A few of us hit some local Masters swim meets last season and had an absolute blast!
After fumbling around trying to figure things out, Catherine took the lead for me and became the LYNX “go to Masters swim resource”. Looking at the race schedule, the first meet of the season is on October 14th…only 6 weeks away! So, if you are interested, please read Catherine’s notes below.
This is Catherine and here are her notes!
So You Want to Compete in Swim Meets…Or at least you are considering it?!?
Here is what you need to know!
- The Main website for registration and info is here: Swim Alberta registration link LYNX Triathlon is not a Masters affiliated club so you will have to sign up using the Unattached Masters Swimmers Registration – Online Form
- Cost is $68.50 and allows you to compete at Masters meets. As an unattached swimmer – you will be coded as a “WILD” swimmer. Note: you don’t want or need the more expensive options. Membership period runs from September 1 – August 31, 2018. One has to renew this membership annually.
- This registration will allow you to swim not only in Alberta, but in any province and the USA and the World Championships! The Worlds were recently held in Budapest.
- You can follow Alberta Masters Swimming on Facebook
- You can follow Masters Swimming Canada on Facebook and Twitter
Meet Schedule so far as posted on the website. Mark your calendars!!
- There could be more meets in 2018, including one in Edmonton hosted by Making Waves and one in Red Deer as well.
- As noted above, the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships will be held in Calgary in 2018. The last ‘Nationals’ were held on May 12 – 14. There are no qualifying times. Everyone and anyone with a provincial registration as a Masters Swimmer may enter.
- Another website you may be visiting is Masters Swimming Canada Under the heading “Competitive Swimming” is the Meet Schedule where you can find Results and the Meet Package for various meets. Also under this heading are rankings where one can search an event by age group and see how they rank among their peers.
Last year we started the season with Circuit Meet 1 which was held at the Repsol Centre. We learned a few things.
We also learned, the hard way, that if you spend too much time taking photos before your FIRST EVER RELAY….they might start the relay without you. Yes, true story.
Our second meet was in January at the Foothills pool. We had a good crowd out at this event and this time our relay teams raced!
One thing worth mentioning is that there is a fair bit of sitting around at these meets. BUT, that’s part of the fun! It’s a great way to learn about your team mates and socialize. Also, you will become a compulsive heat sheet checking to avoid missing your events. (See Tay, Catherine and Lynn with paperwork in their laps)
The final meet we attended last season was Provincials in April back at Repsol again.
We got “fancy” at this meet in our new “Swim” hoodies and some of us tried out snazzy racing suits. 😀 This was a 2 day meet and we REALLY outdid ourselves in the “sitting around” department due to many heats of 800 and 1500m swims. But, this was a great opportunity to test ourselves in distance events just before open water season began. AND, equally important, this is where Ken taught us about instagram. Thanks Ken!
Note: Swim Hoodies are not required to come out and swim with LYNX at Masters meets but they sure look nice…and can be ordered!
In any event, we hope you will consider registering as an unattached swimmer and join in on the fun.
There are events for everyone. If you only swim freestyle you can stick with that. If you know other strokes you can swim them too. Event distances include 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. Don’t know how to dive? Come out to a LYNX swim and Coach Mary will teach you OR you can start in the water for your event.
The BC website for Masters Swimming states:
Masters swimming prime credo is fitness. Masters swimming means wanting to be fit, having the pleasure of being with other swimmers sharing these interests while doing it, and for some, releasing those competitive juices from time to time. Masters Swimming encourages competition for swimmers of all abilities who like to challenge themselves and others at swim meets. . . .
Also on the BC site, is a meet on Saturday September 9, 2017 in Kamloops. And, among others, there is a Long Course Meet (50 M pool) in Victoria on February 4, Okay, I will stop now.
See you at the pool!
Thanks to Catherine for providing all this great information. If you have any questions please Contact Us
Also, watch this blog for upcoming pool session dates to work on some swim meet skills. There will be a few Friday 7-8pm swims at MRU to allow you to practice starts, turns and other strokes to prep you for the first meet in October.
There is still some room left in weekly group swims. Click here for details