The Silicon Valley
Swim League has established its own set of time standards in order
to more fairly balance the actual times that our summer swimmers
typically attain. The Time Standards are determined from the
results of the SVSL Championship meet from the previous year. The
average time for each event is set as the standard for that event.
A swimmer whose fastest recorded time for an event is above the
standard has a Gold Division time. A swimmer whose fastest recorded
time is below the standard has a Silver Division time. Depending
upon their times for each stroke, a swimmer may have a Gold time in
one event and a Silver time in another event.
First through Sixth
place ribbons are awarded by event, gender, age group and time
standard. For example, there will be two sets of ribbons awarded to
the girls, 11-12 age group for the 50-yard freestyle event –
one set for the Gold division and one set for the Silver division.
Since events are swum by gender and age group, without separating
swimmers by time standard, it is not possible to determine whether
a swimmer has a ribbon until all the times for that event are
posted. A swimmer may come in first in their heat, but if he or she
is a Gold swimmer in a heat primarily made up of Silver swimmers,
the swimmer’s time will be compared to other Gold division
swimmers to determine ribbon placement. Also, a swimmer’s
division is determined by their entered time, not the time they
swim at the meet. If a swimmer is entered with a Silver division
time but swims fast enough to attain a Gold division time, their
ribbon placement for that meet will be determined against other
Silver division swimmers.