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 15-17 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 9th place in the 2018 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):
2 March – Essex Masters – Basildon; entries closed 2 February
2 March – Bracknell Masters & Seniors – Bracknell; entries closed 7 February
16 March – Maidenhead (1 of 2) Evening meet; entries close 1st March
23 March – Staffordshire Masters & Seniors- Stafford; entries close 8th March; INCLUDES 15-17 and 18-24 years
24 March – CABS Masters & Seniors- Nottingham; entries close 4th March;
24 March – London (50m); entries close 15 March
31 March – Gloucester Masters; entries close 8th March;
27 April – Fareham Nomads Masters – Waterlooville; entries close 29th March
28 April – Newmarket Masters & Seniors (INCLUDES 16-17 yrs) – Newmarket; entries close 18 April
11 May – Norfolk Masters – Norwich (50m); entries close 19 April
18 & 19 May – Midland Masters & Seniors – Rugby; entries close 3rd May
19 May – EDSC Masters & Seniors – Erith ; entries close 26 April
14-16 June – GB Long Course (50m) Championships – Swansea; NB QTs; 1st Stage entries 8 – 27 March; 2nd stage 3 Apr – 5June
6-7 July – Barnet Copthall Distance meet
13 July – Maidenhead (2 of 2) Evening meet – entries close 1st July
15 Sept – Barnet Sprints Meet
29 Sept – East Masters & Seniors – Newmarket
25 – 27 October – Swim England Masters & Seniors- Sheffield
16 Nov – Swim Wales (25m) – Newport
23 – 24 Nov – Barnet 1500m
A more comprehensive list is available from the ASA /Swim England Masters Calendar available on the Masters Links section.