The FINA Rulebook has been updated to reflect the new qualifications for Sectionals! If you would like to read all of the specific details, please click here. Otherwise, here are the key points to know:
- FINA is taking the top four finishers in each division in both Speed and Endurance at each Sectional, regardless of clear status. Speed and Endurance will be treated as separate competitions in determining the top four finishers.
- If there are additional full clears, FINA will take UP TO the top eight full clear finishers in each division for both Speed and Endurance, but they must be full course clears.
- FINA will not take more than eight full course clears from any one division at either a Speed or Endurance Sectional, regardless of the number of full clears.
- Athletes may compete at multiple Sectionals until they qualify for Finals. Once they qualify, they may not continue to compete to improve their seeding at Finals. A decision regarding “Recreational” runs at Sectionals for those who have already qualified will be coming soon…
- Athletes may compete at any Sectional they choose, regardless of location.
- There is a seeding advantage for fully cleared courses at both a Speed and Endurance Sectional, but there is no seeding advantage for Sectional placement or points earned at Sectionals.
- FINA will not “bump down” the list for athletes who double qualify (Speed and Endurance) at a Sectional event, or who cannot attend Finals.
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