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Kent County Championships 2019

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Published in Kent County Champs
Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:00

Kent is one of the largest swimming counties in England, we have a fantastic group of volunteers, officials, coaches, organisers, though we have to manage with a poor supply of appropriate competitive venues in central locations. 

This year sees the addition of the new Olympic events (boys 800m free and girls 1500m free). We will be using a new venue at Dover. They have a new 8x25m pool, which opens in Feb 2019. Kent Relays will be its first competitive event. The East Invicta clubs travel a long way to Crystal Palace and LAC, it would be great to see the relays well supported from the all the clubs of the county.




Selection Policy for 11 year old Pathway

A minimum of 24 swimmers (12 male/12 female) and a maximum of 36 (18 male/18 female) will be selected as follows:

  • The ASA rankings data base will be used for selection purposes. Only times achieved between 1 September 2017 and the Monday following the final County Championship weekend in 2018, will be considered.
  • The highest ranked 11 year old male and female (age as at 31 December in the year of competition), in each event competed at County Championships will be initially selected.
  • Further selections will be made from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc ranked swimmers.
  • Where swimmers have an equal ranking, selections will be made prioritised according to the highest Fina Point Score in a single event.
  • Selections can be from either short or long course rankings but should be congruent with your County Championships mode (for example, if your County Championships are held in a long course pool, then long course rankings should be used for selection purposes and vice versa).
  • Swimmer selections must be completed within one week of the completion of the County Championships.


As with all competitions you need to be in it to win it. If a swimmer has a consideration time they should enter. 

We have had a number of similar questions on how the Qualifying system works, to help people out the following is an explanation:

Each event has its own maximum number, generally based on the pool time to run the event. E.g.50's have more than 200's.

There is a table for each in the conditions. 

For 50m it's 28 per age group.

The target is to have 196 entrants across all ages in a 50.

This is done as follows:

1. All swimmers with an auto QT are accepted ( even if we have more than 28). That's why autos are tough.

2. The balance (up to 28) is made up from consideration QT's in each age group 

3. If there are less than 28 after 1 and 2 above, we will distribute the spaces to the other age groups proportionate to entries. So if say we only have 20 15yr olds , the missing 8 would be added and spread across other excess ages.

Last year we accepted all that had consideration times, as we had space and could squeeze them in. It was one of the criticisms we had, so we will be stricter this year.

There is a whole statistical model to set QT's to make the above work. 

If you look at rankings for 2017 swims for Kent swimmers you will have a good indication of whether a consideration will make it. However, YOU SHOULD ENTER IF YOU HAVE A CONSIDERATION TIME even if it is outside the top 28 (for 50's), because you don't know that all the swimmers ranked higher will enter any particular event.


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