Competitions & Qualifying Times
Maidstone Swimming Club competes in the following competitions throughout the year.
These championships are open to all clubs affiliated to Medway ASA. They take place over a series of five sessions scheduled throughout the year. The series of events is licensed at Level 3 and there are maximum (upper limits) for each event within the respective age-group. Age is as at the end of the year.
Kent County Championships
These championships usually take place in January and February, with the qualifying period from 1 January of the previous year until the closing date for entries in early January. All times must appear on Swim England Rankings and be set at meets licensed at Level 1, 2, 3 or 4. Age is as at the end of the year.
South East Regional Summer Championships 14 & Under Championships and 15+ Championships
These championships are usually held in April and May, with the qualifying period from 1 June of the previous year until the closing date for entries in early to mid-April. All times must appear on Swim England Rankings and be set at meets licensed at Level 1, 2 or 3. Age is as at the end of the year.
British Championships and Home Nation Meets
These championships are usually held in July or August. Swimmers will have the opportunity to post a Long Course (Level 1) ranking time within a qualification window – typically between March and May of the respective year. Age is as at end of the year.
These are held throughout the year. Information can be obtained on the club website or from the Club Desk on Thursday and Friday evenings. These meets are to be used by swimmers to gain entry to the above events. Swimmers in the squads are expected to enter these open galas regularly throughout the year.
These are typically Level 3 or 4 meets and have maximum (upper limit) times to discourage very strong swimmers from winning multiple events. The minimum (lower limit) times will either be more generous or non-existent in order to be more inclusive. Age is usually as at the last day of the competition rather than end of the year.
In addition to the above, the club enters the following team galas, which are by selection only.
Kent Junior League (KJL)
We are currently in Division 1 of this league, which is for swimmers aged 13 years and under. Each swimmer can compete in a maximum of 4 individual events, with a maximum of 2 in their own age group. There are 3 galas held in May, October and November, with the points at the end deciding which league we are in.
National Arena Swimming League (NAL)
Maidstone compete in Division 1 of the South League of this team competition. The swimmers ages range from 9 all the way through to Open. Age is as at end of the year. The league is swum over 3 galas which take place in October, November and December. The final round determines who will be promoted/relegated.
Medway and Kent Championship Relay Teams
Where appropriate we will enter teams in the relevant age group.