Time Trailing in Rowing

A post on Kip McDaniel's Blog on the Rowing News tells about the Canadian system of time trailing for World Championship entries - completed by the Canadians just today. McDaniel notes that the Americans must beat a defined absolute them to be sent to worlds. The Canadians race against the world record time - then plot the percentages each crew rowed. The selection is, in his words, "nebulous" by choosing all the crews that cluster around a given percentage.

Thoughts? Has anyone out there come out on the wrong end of that method?

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