The Florida Open Water Championship Series was based on a combination of results in open water events sanctioned by USMSthat were held in the state of Florida during a given calendar year. It was not a separate swimming event itself. Events sanctioned by USA Swimming can be included if there were a separate Masters division.
To be eligible for awards and recognition, swimmers must have entered and completed three open water events, one of which must be 3K or longer, during the calendar year.
Official results of the event must have been published on-line. Only the best three finishes counted for the final point total.
Classes for points:
Swimmers are eligible for awards in only one USMS age group, even if they age up during the year. Event points will be based on the age group at each event. However, final results will be based on the age on December 31.
Within each gender, swimmers will be awarded points based on overall place finish and age group place finish, with bonus points for finishing within a set time behind the overall winner's time.
In the event that a swimmer enters more than the minimum three required events, the best point finishes in each class and the third best finish in either class will be counted.
All swimmers entering the Florida Open Water Championship Series received a custom T-shirt. (IMAGE)
First, second, and third place winners in each USMS age group received a winner's patch. (IMAGES)
T-shirts and awards were mailed in January when all of the previous year's Florida open water events were over and results were posted.
Top five individual overall finishers in the 2008 Florida Open Water Championship Series:
Bonus Points for Overall Time
1. The overall winner gets 100 points for the event (40 overall place points, plus 30 age group place points, plus 30 bonus points for overall time.
2. In a Class II event, a swimmer finishes 20th overall (0 points), is 2nd in the age group (25 points), and is 28 minutes behind the overall winner (10 bonus points). This swimmer earns 35 points for the event.
AWARDS & T-SHIRT
The actual patch size is 3" across. Pale blue is the background on all patches and the other colors are embroidery.
2008, royal blue shirt
2009, navy shirt
2010, tan shirt
2011, white shirt