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Swimming

Swimming will take place at New York City’s finest aquatic complex, the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, regardless of ability, is welcome to race. No qualifying times are necessary.

Current USMS rules will govern the meet. No diving will be permitted in warm-up lanes, except where designated.

Competition will take place across 10 lanes in a 25-meter course. Additional 25-meter lanes will be available for warm-up and cool-down throughout the meet.

 

Warm-up will open each day at 7:00am. Competition will begin at 8:00am.

All events 200 meters and longer—individual and relay—will be seeded by time without respect to age or gender. If necessary, the meet director reserves the right to also seed 50- and 100-meter events in the same format. All events will be scored and recorded by age (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, and so forth in five-year increments) and gender.

Participants may enter a maximum of four (4) individual events and three (3) relay events.

Relay configuration will be available in early June at no additional charge; all relay swimmers must already have registered for the swim meet by this time.

All swimmers of a single relay must be subscribed to the same club. Mixed relays must include two women and two men. The USMS transgender policy is available here.

The 800 and 1500 freestyle events will be restricted to the first 100 entrants. The 400 freestyle and 400 IM will be restricted to the first 200 entrants. 30% of entries in the four distance events will be reserved for women. For this reason, women are asked to register for the distance events in the women’s event listings, though the heats will be seeded and swum by time without respect to age or gender. Wait-listed swimmers in these events will be notified if a spot opens for them. Swimmers who no longer intend to swim a distance event that they entered are kindly requested to notify the meet director as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00pm Friday, June 21, in order that wait-listed swimmers are given the opportunity to change their events.

Registration is limited to the first 1,200 participants.
Registration will close Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

 
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Water Polo

Water Polo will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, regardless of ability, is welcome to participate.

Current USA Water Polo rules will govern the meet.

Two matches will take place concurrently. Additional pool space will be available for warm-up while matches are in play.

Competition will be held Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, June 28 at 4:00pm. Bronze and gold medal matches will be held Saturday, June 29 at 10:00am and 11:45am, respectively.

The tournament will accommodate a maximum of 20 teams.

A team is permitted to carry a maximum roster of 19 players.

Water polo players must choose the squad that they will be playing for at the time of registration. In order for players to be able to do so, a captain or coach must first have registered that squad. Players may choose a squad that is not affiliated with their IGLA Team.

IGLA teams will initially be able to enter just one squad. If space permits, we will allow teams to register additional squads at a later date.

Registration will close Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

 
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Diving

Diving will take place at the Rutgers Aquatic Center, located inside the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center.

Anyone 21 years of age or older, regardless of ability, is welcome to participate.

The event will be sanctioned by USA Diving, and current FINA Masters Diving rules will govern the meet.

The competition schedule includes 1-meter springboard Tuesday, June 25; 3-meter spring board Wednesday, June 26; and platform and synchro Thursday, June 27. The schedule is subject to change in order to accommodate the most athletes. Divers should be prepared to dive on all three days. Time permitting, a diving exhibition will take place Saturday at Flushing Meadows.

Warm-up will begin each day at 4:00pm. Competition will begin at 5:00pm.

Transportation will be provided to and from the meet each day of competition. A departure and drop-off location will likely be in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen.

Registration is limited to the first 100 participants.
Registration will close Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

 
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Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized Swimming will take place at the APEX Center at Lehman College.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, regardless of ability, is welcome to participate.

Current USA Synchronized Swimming rules will govern the meet.

Solo, duet, team (four to eight people), and free combination (four to ten people) competitions will be held Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 28 at 4:00pm.

Due to pool constraints, entries may need to be capped. If this situation arises, competitors will be limited to three events, and additional changes may be made based on order of registration. Any changes will be communicated in advance..

 

Registration will close Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm, Eastern

 
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Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming will take place at the notoriously calm bay at historic Coney Island.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, regardless of ability, is welcome to participate.

Current USMS rules will govern the event.

Competition will take place Saturday morning, June 29, with the exact time to be determined. Check-in will open two hours prior to the start of the race and close 30 minutes prior to the race. All swimmers must attend the mandatory course safety briefing 30 minutes prior to the race.

 

The race course will be one mile. It will start and finish at the beach, with the course set parallel to the shore.

Wetsuits are permitted and will be categorized and scored separately.

Registration is limited to the first 300 participants.
Registration will close Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

 
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Pink Flamingo

This fun, flamboyant competition originated as two separate events that merged, spontaneously, into one, in the late 1980s.

During the first Gay Games in 1982, while under the media’s microscope, many swimmers opted to exhibit a careful, traditional persona to the public. Four years later, at Gay Games II in 1986, attitudes among the athletes had changed, and some began to express themselves more candidly.

By 1987, at the first IGLA in San Diego, athletes from TNYA brought costumes, wigs, dresses, and Lady Liberty torches to wear while receiving their relay awards.

 

Meanwhile, at an annual friendly meet in 1988 between the Seattle Orcas and the Vancouver English Bay Swim Club, the teams added a final relay to the competition in which the swimmers wore hollowed out pink flamingo floats that they turned into hats and decorated with ribbons.

The growing costume theatrics and the pink flamingo relay united in 1989, when Vancouver hosted IGLA III. By the time Vancouver hosted Gay Games III one year later, teams paraded the deck in assorted ensembles prior to the final event—the pink flamingo relay. Before long, the relay portion of the pageantry faded, comical aquatic sketches took their place, and by 1994, at Gay Games IV in New York, the event was known simply as Pink Flamingo.

All teams are welcome, and encouraged, to compete in the 2019 Pink Flamingo.

Skits often, but need not, include any the following: costumes, props, music, aquatics, humor, creativity, and originality, generally aimed at telling a story that references a modern-day theme or historic or cultural experience.

There is no minimum or maximum number of participants allowed.

Registration will close Friday, May 10 at 11:59pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

 
 

Registration Fees

Entry Fee: $75

There is an entry fee of $75 for all participants, in addition to the sport-specific fees. Please register for all of your sports at one time so you are only charged the entry fee once.

 

Swimming

$85: till Oct 31
$95: Nov 1 - Dec 31
$105: Jan 1 - Feb 28
$115: Mar 1 - May 10

Water Polo

$100: team fee
$65: till Nov 30
$75: Dec 1 - Dec 31
$85: Jan 1 - Feb 28
$95: Mar 1 - May 10

Diving

$80: till Oct 31
$90: Nov 1 - Dec 31
$100: Jan 1 - Feb 28
$110: Mar 1 - May 10

Synchro

$110: till Oct 31
$120: Nov 1 - Dec 31
$130: Jan 1 - Feb 28
$140: Mar 1 - May 10

Open Water

$55: till Oct 31
$65: Nov 1 - Dec 31
$75: Jan 1 - Feb 28
$85 Mar 1 - May 10

 
 

Spectators

Spectators are welcome to come watch and support their friends!
Admission to athletic events is free.