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2017 Irish Open Swimming Championships

The 2017 Irish Open Swimming Championships  will take place in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th April

Attached please find the Meet Information and Hy-tek files for the 2017 Irish Open Swimming Championships. Please note the following changes that have been made to this year’s competition:

  • Re-ordering of finals without reordering of heats
    • To allow multi event athletes more opportunity for peak performance
  • Introduction of 3 tier qualification system – EYOF/EJC/senior
    • European Junior level is currently in line with the senior qualification as the NPD feels that the QT at this stage is “soft”
    • Introduced in this format as bridge to 2018 so that we can make the 3 levels quite distinct
  • Semi-finals removed
    • The NPD felt that this placed too much burden on athletes over 4 day period and does not encourage fast heat swimming, particularly from a nation with a swimming populous that does not ‘force’ fast heat swimming
  • Two finals in all Olympic events (except 800m/1500m freestyle)
    • B finals replaced by Junior finals – to still allow 16 or more Irish athletes to gain from second swims but to ensure the demographic of such athletes fosters those who are our highest performers now and those who will be our highest performers of the future
    • A maximum of four “foreign” swimmers will be eligible to compete in the Open Final
    • The Junior Final is reserved for Irish swimmers only
    • Meet conditions re-written to reflect qualification criteria for each final
    • B-finals removed from non-Olympic events
    • Distance freestyle to remain as fastest heat swimming in finals session
  • Relays become timed finals at end of heats
    • Clubs make approx. entry time submissions to avoid random seeding
    • This is to make coaches think carefully on how they populate relays in relation to Irish team selection for international meets


Photographic accreditation will be required for ALL swimmers, coaches and team managers. New photos are required for ALL who require accreditation as the ones currently on file are out of date. These should be provided by Friday 17th March.

Please note that coaches and team managers will only be provided with accreditation if they:

  • Submit photographs
  • Meet with Swim Ireland Safeguarding requirements
    • Have attended a Safeguarding course
    • Have undergone a Garda Vetting/Access NI check (or accepted equivalent)

All clubs are required to complete a Team Staff Information sheet (one for Irish clubs, one for overseas teams) to submit along with the accreditation request.


Please note that the Meet Information must be read in conjunction with the General Event Regulations outlined at

The Team Leaders Meeting for this competition will take place on Wednesday 5th April (venue TBC)l. Registration will be available from 7.00pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm sharp.

Irish Open Psych Sheets 2017 Irish Open Swimming Championships - Meet Information (revised 16/2) Team Staff Information - Swim Ireland clubs Team Staff Information - Overseas clubs