Reply To: Advice Needed: Prelims/Finals question
I’d look at the total workload of the individual swimmer. Are we talking someone who will be tapped to swim 300 yards or less on finals day? If so, I’d say “go for it” in prelims. If we’re talking someone who’s gonna swim a 200, the 500, and maybe a 100 leg on a relay, I’d coach them hold back a touch in prelims if I were confident they could still make the A Final.
As for the relay, I’d lean towards getting as many people the experience as possible while still having a high certainty of transferring to the A final.