With a click of a button on the Merge/Export screen within the meet, Meet Maestro merges the entries, and seeds the heats as directed by the settings on the Seeding & Scoring tab. Entry files of non-SwimTopia teams can also be uploaded by the host team to merge with their entries.
» Note: This merge process is necessary if the meet is being run in Meet Maestro. If you (or the host team) are using another system to run the meet ➞ See Meet is Run in Another System (i.e. Meet Manager, Swimmingly...).
Covered in this Article:
➧ Meet Maestro Merge Steps
- Step 1: Lock Entries
- Step 2: Designate Readiness to Merge Entries
- Step 3: Select Record Books (if available)
- Optional: Upload/Import Entries Files
- Step 4: Merge Meet Entries (Home Team)
- Step 5: Launch the Meet Maestro Meet
➧ Additional Topics
- Merge Status After the Meet is Merged
- Trouble-shooting Merge Errors
- Deck Entries After Merge
- Results Download from Meet Maestro
- Advancers File Download (Prelims/Finals)
- Virtual Meets
Step 1: Lock Entries
After all meet entries are completed and the meet is linked between the home/visitor teams, it’s time to lock entries down and signal that you’re ready to merge to seed the meet.
Go to the Merge/Export tab and set “Lock out all entry changes” to On.
➞ See the SwimTopia - Meet Linking article for more details on linking meets.
» Note: This will automatically Close your athlete signup (if open) so no additional changes can be made by your members/parents. If you change your mind, slide the bar back to "Off" but you will need to manually reopen your Athlete Signup under the Meet Setup > Status screen.
USA Swimming Teams - Membership Status Warning
A membership warning will be displayed for any athlete entered into an event that does not have a valid USA Swimming membership. Hovering over the info icon (?) will display the names of the athletes. You can choose to proceed or reach out to the families to confirm.
If the athlete's USA Swimming membership needs to be updated, this must be updated within SWIMS from the USA Swimming member login (not within the SwimTopia account).
» Note: This warning will not display on your SwimTopia site unless your team is connected to USA Swimming. ➞ See the Connecting USA Swimming and SwimTopia Help Center article for more information if you have not completed this step.
Step 2: Designate Readiness to Merge Entries
When using Meet Maestro for meet management, each team competing in the meet must indicate their entries are "ready to merge" before the Build in Meet Maestro button is enabled and entries can be combined and seeded.
After locking entries, you will see Meet Maestro and Downloads tabs. From the Meet Maestro screen, slide the status bar next to your team name to the 'On' Ready position to designate you are ready to merge.
➧ Home Team View (Visitor Not Ready)
The visiting team has not indicated they are ready to merge, so they display as "Not ready" on the home team site and the Build in Meet Maestro button will be disabled until both teams are designated as Ready to Merge.
➧ Home Team View (Everyone Ready)
In this view from the home team site, both teams have indicated "Ready to Merge," so the Build Maestro Meet button is enabled.
➧ Visiting Team View (Everyone Ready)
This is the visiting teams' viewpoint when both teams are ready.
Step 3: Select Record Books (if available)
➧ Team Record Books
You can select which Record Books (if any) you want to include for your team in the meet. ➞ See Creating a Record Book to set up your record books, if you have not already.
➧ League Record Books
League admins can add a league record book to any meet that's on the league website. Although there is no indication that a league record book has been added to the meet on any of the teams' sites, they will be visible from the meet in Meet Maestro. It is up to the admins to select the record books prior to the merge. ➞ See the League Record Books article for additional details.
➧ Record Books in Meet Maestro
Athletes holding records in each event from a team and/or league record book will be displayed in the Benchmarks section of the data entry screen.
If a team forgets to include their Record books before merging entries, they can be added directly in the Meet Maestro meet. Eligible teams per record book can be edited as well. ➞ See Meet Maestro Settings - Benchmarks (Records & Time Standards) for details.
Optional: Upload/Import Entries Files
If your team is competing against a team that does not use SwimTopia, or if your team is using another system for your entries, SwimTopia supports the upload of a Meet Entries File or Merge Entries File. This allows you to use Meet Maestro to run your meet!
➞ See SwimTopia - Upload/Import Entries Files for details and then return to complete the merge steps.
Step 4: Merge Meet Entries (Home Team)
Clicking the Build Maestro Meet button opens a dialog with options for the Merge
» Note: Some options will be disabled, based on the league’s Meet Template “Seeding & Scoring” settings ➞ See SwimTopia - Setting Up Seeding and Scoring Rules for more details.
