Open Meets 2016-17
For those who aren’t aware, 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), I 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, I 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 (thanks to Lizzie Monkhouse), there will be coaching staff on poolside, etc. All other Open Meets will need to be organised by swimmers & parents themselves – though I am always happy to provide advice.
Whilst it’s likely that at least one more meet at level 2 or 3 will be added to the Fixtures List towards the end of the season (early July), possibly even a Worcester meet at the new Perdiswell pool (tbc), these are the open meet competitions that we will be looking to attend as a Club for the remainder of 2016-17:
Bristol – 11/12th 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
Sheffield – 24/25/26th March
Target level 1 long course meet for those swimmers aiming to qualify for National Summer Championships
Gloucester – 31st March, 1st/2nd April
An excellent Level 2 meet in a super fast short course pool!
Highly recommended for all swimmers with Qualifying Times – and probably (tbc) last chance for swimmers looking to achieve Regional qualifying times this year
Please note though that Saturday 1st 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 may therefore have to miss session 3 (Sat pm)
Derventio Excel (Sheffield) – 20th/21st May
Final opportunity (after West Midland Championships) in the “qualifying window” for British and Home Nations Summer Championships so imperative for those aiming to swim at Nationals this year
Southwold (Gloucester) – 27th/28th May
Suitable for all swimmers below Regional level…no qualifying times (only upper limit times) so perfect for the less experienced swimmers