Qualification Times and Consideration Times

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Qualification Times (QTs) and Consideration Times (CTs) - an explantation.

QTs - any swimmer with a QT for a given stroke/event is guaranteed to be swimming in the meet for that event. As the meet information states, all those with an open QT will swim in the morning session, and we also guarantee that at least 16 swimmers inside the youth QT for the event will swim in the morning. [It may be slightly more than that for some events so that we fill all lanes in the morning session].

CTs - these are slower than the QTs; they allow us to make the meet open to more swimmers than would be able to swim if it was just the British Championships. We can do this because we run extra heats late morning/in the afternoon.

The CTs prevent too many people entering, but do not guarantee a swim. If too many people enter the event on any given day and we cannot accommodate everyone within a reasonable session length we will, unfortunately, reject the slowest entries, based on time, across the different events that day. This is done proportionately so the slowest swimmers in each event and in both the open and youth categories will be unable to swim.  So, we do not rule out youth swimmers only, nor would we rule out swimmers in longer distance events in favour of those doing the shorter distances.

In setting the CTs we try very hard to make sure that we do not get too many entries given what we know, so we hope that very few people will not be able to swim in any event they enter. However, obviously those inside the CT can judge how likely they are to get the swim, based on how well inside it they are.

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Please do not submit times slower than the consideration times.

Where we make cuts to aid the smooth running of the meet these will be selected by the East District swimming committee.

Age as at 31st December 2018.

Junior defined as;
women, 14-17 years (born in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004).
men, 15-18 years (born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003).

Swimmers eligible to swim as juniors may enter open events instead if they have the relevant entry time.

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