Y LCM National Champ's TIME TRIALS
TIME TRIALS at YMCA LCM National Championship
You must be signed up for National Championship to participate in TIME TRIALS
FORMAT AND FEE: Time Trials are open only to athletes entered in the Championship meet. The Time Trial Sessions will begin approximately 30 minutes after the Prelims. Each athlete is allowed to enter a total of five (5) Time Trials events for the meet. The Time Trial event fee is $20 per event entered.
An athlete may only swim the stroke being contested in a Time Trials event, e.g., an athlete may not swim backstroke in a breaststroke event in Time Trials.
Once an athlete is entered into Time Trials and the fees paid, there is no refund of the fees.
TIME TRIAL LIMITS: The 1500 free and 800 Free Time Trials will be limited to 2 heats of 8 entries of the fastest seeded swimmers per gender. The 400 Free Time Trial is limited to 5 heats of 8 entries of the fastest seeded swimmers per gender and the 400 IM is limited to 5 heats of 8 entries of the fastest seeded swimmers per gender.
The number of Time Trial entries will be limited so that the Time Trial session will be complete by 2:45PM each day. Should weather or other exceptional circumstances delay Time Trials, we reserve the right to terminate the time trial session if it will run past 3:00 PM. This is necessary to ensure an orderly transition to the evening Finals Session.
A swimmer may swim more than one Time Trial per day as long as the swimmer complies with the USA-S rules below.
USA-S rules limit the total number of individual event swims (Rule reference 102.2.2 and 102.2.7.
A swimmer may swim no more than 3 individual events per day in a Prelims/Finals meet
Time trial events must count as a part of this daily total.
TIME TRIAL ENTRIES: There are no qualifying standards for time trials. Time Trials may be entered online prior to the meet or hand-delivered for an entry during the meet. Online entry for Time Trials is under a separate meet entry from the Championship meet entry.
SCRATCHING FROM TIME TRIALS: If you know a previously entered athlete will not compete in a Time Trials, please inform the Time Trials Desk prior its closing. While there will be no refund, your effort to remove the athlete prior to seeding will increase the efficiency of the Time Trials and our ability to accommodate all athletes who wish to compete.
TIME TRIAL PROCEDURE: The schedule of time trial events each day will include the events swum during that prelim session and the events to be swum during the next day’s prelim session.
An athlete may switch events without incurring an additional fee by scratching from one event prior to the event’s final seeding and entering into another event. After the final seeding, the swimmer cannot switch events. A new desired event can be entered by submitting a new Time Trial event form and paying the Time Trial event fee.
After time trial entries close for the day, a determination will be made if there is time to swim all scheduled events during the afternoon’s time trial window. At approximately 11:00 AM each morning a notice will be posted at the Time Trial office and at the Help Desk indicating which of the events on today’s time trial schedule are expected to swim this afternoon. Athletes entered in scheduled time trial events for which time was not available for them to swim will be permitted to change their entries to time trial events offered on a subsequent day at no cost.
Each morning after Time Trial entries have been closed, the psych sheet for that days’ Time Trials will be posted. An announcement will then be made by the announcer asking coaches to review their Time Trial entries for the day.
Coaches should review the psych sheet to ensure their entries are correct. If they find any errors, they should report them promptly to the Time Trials Desk. Approximately 30 minutes after the posting of the psych sheet, the Time Trials Desk will stop taking updates and begin the seeding process for the Time Trials.
If an error is discovered after Time Trials have been seeded, an athlete will only be entered into an event if there is an empty lane. It is incumbent upon the coach to find and report errors during the review period in order to ensure their athletes get in their desired events with correct seeding.