[Editor’s Note: Kevin, a reader of Reach For The Wall, asked Reach for the Wall to publish the following article that he wrote calling for an MCSL Championship Meet. At RFTW, we welcome and greatly appreciate the contributions of our swim community. We are not affiliated with MCSL, nor do we have a position on this proposal. We are hoping to bring more open forum topics to our site as we continue to grow. Please sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts.]
Open Call for a MCSL Championship Meet
The current MCSL competition format has been in place for a long time: each team is assigned to a division and all team-scored meets are within the same division for the whole season, so a team has no chance to compete with teams in other divisions. After the divisional meet, the team is done for the season even though there are still two more meets ahead: All-Star Relay and Individual All-Star.
MCSL should consider an end-of-season championship meet that can bring all teams from all divisions together. However, it does not mean MCSL has to create a brand new meet: just convert the All-Star Relay and Individual All-Star meets into the team-scored championship meets and use the existing qualifying times and procedures. For All-Star Relay, we can combine the two sessions into one sessions and only top 16 relays can qualify regardless of divisions. A swimmer should be able to swim all qualified relays. For Individual All-Star, only top 16 swimmers can qualify regardless of divisions and each swimmer should be able to swim at least 3 events rather than 2 now. The top 16 swimmers and relays will all score points and the scoring system should be similar as follows:
Individual Events: 20, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Relay Events: 40, 34, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 18, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
The new championship meets will neither change the current MCSL schedule nor create a new burden on MCSL teams and swimmers because the All-Star Relay and Individual All-Star meets are already in place: we would just rename them.
The benefits of the new championship meets are:
- The new championship meets will bring all MCSL teams together for one time in the season.
- A team that loses the divisional title can still have hope to win an MCSL title.
- Every team has a chance to win an MCSL title, not just a team in Division A. Even a team from Division O could shine in the championship meets.
This is the format NCAA and high school swimming are using now and it should work for MCSL. The only extra effort for MCSL is to calculate the team scores and put the champion team’s name in a big wooden NUMBER ONE (yeah, we need to bring that tradition back). I have my pen and paper ready, and I can voluntarily calculate the team points for MCSL.