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2017 TYR JAX 50: How Does It Work?

2017 TYR JAX 50: How Does It Work?
Photo: © Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
The 2017 version of the TYR JAX 50 Sprint Dual Challenge kicks off this Friday evening in Jacksonville, FL, at the Bolles School.



How does it work?

The JAX 50 is a unique swim meet. Unlike a traditional format, where eight to 10 swimmers will race at one time for the top spot or the fastest time, the JAX 50 offers swimming fans a distinctive twist.

In a sport focused so heavily on the times on the scoreboard, spectators will have the opportunity to witness racing in its purest form -- mano a mano, one v. one. There is a winner. There is a loser. No consolation prize for the time on the scoreboard.

Swimmers will compete in a 50 LCM freestyle on Saturday morning (along with a 50m butterfly, backstroke, and breastroke -- which are not part of the finals) to earn a spot in the finals on Saturday evening. The finals will be contested in short course yards and every race will only feature two swimmers racing head-to-head in an NCAA bracket elimination-style format.

For the 10&U, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-16 age groups -- Eight female swimmers in each age group and eight male swimmers in each age group will be given a seed based on the preliminary results (which will be swum long course) of the 50 freestyle. The top performer out of prelims will receive the No. 1 seed, and the eighth-fastest performer will receive the No. 8 seed.

For the 17 and over age group -- there will be four female professional swimmers (​Madison Kennedy, Daiane Becker, Kira Toussaint,​ and one other TBD) and four male professional swimmers (​Cullen Jones, Josh Schneider, Nicolas Nilo, ​and ​Simonas Bilis​) who will automatically earn the top four seeds. The No. 5 through 8 seeds will be earned via the four fastest times out of the preliminary heats.

For all of you visual learners out there:

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Bracketology 101

Here is a brief explanation on how the JAX 50 bracket (pictured above) will work:

Race A will swim
Winner moves to Race G
Loser moves to Race E


Race B will swim

Winner moves to Race G
Loser moves to Race E


Race C will swim
Winner moves to Race H
Loser moves to Race F


Race D will swim
Winner moves to Race H
Loser moves to Race F

Race E will swim
Winner moves to Race J
Loser moves to Race I


Race F will swim
Winner moves to Race J
Loser moves to Race I


Race G will swim
Winner moves to Championship Race
Loser moves to Race K


Race H will swim
Winner moves to Championship Race
Loser moves to Race K


Race I will swim
Winner will earn 7th place
Loser will earn 8th place


Race J will swim
Winner will earn 5th place
Loser will earn 6th place


Race K will swim
Winner will earn 3rd place
Loser will earn 4th place


Championship Race

Winner will be crowned JAX 50 Champion
Loser will earn 2nd place

Prize Money & Awards

There will be two types of awards: one for the professional swimmers in the form of cash and one for each of the other age groups:

Pros Cash Awards:

1st place: Men -- $2,500 | Women -- $2,500
2nd place: Men -- $1,500 | Women -- $1,500
3rd place: Men -- $1,000 | Women -- $1,000
4th place: Men -- $500 | Women -- $500

​Age Group Awards:

1st place: TYR AP12 racing suit + Towel
2nd place: TYR Warm Up + Towel
3rd place: TYR Practice Suit
4th - 8th place: T-Shirt

Past female winners include big-time names such as ​Kara Lynn Joyce​ (2010), ​Lara Jackson​ (2011), ​Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace​ (2013, 2015), and ​Madison Kennedy​ (2014).​

Past male winners include stars such as ​George Bovell​ (2010, 2013), ​Adam Brown​ (2011), and ​Josh Schneider​ (2014, 2015).​

For complete information on the JAX 50, click on over to our meet event page​In addition to live-streaming the meet, which you can access here, we will have previews, recaps, athlete and coach interviews, archived race footage, and much more! Stay tuned for a fast weekend of racing in Jacksonville.

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