The Kingston Sprints

What Are The Sprints?

For any new swimmers & parents (and some existing), the sprints are a graded competition: that is to say it is for swimmers whose time for a given stroke is not faster than a set time band. This gives swimmers a chance of achieving a medal if they can get close to the set time (but not faster).

We set the time bands to suit our own swimmers personal best times and invite swimmers from other clubs to compete. Other clubs may have swimmers whose times are faster than those set by us and they will not compete. However their swimmers with slower times then have a chance for a medal. When we have all the entries in for the event we organise them into heats ranging from slowest to fastest swimmer (Heat 1 being the slower swimmers and the last heat being the fastest swimmers). Also within each heat the swimmers are in order of fastest to slowest by lane order i.e. lane 3,4,2,5,1 & 6. Ever wondered why the big senior competitions seem to finish that way?

Even though the slower swimmers may not have a chance to gain a medal they do get the opportunity to compete against swimmers from other clubs with similar times and get the benefit from competing against them. The times from all swimmers are then ordered slowest to fastest. Those who swim faster than the set time band are deemed to have ‘Swam Too Fast’ and receive a memento (swim cap), and the next six swimmers then receive a medal. If anyone would like any further clarification please ask.

Why Do We Have The Sprints?

This is our major fund raising event of the year and requires a little effort from all of us to make it a success. For our new members, this is an all day event where we invite teams and compete for medals. Hundreds will be there, swimmers, spectators and officials. It is our chance to build up funds in order that we can set the fees for the coming year

What We Need Parents To Do.

You will be asked to help out with donations (large or small) for Tombola and Raffle prizes ahead of the event and on the day we will need food i.e. filled rolls, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits, home baking, crisps etc. which we sell. We also need people to work with selling programmes, raffle tickets, tombola stall, swimwear stall, cakes, sweets, tea, coffee and drink sales. If you can help, please let us know. This is a great fun day even if you are not competing so please come along and enjoy yourselves and support your club. Watch the club desk for posters and more details.

What We Need Swimmers To Do.

Firstly you must return the entry form currently being handed out and indicate which events you want to do. We expect you to do as many as possible.

If you do not return the form you will not be entered. Even if you are not coming to the sprints for any reason, please return the form to indicate that you are not taking part.

If there is an event not marked for your participation it could be for a couple of reasons; you may not have ever swam that event and we do not have a current time for entry (that’s why we have the time trials), or your time may in our view be too slow (the competition takes as long as the slowest swimmer in each race), or you are a new swimmer and we have no times at all for you. In either respect if you think you should have an invite and did not receive one please ask. If you would like to do a swim not currently marked for participation then speak to a coach.

What Happens On The Day.

Please make sure swimmers are on poolside at least a half-hour before the warm-up times, morning warm-up 9.00am and afternoon warm-up 1.15pm.

When you arrive please report to a coach and make sure your name has been marked off on the attendance register. Failure to do this my result in missing one of your swims.

Bring an extra towel, club t-shirt and pool shoes. Do not leave poolside without telling a coach.

The most important thing is to come along and shout and cheer for every Kingston swimmer in the water … let everyone know how loud Kingston are!

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