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 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):
3 March – Bracknell Masters – Bracknell; entries closed 8th Feb
4 March – Royal Navy Masters – Millfield, Somerset; entries closed 16th Feb
17 March – Staffordshire Masters (incl 15-17 & 18-24 yrs) – Stafford; entries close 1st March
22 April – Gloucester Masters – Gloucester ; entries close 24 March
22 April – Newmarket Masters – entries close 14 April
19 May – Norfolk Masters & Seniors (50m) – Norwich; entries close 30 April
20 May – Erith Masters – Bexleyheath; entries close 27 April but VERY Limited entries for 800m & 150m
26 -27 May – Midland Masters & Seniors (Rugby); entries close 4th May
8 – 10 June – GB Long Course Masters – Plymouth entries close 18th May
7 – 8 July – Barnet Copthall Distance Meet (Hendon, London); entries close 22 June
3-7 September – LEN European Masters – Kranj, SLOVENIA
23 September – Barnet Copthall Sprint Meet (Hendon, London); entries close 10 September
30 September – East Region Masters – Newmarket (tbc)
6 October – South East Region Short Course
26 – 28 October – National Masters (Long Course) – Sheffield
24-25 November – Barnet Copthall 1500m (Hendon, London); entries close 9 November
A more comprehensive list is available from the ASA /Swim England Masters Calendar available on the Masters Links section.