Seedings and Rankings for UK National Results
As described in the Discussion Article: 'Qualification
for Finals at NWSC Regattas' the 200m racing at Nottingham (UK) Regattas
do not have Heats and Finals, rather straight Finals.
When there is less than 9 paddlers racing, all
paddlers race in 1 straight Final, however, when there are more than 9
paddlers, the paddlers are placed into finals at random.
The down side of this, is that the winner of
the event may be in 1 final, 2nd place in another, and 3rd in another.
The overall positions then rely upon sorting the time to the nearest 1/100th
of a second. Where some paddlers are separated by such small amounts,
it is conceivable that reaction times for the starters/finishers could
impact the results, as could paddlers who are in a tougher race having
more people in eyesight to race against.
A good example of this was the UK National Championship
regatta in 2003, where there were 3 Finals in the A section and 3 Finals
in the B section. The first 5 places saw paddlers from 4 different races
(based upon times), with the smallest margins splitting every paddler.
Many years ago, a seeding system was used, based
upon your results from the previous 3 regattas, so that the fastest paddlers
would all end up in the same race together.
In an attempt to revive this more competitive
and fairer approach to racing, 200m.info have performed an amount of statistical
research into the Results from 2003. If this is successfully adopted,
we would like to continue this seeding system into the coming seasons.
We believe that there is a proposal in place
to turn 200m racing into an open event for Seniors only in 2004. For this
reason, our seedings and rankings are based on all seniors as a whole,
and not the specific divisions to which people are ranked.
In the below links you will see everyones position
(based upon time) for each regatta, and the ranking associated with them
for that regatta.
You will also see the suggested seedings for
2004, using the best 2 out of the last 3 regattas results from Nottingham.
Remember, you have got to race to maintain your ranking and therefore
maintain the Final that you race in..
Please have a look to see where you are
and most importantly provide feed back for future work! WM