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    I found them - I was lost not them!

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    Jayhawk,

    Thanks for making very clear the qualifying situation. Your post will help a lot of swimmers, I'm sure.

    However, your advice about workout times, converting from another course, etc., will not be of much use if one wishes to enter online.

    Last night I finally tried to enter the Nationals electronically, as I had just competed in a meet on Saturday to get the last few seed times I needed. However, as a USMS member, when I attempted to enter events, the program tried to find times in the database. The problem is that one of the times I swam last summer in a LCM meet, and the other five from two meets I was using from this year. Neither had been entered into the database, including, of course, the one from this past Saturday.

    So I have done a paper entry, which for me is more trouble than online. Can someone suggest a way to help the integrity of the online entries, without chasing many folks to paper?

    Having swum in the pool this past weekend, I'm really looking forward to my first nationals in 21 years! See you all there.

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    Re: Qualifying for Nationals

    Quote Originally Posted by TRYM_Swimmer View Post
    Jayhawk,

    Thanks for making very clear the qualifying situation. Your post will help a lot of swimmers, I'm sure.

    However, your advice about workout times, converting from another course, etc., will not be of much use if one wishes to enter online.

    Last night I finally tried to enter the Nationals electronically, as I had just competed in a meet on Saturday to get the last few seed times I needed. However, as a USMS member, when I attempted to enter events, the program tried to find times in the database. The problem is that one of the times I swam last summer in a LCM meet, and the other five from two meets I was using from this year. Neither had been entered into the database, including, of course, the one from this past Saturday.

    So I have done a paper entry, which for me is more trouble than online. Can someone suggest a way to help the integrity of the online entries, without chasing many folks to paper?

    Having swum in the pool this past weekend, I'm really looking forward to my first nationals in 21 years! See you all there.
    If you haven't already sent in your paper entry form...

    In a nutshell, do the conversion calculations ahead of time and write down those calculated seed times. Then when you enter Nationals, just type in those seed times. You don't have to "pull from the database," you can just type in a time in the box.

    How did the meet go in the new GAC pool?

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jroddin View Post
    If you haven't already sent in your paper entry form...

    In a nutshell, do the conversion calculations ahead of time and write down those calculated seed times. Then when you enter Nationals, just type in those seed times. You don't have to "pull from the database," you can just type in a time in the box.

    How did the meet go in the new GAC pool?

    Jeff
    The meet went well. It was a bit hectic, with over 300 swimmers in a one session format. The timeline was about 30 late at one point. But it's a great facility.

    The problem must have been my home computer, or was a change just made? I went to the registration again on my office computer and this time it gave me the boxes as well as the database search. There were no boxes on my home computer and both times I was using Firefox.

    I mailed my entry on the way to work today. No problem.

    See you next month.

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    It's very cool to have times listed in the data base!!

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    For two events I used the database times from Auburn Nationals but for the 50 Back my best time was a relay split from Auburn, but not in the database (still entered it). The rules say we can use conversion times if we want and never having done 50 Free or 50 Fly long course, that's what I needed to do. And for the 100 Free I've simply never swum it in a touchpad meet in many years so I used a conversion from a 2011 low-key meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickJM View Post
    For two events I used the database times from Auburn Nationals but for the 50 Back my best time was a relay split from Auburn, but not in the database (still entered it). The rules say we can use conversion times if we want and never having done 50 Free or 50 Fly long course, that's what I needed to do. And for the 100 Free I've simply never swum it in a touchpad meet in many years so I used a conversion from a 2011 low-key meet.
    Hey Patrick; it's on the honor system, anyway, and you are a very honorable person! I am your witness that you qualified at Auburn, because I swam on that relay with you. If anybody has any doubts, they can watch the video on YouTube and put a stopwatch to your split.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    Hey Patrick; it's on the honor system, anyway, and you are a very honorable person! I am your witness that you qualified at Auburn, because I swam on that relay with you. If anybody has any doubts, they can watch the video on YouTube and put a stopwatch to your split.

    Yes, the advantage of being the backstroker is your splits count for actual race times too.
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    Patrick, I'm sure that times that you figure out will be close enough to be in the right spot in your heat. Now - go swim & have fun.

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    Going to Nats for the very first time this year. I'm too slow, but I'm going anyway! I sure hope I don't live to regret this!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moodyrichardson View Post
    Going to Nats for the very first time this year. I'm too slow, but I'm going anyway! I sure hope I don't live to regret this!!

    No, Moody, you won't regret it! I went to Nationals at Georgia Tech, in 2010, just a couple of months after joining USMS. I had only raced at the St. Pat's meet prior to Nationals and felt like a deer in the headlights. Since I didn't make any NQT's, I could only swim my three breaststroke events; I didn't even make it onto a relay team. And, along with Jayhawk, we were the cellar dwellers in all three of our breaststroke races. BUT, I had a blast! The other Forumites I met up with there were very supportive and encouraging (Allen Stark, Ande, Swimshark, and Swimstud, to name a few).

    Do let people you meet there know it is your first one.
    You will get loads of encouragement! Hey, at least you have had a lot of meet experience along the way; unlike me at the time only having one meet under my cap prior to arriving at Georgia Tech!

    I won't be at Indy, however, I will be in Mission Viejo. Have a blast and good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moodyrichardson View Post
    Going to Nats for the very first time this year. I'm too slow, but I'm going anyway! I sure hope I don't live to regret this!!
    You will love it! The IUPUI pool is incredible! I just submitted my entry - CAN'T WAIT!

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    If you go to learn & enjoy Nats. it will be fun. don't go thinking what if I don't place top 10, it will be a bummer.
    YES !!!! tell others that this is your 1st Nats. & be proud of that !! See you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moodyrichardson View Post
    Going to Nats for the very first time this year. I'm too slow, but I'm going anyway! I sure hope I don't live to regret this!!
    Nats is a blast! Indy is a great facility. Don't worry for one second about how you might do. NO ONE is too slow. Just swim and ENJOY. That's what USMS is all about.

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    You get to brag about "going to Nationals". It does not matter your time.

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    Hurray for Glenn's post!!!!!
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    Originally Posted by moodyrichardson
    Going to Nats for the very first time this year. I'm too slow, but I'm going anyway! I sure hope I don't live to regret this!!



    Nats is a blast! Indy is a great facility. Don't worry for one second about how you might do. NO ONE is too slow. Just swim and ENJOY. That's what USMS is all about.

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    Good for you! See you there!

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    What is the thoughts on next year's Q times for spring Nats? Will they be raised or lowered or kept the same?

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