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Competition-related terms & abbreviations
There are many terms and abbreviations used in swimming. This lists some of them. If you come across another that I haven't listed, let me know and I'll include them.
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|HDW||Heat Declared Winner – The event has no finals; the winners are determined from the heats.|
|T/O (T.O)||Time Only – when a competitor's swim in a gala is for a 'time only' and is
not included in the point score or for any awards.
|NTE||No time entered|
|Bk or Bk/s||Backstroke
|Br or Br/s||Breaststroke
|Fr or F/S||Freestyle (meaning any stroke, except in relays)
|F/C|| Frontcrawl (also called overarm)
|Fly or B/fly||Butterfly
Individual Medley – Swum in the following order: Butterfly; Backstroke; Breaststroke; Freestyle. (A medley relay is a different order).
Note: a medley relay is swum Backstroke; Breaststroke; Butterfly; Freestyle.
|DOB||Date of Birth|
|EBT||Event Best Time – best recorded time for an event at a gala|
|DQ||Disqualified; there has been an infringement of the rules of swimming.|
|DNF||Did Not Finish; the swimmer started the race, but did not finish.|
||Did Not Start; the swimmer did not start the race.|
|QT|| Qualifying Time; meets may require a swimmer to be able to swim a certain time to gain entry. There can be Upper and Lower QT's.
|CQT||County Qualifying Time - a time that qualifies for County Championships.|
|NQT||National Qualifying Time – a time that qualifies for National Championships.|
|'Age as at'||The age a swimmer will be on a set date (usually the last day of a gala).
||25m pool; the Sovereign Centre gala pool is short course.
||50m pool; Crystal Palace is a long course pool.
|Note: K2, Crawley, can be used as both a 50m and 25m pool.|
|SER||South East Region of the ASA (the ASA Region we are affiliated to)|
|Level 1 Licensed Meet||The highest level of licence for a gala aimed at swimmers wanting National qualifying times.|
|Level 2 Licensed Meet||Aimed at swimmers wanting Regional qualifying times.|
|Level 3 Licensed Meet||Licensed gala aimed at swimmers wanting Regional/County qualifying times.|
|Level 4 Licensed Meet||Lowest level of licence for galas.|