Open Meets

Open Meets 

An Open Meet is a non-team competition hosted by a Club e.g. Worcester that is “open” to swimmers from any other club to enter.

Open Meets are typically “graded” with qualifying times i.e. swimmers having to meet a minimum standard (faster than time X) while sometimes the ability of swimmers is restricted to a maximum standard too (no faster than time Y).

There will be wide range of events to choose from e.g. 50m Freestyle to 400m Individual Medley with swimmers not limited to how many races they may enter.  This is what makes Open Meets so popular as they provide an excellent opportunity to swim lots of races – whereas at a normal gala, you may just get two or three 25m/50m/100m swims for the team.

Although swimmers are very welcome to enter as many Open Meets as they want (NB Club competitions always take priority), we would urge a little caution and not do too many.  Also, as they are usually over a whole day – or even a weekend – Open Meets are much more fun with a large squad of swimmers there to support each other (and bring the Coach coffee!?).

To this end, Mark will nominate a number of Open Meets each year that will be “Club events” i.e. we will look to take lots of swimmers, entries will be handled by the Club, there will be coaching staff on poolside, etc.  All other Open Meets will need to be organised by swimmers & parents themselves – although Mark is always happy to provide advice.

Targeted open meets – These also appear on our Fixtures calendar with all relevant links

The following are the planned “target” meets for the rest of the 2018-19 season…please read the descriptions carefully as not all will be suitable for every swimmer!

Nuneaton – 16/17th March

This is a level 3 short course meet and will provide an opportunity for swimmers chasing Regional (West Midland) qualifying times to race in a fast pool

Please note that the Saturday is Winter League (round 2) and swimmers should therefore only enter the PM session on that first day if (a) they have a realistic chance of securing new/additional Regional QT’s and (b) have spoken to Mark first

Bristol – 23rd/24th March

This a level 1 long course meet primarily for swimmers aiming to post fast times in the National qualifying window (opening weekend) and/or those with / aspiring to Regional QT’s seeking long course race practice…but is open to all Club swimmers with the meet qualifying times who wish to enter

Derventio Excel at Sheffield – 5/6/7th April

Target level 1 long course meet for those swimmers aiming to qualify for National Summer Championships

Soundwell at Gloucester – 6/7th April

Another level 3 short course meet in a super fast pool

Suitable for all swimmers whose PB’s are not faster than the upper limit times…and ideal last chance opportunity for any swimmer chasing Regional QT’s

Please note though that Saturday 6th April is Round 1 of the Junior League and any swimmers selected for this will be expected to represent the Club in the league gala that night…team competitions take priority…so all swimmers age 9-12 (as at 14/9/19) should not enter the Saturday PM session

Southwold  also at Gloucester – 25th/26th May

An excellent meet…highly recommended…suitable for all swimmers below Regional level…no qualifying times (only upper limit times) so perfect for the less experienced swimmers too

FYI Mark is also planning to target a Level 1 long course meet in late May (after Regional Champs) for those swimmers chasing qualifying times for National Summer Championships and not busy with GCSE / A level exams…details to follow

Worcester – 6/7th July

Simply the best…pop the date in your diaries now!  Suitable for all Club swimmers

Finally, I’m afraid that we need to get entries in for two of these meets ASAP – Soundwell and Southwold (whilst the latter is 5 months away, it always fills up very fast!) as they are first come, first served

To that end, below are links to the meet packs

http://soundwellswim.org.uk/files/documents/Soundwell-L3-Open-Meet-Pack-April-2019-Final-%281%29.pdf

http://southwoldswimmingclub.com/files/documents/Southwold-L3-May-Open-Meet-Pack-2019v1.pdf

Can you please let Mark/Lizzie have completed entry forms for either/both meets by Monday 7th January latest.  Only paper copies will be processed…online entries by email, social media, etc will not be accepted…and payment needs to be made at the same time please…ideally by cheque (payable to Worcester Swimming Club) or alternatively direct to the usual Club bank a/c (in which case, please quote your bank reference on the form to assist with reconciliation)