Using the formula 5th time * 1.15 for qualifying times seems to bias participation in the shorter distances over the longer distances (100 vs 200). Is this intentional?
Using the qualifying times for the 100 vs the 200 breast -
Event Rankings 2012 (Long Course meters - Men)
Age 50-54 39 made the cut in the 100, 23 in the 200.
Age 55-59 35 in the 100, 26 in the 200.
Age 60-64 31 in the 100, 20 in the 200.
I would think more as the age moves up & there are less in each older age bracket.
I was showing how the qualification times in the 200 are harder relative to the 100 across multiple age groups (used 3 age group examples).
Jeff's point is for those who post times that the percentage of qualifiers will be about the same between the 100 and 200. This is true, but I contend that a 1:35.88 (100 breast 60+ time) is equivalent to a 3:33-34 for the 200 not 3:27.79. This may discourage seniors from doing the 200 as opposed to the 100 and 50. Anyway - I hope I haven't put you to
Of course the ratings calculator uses a much different algorithm (ie, FINA world record times in LCM) than the NQT formula.
Possibly it might discourage participation in the longer events. Then again, since one gets three "freebies" perhaps swimmers might be grateful that the shorter events have slightly easier NQTs than the longer ones in this particular case
I calculate that I will not be able to swim what the end times comes out to be ??? Old age creep is in full motion !
I just received this from Jayhawk:
Here's the thread you probably remember:
Yes, it sounds like your times from the St. Nick's meet would all count. Woo hoo!
Her post August 13, 2009 post on that thread (#4) confirms what I was asking.
I hear the phrase "old age creep" from some of the age-groupers when I'm doing laps. They must be following this discussion...
Life keeps throwing curve balls; the trick, I'm learning, is to duck...
O K If I use times from the last 2 years --- I can make one more event.
9. My LMSC does not always send in the meet results to the USMS national
database. Is this a problem?
The rule is that you have swum the event at the national qualifying time or faster at some
time in the past two years. You do not have to swim the event in a reported meet to the
USMS national database. You could have swum the meet at a USA Swimming meet, a YMCA
meet, a practice meet or in practice, but you should have swum the event.
Thanks for an update on my/our question. That helps me in what I can q for .