SNC Domestic Competitions Overview

Swimming Canada recently released a memo outlining the basic format structure for its 2014-2015 domestic competitions, including World Championships Trials, Westerns, and Summer National Championships, both Senior and Age Group

The text of the document is below, with the .pdf version here.

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2015 National Standards

Swimming Canada recently announced the National Standards for the 2015 Swimming Canada Competitions. The new standards are a result of our biennial review process and reflect the progress accomplished by your athletes over the past few years and present concrete and real challenges for the remainder of the quadrennial ahead. The standards are developed to help better shape not only the structure of the competition but assist in shaping athlete development. Every effort was made to avoid percentage conversion rates in the development of standards.

Both Swimming Canada Technical Staff and the CSCTA reviewed and had the opportunity for input into the development of these standards. Pending decisions on the 2016 Olympic Trials standards (see below) it is intended that the attached standards will stand for two years.

The following points are intended to assist you in understanding how standards are established and basic rationale for some of the changes:

Canadian Swimming Trials (Spring) and Canadian Swimming Championship (Summer) standards

  • The past practice has been to apply the same entry standard to both these meets, using the faster of the two. These meets have evolved into two very different competitions since April trials were consistently established in 2008, and as such it made sense to develop standards specific to each of the meets.

  • The methodology for generating these standards has not changed: a 5-year rolling average of 24th place from the specific competition was utilized to set the Standards.

  • Methodology to generate SC Trials standards likewise has not changed. These standards utilize 32nd place from the short course rankings on a 5-year rolling average. The CSC SC standards were developed by identifying the % variance between the LC and SC Trials standard, and applying the same variance to the CSC LC standard.

  • Bonusswimswillbereducedbyone:1QT=1Bonusswims;2QT=1Bonusswim;3QTormore= 1 Bonus swim

  • A note about 2016 Olympic Trials – a decision will be made by February 1, 2015 as to whether an enhanced standard will be set for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Another option for Olympic Trials will be to maintain the current Trials Standard, but eliminate the bonus swim and replace with structured time trials.

    Speedo Eastern Canadian / Western Canadian Open Standards

  • Given the shift to Long Course for these meets, every effort was made to generate meaningful LC standards. In the past, the LC standard was set utilizing a 2% conversion of the SC standard, which was generated using the 24th pace rolling 5-year average. Review of the Long Course standard indicated a % conversion rate is not appropriate.

  • To generate the LC standard, the specific age group (Youth vs Senior) and regional ranking (East or West) of the SC standard was identified, and averaged over 3 years. The equivalent 3 year SC average ranking was then applied to 3 years of LC rankings generating an average time for each event, which becomes the standard. These standards may appear to be much easier than previous LC standards, but the reality is very few swimmers ever utilized LC standards to enter these meets.

  • In a few events where entry levels have been very low, standards were estimated and adjusted to provide more opportunity to access the events.

    Bonus swims will be reduced by one: 1 QT = 1 Bonus swims; 2 QT = 1 Bonus swim; 3 QT + = 1 Bonus swim

Canadian Age Group Championships

  • The only standards that were adjusted for this meet were the Female 16-18 age group. The number of swimmers entered compared to other age groups indicated a revision was necessary. The same methodology to generate standards was not applied to this age group 2 years ago. This was corrected but will be applied in a step-wise process, with times being adjusted faster over a two-year period.

  • Qualifying Events: The requirement for 3 specific entry times across all age groups to gain access to CAGC will be maintained.

  • All age groups - maximum of 1 bonus swim for swimmers with 3 or 4 qualifying times. Swimmers with 5 or more QT’s - 0 bonus swims.

    Ken Radford
    Director, Domestic Operations kradford@swimming.ca