There are 4 Levels of Open Meet licensed by the ASA and full details can be found at http://www.swimming.org/asa/clubs-and-members/licensed-meets/. The basic rule of thumb is “the higher the Level, the faster the qualification time” where Level 1 is for the fastest swimmers. Individual qualification times are determined by the ASA Rankings list, which can be found at https://www.swimmingresults.org/individualbest/
Open Meets are run by Swimming Clubs and swimming Governing bodies and include the Wiltshire County Championships, South West Regional Championships and National Championships. A brief description of each follows:
Swimming Club Open Meets are run throughout the swimming year between Sept-July. Marlborough Penguins runs its own Open Meets, and we also enter our swimmers into Open Meets run by other Clubs. Entry packs are issued for each Open Meet providing full details of the Level of the meet (i.e. 1,2,3 or 4), qualification times, schedule of events, venue etc. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the entry packs for current open meets
Wiltshire County Championships are for those swimmers that have qualified through an Open Meet licensed at Level 1,2, 3 or 4. Wiltshire Swimming sets qualifying times. The competition is run in a 25m pool, and is usually held in Jan/Feb each year. It is split into 4:
- Youth championships – 14 years and over (age as at 31st Dec)
- Age Groups Championship – 10 years – 13 years (age as at 31st Dec)
- Sprints – All ages
- Long Distance – All ages
South West Regional Championships are for those swimmers that have qualified through any Open Meet licensed at Level 1,2 or 3. The ASA South West Region sets qualifying times. The competition is run in a 50m pool and is usually held in May/June each year. It is split into 2:
- Youth championships – 15 years older (age as at 31st Dec)
- Age Group championships – 11 years – 14 years (age as at 31st Dec)
National Championships are for the fastest swimmers in each age group in each event. There are no qualification times. A top ranking per event per age group determines qualification. The competition is usually held in July/Aug each year. It is split into 2:
- British Summer Championships are for swimmers aged 13 years and over (age as at 31st Dec). Qualification is determined by a top 24 ranking per event per age group from the British ranking list. Swim times must be achieved in a 50m pool within a qualifying window.
- English/Scottish/Welsh Summer Championships are for male swimmers aged 13 years and over and female swimmers age 12 years and over (age at 31st Dec) who have not qualified in that event for the British Summer Championships. Qualification is determined from the English/Scottish/Welsh ranking list from the same qualifying window as the British Summer Championships. The number of swimmers will be determined by the Home Nation but is typically the next top 20 ranked swimmers per event per age group.