British Swimming Releases 2017 Competition Qualifying Criteria

by Retta Race 5

November 16th, 2016 Britain, International, News

British Swimming has released its qualification criteria for the upcoming major senior and junior international competitions in 2017. The bulk of the pool selections will be based off of times achieved at the 2017 British Swimming Championships, which are scheduled to take place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from April 18th through April 23rd.

British Swimming earlier revealed the qualification times to make it to the British Swimming Championships, where 54% of the women’s Olympic events and 31% of the men’s Olympic events saw faster qualification times for 2017 as compared to 2016. For the qualification times just announced for British swimmers vying for a spot on the British 2017 FINA World Championships roster, the standards across all events, both men’s and women’s are faster for 2017 than they were for 2015 Kazan qualification.

As with previous competitions’ qualifying process, there is a secondary qualification table containing times within 2% of the primary table. Athletes recording a time that betters or equals that listed in the secondary table may be considered for selection, with final discretion held by the National Performance Director.

Below are the embedded time tables for the 2015 World Championships and then for the 2017 World Championships.

2015 World Championships QT


2017 World Championships QT


You can see the British Swimming 2016 Selection Policies for the following competitions via this link.

  • 2017 European Junior Championships, Netanya, Israel, 28th June – 2nd July
  • 2017 World OPEN WATER Championships, Lake Balaton, Hungary, 15th – 20th July
  • 2017 World Championships, Budapest, Hungary, 23rd – 30th July
  • 2017 European Junior OPEN WATER Championships, Marseillie, France, 27th – 30th July
  • 2017 World Junior Championships, Indianapolis, USA, 23rd – 28th August

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That’s ridiculously fast! Do they even have a 21.5 50freestyler? There’s only 2 or 3 guys in the world that can hit that time at a championship meet!


Did they just legalize marijuana in the UK? Shat are they smoking over there?


A few observations-

1. Very few swimmers will bridge the gap from junior to senior ranks in year 1 of the quadrennial meaning most will not compete Internationally in 2017
2. The policy does not allow for a any drop in performance for proven performers, given UK Sport funding is linked to results at Worlds
3. Do GB expect linear progress on an annual basis with no long term view taken, if so why?

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