How far out are you from State? I switched to training exclusively for events we were swimming at sections 1 month out. 3 weeks of packing in race pace yards and 1 week of 3 day protocol. Can’t say if it was better than it would have been if we had just kept training as we were but it definitely wasn’t bad. That’s what we did and they all hit their paces for the most part. You can read back through my sections thread if you want more detailed results.
It would also allow for more turns/starts/skill work if you dropped the irrelevant event training.
How have they been swimming so far this year? Are any of them hitting their paces in meets yet?
"Most people have the will to win. Few have the will to prepare to win."