Swimming Canada today sent a memo out to coaches informing them of the decision to continue the current policy of allowing swimmers to qualify for Swimming Canada competitions in the 2018-2019 season using times attained in any long course competition during the qualification period (September 1, 2017, to the entry deadline).
Previously, it had been announced that, starting in the 2018-2019 season, swimmers would only be able to qualify with times accomplished during the peak performance windows, but with a strong adoption of swimmers and coaches focusing performances on those time frames, the need to do so was lessened.
The full statement from Swimming Canada is below:
As part of the Competition Improvement Plan (National Events) launched in June 2016, the following statement was included regarding peak Performance Windows: “The intention is that beginning in 2019, qualifications for national competitions will be allowed only from long course meets that occurred in the peak performance windows within the qualification period.”
Over the past two seasons, Swimming Canada has seen a steady adoption of the strategies included in the Competition Development Plan including the focus on Peak Performance Windows, with swimmers aiming for and achieving peak performance during the March/April and July/August timeframes.
As a result, Swimming Canada will continue with the focus and adoption of Peak Performance Windows, however qualification for national competitions in the 2018/19 season, will be allowed, with long course times, from any competition regardless of the date within the qualif ication period (as of September 1, 2017), just as in the 2017/18 season.
We will review this again next season for consideration in the 2019/2020 season.
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