Swimming Competition Specifics


10-15 August 2014
Warm-Up: 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Competition Starts: 9:30 a.m.


Cleveland State University, Robert F. Busbey Natatorium
2451 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115


Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium is located 1.5 miles (2.4km) east of Cleveland’s downtown Public Square. Using public transportation from downtown Cleveland, take the Health Line from Public Square (the Euclid Avenue and Ontario Street Station) to the Euclid Avenue and East 24th Street Station. The Busbey Natatorium is located north of Euclid Avenue in the CSU Recreation Center/Physical Education Complex.

Best GPS Address: 2420 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, OH. 44115

Parking: Use parking garage (fee) on the east side of the Recreation Center

Events and Divisions

Individual Events for both men’s and women’s divisions will consist of:

Freestyle 50 M 100 M 200 M 400 M 800 M 1,500 M
Backstroke 50 M 100 M 200 M      
Breaststroke 50 M 100 M 200 M      
Butterfly 50 M 100 M 200 M      
Individual Medley 200 M 400 M        

Each individual event will have age groups within the men’s and women’s divisions. The three best times in each gender division’s age group will receive a medal. A person’s age is the age of the person as of 31 December 2014. The age groups are as follows:

18-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49
50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79
80-84 85-89 90-94 95-99 100+  

Team Relays for men’s women’s and mixed divisions will consist of

Freestyle Relay 200 M 400 M 800 M
Medley Relay 200 M 400 M  

Each team relay will have classes based on the total of the ages of each team member as of 31 December 2014. The three best times of each class will receive a medal. The age classes are as follows:


"Please submit relay entries on the Relay Entry Form Worksheet here"


Each Participant must be a valid 2014 member of US Masters Swimming or the international equivalent organization from the participant’s home country. Membership in the U.S. Masters Swimming does not require qualification. To obtain a 2014 USMS Registration Number, go to www.usms.org/reg and click on "Join/Renew - Individual." Follow the instructions. You may join as an unattached member, which means you will become a member of USMS but will not on a team that can swim on relays.

If you plan to swim on relays, you must belong to a registered team. You may join your local masters swim team. Or you may join the USMS Gay Games Team which is called "GG9." You may swim on relays with anyone who is on your registered team.

2014 Gay Games will use a standard long course (50-meter length) for competition.

Each Participant may register for up to 5 individual events and 3 relays.

Each Participant must report with registration his/her expected time for each event, in the following format: MM:SS.00


The competition will be conducted under the rules for Masters of the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and following the recommendations of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) and US Masters Swimming.

Relay Event teams must confirm their participation and submit the names of the competitors, dates of birth, License Numbers, and the order of swimming no later than 6:00 p.m. (18.00 hrs) on the day prior to the event. The Relay Submission Worksheet may be found here.

Mixed relay teams must consist of 2 men and 2 women.

One heat (no trials, no finals), grouping starts, heats by age and reporting time, electronic time clock, single start rule.


The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will host the following swimming schedule. Specific times will be posted closer to the Games once registrations have been finalized.

Warm-up goes from 8 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.

Competition begins at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday 10 August 2014
1 200 Freestyle
20 Minute Break
2 50 Back
3 200 IM
4 200 Mixed Relay
5 400 Free Relay
Monday 11 August 2014
1 400 IM
20 Minute Break
2 100 Freestyle
3 50 Breaststroke
4 400 Free Mixed Relay
5 400 Medley Relay
Tuesday 12 August 2014
1 800 Freestyle
20 Minute Break
2 100 Breaststroke
3 50 Butterfly
4 100 Backstroke
5 200 Medley Relay Mix
6 200 Freestyle Relay
Wednesday 13 August 2014
1 200 Backstroke
20 Minute Break
2 100 Butterfly
3 200 Breaststroke
4 800 Mixed Relay
5 800 Freestyle Relay
Thursday 14 August 2014
1 400 Freestyle
20 Minute Break
2 200 Butterfly
3 50 Freestyle
4 400 Medley Relay Mixed
5 200 Medley Relay
Friday 15 August 2014
1 1500 Freestyle