: There will be a coaches meeting, Saturday, June 1, prior to the start of the meet.

OFFICIALS BRIEFINGS: Officials briefings will be held one hour prior to the start of each session in the hospitality room.

MEET COMMITTEE: A meet committee to be composed of the Meet Director, home team coach, and three visiting coaches will make decisions regarding the meet schedule in the event of inclement weather or at other times as requested by the Meet Director. In case of weather delays, the meet committee will have the power to cancel the meet or events or postpone it to a future date or time with the best interest of the swimmers and traveling teams in mind.

COACH SUPERVISION: Each swimmer participating in a Florida Swimming Sanctioned meet must be supervised during warm-up and competition by a currently registered USA Swimming Coach. An athlete not escorted by a Coach member must check in with the Meet Referee upon arrival at the meet. Such athletes must find a substitute Coach who will supervise them during warm-up and competition and must submit the enclosed Alternate Coach form (signed by the accepting coach) to the Meet Referee prior to beginning any warm-up or competition.

IDENTIFICATION: Coaches and Officials shall show proof of current USA-S coach membership on the USA Swimming App. Coaches and officials will be required to sign in that their credentials are current.

TEAM REPRESENTATIVE: Prior to the start of the meet, the name of one person other than the coach who will check with the Meet Referee about any matter pertaining to the meet may be given to the Meet Referee. The coach(es) and that person only will be recognized.

CAMERA ZONES: Per Florida Swimming Rule 223.12, Meet Management shall designate and inform the public of “Camera Zones: at each swim meet where both still photography and video photography of a race or competitor in a race may be taken. Acceptable “Camera Zones” may include, but are not limited to the side courses of a pool, team gathering areas, concession area, turn-end of competition course when not in use as a “start end” etc. Meet Management shall also designate “Non-Camera Zones” Under NO circumstances will Camera Zones include the area immediately behind the starting blocks at either end of the race course(s) while they are in use for “race start purposes” during competition and warm-ups, locker rooms, restrooms, or any other dressing area. Any individual failing to abide by this rule could be subject to the Florida Swimming Code of Conduct violation as defined in Rule 239.2.

SPECTATORS: No spectators will be allowed behind the starting block area during the entire duration of the meet. Spectators are also asked to observe designated coach and official only areas.

Individual events: Medals (1st-3rd) Ribbons (4th-8th)
Relay events: Medals (1st-3rd)
High Point: Plaque or Trophy (1st & 2nd) per age group and gender (8&U, 10&U, 11-12, 13-14 and Open)
Team Awards: Plaque or Trophy (1st & 2nd)
Random Mystery Heat Winners: Small token

***NO AWARDS WILL BE MAILED….Please pick up awards at the end of the meet***

Hotel Information
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Qualification for 2024 State Games of America in California
Sunshine State Games Swimming athletes are eligible to compete in the 2024 State Games of America, to be held in San Diego, California, August 1-4, 2024.

Time frame to qualify for the 2024 State Games of America
2022 (after July 1): All gold, silver and bronze medalists qualify from National Congress of State Games (NCSG) Member State programs, both Winter and Summer. Any medalist from the 2022 SGA held in Ames, Iowa qualifies.

2023: All gold, silver, and bronze medalists qualify from NCSG Member State programs, both Winter and Summer.

2024 (before July 1): All gold, silver, and bronze medalists qualify from NCSG Member State programs, both Winter and Summer.

Any medalists from the 2022 State Games of America is eligible to compete in 2024. Visit www.stategamesofamerica.com/faqs for more information.

FSF Staff Contact
OJ Hill

State Director
Leonard Kraus
304-360-3478 or kraus.leonard@gmail.com