If you plan to use the Time Drops Timing System to run your meets using SwimTopia's Meet Maestro meet management system, you will need to complete the setup process first.
➞ See Meet Maestro - Setting Up Time Drops Timing System for more details on this setup.
Covered in this Article:
- Timing System Bar
- Race Number Selector
- Combining Heats in Meet Maestro
- Current Event/Heat Status Bar
Timing System Bar
When "Time Drops" is selected under Meet Maestro Settings (gear icon) > Timing Setup, an additional “Time Drops" timing system bar is displayed in the data entry interface.
This bar indicates the current Meet and Race number and maps the current heat to the corresponding Time Drops data file.
As each race is finished, the timing system will save a results file into the shared folder. When new data files are detected for the corresponding race number, the button label will change from “WAITING FOR RESULTS” to “Load Times.” Click the button to import the times into the current heat.
>>Note: After clicking “Load Times”, if any times are missing, or if times are loaded for empty lanes, a warning message will be shown in the timing system bar.
After loading times, the button will change back to "WAITING FOR RESULTS".
Race Number Selector
The race selector will monitor the output of the timing system for result files. Once it detects one matching your current heat and event it will make it available to load times. If there are multiple races matching your event and heat Maestro will choose the largest race number by default.
If there is a mismatch, you can open the race selector dropdown and select a race to import. The star in the menu highlights which option is currently selected.
>>Tip: Editing the race number to keep things in sync is useful if the race number is thrown off by something unusual, like a false start.
>>Note: All changes made in Meet Maestro are automatically saved as you go. You’ll notice saving activity indicated in the heat/lane bar. When you see a green “Saved” checkmark, you can be assured your data is saved and up-to-date.
Combining Heats in Meet Maestro
Currently, the way you can combine heats in Meet Maestro is by moving individual athletes/relays to non-overlapping lanes within each heat so that you can swim those heats simultaneously.
There would be one race in the timing software that includes times for all the combined heats. You will need to import the same race data file from Time Drops for each heat that was combined in Meet Maestro.
To do that, you will need to click to edit the Race Number field in the Time Drops system timing bar to match the race number of the file saved by the Time Drops software. You'll end up with two different heats in Meet Maestro that both load the same Race Number from Time Drops.
Times from all lanes will be loaded into each of the combined heats -- you can either clear those times in the empty lanes, but that's not required (they'll be ignored).
Current Event/Heat Status Bar
As the meet progresses, the current event and heat will display at the bottom left of the screen.