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Swimming & Diving Media Credential Information

State Tournament Media Credential Information

The following information has been prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA state swimming and diving tournament. Please contact Tim Stried (tstried@ohsaa.org or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office should you have additional questions. Additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of each state tournament.
DATE: Wednesday, February 20 through Saturday, February 23
LOCATION: C.T. Branin Natatorium (2,400 seat capacity), Canton McKinley High School 
YOUR HOSTS: The state tournament manager is Joan Rehfus. The media coordinator is Lisa Buckley (bucklel@nationwide.com). The OHSAA administrator for swimming and diving is Associate Commissioner Dr. Debbie Moore. 
Wednesday, February 20
9:00 a.m. - Girls Div. II Diving
2:00 p.m. - Boys Div. II Diving
Thursday, February 21
9:00 a.m. - Girls Div. I Diving
5:00 p.m. - Girls & Boys Div. II Preliminaries (All events), 15 minute break after 100 fly
Friday, February 22
9:00 - Girls & Boys Div. I Preliminaries (All events), 15 minute break after 100 fly
5:00 - Girls & Boys Div. II Finals (All events), 15 minute break after 100 fly
Saturday, February 23
9:00 - Boys Div. I Diving
4:00 - Girls & Boys Div. I Finals (All events), 15 minute break after 100 fly, awards following each event
PARKING: There are no media parking passes. Media parking is on a first-come, first-served basis and is available adjacent to the high school and natatorium.
CREDENTIALS: Fax (or scan and email) your application form to Tim Stried at the OHSAA office (fax 614-267-1677,tstried@ohsaa.org) as soon as you know that you will be covering the state tournament. The deadline to request credentials is noon on Tuesday, February 19. Credentials will be held at the media pass gate at the north entrance to Branin Natatorium. No credentials will be issued to coaches, children, school personnel, or parents of state qualifiers.
CREDENTIAL CONFIRMATION: The OHSAA will send a confirmation email to approved media requests and post a list on the state tournament credential page at OHSAA.org of those media members who have been approved for credentials. Denied requests will be notified by email.
MEDIA WORKSPACES: A media work room is available on deck level of the pool just past the diving boards. There is also a larger partitioned area in the adjacent auxiliary gymnasium where media can work.
RESULTS: Results will be placed in marked folders in the media work room beside the diving well. Results will also be posted on the OHSAA web site as soon as possible after each session.
PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS: Flash photography is not permitted at any time during the diving portion of the tournament. Flash photograph is also not permitted immediately before the start of each swimming event (so as to not interfere with the starter’s signal). Once swimmers are in the water, flash photography is permitted. Due to the congestion on the pool deck, photos from behind the starting blocks may not be taken during relay events. Photos may only be taken during a return lap in which the swimmers are between the far turn and the half way point of the near side. After taking those photos, photographers must step straight back and away from the pool’s edge to allow the land official and timers access to the touch/finish, unless the lane official instructs otherwise. Photographers may not interfere with the participants, tournament officials, staff or timers. Those who do will be moved to the normal photo shooting positions along the pool’s side deck or asked to leave. Photographers are to remain in the diving well area when they are not shooting an event. Please be sensitive to participants who have been disqualified. As a reminder, only bona fide newspaper offices or official newspaper websites may sell photographs from OHSAA tournament contests.
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