FINA Announces Time Standards for 2011 World Championships

At the FINA Bureau meeting last week in Bangkok, a Time Standard qualifying system was decided upon for the 2011 Shanghai World Championships  qualifying. This system slightly tweaks the old qualifying system.

Model of Proposed Shanghai Aquatics Center for 2011 World Championships

Model of Proposed Shanghai Aquatics Center for 2011 World Championships

Basically, there will be A and B Time Standards set, however it will work differently than NCAA A and B Time Standards.

Each FINA member country will still be allowed a maximum of 2 male, and 2 female swimmers in each event, and 1 male and 1 female relay. Entries will be allowed based on the following system:

1. For a country to enter 2 swimmers in an event, they BOTH must meet the A time standard.

2. If a country has only 1 swimmer who has an A time standard in an event, they will only be allowed to enter 1 swimmer into that event.

3. For a country to be allowed to enter 1 swimmer into an event, that swimmer must have a B time standard.

4. If a country has no swimmers meeting the A or B time standards, they will be allowed to enter 1 female and 1 male swimmer into the whole swimming competition. Those swimmers will be allowed to swim a maximum of 2 individual events each.

5. If a swimmer has only 1 swimmer meeting either time standard, they will be allowed to enter 1 additional swimmer of the opposite sex into up to 2 events. For example, if Azerbaijan has 1 male swimmer with a B standard, they will also be allowed to enter a female swimmer in up to 2 individual events.

Below is a summary of the FINA ruling, including the Time Standards:

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QUALIFYING SYSTEM
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The new qualifying system for Worlds involves A and B time standards in each event, and a provision for countries where no swimmer meets any of these standards. A country is still limited to a maximum of 2 swimmers per individual event, and 1 team per relay event. The system is:
-For a country to enter 2 athletes in an event, both individuals must meet the A standard in that event.
-For a country to enter 1 individual in an event, the swimmer must meet the B standard in the event.
-A country with no swimmers meeting either the A or B standard in any event, may enter up to 1 male and 1 female in the swimming portion of Worlds. Those 2 individuals will be allowed to enter up to 2 events each.
-A country that has only 1 swimmer meeting one or more of the qualifying times may enter a second (1 additional) swimmer of the opposite sex in up to 2 events.

Swimmers entered into Worlds without qualifying times must have participated in the national championship of the country/National Federation they are to represent.

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QUALIFYING PERIOD & MEETS
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Qualifying times for the 2011 Worlds must be swum between March 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

Qualifying meets will include:
-Continental championships in 2010 & 2011, and
-International and national competitions approved by FINA in advance.

Meets may apply to be a qualifying meet via the form included with the announcement (see FINA website link above). Applications will be accepted from now through December 31, 2010. No late applications will be considered. Also:

-information on the timing system to be used is import

-Referees and starters from the FINA Swimming Officials List must be present at each competition. The officials lists to be used for: 2010 meets–#14 or #15; 2011 meets–#15 or #16.

-Results must be sent immediately upon completion of the meet, and must include the signature of the President or General Secretary of the National Federation, or the FINA Technical Swimming Committee representative.

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TIME STANDARDS
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MALE A B
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50 free 22.35 22.90
100 free 49.23 50.44
200 free 1:48.72 1:51.40
400 free 3:49.96 3:55.63
800 free 8:10.26 8:37.52
1500 free 15:13.16 15:35.67
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50 back 25.34 25.98
100 back 55.14 56.50
200 back 1:59.72 2:02.67
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50 breast 27.63 28.32
100 breast 1:01.57 1:03.08
200 breast 2:13.69 2:16.99
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50 fly 23.73 24.32
100 fly 52.86 54.16
200 fly 1:57.67 2:00.57
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200 IM 2:01.40 2:04.39
400 IM 4:18.40 4:24.77

FEMALE A B
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50 free 25.43 26.06
100 free 55.24 56.60
200 free 1:59.29 2:02.24
400 free 4:11.26 4:17.64
800 free 8:35.98 8:48.70
1500 free 16:41.49 17:10.88
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50 back 29.07 29.80
100 back 1:01.70 1:03.22
200 back 2:12.73 2:16.01
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50 breast 31.52 32.31
100 breast 1:09.01 1:10.72
200 breast 2:28.21 2:31.87
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50 fly 26.68 27.35
100 fly 59.35 1:00.82
200 fly 2:10.84 2:14.07
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200 IM 2:15.27 2:18.57
400 IM 4:45.08 4:52.11

Note: There are no qualifying standards for the 6 relay events (400 Free
Relay, 800 Free Relay & 400 Medley Relay; Men’s and Women’s); however,
each country may only enter 1 team into each of these events.

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