As well as competing for medals, swimmers at the British Gas National Age Group Championships will be competing for points-based prizes called the BAGCAT (British Age Group Category) Awards.
BAGCAT Awards scores are taken from a range of strokes and distances to encourage young swimmers to participate across a number of events and develop their skills over multiple strokes.
While BAGCATs can be calculated slightly differently at regional and County level, they are based on four categories at National level:
- 100s – best FINA points score from any 100m stroke
- Form – best FINA points score from 200m Backstroke, Breaststroke or Butterfly
- Medley – best FINA points score from either 200m or 400m Individual Medley
- Free – best FINA points score from a freestyle event.
BAGCAT rankings are then calculated based on the combined scores from the four categories – naturally, one score can only be used in one category.
As different swimmers compete in their best events and scoring their highest FINA points tallies at different stages of the competition, the BAGCAT rankings can change a lot during the meet and adds an extra layer of excitement to the competition.