Was taking a gander at the Mrs do Toit and reading this and remembered a conversation that I had with a swimmer this weekend. In this area, it seems that if a swimmer doesn’t swim a best time, parents are telling them that they have added time. Fortunately, I was able to take the time to explain to this swimmer that while she wasn’t swimming best times, it was impossible to “add time” as you are always entered in an event with your best time for that event. Always. It doesn’t matter what you swam at the last meet, only what your best time is and that is how you are seeded, by your BEST time. Even says so in the rules. Now, of course, there are exceptions. And the only exception to this rule is in when you are swimming in a championship format meet. There, you are entered into the preliminary round with your best time and then IF you make finals, you are seeded based on your preliminary time.
Note to parents of swimmers: Please, PLEASE, stop telling your swimmers that they added time. They may not have swam a best time for a variety of reasons and there is nothing that you can do about that. They may have been trying to adjust their stroke as directed by the coach and that will slow them down. Remember, you are there to support your swimmer no matter what! Ask them waht coach had to say about their swim, you may be surprised. Don’t coach your kids, you pay someone to do that. Talk to your coach and find out what your swimmer is doing at practice. Once again, you may be surprised.