Mid Penn Plunge

The Mid Penn Plunge provides an opportunity for competition for swimmers from all Mid Penn Conference High Schools that do not participate in the Mid Penn Swimming Championships.

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Friday, February 18th (5:30 PM) & Saturday, February 19th (11:00 AM)

We are pleased to invite you to the TWO-DAY Mid Penn Plunge.  The Plunge provides a competition opportunity for swimmers from all Mid Penn Conference High Schools (“swim schools”) who do not participate in the Mid Penn Championship Swimming Meet (athletes may dive at Mid Penns and swim at the Plunge) and from area non-swim schools.

SCHEDULE

Friday (All vehicles must arrive at Northern High School after 3:00 PM)

  • 3:30 PM to  5:10 PM:  Four 25-minute warm-up periods (time/lane assignments will be established after entries are submitted, based on school entry count).  There will also be additional warm-up/cool down periods during the meet.
  • Final Friday Scratches and Meet Program:  In lieu of a Coaches Scratch Meeting, we will be conducting final on deck scratching during the warm up period.  Upon arrival, coaches will be provided a report with their entries.  All final scratches should be marked on the report and presented to the Officials Table no later than 4:30 PM.  Once all final scratches for Friday are received, the seeding will be completed and the final Friday Meet Program will be printed and posted on Meet Mobile.
  • 5:15 PM to 5:25 PM: Time for additional sprints from the blocks.
  • 5:30 PM: Meet begins (200 Medley Relay, 200 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 Fly)

Saturday

  • 9:00 AM to  10:40 AM:  Four 25-minute warm-up periods (time/lane assignments will be established after entries are submitted, based on school entry count).  There will also be additional warm-up/cool down periods during the meet.
  • Final Saturday Scratches and Meet Program:  In lieu of a Scratch Meeting, we will be conducting final on deck scratching during warm up period.  Upon arrival, coaches will be provided a report with their entries.  All final scratches should be marked on the report and presented to the Officials Table no later than 10:00 AM.  Once all final scratches for Saturday are received, the seeding will be completed and the final Saturday Meet Program will be printed and posted on Meet Mobile.
  • 10:40 AM to 10:55 AM:  Time for additional sprints from the blocks.
  • 11:00 AM: Meet begins (200 Free Relay, 100 Free, 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 400 Free Relay)

WINTER WEATHER PLAN

If, due to winter weather, the Friday portion of the Mid Penn Plunge is canceled, the plan is to conduct all of the events on Saturday, as in the past.  If both Friday and Saturday sessions are canceled, there is no snow make-up plan.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Spectators Limited to TWO (2) Per Swimmer – in light of the limited natatorium bleacher seating, the availability of our YouTube livestream and the objective of keeping our athletes, coaches and spectators as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, Northern is limiting the number of spectators this year to TWO (2) per Plunge swimmer.  We’re counting on each coach to manage their team total spectator attendance to an average of two people per Plunge swimmer. When spectators’ swimmers are not competing, please temporarily move to the Gym Lobby to make room in the bleachers for other spectators who have someone competing.

Masks -- While masks are currently optional in Northern High School campus buildings, any spectators experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure will hopefully either wear a mask or watch the meet remotely via YouTube (scroll down for streaming information).

At this time, masking due to COVID-19 is optional on Northern High School campus: however, as the CDC updates its recommendations, this policy could change.  An email will be sent to all participating school athletic directors and coaches a few days prior to the Mid Penn Plunge regarding Northern’s most current masking policy.  Changes to this masking policy will also be posted to this website.

MEET DIRECTOR

Bill Resser, Assistant Swimming Coach, Northern High School

FACILITY

NEWLY RENOVATED Northern High School Swimming Pool is at 653 South Baltimore Street, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.  Please plan to use the Gym/Auditorium entrance on the right side of the complex.

All vehicles must arrive at Northern High School after 3:00 PM on Friday.

