Following an extensive review and much discussion among SwimBC, its Technical Advisory Committee, and the BC Swim Coaches Association, SwimBC is pleased to have the support of the aforementioned groups for the 2010-2011 time standards, as well as the general format for SwimBC AA and AAA Championships.
Here are the key points with regards to the format of these meets:
- The time standards which were last year's "summer AAA" standards will be used as the "AAA" standard for both winter and summer AAA Championships. This means that the AAA standard for winter AAA Champs will be 1% faster than it was last year, and there will be no different standard for summer AAA Champs.
- Swimmers who qualify for BC AAA Championships (i.e., they have one or more AAA times) will be dequalified from participating in BC AA Championships
- The "AA" time standards are derived as a percentage off from the "AAA" standards, and similarly, the "A" standards are set as a percentage off from the "AA" standards.
- Each swimmer who qualifies for BC AAA Championships or BC AA Championships will be eligible to enter up to six events*
- Each swimmer at BC AAA Championships or BC AA Championships will be allowed to enter a maximum of SIX individual events.
This point, especially, engendered considerable discussion, and the consensus reached by all involved was that by reducing the potential maximum number of events a swimmer could enter, the quality of each of those swims would be raised.
*Non-qualifed swims must meet a certain standard, well below the qualifying standard, not yet determined
There is still some discussion ongoing as to further format adjustments with these meets, such as the age groupings for finals, and these will be announced as soon as they are available.