On Monday, 16 May 2016, FINA (The federation in charge of all aquatic sports) released the A and B qualifying standards for the 2017 World Swimming Championships which will be held in Budapest, Hungary from the July 23rd- July 30th.
If a swimmer is to qualify with a A Standard qualifying time, they will be added to FINA’s automatic qualifiers, provided they are top two in their respective countries. This means that if a swimmer has placed within the top two positions at their respective trials with a A Standard qualifying time, FINA will automatically allow them to compete at the world championships. If a swimmer is to obtain a B Standard qualifying time and they are the fastest within their federation, FINA may inviting them to compete at the world championships.
To see the full criteria listed by FINA, visit their site here. There you will find a detailed description of the selection criteria for each federation
As of Monday, 9 May 2016, it was announced that Roland Schoeman would be taking up the head coach position at Aqua Swimming based in Tuscaloosa, Al.
He is no stranger to the professional level of coaching having coached and assisted numerous Olympic medalists and world record holders. Schoeman took up a position as a starts and turns consultant for the Canadian Olympic team leading into the London Olympics in 2011. Since then, Schoeman took a volunteer coaching position at the Phoenix Swim Club in 2011 until his recent announcement on Monday.
When interviewed by Tuscaloosa news, Schoeman noted that,
It’s an honor. There is very good young talent on both the men’s and women’s side at Aqua Swimming and I am very excited to start coaching at month end
Schoeman himself was a swimmer of great magnitude having been a multiple Olympic medalist and world record holder. Some of Schoeman’s achievements:
- Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
- 3 x World Champion
- 10 x World Record Holder
- Olympic Gold Medalist
- NCAA Champion 50y Freestyle
- 24 x NCAA All American for the University of Arizona
- African Swimmer of the year 2004/2005/2006
It is very clear Roland has had a very successful individual career and has had success with other swimmers, so it will be an exciting time for Schoeman and the Aqua Swimming team for the next few months!
DELHI, INDIA. 2 October 2010. X1X Commonwealth Games. Roland Schoeman during South African simmers press conference at the Athletes Village. Pictue by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN