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.