Qualifying Times

Open Meets can be:

  • Level 3
  • Level 2
  • Level 1

Level 3 meets range from Novice to County qualifying standard.
Level 2 meets range from County to National standard.
Level 1 meets range from Regional to to National standard.

Each meet may gain you a qualifying time for the next level. International swimmers also have to gain QTs for European, World and Olympic competition at a Level 1 meet and it is not unusual for them to turn up at a Level 2 meet for some practise.

Level 3 meets must have an upper “not faster than” QT. They may also have a lower entry QT, but if they are aimed at novice swimmers, they may not have. Level 2 and above must have entry QTs and may not have upper QTs. At this standard, organisers are obliged to review ALL entries up to the closing date, rejecting only where space is limited and prioritising swimmers on a “fastest time” basis only. Level 1 must be swum at a Long Course 50m pool.

Essex County Qualifying Times:

East Region Qualifying Times

National Qualifying Times