Bracknell entry lists, Haslemere and 2010 Decathlon results

posted 17 Feb 2011, 04:58 by Oxford Masters   [ updated 17 Feb 2011, 04:59 ]

Bracknell entry lists now available

If you entered the meet at Bracknell in a couple of weeks time, the entry lists are accessible from this link, they are in PDF format. Don’t print them off, it runs to over 300 pages!  Also on the link above, please see the competitor information. If you haven’t swam at Bracknell before, it is especially important to read these as everyone has to ‘sign in’ for their event on the day, BEFORE the warm-up of each session.

Haslemere meet results

Two of our group made the trip down to Haslemere for the second annual Masters Sprint and Medley meet at the weekend.  With the four 50m sprints and a 100 IM condensed into a little more than 90 minutes, the events came thick and fast.

Matt Gomez dominated his new 45-49 age group, winning the 50 fly (30.28), 50 breaststroke (35.71), 50 freestyle (28.27) and a new County record in the 100 IM (1.11.93) as well as placing second in the 50 backstroke (34.62).

In the 30-34 age group, Simon Joyce placed first in the 50 breaststroke (36.59), second in the 50 backstroke (32.77), freestyle (28.29) and 100 IM (1.10.56) and third in the 50 fly (33.11).

2010 Decathlon Results

The final results are in for the 2010 British Swimming Masters Decathlon competition.  But what is the Decathlon? It’s a bit of fun really, but it does encourage some Masters swimmers to do that odd event they wouldn’t usually contemplate swimming.

Every time you swim a Masters meet, the results are submitted to the ASA who run the competition.  Points are awarded for each swim using the FINA points scoring tables and these points are then age-adjusted. Up to 10 events count for points across six groups (short freestyle (50, 100, 200), long freestyle (400, 800, 1500), backstroke (50, 100, 200), breaststroke (50, 100, 200), butterfly (50, 100, 200) and IM (100, 200, 400). To get the maximum 10 events, a swimmer must complete one swim in each of the six groups and then their four next best scoring events are selected with no more than two swims from any of the six event groups. All clear?!

At the end of the year awards are given to the top three male and female swimmers with the highest total points scores nationally (so doing 10 events is a distinct advantage).  The top four swimmers from each club in terms of total points count towards the club competition. You can find more information and the results from 2010 and previous years here:

After all the results were totted up for the year, COSC men finished a creditable 16th place team nationally out of 444 clubs with 15917 points:

Matt Gomez           5266 (10 events, good enough for 29th place overall)

Simon Joyce            4334 (10 events)

Dave Denny             3544 (6 events)

Pete Williams         2773 (5 events)

Best swim from a COSC male was unsurprisingly Chris Aust’s GB record-breaking 50m breaststroke at the Nationals in Sheffield, earning 773 points and ranked him equal 3rd point score in the event across all Masters age groups after the age adjustments had been calculated.

Mention should also go to Chris Marsh, who scored 4452 points from 9 events, but was classified as swimming for Bicester.  Had Chris’ points been given attributed to us, that would have lifted Oxford to 9th in the men’s team rankings.

COSC women finished 40th in the team competition out of 372 clubs (10659 points) with contributions from:

Jo Eaton                  3258 (7 events)

Kirsty Harvey           2775 (8 events)

Ruth Rinze              2450 (5 events)

Kathryn Fletcher     2176 (6 events)

Marie Royal’s 200m freestyle at Sheffield was the best swim of the year, earning her 692 points and 7th place across all age groups in that event once the age adjustment kicked in.

So if you fancy seeing how many points you can rack up this year, enter a few meets and give those events you’d never dream of entering a go!