Hampshire County Championships 2018

The Hampshire County Championships provisional dates;

Saturday/Sunday 20/21st January @ Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth (Long course); 

All 800m/1500m events, 14/Under 400m Events, 14/Under Team Events, 15/Over 4x200m Freestyle

Saturday/Sunday 27/28th January @ Waterlooville (Short Course);

14/Under 50m, 100m, 200m Individual Events

Saturday/Sunday 3/4th February @ Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth (Long course);

15/Over 50m, 100m,200m, 400m Individual Events,15/Over Team Events (Except 4x200m), Multi-Classification Competition

Complete Programme of Events 2018-Programme-Of-Events.v1.pdf

Qualifying times must have been achieved in the period from 1st March 2017 to 27th December 2017, short course times (long course not yet published) are here qts_2018_v1.pdf


Changes to the 2018 Championships

Open/Junior Awards

This year there will not be Open/Junior awards as part of the Hampshire County Championships competition.

14/Under Swimmers in “Youth” Championships

Swimmers under 15 will NOT be accepted for the final weekend of the championships. With no Open/Junior awards, these would now effectively be time trials, which the conditions do not permit. In addition, they are adding additional finals, which means that the time available for heats is reduced by just over 10%.

Age Group Finals

There will be separate finals for Age 15, Age 16 and Age 17/Over. Last year, very few 16 years olds (particularly boys) qualified for the 16/Over finals.

Qualifying Times

In 2017, there was a large variation in the number of accepted entries for different events

  • Between strokes
  • Between ages
  • Between sexes

The 2018 base and automatic times have been set to address this

  • There are now target numbers of swims for each event, which will result in approximately the same number of swims as in 2017
  • Auto and base times have been set based on 2017 entries
  • Auto times have been set to 60% fill each event
  • Base times have been set to 120% fill each event

In line with the Region, Hampshire County are moving to a system of accepting a fixed number of swimmers per event

Why have automatic QTs?

  • To give as many swimmers as practical the certainty of acceptance
  • To help in recruitment of officials and volunteers

Why have base (Consideration) times?

  • To set a minimum standard and help in managing session times




Please note these dates and look out for your invitation to swim nearer the time.  All Galas are Saturdays with warm ups usually around 6.00pm.

Gemini Gala – 11 March

Rother League Round 1 – 25 March

Rother Trophy – 10 June

Rother League Round 2 – 23 September

Rother League Round 3 – 25 November

Junior Cup – 30 September

Arena Round 1 – 14/15 October

Arena Round 2 – 11/12 November

Arena Round 3 – 9/10 December


Please note these dates and look out for more information nearer the time.

City of Southampton – Level 3 – 19 March

Bournemouth – Level 2 - 8/9 April

Portsmouth Northsea – Level 3 Sprint Meet - 7 May

Stingrays – Level 3 – 4 June

Hampshire Development Meet - 1/2/8/9 July

Taunton – Level 2 - 8/9 July

City of Southampton – Level 3 - 23 July


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