Open Water & ePostal Championships Presented bySponsor #13

U.S. Masters Swimming holds eleven National Long Distance Championships each year. The championships are open water as well as ePostal events as follows:

  • USMS Sprint-Distance Open Water Championship (One mile on a quarter-mile straightaway or open water course)
  • USMS 2-Mile Cable Open Water Championship (quarter-mile straightaway)
  • USMS Middle-Distance Open Water Championship (greater than 1 mile and less than or equal to 3 miles)
  • USMS Long-Distance Open Water Championship (greater than 3 miles and less than 6 miles)
  • USMS Marathon-Distance Open Water Championship (greater than or equal to 6 miles and less than 9 miles)
  • USMS Ultramarathon-Distance Open Water Championship (greater than or equal to 9 miles)
  • USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship (in a pool 25 yards or longer)
  • USMS 5K/10K ePostal National Championship (each event swum separately on a 50-meter course in a pool)
  • USMS 3000/6000-Yard ePostal National Championship (each event swum separately on a 25-yard or 25-meter course in a pool)
  • Other national championship events and distances may be awarded at the discretion of the Long Distance Committee chair

Championship Information

Information, entry forms, and results of national championships, are available here:

Help Wanted

The USMS History and Archives Committee is searching for results and some information missing for a number of older events (date, location, etc.). See this file for a list of events where information is needed. If you have access to some of the missing information, please send it to Archives@usms.org.

Swimmer Information

Pace Charts

  • Pace Chart - All Events (.pdf): This chart covers swimming paces from 3:00 per 100 to 1:00 per 100 for all 5 ePostal events.
  • Interval Pace Chart (.pdf): For distances from 100 to 3000, we have listed the interval times if a swimmer maintains a specific pace, ranging from 3:00 per 100 to 1:00 per 100.
  • 1-Hour Pace Chart (.pdf): For a pace of 5:00 per 100 to 1:00 per 100, this pace chart provides exact distances for each pace interval, plus the formula to determine one's own pace.

ePostal Split Sheets

Championship Bidding Information

  • Bid Instructions (.pdf) - Instructions on how to bid for USMS Open Water Nationals and USMS ePostal Nationals. Championships are awarded by the Long Distance Committee at the annual meeting held approximately two years prior to the championship being awarded and are due by July 1 of the bid year.
  • Open Water National Championships Bid Form - Form to be used for bidding on Open Water Nationals. Please download Bid Instructions document for instructions on how to fill out this form.
  • ePostal National Championships Bid Form - Form to be used for bidding on ePostal Nationals. Please download Bid Instructions document for instructions on how to fill out this form.
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