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 SWI i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

SWI ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

SWI ii.i BUCS will offer a Team Championships, as well as individual Long and Short Course Championships. The Championships are held under BUCS General Regulations, ASA Laws, FINA Technical Rules of Swimming and IPC Swimming Rules and Regulations. Further event specific requirements, rules and regulations will be contained within the Entry and Pre-Event Information documents for each Championships.

SWI iii Disputes at events: In line with REG 4.4.3, should a dispute occur at an event the event appeal panel for Swimming shall comprise of the Tournament Director and a BUCS Staff Member.

 

Individual Swimming Championships

 

SWI 1 Entries: Long Course and Short Course entry conditions will be published in the relevant Entry and Pre-Event Information documents.

SWI 2 Events: A full list of events can be found in Appendix 1.

SWI 2.1 All individual and relay events will be decided by heats and finals, except for the 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle and the 400m Individual Medley which will be decided on the principle of heat declared winner.

SWI 2.2 No more than 2 swimmers from the same institution shall be permitted to qualify to an individual event final.

SWI 2.3 No more than 1 relay team from the same institution shall be permitted to qualify to a relay A final and at Short Course no more than 1 team from the same institution will be permitted to qualify to a relay B final.

Swimming Team Championships

SWI 3 The programme shall consist of the following events for men and women:

4 x 50m Medley Relay
4 x 1 Length Individual Medley
100m Freestyle
100m Butterfly
100m Backstroke
100m Breaststroke
200m Freestyle
50m Butterfly
50m Backstroke
50m Breaststroke
50m Freestyle
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay   

SWI 4 Restriction: Each competitor will be restricted to 3 individual events per gala.

SWI 5 Organisation

 

 

SWI 5.1 There shall be 3 divisions for the Championships; Championship, Trophy and Shield.

SWI 5.2 Each division shall consist of a Qualifying Round (Split as Conference A and Conference B) and a Finals over a 2 day period at 1 single venue.

SWI 5.3  For the Qualifying Round within each division, teams will be allocated to the conferences based on finishing positions in the previous season’s Finals. For those teams relegated to lower divisions, overall team times from the previous season’s Qualifying Rounds will be used.

SWI 5.4 Team Selection

SWI 5.4.1 Where an institution has entered more than 1 team, the first team should always be the strongest team available to represent that institution.

SWI 5.4.2 Between the Qualifying Rounds and the Finals, swimmers are permitted to move up to a higher ranked team but no swimmers are permitted to move down to a lower ranked team. For example, if a swimmer has competed for the first team in the Qualifying Rounds on day 1, they will not be eligible for the second team at the Finals on day 2 of the Championships.

SWI 5.5 All new teams entering the Championships shall join the Shield.

SWI 6 Conditions

SWI 6.1 Timekeepers
All participating teams MUST provide a timekeeper equipped with a stopwatch for BOTH their Qualifying Round and Finals (if they have qualified). Points may be deducted from any teams failing to comply.

SWI 6.2 Squad Declaration Form
Prior to the Championships each competing institution must submit a Squad Declaration Form listing all potential swimmers including reserves. This must be signed by the Athletic Union to verify eligibility.

SWI 6.3 Team Sheets
A Team Sheet must be submitted for the Qualifying Round and for the Final at Registration detailing who will swim each event. Swimmers listed MUST be on the Squad Declaration Form signed off by their Athletic Union.

SWI 6.4 Withdrawals and No Shows

 

SWI 6.4.1 Teams withdrawing 2 weeks or less before the Championships will be fined £300 and automatically relegated by 1 division for the following season.

 

SWI 6.4.2 Any team who does not attend the Championships without prior notice will be fined £500 and automatically relegated by 1 division for the following season.

 

SWI 6.4.3 No shows or unauthorised withdrawals for the Finals event on day 2, will be fined £750 and automatically relegated by 1 division for the following season.

SWI 7 Qualifying Rounds

SWI 7.1 Heat and Lane Draws
The lane draws for the Qualifying Rounds will be made once entries are confirmed. It will be released online in advance of the event.

SWI 7.2 Points and Positions

SWI 7.2.1 Finishing positions in each event shall be determined by the time achieved by each swimmer.

SWI 7.2.2 Gala points shall be awarded as follows:

Championship – 8 points for first place down to 1 point for eighth place.

Trophy and Shield – 20 points for first place down to 1 point for twentieth place.

SWI 7.2.3 Relays shall score double points.

SWI 7.2.4 Failing to start or finish an event, or disqualification from an event, shall score zero.

SWI 7.2.5 In the event of a tie during a Qualifying Round Conference a placings countback shall be used. In the event of a tie on placings the fastest combined four relay times shall be used.

SWI 8 Finals

SWI 8.1 Qualification for a 10 Lane Final-Championship, Trophy & Shield
The top 5 teams from Championship Conference A and Championship Conference B shall go forward to the Championship Final. The top 5 teams from Trophy Conference A and Trophy Conference B shall go forward to the Trophy Final. The top 5 teams from Shield Conference A and Shield Conference B shall go forward to the Shield Final.

SWI 8.2 Lane Draws and Order of Events

SWI 8.2.1 Lane Draws for the Finals will be done by ranking the teams in Conference A and Conference B for each division and drawing them based on a selection of lanes. These will be published as soon as possible after the results are calculated from the Qualifying Rounds.

SWI 8.2.2 For each event there will be 6 races, 3 races for each gender with 1 for each Final. The Shield races will be swum first followed by the Trophy and Championship races. For each event the 3 Women’s races will be followed by the 3 Men’s races.

SWI 8.3 If a team withdraws between a Qualifying Round and the Finals, the next best placed team from the same Conference in the Qualifying Round will be offered the place.

SWI 8.4 Points and Positions

SWI 8.4.1 Finishing positions in each event shall be determined by the time achieved by each swimmer.

SWI 8.4.2 Gala points shall be awarded on the basis of 10 points for a win to 1 point for 10th place.

SWI 8.4.3 Relays shall score double points.

SWI 8.4.4 Failing to start or finish an event, or disqualification from an event, shall score zero.

SWI 8.4.5 In the event of a tie in a Final a placings countback shall be used. In the event of a tie on placings the fastest combined four relay times shall be used.

SWI 8.5 Promotion and Relegation

SWI 8.5.1 The top 6 teams from the Trophy Final shall be promoted to the Championship for the next season with the exception of any non-1st teams who are not eligible for promotion. In this instance the next best eligible team(s) from the Trophy Final shall be promoted. Should there be a requirement to then go to the Qualifying Rounds to identify the next best eligible(s) to be promoted, these will be identified by best overall team time.

The bottom 3 teams in Championship Conference A and Championship Conference B shall be relegated to the Trophy for the next season.

SWI 8.5.2 The top 6 teams from the Shield Final shall be promoted to the Championship for the next season.

The bottom 3 teams in Trophy Conference A and Trophy Conference B shall be relegated to the Shield for the next season.

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