Entries for the 2019 CSCAA Open Water Championship will open for returning teams on July 10th and new entrants on July 16.  Each race will be limited to 70 participants and entries will be admitted based on time of form submission.  USA Swimming has designated the CSCAAOWN as an approved qualifying event.  The top five finishers for each gender earn invites to the USA Swimming 5K Open Water Championships.  Moreover, the NCAA has provided the CSCAA permitting Division III student-athletes to participate even if the event occurs outside of the institution’s declared playing season.  To register visit: https://kuathletics.com/cscaa-open-water/

Eligibility & Qualifying

Participation is limited to current NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA member institutions who meet the specific event qualifying criteria.   All student-athletes must be eligible as certified by their member institution.  Athletes must have achieved one of the below qualifying times between July 1, 2018 and the entry deadline.  Meter conversions are acceptable for international student-athletes. Qualifying period: Sept. 1, 2018-Sept. 1, 2019

  • 500 Freestyle SCY Women: 5:10.00 Men: 4:50.00

  • 1000 Freestyle SCY Women: 10:30.00 Men: 10:00.00

  • 1650 Freestyle SCY Women: 18:00.00 Men: 17:00.00


Registration will be limited to 70 individuals for each race.

  • Entry fee is $55 per Individual with payment required upon registration.

  • Open registration begins at Noon, July 17, 2019

  • Athletes must enter these events through www.KUAthletics.com/OpenWater.

  • Payment will be required upon registration. Payment may be made via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover or PayPal.

The entry form is not an eligibility report; It is the coaches’ responsibility to know the eligibility of each athlete. Once you complete your entry, you will be sent confirmations via email. Please keep all of these and bring them with you to the meet (just in case).


Current USA Swimming Rules and Regulations will govern this event. Please see Part Seven of the USA Swimming Rules & Regulations for complete list of Open Water Rules. 


  • No swimmer shall be allowed to use or wear any device that may be an aid to his/her speed, endurance, or buoyancy.

  • A maximum of two (2) caps may be used.

  • Wet suits, flotation aids or any similar items, and anything used to maintain body heat, except a reasonable application of body grease, are not allowed.

Team Events

  • Team events will be conducted concurrently with individual events, with the results achieved in the individual event used to compute the team scoring.

  • Teams will be entered automatically based on team entries.

  • Cross country scoring will be used to determine team scores. Top three athletes determine team score.

  • Maximum of five athletes per team.


Individual champions shall be determined and awarded in women’s and men’s competitions. Medals shall be awarded to all first-through-eighth place finishers in each individual event.
Team Event medals shall be awarded to teams placing first-through-third.

Race Course and Operations

Special rates have been secured at the following locations with preferred lodging partners from September 15-18: Group Block Name: CSCAA Open Water Nationals.


    • 3411 Iowa St. Lawrence, KS 66046 Phone (785) 749-7555 Hotel Contact Audra Coppenbarger Room Rate $124.00 Cutoff Date Aug. 25, 2018 18 Double Rooms 5 King Rooms

Host Hotels

Schedules are subject to change depending on number of entries and local conditions.

  • 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Women’s Check-in

  • 8:15 a.m. - Women’s Pre-Race Briefing

  • 8:25 a.m. - Women’s Inspection and Roll Call

  • 8:30 a.m. - Women’s 5K Start

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. - Men’s Check-in

  • 10:15 a.m. - Men’s Pre-Race Briefing

  • 10:25 a.m. - Men’s Inspection and Roll Call

  • 10:30 a.m. - Men’s 5K Start

  • Noon - Women’s and Men’s Awards

Race Day Schedule