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 whilst ten competed at the 2016 ASA Nationals. Ten medals were won at the 2017 GB Masters held in Aberdeen in June. Twelve of our current squad hold Beds County records and they will be looking to improve their times at the National Masters & Seniors Championships in Sheffield this October.
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):
1 October – East Regions – Newmarket; entries closed 11th September; includes Seniors
27-29 October – National Masters & Seniors: Sheffield, NB: Your “qualifying” times must have been achieved since 1st October 2015. Entries close 6th October
13 November – Inter Counties (if selected)
25-26 November – Barnet Masters & Seniors 1500m
20-21 January – Sth East Long Course Masters – K2, Crawley
3 March – Bracknell Masters
25 March – Billingham Masters
26 -27 May – Midland Masters (Rugby); entries close 4th May
3-7 September – LEN European Masters – Kranj, SLOVENIA
A more comprehensive list is available from the ASA Masters Calendar available on the Masters Links section.
All Team Luton Masters and Seniors are encouraged to enter the annual club championships held over four Saturdays during the year. (See Fixtures for dates).