2018 Commonwealth Games On The Line For English Swimmers In Budapest

Scotland was the first British nation to release its selection criteria for the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games set to take place in the Gold Coast, Australia, but England has followed suit with its own qualification standards. As with Scotland, Team England has set challenging time cuts in the hopes of bringing only the most likely medal candidates to the competition.

Per Swim England, up to a maximum of 32 swimmers will be selected for the roster, with additional selections for Para swimmers. The 32-swimmer roster will be generated in two phases, one via absolute discretionary invitations to athletes by the Commonwealth Games Federation, and the 2nd phase via competitive performances. The first of which is the FINA World Championships coming up this July.

Phase 2 nominations will be made based on performances achieved at the following competitions:

  • FINA World Championships, Budapest, Hungary: 23rd – 30th July 2017
  • World University Games, Taipei: 20th – 27th August 2017
  • FINA World Junior Championship, Indianapolis, USA
  • British Summer Championships, Sheffield: 25th – 30th July 2017
  • LEN European Junior Championships, Netanya, Israel: 28th June – 2nd July 2017
  • European Youth Olympic Festival, Gyor, Hungary: 24 th – 28th July 2017
  • Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas, 19th – 23rd July 2017

Although split times and relay lead-off times will not be considered, performance across all rounds of the aforementioned competitions will be taken into consideration, as long as the athletes have recorded a time that equals or betters the qualifying time listed in the table below. A maximum of 2 swimmers per event will be chosen to represent Team England in the Gold Coast and the criteria state that ‘nomination will be based on clear evidence of medal-winning potential.’

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Tom from Chicago

All are fast, but 52.19 in the 100 Fly is probably going to be particularly tough.


James Guy has been a 51 this year….

He Who Remains Unknown

100 and 200 free are soft


i know you


The only flaw I see in this selection criteria is for a relay only swimmer heading to Budapest who isn’t a junior. There really isn’t any other opportunity to Q for CWG in an individual event or a second event.

Gina UK

I think they are changing the Winter Nationals in December to LCM and they will use it as another chance to qualify – Phase 3 as they call it in the selection policy.


Aren’t they also using BSM?


Much softer QTs than their usual standards for Worlds & Olympics; probably commensurate with CG’s relative stature in “the scheme of things”. One would hope that AUS would take note of this and copy the Brits in NOT holding a separate selection meet but alas their thinking remains as muddled as ever. What WILL be interesting is whether all their top liners choose to peak for CGs or simply train through; and who (if any) may choose to give it a miss. Given the timing of CG, following close on after NCAA’s/straight off SCY, the latter may also be a very real scenario for those competing in Nth American collegiate system. Whilst potentially a nice hit-out for the Brits, they… Read more »


Timing is unfortunate for north american high school swimmers also. Commitment for a Canadian swimmer is March 20 – April 16 and likely similar for British kids too. Some will be able to swing it but some just won’t be able to take that much time off.


Which is precisely my point that CG really shouldn’t be seen as a season priority for ANYone other than those planning on making it their farewell to intl competition.


No chance of anyone swimming through CG. It will be used as a selection meet for the season ‘benchmark’ Europeans….

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