Swimming Australia’s New Selection Standards

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Swimming Australia announces: The pathway to selection onto the Australian Swim Team for future events has never been clearer with Swimming Australia announcing new selection standards leading into Rio. Developed by the Swimming Australia High Performance Committee and endorsed by the Board of Swimming Australia, swimmers and coaches will now know exactly what times need to be swum, up to two years out from a major benchmark event

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Swimming Australia announces: The pathway to selection onto the Australian Swim Team for future events has never been clearer with Swimming Australia announcing new selection standards leading into Rio. Developed by the Swimming Australia High Performance Committee and endorsed by the Board of Swimming Australia, swimmers and coaches will now know exactly what times need to be swum, up to two years out from a major benchmark event

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aswimfan

Had this rule been implemented in 1997, using the 1996 Olympics results as the benchmark, Ian Thorpe would NOT have qualified for the 1997 Pan Pacs.

Thorpe swam 3:53.44 in 1997 trials for Pan Pacs, slower than the 8th fastest qualifier in 1996 Olympics was Jacob Carstensen in 3:52.62

Thorpe went on to win silver in the Pan Pacs, swimming 3:49.64 behind Hackett, and the rest is history.

Swimming Australia is shooting itself in the foot with this unreasonable policy.

felixdangerpants

agree aswimfan and I can’t see how this criteria is going to solve the main issue Australia has within its National team right now. They set these very high standards like they did with this years trials for World Champs which saw Mack Horton miss (which may have been a good thing considering how well he swam at Junior Worlds) but for so many swimmers their main aim is getting the time at trials to make the National team. For the elite swimmers like Sprenger, Campbell, Magnussen etc this is not an issue as they know they can do the time, make the team and then step it up at the next level. But for many others lets look at this years worlds team; Irvine, Larkin, Lawson, McKeon etc the majority swim the heats and semis relatively comfortably and save themselves for the final to make the time then they get to the major meet and they have to be right on their best in the heats to get through and in London and Barcelona there were a huge amount of Australian swimmers who failed to progress through the heats because they are not being prepared properly.

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