2023 Sydney Open & Uni Nationals

Date & Time
Fri, 12/05/2023 to Sun, 14/05/2023
Morning Heats, Evening Finals
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
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Event Details


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Live Results

Program & QTs

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Final Start List

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Heats Program

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Finals Program

Night 1

Night 2

Night 3


UniSport Guidelines

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UniSport Participant

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Coach Registration

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(Coach Regos close
12:00pm 10/05/23)

Support Staff 

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(Applications close
12:00pm 10/05/23)


Timekeeping Roster

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Event Information

  • Eligibility Information
  • The Sydney Open & Uni Nationals event is for both University Students & Club Swimmers. Club Swimmers who attend University are strongly encouraged to compete for their University. When entering via Swim Central, it will automatically place entries under your club, so for those swimmers who will be competing for their University, they must complete the additional university information form to indicate their University. 

    The minimum age for this event for both Men's & Women's is 15 years old as of 12th May 2023, with the exception of Multi-Class Events, where the minimum age is 11 (as of 12th May 2023). 

    Long Course & Short Course times achieved since 1st May 2021 can be used to enter this meet. Competitors will be entered on their Long Course entry times where possible, however if they only have a Short Course time they will be entered on the Qualifying time for that event. 


    Both Clubs and Uni's are permitted to enter relays; however medals will only be awarded to University Teams. 

  • Entry Process
  • There are two options for entry for Sydney Open. Please follow the process that applies to you:

    For Swimmers with access to Swim Central (i.e. those who are a member of a Swimming Australia affiliated Club):

    • Entries must be placed via Swim Central as you would for other club & State based events. Swim Central entry link can be found here
    • For Swimmers who are competing for their University, once entries are placed via Swim Central, please ensure you complete the additional university information form .  (THIS FORM SHOULD ONLY BE COMPLETED AFTER ENTRIES ARE PLACED VIA SWIM CENTRAL) This will ensure the team you will be competing for will be updated to your University. 

    For Swimmers who DO NOT have access to Swim Central (i.e. those who are NOT a member of a Swimming Australia affiliated Club):

    • Please complete the online manual entry form found here.
  • Multi-Class Entries
  • Multi-Class Entries to be submitted via Swim Central, unless not a member of an affiliated club (please refer to entry process information above). 

    Qualifying Times apply for Multi-Class Events. Whilst Swim Central will allow Multi-Class Swimmers to enter all Multi-Class events, please ensure you check the MC Qualifying times, found on the last page of this document (coming soon) and only enter the events which you qualify for. Entry times will be checked and any swimmers who do not have the correct entry time for their entries will be withdrawn and no refund will be granted. 

    For Multi-Class Events:
    No University or Club Finals will be conducted for Multi-Class Events. Each Multi Class Final will consist of a maximum of ten (10) swimmers. The Final will be filled with a maximum of three (3) swimmers from each Class. If lanes are available, following this process, these will be filled based on the next highest scoring swimmers from the heats, regardless of class.

    For MC Events where there are 10 or less athletes, these events will progress straight through to the evening final, however swimmers are still permitted to swim then the heat for that event if they choose, to allow heats & finals race practice.

    Multi-Class Support
    Multi-Class Swimmers are permitted to have one support person/carer with them who is granted pool access should this be required. Support persons must have a valid WWCC and apply in advance. Please email greta.brodie@nsw.swimming.org.au

  • University Relays
  • This section is for University Relay Teams ONLY.

    All Swimming Club Relays are to be submitted via Swim Central. We will NOT accept any manual Club Relay Entries into this meet. Instructions for entering relays via swim central can be found here. If you are having troubles processing your online club relay entries, please contact Greta Brodie immediately for assistance.

    UNIVERSITIES: To submit relay entries into this meet, the preferred method for relay entries is via a Team Manager Entry File (available on request)

    When submitting University Relays, please ensure that you enter all swimmers in the order they are to be swimming. 

