Frequently asked questions | Thanet Swim Club
A Level 1 meet will have minimum qualifying times and is broadly aimed at “ Age on Day”, which means that the age group a swimmer enters is their age on. After each gala or club event, results will be posted on the clubs swim club Level 1 and 2 Meets are aimed the higher level of swimmer such as National and If a gala states HDW, (Heat Declared Winner) this means there are no finals, the. Swimmers ages will be defined as their age on 31st December of the year . There are two levels of Development Meet (Level 1 and level 2).
All levels of swimming use invitational style meets at least once during their season usually as a championship meet of all the clubs in a leaguebut the clubs of USA Swimming use this meet almost exclusively since there are very few leagues in USA Swimming and it acts as one giant league itself. Most meets of this style have no limits as to the number of swimmers that a team can enter, and only limit the number of times a swimmer can swim in order to make the flow of the meet manageable.
Meets of this style can be at any level of swimming since all of the higher level meets use this style of meet with just more restrictive rules applied. Meets of this style usually do not have entry time standards, but can have them to either reduce the size of the meet, or raise the competition level. Most LSC's split these up into two separate meets. The meet style is an invitational meet open only to club teams within the LSC.
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Almost universally, entry time standards are applied so that only the top level swimmer of the LSC can attend; only a few of the smaller LSCs do not have a time standard. Each LSC sets their own time standards due to LSC size differencesso the competition level of the meet is not exactly the same across the country. These meets are also of the invitational format, but the entry time standards are even higher so that only the fastest swimmers of Zones qualify. Zone and Sectional meets are of the same competition level, but serve different purposes.
Zone meets are for age group swimmers and Sectional meets are for Senior swimmers. While the intention is to have one champion for the whole Zone, this is generally not possible because to have a meet of that high of a competition level, there would be very little difference between this level and the next level, so the entry times can only be made so fast. Thus, there are sometimes too many swimmers qualifying for this meet to have only a single meet in a Zone. Currently, the Central States Zone is the only one that has more than one Zone Championship meet Age Group swimmersand all four zones have multiple Sectional Championships Senior swimmers.
After Zone meets for age group swimmers some may qualify for Junior Nationals. Swimmers race in both Olympic and non-Olympic distances, but only receive points for Olympic distances. Any swimmer of any nationality can compete in the PSS but are not eligible to some of the prizes.
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The National Championships are also of the invitational meet format and offer extremely high level competition. Only a very small percentage of people who ever swim will make it to this high a level of competition.
This meet is generally used to determine the US National Team for various international level meets each year, but is not used to determine the US Olympic Team. Currently, there are 2 National Championships each year, but the Spring Championships have traditionally been of a significantly lower level of competition than the Summer Championships. This is because the Spring Championships are so close to NCAA Championships and the fact that Spring Championships are rarely used as a selection meet for national teams.
In many other sports, the National Championship of the sport is known as the "US Open" and while swimming did have a very high national level meet by that name each year, it was just a high level meet and not a national championship meet.
Since there is no "US Open" meet of the old format, the National Championships specifically Summer '08 have begun to be called the "US Open" to bring it in line with the nomenclature of other sports.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. June The Olympic Trials are held once every 4 years. Since this meet offers such a coveted prize a spot on the US Olympic Team it never fails to attract the absolute fastest in the sport of swimming in the United States.
Because of this, the entry time standards are even faster than the National Championships. However, even though this is a faster meet and would actually offer a truer indication of who is the fastest swimmer in the United States, the winner of each event in this meet is not officially considered a National Champion and this meet is NOT held in place of the National Championships every 4 years although the Nationals are generally not held when the Olympic Trials occur, or other selection trials.
However, forthe winners of the Olympic Trials were indeed officially be a National Champion with the trials meet taking the place of the National Championship meet for Galas and Open meets Galas tend to be a series of competitions involving the same clubs within a league, such as the Arena or the Nuneaton Diddy League, where the swimmers swim as a team.
We also have friendly galas that are just arranged between local clubs where the swimmers just swim for times and again compete as a club. Open Meets are competitions that are usually organised by one club and held as a single event on one day or over a weekend. This means that the organisers can restrict who enters by setting a time that the swimmer must have achieved to be able to compete. They usually have medals awarded in each event for either top 3, top 6 or top 8 places.
They can be HDW, which stands for Heat Declared Winner, or they can swim in heats and the fastest swimmers go through to the final.
The main difference is that the swimmer is swimming as an individual representing their club. For example, if the swimmer enters an Open, and swims the 50m Freestyle, they could find that there are 50 other swimmers in that event, from 12 different clubs. They would swim for Coalville, but be placed as an individual swimmer. The events are all swam in age groups as well.
The rules of swimming really count in these, and swimmers have to make sure that they finish each stroke correctly etc. It may seem strict, but if they listen in training and concentrate, they should all be fine! Competition that compliments training cycles. There are four tiers of structured competition. By the correct application of these Qualifying and Cut Off times Licensed Meets at the different levels become only available for entry to swimmers of the appropriate ability.
For more details of Meet Licensing refer to http: Level 1 Level 1 is aimed at National qualifiers, or swimmers close to National qualification, looking for opportunities to achieve National qualifying times for National events at British, ASA and Welsh. For Girls 11, 12, 13 yrs and Boys 11, 12, 13, 14 yrs - No 50m events are included. Level 2 Level 2 is aimed at Regional qualifiers and will have qualifying times and upper limit times.
Access to the ASA ranking information could be used to enable meet organisers to verify that entry times submitted fall within the stated range. Swimmers who achieve a National qualifying time at a Level 2 meet may use that time for entry into National competitions. Level 3 Level 3 is for club swimmers who are looking to achieve Regional qualifying times and again would have qualifying and upper limit times set at an appropriate level. These meets would provide a programme throughout the year to support the requirements of swimmers below Regional level.A Day in the (Meet) Life: Stanford Women's Swimming
Level 4 Level 4 meets are intended for club swimmers, those beginning competition and those swimmers wishing to achieve a Regional qualifying time. If electronic timing is used, the times can be submitted for ranking purposes. Age of the swimmer at midnight on the day of the event or the final day of a series of events forming part of one competition whichever is the later.
Level 1, 2 and 3 meets - minimum age for competition is 8 yrs, see above definition.