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There were moments during 2020 when you might have been forgiven for wondering when we’d ever get our swimmers back in the pool let alone racing.

Shield 3Although a return of swim galas as we used to know them is still a long way off we’re excited to announce we’ll be able to stage a Club Championships before the end of the year.

Which, when you think about it, is quite an achievement given that they had to cancel the Olympics!

This year our format will have to be different.

Instead of having the whole club come together at one pool over two days, competing in sprints and distance events, we’ll be running these as time trials during the regular training sessions.

Unfortunately it won’t be possible to include the Development swimmers this time as the Covid-safe steps we have to take would make it too difficult to organise.

We’ll be using the same scoring system we always have with times being converted into LEN points. 

The winner for each age group is the swimmer with the most LEN points for the 4 events they swim.

The purpose of the LEN system is to compare swimmers over different distances and strokes.

The points scale is matched to the world record for that event, so it’s just as tough to get a high score in a 50m event as it is a 200m swim.

It gives a fair way for swimmers who are the same age but are training in different squads and racing different distances to compete against each other.

To get the most out of the sessions Head Coach, Alan, has selected events which can be entered for the West District speed ladder and Scottish Swimming’s Tighinn Comhla national virtual ranking system.

Blocks Dive 3National and Youth

200 IM, 100 free, 100back + 100  fly or breast

Gold 

200 IM, 100 free, 100 back, 50 fly

Silver 

100 IM, 100 free, 100 back, 50 fly

The plan is for Silver squad to race all their events at Portal on Thursday 26th November using the full pool from 1930 – 2100.

The other squads would do theirs during the week commencing 7 December with the events spread across two of their training sessions that week.