# Excel 2003- Formatting for elapsed times

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1. ### randmendThread Starter

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I am wanting to compare elapsed times from competitive swimming events and cannot get the cell formatting correct. The elapsed times include minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds. Once I have the cell formatting correct, I am looking for a formula that will compare elapsed times by event from one swim meet to the next. For example, in Meet #1, the elapsed time for a specific event might be 59.41 seconds, and in Meet 2, the elapsed time might be 1:01.32 (minutes, seconds, hundredths of a second) for the same event. The bottom line is I want to determine which meet had overall faster times, event by event. Anybody worked with something similar?

2. ### XL Guru

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Try a custom format of

mm:ss.00

>> I want to determine which meet had overall faster times

Do you mean AVERAGE?

3. ### randmendThread Starter

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Thanks for your response; no I don't mean average, I just need to determine which meet recorded the faster times in total. There are about 20-30 different events per swim meet, and I will be entering the first, second and third place times for each event in columns. If I total up the times in each column and compare the total elapsed times from column to column, I will be able to tell which meet posted the fastest times overall.

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I'm not sure I understand the "total up the times in each column and compare the total elapsed times from column to column" ; sounds like "what's the smallest of the sums of the first three times per event?" as in "what's the smallest average?" (?) So this reply might be in the wrong direction ...

Tricky, IMO, due to the 3-D nature of the data (each meet has multiple events, each event has multiple results (1st time, 2nd time, etc.))

Try one sheet for each meet, with the sheet names as "Meet1", "Meet2", etc. (you could use the first as a template for the others). List the event names from A1 down, then the 1st-3rd results in B11, B22, etc. Then use a summary sheet with "Event" in A1, "Meet1" in B1, "Meet2" in C1, etc. And the the event names from A2 down.

Then you could use

=SUM(INDIRECT(B\$1&"!B"&ROW()-1&""&ROW()-1))

in B2, & copy it down and across. And a column to flag up the fastest meet, with a formula incorporating OFFSET, MATCH & SMALL. Which is too complicated to explain, I'll just attach a sample file.

Rgds,
Andy

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