The pool has 6 lanes with NEW Paragon Wedge Block Tops, Colorado Timing System 6 Automatic Timing System with a NEW Full Color Digital Display and Meet Manager 7.0 Software.

ADMISSIONS

ADMISSION FEE -- Spectator admission to the meet is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students which includes a printed Meet Program (heat sheet).  Coaches and swimmers are admitted for free and will receive a free Meet Program for each coach and some for swimmers.  Final meet entries and results will be posted to Meet Mobile.

FOOD & DRINK -- Arrangements have been made for various food trucks to be available in the parking area outside the Natatorium entrance.

Teams may want to consider having some of your parents/fans serve as “runners” to purchase food at the trucks and bring it in to swimmers, so your swimmers don’t have to go outside during the meet.

There are plans to have Gatorade and fresh fruit for sale in the lobby throughout the meet.  Please do NOT bring any food or drink (other than water and Gatorade) into the pool area.

ATHLETES

ATTIRE -- When a swimmer is outside the pool area in the hallways, lobby, gym, or cafeteria, they must wear something on the top of their body and shoes on their feet.

PLEASE remind your swimmers to dry off and dress appropriately if going outside to the food trucks.

Counters for the 500 Free will be required to wear proper coverage when counting.

TEAM AREAS -- The Main Gym adjacent to the pool will be used as team area for swimmers during the meet.

If you’re going to bring any chairs for your swimmers in our gym, please bring a blanket to put under the chairs in order to protect Northern’s gym floor

It is the responsibility of each swimmer to insure they are behind the blocks for the start of their heat.  There will not be a seeding process area, however, hopefully an audio message will be broadcast into the Main Gym throughout the meet with event status.   There will be limited lockers available in the swimming pool locker rooms, so swimmers should plan accordingly.

ORDER OF EVENTS
Matches Mid Penn Championships, Districts, and States event order

Friday Evening -- 5:30 PM

  • 200 Medley Relay (Girls #1, Boys #2)
  • 200 Yard Freestyle (Girls #3, Boys #4)
  • Awards and Warm-up/Cool down Break
  • 200 Yard Individual Medley (Girls #5, Boys #6)
  • 50 Yard Freestyle (Girls #7, Boys #8)
  • 100 Yard Butterfly (Girls #9, Boys #10)
  • Awards and Cool down

Saturday -- 11:00 AM

  • 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (Girls #11, Boys #12)
  • Awards and Warm-up/Cool down Break
  • 100 Yard Freestyle  (Girls #13, Boys #14)
  • 500 Yard Freestyle (Girls #15, Boys #16)
  • Awards and Warm-up/Cool down Break
  • 100 Yard Backstroke (Girls #17, Boys #18)
  • 100 Yard Breaststroke (Girls #19, Boys #20)
  • Awards and Warm-up/Cool down Break
  • 400 Freestyle Relay (Girls #21, Boys #22)
  • Final Awards and Cool Down

LIVE STREAMING

For anyone unable to attend the meet in person and for swimmers waiting in the gym for their next event who want to keep track of the meet, a livestream will be available each day:

AWARDS

Mid Penn Plunge medals will be awarded to the top six finishers in each individual event and relays.

The results of the meet will be posted on the Mid Penn Swimming web site at www.midpennswimchamp.info following the conclusion of the meet.

ENTRIES

All participating schools will be entitled to unlimited individual and relay entries.  Each individual swimmer is permitted to enter a maximum events in accordance with the NFHS Rules, as modified by the PIAA.  A Mid Penn swimmer may swim in either the Mid Penn Championships or the Mid Penn Plunge, but not both.  An athlete may dive at the Mid Penn Diving Championships and swim in the Mid Penn Plunge, provided that athlete abides by the event limitations across both meets.

Times achieved in the Plunge meet will be official PIAA times for District entry purposes.

OFFICIALS

All National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving rules apply as modified by the PIAA.  Certified PIAA officials will conduct the meet. 

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