Most of the Team Luton Masters squad enter at least one 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 whilst as of July 2020, 54 Beds County Short Course and 62 Long Course records were held by 16 of our then 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 as 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:
South East (Long Course) – potentially 22nd/23rd Jan 2022
British Masters (Long Course)
Barnet Copthall Masters
East Region Masters
South East Region Masters- potentially 2nd Oct 2021
Swim England Masters – a particularly great social occasion, usually held over the last weekend in October
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!