Most of the Team Luton Masters squad enter at least one swimming competition each year. They are a great social occasion with training colleagues poolside providing vocal support and encouragement. Individual achievements, however large or small, are acknowledged.
Competing at various regional, nation and international Swim Meets, the Club has achieved many notable successes. Indeed, fifteen of the squad were either National or Regional medal winners in 2019 – the last “full” year of competition – whilst as of November 2021, 58 Beds County Short Course and 56 Long Course records were held by 12 of our current members.
We do recognise that not everyone can be a winner but our Masters are able to monitor their own performances from month to month and year to year. In addition to the Club’s own Masters records, British Swimming holds an annual Masters (& Seniors) Decathlon competition. This encourages swimmers to compete over a variety of strokes and distances throughout the year. 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.
Our largest representation tends be at the following meets (with dates where known):
South East (Long Course) – 22nd-23rd Jan 2022 ; entries closed
Bracknell Masters – 5th March 2022; entries close 11th Feb
Swim Wales (Long Course) – Swansea- 5-6 March 2022
CABS (Nottingham) – 20th March 2022; entries close 1st March
Newmarket Masters – 24th April; entries close 15th April
Yorkshire Masters (Long Course) – Sheffield – 21 May 2022
British Masters (Long Course) – Aberdeen – 17 – 19 June 2022
Barnet Copthall Masters – Distance Meet – usually July
Barnet Copthall Masters Sprints Meet – usually September
Sth East Region Masters -1st Oct 2022
East Region Masters – usually late Sept or early Oct
Swim England Masters – 28 – 30 Oct 2022
Etwall Masters – 26 November 2022
Swim Wales Open – usually November
Click on green words above for links to Meet details.
Many of our Masters & Seniors do enter other meets throughout the country, details of which can be found by selecting the Masters filter on the Swimming.org Calendar. However, the dates of individual meets are usually publicised on the host organisation’s website well in advance of appearing on Swimming.org. This is particularly pertinent for the most popular meets where accepted entries might close before the published closing date.
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 15/16-17 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!