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What are the Swim England North West Winter Championships? This is an event normally held in November and is an opportunity for swimmers to benchmark their progress in training at the start of the season.
As these championships will be the qualifiers for the British Championships in December – these championships will be held Long Course in accordance with guidelines from Swim England. This year’s event will be held at Manchester Aquatic Centre on 4th and 5th November 2017.
The event has both Individual Events:
50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m Freestyle
50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
200m, 400m Individual Medley and are open to both male and female competitors except:
800m female only and 1500m male only
There are also a selection of Team Events
4 x 100m Freestyle
4 x 100m Medley
4 x 200m Freestyle which again are available for both male and female teams.
Entries are accepted from competitors registered with Swim England at the closing date for entries as members of a club affiliated to Swim England North West Region.
a. Individual Championship events for each gender will comprise of Senior (17 years and over) and Junior (16 years and under)
Team Championships shall be open to all Clubs affiliated to Swim England North West Region.
A swimmer entered in the name of one club in the individual events may not compete in the name of another club in the team events
Clubs may enter more than one team, but members shall swim for one team only
Teams entered without an entry time will be seeded in the slowest heats.
Ages as at 31st December 2017
All individual entries have a qualifying time and this must have been achieved at a Level 1, 2 or 3 Licensed Meet no earlier than 12 months preceding the closing date for entries
a. All events shall have Heats and Finals except for 400m Individual Medley and 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events which shall be swum as Heat Declared Winner events
b. All Team events will be swum as Heat Declared Winner events.
c. Heats and Finals will be seeded in accordance with FINA rules. The fastest eight swimmers aged 16 years and under competing in the Junior Final and the fastest eight swimmers aged 17 years and over competing in the Senior Final. Two reserves for all finals will, where possible, be identified
The conditions for the Swim England Winter Swimming Championships shall apply to Para competitors except where varied by the supplementary Para Swimming Conditions to the Championships and have separate qualifying times for each classification rather than age.