This is interesting. Ned Denison, member of the MIMS selection committee, posted the following “inside scoop” on the selection of the field for the 2011 swim. From the Channel Swimmers chat group:
Last year I reported from “inside” the committee to help you all understand how the selection process worked for the 2010 solo swim. Time to update you – a year later. The goal is simply to de-mystify the process for future solo applicants.
The application process for Manhattan is not simple ! It takes a few hours to complete a swimmer profile and upload evidence of swims and write an essay. The earlier one starts the more time you have to ask questions and get help. So…the final date was announced in advance and the applicants scheduled time to get up early or stay up late or take an hour or so off work (depending on their location in the world!)
- The first 15 applications received were very qualified, had no information outstanding, met all the diversity requirements and were automatically selected.
- Another four were automatically accepted out of the next 14 completed applications to help fully meet the diversity criteria.