Level X Artistic Swimming moves to the pool as next phase of event launchesMay 14, 2021
Swim England’s Level X artistic swimming concept is expanding from virtual land games to the pool and will see athletes competing in a four-phase virtual competition.
Artistic swimmers will have the chance to represent their club and challenge themselves against others from across the country, with leaderboards being published at the end of each phase to reveal the top finishers and celebrate their achievement.
The event will officially launch on May 17 and will be open to all Swim England Category 2 members from Figure Grade 1 – Grade 6, including masters swimmers.
The Swim England artistic swimming team previously hosted the first-ever Level X Artistic Swimming Virtual Land Games which was labelled a ‘huge success’.
‘Replicating excitement of competition’
Karen Thorpe, Swim England artistic swimming manager, said of this event: “After witnessing the success of Level X across other disciplines in recent months and our own Level X Virtual Land Games, we are delighted to be taking the Level X concept into the water.
“The dryland edition of the event proved that the thrill and excitement of competing against others can be replicated at home, and so bringing that to the pool is going to be brilliant for the athletes.
“After such a long stretch away from the water, we are determined to make Level X Artistic Swimming a success and help develop the technical ability to improve the standard of the sport.
“We are excited to see what the athletes have in store.”
Similar to the land edition of the event, athletes will have to complete a series of skills in the pool which will be judged in-house.
Individuals must hold a minimum of a Level 1 Judge Qualification in order to be able to judge the athletes.
Artistic swimming officials will support their clubs with Level 1 judges officiating for grade 1-3 swimmers, while Level 2/3 judges will officiate grade 1-6 swimmers.
The four phases of competition will each be a month long and are built around the grade system to help develop the swimmers. Each phase will be independent, so the results from each phase will not be carried over.