Split Requests?

Hello everyone!

I just recently became a member of USMS and joined a masters team in my area. I am planning on competing at the New England SCY champs but wasn't sure how to go about requesting a split. I know there's a form for it, but I had a few questions surrounding it. 

- Where do I submit the form once it's completed?

- Who signs the "approved by" box?

I'm planning on entering for the 100 breast and thought that I might as well get a split for the 50 breast, but the 50 breast race occurs the day before the 100. Would I still be allowed to submit a split request for the 50 breast even if I don't show up on that day? 

I was also unsure about whether I would have to officially enter myself for the 50 breast when initially registering even if I will not actually be swimming it on the day that it's scheduled. 

I know this is a bit of an overload of questions, but I couldn't seem to find out any more information since they're somewhat specific. 

  • From the meet information for the upcoming 2023 New England LMSC SCY Championships:

    SPLIT REQUESTS: Official split requests for individual events must be submitted using the Split Notification Form. Per USMS rules, for individual events other than backstroke you must notify the meet referee of your intent to record an initial split time before the meet is over; for backstroke events you must notify the referee before swimming that event. If possible, please submit all initial split requests (including for backstroke events) before the event is swum.

    All relay leadoff splits (50y split in 200y relays, 100y split in 400y relays, 200y split in 800y relays) will be recorded as automatic official splits.

    However, the initial splits within each relay leadoff leg (50y split in 400y relays, 50y and 100y splits in 800y relays) will not be automatically recorded, and therefore require submission of a split request form and referee notification as described above to be considered an official time.

  • Initial splits for individual events or leadoff (not initial) splits for relay events that are identified in the meet announcement as being recorded as automatic official splits do not require a split notification form. But if they are not specifically identified as such in the meet announcement, then you must submit a split notification form and it must be signed by the referee to be considered a valid official time. For the exact rules, see the USMS Rule Book articles 103.18.1 and 103.18.2.

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