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!
In 2016 six of the squad competed in the European Masters championships held in London where Graham Powell won a Silver and a Bronze medal. Ten medals (2 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze) were won at the 2017 GB Masters held in Aberdeen in June with a further seven (1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze) collected at the short course English National Masters championships in October. Between them, thirteen of our current squad held 38 Short course and 47 Long Course Beds County Masters records as at 1st November 2017.
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 have been placed in the National Top 20 for the past three years 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):
25 November – Etwall Eagle Masters & Seniors – Alfreton; entries closed 31st October
25-26 November – Barnet Masters & Seniors 1500m ; entries closed 17th November
20-21 January – Sth East Long Course Masters & Seniors – K2, Crawley; entries close 8th Jan
18 February – Sudbury Masters – Sudbury, Suffolk; entries close 20th Jan
3 March – Bracknell Masters – Bracknell; entries close 8th Feb
3 March – Essex Masters & Seniors – Basildon; entries close 3rd Feb
4 March – Royal Navy Masters – Millfield, Somerset; entries close 16th Feb
17 March – Staffordshire Masters (incl 15-17 & 18-24 yrs) – Stafford; entries close 1st March
18 March – CABS Masters – Hucknall Nottingham; entries close 26th Feb
22 April – Gloucester Masters
22 April – Newmarket Masters
20 May – Erith Masters
26 -27 May – Midland Masters & Seniors (Rugby); entries close 4th May
8 – 10 June – GB Long Course Masters – Plymouth
3-7 September – LEN European Masters – Kranj, SLOVENIA
26 – 28 October – National Masters- Sheffield
A more comprehensive list is available from the ASA Masters Calendar available on the Masters Links section.