➧ Lane Assignment Seeding and Pool Configuration Confirmation
You'll have the opportunity to edit the course and number of lanes of your pool at this screen:
➧ Specific Lane Assignment Verification
At the next screen, your lane assignments will be verified, based upon your seeding rules in your meet. You can edit these lane assignments here if needed:
➧ Odd-Laned Pools and Designated Scoring Heats
If you have a pool with an odd number of lanes, only an even number of lanes will be scored. Be sure to set your lane count on this screen:
On the next screen, you should only see an even number of lanes listed, and these will be the designated scoring lanes for that heat.
» Note: Please double-check that the correct lanes are designated as your scoring lanes. The default follows USA Swimming rules, which designate that Lane 1 is the non-scoring lane. If you'd like Lane 1 to be a scoring lane, be sure it's listed in the lane assignments. The non-scoring lane should not appear in the lane assignments at all.
➧ Example: Lane 1 is Scoring and Lane 5 is Non-Scoring
Lane 5 should not appear in the lane assignments:
Depending on how your meet is set up in the seeding/scoring rules, the lane that is not listed will either be:
- Seeded with the next fastest swimmer from either team (who will be a non-scoring swimmer), or
- Left empty
In designated scoring heats with designated scoring lanes, the setting for whether to fill the non-scoring lane is in the Seeding and Scoring rules for the meet (or in the meet template assigned to the meet):
Step 5: Launch the Meet Maestro Meet
After the meet is merged, a Meet Maestro button will appear in the header. This allows for easy access from any screen if you need to get back into the meet. Clicking on this button will launch Meet Maestro in a new window.
Multiple admins, including admins on any of the participating teams, may then click the Meet Maestro button to see the meet in Meet Maestro and run reports. The meet may be open in multiple browsers concurrently.
» Note: Meet Maestro is only fully supported using the Google Chrome browser (versions 89+ March 2021). All major browsers are supported in SwimTopia.
Merge Status After the Meet is Merged
Once the home team merges the entries for the meet, the Merge Status will show "Merged" and all status options are automatically reset on each site – this is to prevent the home team from making meet entry changes and rebuilding the meet without the visiting team’s consent.
Trouble-shooting Merge Errors
If you receive an error when attempting to merge entries, the issue is likely due to mismatched events. Ask the visiting team to correct their file or edit your events as necessary. The best way to ensure events are in sync is to download your events file from Meet Setup > Events to send to teams.
Deck Entries After Merge
If an athlete is on the roster, but not entered in any events, they should be available to be added to events from Meet Maestro’s Settings under Athletes, or directly to the events in the data entry interface. ➞ See the Meet-Maestro - Athlete Entry Deck Changes article for more on this topic.
If the athlete was not part of the roster at the time of the meet entries merge, a meet admin can add the athlete to the meet. ➞ See Meet Maestro Settings – Athletes to learn how.
» Tip: When many changes are needed by either team, rebuilding may be a more efficient option, but a new meet is created, essentially overwriting any changes already made in the original meet.
Results Download from Meet Maestro
After running the meet and completing any data entry or edits, you’ll be ready to transfer your team’s results into your SwimTopia site and each competitor's site from the Settings > Finish & Export screen in Meet Maestro.
If competing against a non-SwimTopia team, you can download and send the results for the other team in the .hy3 or .sd3 file format so they can upload all results into their team management platform.
➞ See the Meet Maestro Settings – Finish & Export article for more details.
Advancers File Download (Prelims/Finals)
The Advancers file format is used when one swim meet serves as the qualification round for a subsequent swim meet — where the top 8 swimmers advance to the next meet, for example. The result times from the current meet are used as the entry times for the next meet, even if the result time is not the fastest time for that swimmer.
Both of these post-meet downloads will be done from within the meet settings in Meet Maestro ➞ See the Meet Maestro Settings – Finish & Export article for more details.
You may have noticed the option to "Build as Virtual Meet (session per team)” when merging your meet. Although the initial purpose was for COVID-19, Virtual Meets could be an opportunity to swim against teams outside of your area/state, so we see this as a valuable feature to promote safety in this new normal AND provide our customers with an option to expand their swim experience.
➞ See our Meet Maestro - Virtual Meets article for more on this topic.
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