With Cleveland uniquely positioned on Lake Erie, one of the United States’ Great Lakes, there’s few things our community loves more than a good swim. Our waterfront has seen its share of triathlons, watersports such as sailing, SUP or rowing and, of course, swimming. The same is true for our countless pools across Northeast Ohio which host swim meets year-round.

Swimming is an individual or team sport which requires an athlete to move their body through the water. But don’t let the thought of floating in the pool fool you into a sense of ease, this sport requires proper technique and conditioning.

One of the most popular Olympic sports, competitive swimming varies in distance depending on the event. Events can include butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley. With distances ranging from 50 meters to 10,000 meters, endurance is key to this sport which requires the most points, given by the fastest time, to win.

We encourage you to learn more about our 2024 Pan-American Masters Games swim competitions.

There will also be a parasport/adaptive option for swimming.

Age Categories

  • Men’s: 25+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+, 95+, 100+
  • Women’s: 25+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+, 95+, 100+
  • Men’s/Women’s Relays: 100-119, 120-159, 160-199, 200-239, 240-279, 280-319, 320-359 and then in 40 year increments
  • Para-Sport: Men’s/Women’s: 25+, 35+, 45+


  • Swimming
  • Swimming Para-Sport


  • 50m, 100m, 200m Butterfly
  • 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke
  • 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke
  • 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m Freestyle
  • 200m, 400m Individual Medley
  • 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
  • 4 x 50m Medley Relay
  • 50m Butterfly
  • 50m Backstroke
  • 50m Breaststroke
  • 50m, 200m Freestyle
  • 200m Individual Medley


Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium

For over 35 years, Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium has hosted a number of swimming championships in its elite venue. As one of the first indoor pools in the State of Ohio to be built 50 meters in length, the large gutters have made it a great venue to achieve your fastest time.

Over 933,000 gallons of water fill this pool which is 25 yards wide and contains 23 seven-foot, or 2.3 yard, lanes. Taking a dip below the surface, the pool features underwater speakers and six underwater windows, which provide a great coaching tool when assessing swim technique.

Additionally, the venue boasts a 25-yard instructional pool serving as the perfect warm up and cool down area pre-and-post meet.


Swimming Event Details

Event Location: 2451 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

Event Dates: 07/17 – 07/20

Parasports/Adaptive Options

Sports Guide