Technical Informations


The competition will take place in one 25m, 10-lane pool with an electronic timing system, complete with touch pads and alphanumerical scoreboards. Splash Meet Manager software will be used to manage the meet. The secondary pool will serve as a warm-up and warm-down pool during the whole duration of the meet.

Sanction and Regulations

The competition is sanctioned by the Fédération de natation du Québec (32096). Master Swimming Canada (MSC) regulations, and the MSC warm-up rules, will be in effect during the competition as well as the FNQ regulation on pool security – available in French only, our apologies. Bathing caps are recommended. Individual races and relays will be swum as timed finals, from slowest to fastest, regardless of age or sex.


All swimmers must be affiliated with the FNQ or with a swimming federation recognized by FINA and be at least 18 years of age by November 10, 2018. Swimmers who are not affiliated with the FNQ (i.e., swimmers from outside the province of Quebec) must be covered by their federation’s accident insurance or a private insurance policy. In the latter case, they will have to show a certificate of proof at registration.


Relay team members must belong to the same club and be duly registered in the competition. Relay teams with athletes from different clubs are not allowed to compete unless they get special approval from the meet manager. In that case, they will compete in the ‘exhibition’ category and times from swimmers will not be recognized. Relay teams can be male, female, or mixed. Mixed relay teams are made up of two women and two men who may swim in any order. Relay cards must be submitted to the clerk of course by the end of event 3 (100 m IM relay) for event 7 (4 X 50 freestyle relay) and event 8 (4 X 25 m freestyle 25th anniversary relay); by the end of event 6 (100 m butterfly) for event 9 (4 x 50 m medley relay). No swimmer may be a member of more than one team per relay event.

Age Groups

Age categories will be determined by the age swimmers will be on December 31, 2018. Age groups for individual events will cover 5-year periods with the exception of the youngest group, which ranges from 18 to 24.

The age group for a relay team is determined by totaling the ages in whole years of all 4 team members as of December 31, 2017. Age groups for relays will cover periods of 40 years with the exception of the first two groups, which range from 72 to 99 years, and from 100 to 119 years, respectively.

Individual events:

18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, etc.

Relay events (total age of four members):

72-99, 100-119, 120-159, 160-199, 200-239, 240-279, etc.


Two warm-up periods have been planned on the day of the meet. If necessary, a schedule for the official warm-up periods will be established for participating teams. FNQ regulations and SNC masters warm-up procedures will be in effect during the competition. No jumping or diving will be allowed during the warm-up, except in designated lanes. Swimmers must enter the pool gently with one hand on the pool edge or bulkhead at all times.


Awards for La Coupe de Montréal will be given out on Saturday evening or sent by mail. The team with the most points will win the Coupe de Montréal des maîtres nageurs (certificate in lieu of trophy). In addition, awards of distinction will be given in the following categories: team of six or more that has accumulated the greatest number of points per swimmer; male swimmer with the most points; female swimmer with the most points.