COLORADO SPRINGS, Feb. 11. THE task force responsible for making recommendations about the USA Swimming
Disability Championships met by conference call recently and set Thursday – Saturday, June 13-15, 2002, as the dates for the national championship meet, according to Dr. Gail Dummer.
The 2002 meet will be open to swimmers with disabilities from all FINA member federations.
It was decided that to improve the meet, to cope with the increased number of athletes participating in the meet each year, and to respond to athlete and coach input, certain events will be swum as timed finals during the morning session.
Paralympic Games events will be contested as prelims-finals events. Other distances will be swum as timed finals during the morning session.
To increase the competitiveness of the meet, there will be two sets of qualifying times (QT). One set of QT will be used to enter the meet and the other (faster) set of QT will be used to determine which swimmers can advance to finals in prelim-finals events. To advance to finals, a swimmer must satisfy
two conditions — be in the top 8 in his/her classification in the event and make the faster set of QT.
Classification will be the responsibility of U.S. Paralympics, Inc., a new organization. The details of this arrangement have yet to be determined; however, it is very likely that classification will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12. More information will be provided on this topic at a