At most “Masters” meets you are seeded in heats to swim alongside competitors of your own speed, regardless of ages. For the purposes of the competition results, your times are then reported in 5 year age group bands, i.e. 25 – 29 years, 30 -34 years etc. These Masters meets also usually hold a Senior Age Group for those aged 18 – 24 years old. “Top level” swimmers, i.e. those still competing at national championship level are not expected to swim at such meets. A few of the “Masters” meets also have a 16/17 years age group category.
Some Meets tend to offer races over 25m, 50m & 100m each stroke plus 100m IM. Other meets may offer 200m events and go as far as including 800m & 1500m F/s and a 400m IM but with no 25m races. Even longer distances can be swum when entering Open Water competitions!
The ASA hold an annual Masters (& Seniors) Decathlon competition whereby swimmers are encouraged to compete over a variety of strokes and distances. Points are awarded on the age-adjusted times achieved. In addition to the individual competition, the decathlon points gained by the top four swimmers of each club are amalgamated for the team competition. Team Luton’s male Masters finished in 10th place in the 2017 GB Team competition whilst our growing band of Ladies are enjoying scaling the rankings as they enter more competitions.
Forthcoming Competitions (click on Green words for URL link):
16 September – Berks & South Bucks Masters – Maidenhead; entries close 23 August
23 September – Barnet Copthall Sprint Meet (Hendon, London); entries close 10 September
30 September – East Region Masters – Newmarket; entries close 7 September
6 October – South East Region Short Course – Guildford; entries close ?? September
26 – 28 October – National Masters (Short Course) – Sheffield; entries close 5 October
24 November – Etwall Masters – Alfreton: entries close 31 October
24-25 November – Barnet Copthall 1500m (Hendon, London); entries close 9 November
19 – 20 January – South East Long Course Masters
23 March – Staffordshire Masters – Stafford
14-16 June – GB Long Course Championships – Swansea
A more comprehensive list is available from the ASA /Swim England Masters Calendar available on the Masters Links section.