Information Regarding the
2009 PVS Long Course Zone All-Star Team
State College, PA

August 12-15, 2009

            Mandatory Zone Team Meeting & Practice 
          Sunday, August 9, 2009
          9:30 - 11:30 AM

          Rockville Swim Center - Outdoor Pool

This meeting is mandatory for all swimmers and at least one parent per family. The Zone team will have a very short practice, about an hour, and then meet with their coach. Parents will have an information meeting with Dave starting at 10:00 am. We also give out all Zone team apparel at this time.

PVS Zone Coaches 

Potomac Valley Swimming will be represented with an ALL-STAR TEAM at the 2009 Eastern Zone Long Course Championship Meet. This year the meet will be held in State College, PA. The venue for this meet is Pennsylvania State University outdoor pool. The date for this meet is August 12-15, 2009.

This is a great chance for PVS swimmers to compete against the best in the East, and to get to know and develop friendships with swimmers from other Potomac Valley Clubs.

The PVS Long Course Zone Team is now being managed in the same manner as long course zone team was managed the summer of 2007, 2006 and 2005.  In 2006 PVS took 116 swimmers to Buffalo as part of our team.  It is also in the same manner as short course zone teams have been managed for many years.  This means that all athletes must travel to the meet in State College with the team -- leaving early Tuesday morning August 11 and arriving back Sunday morning -- August 15. The athletes will also be required to stay at the team hotel, have their meals with the team and participate in other team activities unless officially excused by the Head Coach or Team Manager.  Permission for dismissal from traveling with the team will be granted on Saturday night AFTER the finals session ONLY.  The team concept is a result of a recommendation from the PVS Competition Committee (at which all PVS teams are eligible to vote) that was subsequently approved by the PVS Board of Directors.

Athletes who wish to participate on the team are requested to review both the 2009 Eastern Zone Maximum Qualifying Times and the 2009 Eastern Zone Minimum Qualifying Times to verify their eligibility.  All athletes who have achieved at least one individual qualifying time (and are not excluded from participation by virtue of the Maximum Qualifying Times/Meet Participation Restrictions) are eligible to register for the team.  Swimmers who register for the team will be entered into all eligible events provided they do not exceed the daily or meet entry maximums.  Each swimmer may enter a total of six individual events, not to exceed three individual events per day. Swimmers' age for this meet is their age as of August 12, 2009. Entry qualifying times are Long Course Meters Only, must have been achieved after August 6, 2008 and before August 3, 2009 and must have been achieved in a USA Swimming sanctioned, observed or approved meet. CONVERTED TIMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

For any times not already in the USA Swimming SWIMS data base, athletes must provide the source of the times to the PVS EZ Head Coach and to the PVS Webmaster. Make sure you provide EVENT, TIME, NAME OF MEET, AND MEET LOCATION. Times will only be accepted from Sanctioned meets, Approved meets, or Observed meets.

Updating Event Entry Information: PVS will review all registrations received to determine if additional events and/or improved seed times are achieved at the PVS Senior, Junior or 14/U Age Group Championships and the 2009 Eastern Zone Speedo Super Sectional Meet. Any athlete who qualifies for events in excess of what is permitted will be contacted by the Zone Team Manager to determine from what event he/she wishes to withdraw.  If additional events and/or improved seed times are achieved at a meet not listed above, the swimmer must submit this information to the PVS Eastern Team Manager, Dave Greene, no later than 12 Noon on Tuesday July 28th.   You must have already submitted a registration in a timely manner in order to do so.

Registrations to participate on the Team are to be submitted directly by each athlete's family for each swimmer wishing to enter the meet.  While information about your coach is requested on the form, entries are NOT to be submitted through the teams.  Zone rules require that all entries must be submitted through PVS.  The Zone Meet Director will NOT accept entries submitted by individual swimmers or by PVS teams.

The charge for participating in this meet will be $500 per athlete.  Your entry will not be considered complete until full payment is received.  Payment is due with the registration form.  This will include 5 nights lodging, meals, meet entry fees, team suit, 2 t-shirts, 2 swim caps, and, for those who did not participate on the 2009 SC Zone Team, warm-ups. All checks should be payable to Potomac Valley Swimming.

Registration Packet is now available
Please submit the packet in its entirety (including the supplemental forms) by the applicable deadlines:
July 19 -- 15/Over Swimmers
July 26 -- 14/Under Swimmers

These registration deadlines have been set so that PVS will have sufficient time to make the necessary transportation, outfitting, housing and dining arrangements.

A Request for registration fee refund must be received no later than 5PM, Monday, August 3rd. 


Hotel Accommodations: The Team will be staying at  Days Inn, 240 South Pugh St,  State College, PA (240) 238-8454. Recommended accommodations for spectators are available at:  Hotel List.  Parents must make their own travel and hotel arrangements.  Please make reservations early.

Additional Information: You may direct your inquiries regarding team participation to Mike Kraeuter, Head Coach at , Steve Menard, Assistant Head Coach at or Dave Greene, Team Manager at