British Swimming has announced that the Qualifying Window for the National Summer Championships and the Home Nation summer meets will run from March 1 to May 28 this year.
The window includes the Edinburgh International Meet ,incorporating the British Swimming Championships. in March.
The federation issued the following release: The Summer Championships and the three home nation summer meets continue to form part of the broader Performance Pathway Strategy aimed at supporting the UK’s junior swimming talent on their journey towards senior medal-winning international performances.
Entry to these key end of season events will be by invitation only, from performances recorded in this designated Qualifying Window. The 24 top ranked swimmers in each event in each age grouping will be invited to attend the British Summer Championships, with the exception of the 800m and 1500m events where the top 18 will be invited.
Entries will be accepted from competitors registered as members of a British Swimming home nation federation (Swim England, Scottish Swimming or Swim Wales).
British Swimming will again be providing an opportunity from 1st January 2018 for athletes wishing to indicate their Home Nation choice for the end of season summer meets.
All swimmers should note that when identifying qualifiers for the Home Nations meets, the system will assume that athletes wish to be ranked by the country of their ranked club.
If swimmers wish instead to be invited on the basis of country of representation then individuals must email HNMeetChoice@swimming.org with their name, date of birth, membership number, and current ranked club and registered Country of Representation, and then clearly state their wish to be ranked by their Country of International Representation in relation to the Home Nation Summer Meets. This needs to be done no later than midnight on 1st May 2018.
This year, and for the first time, we will be publishing weekly rankings list once the Qualifying Window opens. A final draft rankings list will be produced on 1stJune, once the Window has closed. This final check will allow for any corrections alongside a request that athletes that do not wish to compete in events withdraw to ensure that others can be invited to the British Summer Championships and respective Home Nation summer meets. The final definitive list of summer meet entries will be formalised on 8th June 2018, with invites to follow.
The 2018 British Summer Championships will be held from 24th to 29th July at Ponds Forge in Sheffield – more details of the event can be found here.