November 7, 2019
YOUR GUIDE TO THE UPCOMING CHAMPS MEETS
Most swimmer will likely qualify for only one of these meets. Read below to see which one is right for your swimmer.
ENTRY DEADLINE FOR ALL OF THESE MEETS IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2OTH
FLEX Swimmers cannot participate in any of these meets unless they upgrade to Premium Membership. This is easy to do and you pay only the difference of $72 ($92 - 20). Please let Donyale know if you want to do this.
1. Southern Senior Champs– No Flex Members – Dec 5-8 – MUST MEET QUALIFYING TIMES
This is a Senior meet meant for 15 & Over. Swimmers who meet the qualifying times for at least 2 events, regardless of age, can enter the meet.
Qualifying Times: Swimmers must have two (2) or more 2019 Southern Senior Champs Qualifying time standards to enter the meet. They can then swim any event.
2. 13 & Over Champs – No Flex Members - Dec 7-8 – NO QUALIFYING TIMES
This is for swimmers who are 13 and over only.
NT (no times) are not allowed so swimmer must have a time from a USA Swimming meet since 2/1/2018
3. Gulf AG Champs – No Flex Members – Dec 6-8 – MUST MEET QUALIFYING TIMES
This is an Age Group Meet. Only swimmers 14 and under can enter this meet.
Time Standards: 2019 - 2020 Gulf Age Group Championships Time Standards
Qualifying Times for 13 - 14: The Gulf “three event rule” and Gulf “up/down rule” apply to 13 – 14 y.o. swimmers. Gulf Three Event rule: swimmers that have three (3) 2019 – 2020 Gulf Age Group time standards may enter/swim any event up to the daily/meet limits. Gulf Up/Down rule: A swimmer that has the 2019 – 2020 Gulf Age Group time standard in a particular event, may also enter the next longer (yards) event and/or the next shorter (yards) event in the stroke for which the qualifying time was achieved even if the swimmer’s time in that event is not a qualifying time.
Qualifying Times for 12&Under: 10&U and 11-12 y.o. swimmers must have three (3) or more 2019 - 2020 Gulf Age Group Champs time standards to enter this meet. They can then enter/swim any event up to the daily/event limits.
4. 12 & Under Champs – No Flex Members - Dec 13-15 – NO QUALIFYING TIMES (see 8 & Under exceptions below)
This is for swimmers who are 12 and under only.
Cut-off Times: Swimmers must have 2 or fewer 2019 Gulf Age Group Champs QTs, but may swim any event offered in their age group. This includes events not offered at this meet – See time standards in link.
NT (no time) entries are allowed.
Qualifying Times: 8&U athletes must have USAS National Motivational Time Standards B time in next shortest event to swim 200/500 free, 200IM.
RED TEXT Vs BLACK TEXT on event entry page
During the event sign up process, if the event is in RED Text, your swimmer has not met the qualifying time for that event. This means that you can’t enter the event unless the 3 Event Rule or UP/Down rule is in place for the meet. You can see the full rules on the Gulf Swimming Website
1-40. THREE EVENT RULE
A swimmer with three (3) "A" times may swim all other events offered in that division entered at his best time; e.g., if a swimmer has an "A" time in the 50 Free, 200 Free, and 100 Back, he may swim the 100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 I.M., etc., if offered in that age group or division. The exception is that the swimmer must have a 500/400 Freestyle "A" time to swim the 1650/1500 or 1000/800 Freestyle events. The same rule applies to the "BB" division times; if a swimmer has three (3) "BB" times, he may swim all other "BB" events entered at his best time, etc.
For an 8 & under swimmer to swim all events as a 10 & under at a "BB" or "A" meet, the swimmer must have at least three (3) 10 & under "BB" or "A" times. For a swimmer to swim all events as a Senior at a "BB" or "A" meet, the swimmer must have at least three (3) Senior "BB" or "A" times.
1-43. UP/DOWN RULE
If swimmers have "A" or "BB" division times in a particular stroke, they may swim the immediately preceding or following distance of that stroke in that division. If swimmers have a 100 Free "BB" time, they may swim the 50 Free and 200 Free "BB" events entered at their best times. An "A" time in the 50 Fly allows a swimmer to enter the 100 Fly in an "A" meet at their best time, etc.
For an 8 & under to swim a 10 & under event at a "BB" or "A" meet, the swimmer must have at least one 10 & under "BB" or "A" time. For example, if an 8 year old swimmer has a 10 & under 50 yard "BB" time, then the swimmer could swim the 10 & under 100 yard "BB" event. For a swimmer to swim as a Senior at a "BB" or "A" meet, the swimmer must have at least one Senior "BB" or "A" time. For example, if a 10 year old swimmer has a Senior 50 yard Free "BB" time, then the swimmer could swim the Senior 100 yard Free "BB" event.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR SWIMMER'S TIMES – click on link to see how to check your swimmer’s times against the time standards. You must be logged in to do this.