    If you do not have access to Team Manager, there are two options:

    1) Download a free version of Team Manager Lite from Here


    2) Email greta.brodie@nsw.swimming.org.au with the following details
        - University Name
        - Event #
        - Swimmers Names (in order they will be swimming)
        - Swimmers DOB
        - Team Entry Time

    Payment for these relays can be made via credit card or EFT. Please advise your preferred process when emailing entries. 
    An invoice can be generated on request. 

    If any changes are required before the meet, please email these to Greta Brodie. Any changes after these time will need to be submitted to the recording room via a relay change form on the day, prior to the start of the session in which the event will be swum. Relay forms are only required if you are making changes. 

  • Finals Format
  • Finals will be determined in the following manner:

    For Able-Bodied Events:

    a) Top 10 fastest (regardless of club or university entry) will compete in the ‘A’ Final.

    b) Next 10 fastest club entries will compete in the ‘Club’ Final.

    c) Next 10 fastest university entries will compete in the ‘University’ Final.

    d) Where less than 35 swimmers contest the heat of an event, the ten (10) fastest swimmers from all heats will comprise the ‘A’ final and the next ten (10) fastest swimmers from all the heats will comprise the ‘Uni & Club Combined” Final

    For Multi-Class Events:

    No University or Club Finals will be conducted for Multi-Class Events. Each Multi Class Final will consist of a maximum of ten (10) swimmers. The Final will be filled with a maximum of three (3) swimmers from each Class. If lanes are available, following this process, these will be filled based on the next highest scoring swimmers from the heats, regardless of class.

  • Volunteering & Officiating
  • Nominate to Volunteer or Officiate at this meet

    We are seeking nominations from volunteers and Technical Officials to assist at this meet.

    Submit your nomination on this page.

    Working With Children Check

    As of January 1st, 2015, it has become a requirement of the Sporting Organisation that all our staff, officials and volunteers have applied for a Working With Children Check.

    If you have not yet completed this, you can apply for a WWC number HERE.

    Please note: for volunteers (including volunteers and technical officials), this is free to obtain

  • Support Staff
  • Applications for Support Staff for Sydney Open & Uni Nationals will be opened shortly. This includes, but is not limited to: Media, Multi-Class Support, Team Physios, Sport Science etc. All Support Pass Applicants must have a valid Working with Children Check.


    All requests for Support Staff must be received no later than 12pm Wednesday 10th May.

    Please note: The completion of this form does not confirm you have been granted a support pass. All applications will be reviewed and you will be contacted prior to the meet to confirm your application has been approved. All successful applicants must bring their own lanyard. 

  • Coaches
  • All coaches are required to pre-register for this event here.


    Swimming NSW has recently adopted a new Coaching Pool Deck Access Policy which now requires coaches wishing to gain access to any Swimming NSW conducted meet to have:

    a) A Current Valid Membership with SCTA (Swim Coaches Teachers Australia).

    b) Completed the Swimming NSW Meet Registration Form

    c) Have a current valid Working with Children Check. (It is recommended that your WWCC is downloaded into the Service NSW app).

    Failure to meet the above requirements will deny coaches pool deck access. 

  • Spectator Tickets
  • For ticket sales and information, visit this page.

  • Media
  • For all media enquiries, please contact the event Media Liaison Officer Ian Hanson:


  • Pre-Meet Training
  • Pre-Meet Training will be available in the Competition Pool at SOPAC on Thursday 11th May between 2:30pm & 4:30pm.

  • Results
  • Results for this event will be posted on this page.

  • Basket Handlers
  • Swimming NSW is seeking expression of interest from clubs who would like to be Basket Handlers at 2023 NSW Sydney Open/Uni Nationals. Basket Handlers get the opportunity to be on pool deck, surrounded by some of their hero Olympians, whilst collecting athletes belongings from behind the blocks after each race, ready for the athletes collection. We require a group for each night of finals. 

    Expressions of interest are now open here. (EOI now closed).

  • Live Stream
  • Sydney Open Uni Nationals will be livestreamed by Big Voice Media.

    Live Stream can be accessed here.

    Streaming Options:
    $5.99 per day or $15.99 3-Day Event Pass

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