Entries open for National Championships 2017August 23, 2017 Masters News
Entries are now open for the Swim England Masters National Championships 2017.
The event takes place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield from 27-29 October 2017.
The Masters National Swimming Championships is one of the highlights of the domestic swimming calendar. Some of the country’s top Masters swimmers will be competing for medals in their age group,. Many will also be hoping to break World, European and British Masters records.
The Championships is a short course event, and there will be lots of fierce competition and some long standing rivalries. It’s also a great event for those who are new to competitive swimming, or returning after a hiatus.
To enter the event, swimmers must have achieved qualifying times for the event they wish to compete. This time must have been achieved on 1 October 2015 or later to qualify.
“This year is the first time we have used qualification times,” said Masters Working Group Chair Verity Dobbie.
“We appreciate that some swimmers may be slower now than they were when their fastest time was set. But we believe it is the best way to ensure as many swimmers as possible who have made QTs can enter.
“We understand the system is not yet perfect, but we will be reviewing this process post-event to try and improve for 2018.”
- Click here to find all of the information you need to enter the Championships.
More than 80 records broken in 2016
Although Masters swimmers will be competing for medals, many of them will be competing against themselves and against previous record holders. At last year’s event alone, swimmers broke more than 80 records.
These included five world records, 23 European records and 56 British records, some set in individual and some in relay events.
Chesterfield swimmer Ben Harkin claimed five British records in the 35-39yrs age group, including 50m Butterfly (25.05), 100m Freestyle (51.57), 100m Backstroke (57.20), 50m Breaststroke (28.76) and 50m Backstroke (26.37).
Teddington were the standout club in the relay events, claiming three relay world records. They set records in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay (8:52.27), Mixed 4x100m Medley Team relay (3:42.83) and the Women’s 2x100m Freestyle relay (4:00.78). All of these were in the 120+ age group (combined ages add up to 120+).
- Click here to read all of the reports from the 2016 Masters National Swimming Championships.