Basic Seeding Settings
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From the Main Menu bar, click Set-up / Seeding Preferences and click on Basic to display the panel below which allows you to set some basic seeding rules.
Number of Preliminary Heats to Circle Seed
Most swim organizations require that the fastest 3 heats of Preliminaries be Circle Seeded in a Championship Meet for events with more than one round. However, as of 2013, FINA created a rule to seed events 400 and longer with the fastest 2 heats of Preliminaries using the Circle Seed technique.
•Standard: For one round timed final events, standard is the normal choice where the fastest athletes are seeded together in the same heat. The next fastest athletes are seeded together in the next heat and so on.
•Circle Seed: In the VERY UNUSUAL case where you want to have the fastest athletes assigned to different heats, select Circle Seed so that the fastest athlete is in the last heat, the 2nd fastest in the second to last heat and so forth. If there are four heats, the fastest four would be in different heats.
•Allow Foreign athletes in Championship Final: Normally this would be allowed, but if un-checked, athletes with a status of Foreigner will not be permitted to advance from prelims or semis into finals. However, if some foreigners are allowed in the A-Final, uncheck the Allow Foreign athletes and enter a number of 2 if 2 are allowed in the Championship final.
•Allow Exhibition athletes in Championship Final: Normally this would be allowed, but if un-checked, athletes with an athlete or team status of Exhibition or with the entry set as exhibition will not be permitted to advance from prelims or semis into finals.
•Seed Exhibition athletes last: No matter what the entry time is, exhibition athletes and relays will be seeded last.
•Maximum age for C-Final: This allows you to specify the maximum age that MM will allow to be seeded in the C-Finals of a multi-round event that has 3 finals and is an ABC Final Type.
•Lock all events for reseed: Check this box to prevent reseeding of events that are already seeded.
Non-Conforming Entry Times
With the first two options, you may choose the seeding order you want for entry times with different courses. This feature is used in Championship type meets that do not use course conversions. For example, if the championship meet is in a Long Course Meter pool and you want to seed Long Course entries first, then Short Course Meter entries second, then finally Yard entries, you would specify LSY for the course seeding order. Any entries designated as Bonus will be seeded after the three sets of courses of regular entries if Seed non-conforming times last is selected. Exhibition entries will follow bonus entries in the course order chosen if Seed Exhibition Athletes Last is selected. If the fourth option is chosen for using the minimum time, then neither of the first two options can be selected.
Note: If neither #1 or #2 of the seed non-conforming times last options is checked and you wish MM to convert entry times for seeding purposes, MM will convert them to the Meet Course as specified in the Meet Setup.
See Conversion Factors for Entry Times for the conversion factors built into MM.