Back in October of this year, British Swimming announced the qualifying times needed to race at next year’s British Swimming Championships, the meet serving as the nation’s selection for the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival, the 2019 European Junior Championships, the 2019 World Junior Championships and the 2019 World Championships.
Just today, however, British Swimming has revealed revisions to the qualification times, adding a new set of time cuts specifically for the emerging athletes making the transition between junior and senior swimming. Per the revised qualifying time grid below, a listing of ‘progression’ cuts have been posted for those swimmers falling into the first two years of the male and female Open age group. This means the times will apply to those swimmers born in 1999 and 2000 (males) or 2000 and 2001 (females).
The actual format of the finals will remain unchanged, with the meet holding Junior, Transition and Open finals. As in the past, Junior Finals will contain males born in 2001/2002/2003/2004 and females born 2002/2003/2004/2005, while the Transition Finals will contain both males and females born 1996 or younger.
Although the Championships are technically ‘open’, where competitors from any country affiliated to FINA can race in prelims, only British swimmers are able to advance to the finals. Additionally, only qualification times achieved in a 50m pool are accepted for entry; no converted times will be accepted.
Per British Swimming‘s announcement of the new ‘progression’ cuts, ‘the additional qualifying times have been introduced to help with the junior to senior transition by making more individuals eligible to enter the meet. The aim is to make the National Championships more inclusive, and see the World Class team taking a proactive step to ease the progression up from junior age groups.’