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April 13th, 2005, 11:24 PM
I understand that USMS swimmers may enter the 2006 FINA masters meet in San Francisco online beginning January, 2006. If I age up during that year (i.e. from 41-44 to 45-49) on October 11, 2006, is it true that I will not be able to enter the meet until I swim a LC meet in 2006? Most LC meets are later in the year and the deadline for registration may be over. Can short course converted times be used in this case? Any other suggestions?

April 15th, 2005, 12:03 AM
The USMS rule for National Championship qualifying times is: the swimmer must have in the past two years achieved a time equal to or better than the qualifying time.

The FINA rule for Masters qualifying times is different. You must enter with a qualifying time (no mention of when achieved). However, any actual times of events swum that exceed the qualifying times will not be shown on the results, but will be noted on the results as NT (no time). Also, medals will not be awarded to those individuals exceeding qualifying times.

April 15th, 2005, 09:29 AM
Hi Barry,

Thank you for your kind reply. I look forward to visiting your great State next year to swim at the meet at Stanford. As a beginning swimmer, I am still in the "youthful zeal" phase of the swimming sport. Improvement is slow and steady. Since I am not a natural at the sport, it requires hard work and discipline. I have a new found appreciation of what other athletes sacrifice to be proficient in swimming.

Best regards,